Apr 16, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Wood delivers a pitch against the Texas Rangers during the first inning at Wrigley Field. (Photo: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Cubs V Reds - 4/22/13 : Starting Lineups and Pitchers


Tonight, the Good Guys welcome the Chicago Cubs into Great American Ball Park. Last season, Cincy posted a 12-4 record against the Cubbies, going 4-2 in six meetings at GABP.

A familiar face will get the starting nod for Chicago this evening in Travis Wood. The Reds will send Mike Leake to the mound. Here’s the skinny on tonight’s probable starting pitchers.

Travis Wood

2013: 1-1, 1.83 ERA, 1.068 WHIP (has not allowed a HR this season)
v. CIN: 0-1, 5.25 ERA, 1.250 WHIP (allowed 3 HR in 2 games)
@ GABP: 3-7, 5.65 ERA, 1.513 WHIP (allowed 13 HR in 16 total games, 14 starts)
last app. v. CIN: 8/17/12 (L) – 5 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO

Wood v. Reds Batters

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG SH SF IBB HBP GDP
Zack Cozart 7 7 1 1 0 0 1 0 4 .143 .143 .286 0 0 0 0 0
Todd Frazier 6 5 4 0 0 1 3 1 0 .800 .833 1.400 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Phillips 6 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .333 0 0 0 0 0
Bronson Arroyo 5 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .500 1 0 0 0 0
Jay Bruce 3 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 .500 .667 2.000 0 0 0 1 0
Shin-Soo Choo 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .000 .333 .000 0 0 0 1 0
Chris Heisey 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Jack Hannahan 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 0 0 0 0 0
Total 35 31 9 3 0 2 6 1 9 .290 .353 .581 1 0 0 2 0
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Generated 4/22/2013.


Not a whole lot to glean from this. Not hard to believe that no one currently on the Reds roster has seen a lot of Wood since he was once a Red. He only has two outings against them, and those came within a six-day span last August.

April 12, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Leake delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. (Photo: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Mike Leake

2013: 1-0, 4.26 ERA, 1.316 WHIP (has allowed 0 hmoe runs in last two outings)
v. CHI: 4-2, 3.56 ERA, 1.215 WHIP
@ GABP: 19-12, 4.57 ERA, 1.365 WHIP
last app. v CHI: 9/19/12 (ND) – 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO

Leake v. Cubs Batters

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG SH SF IBB HBP GDP
Starlin Castro 30 28 11 3 1 0 5 1 2 .393 .400 .571 0 1 0 0 0
Alfonso Soriano 21 18 2 0 0 1 2 2 4 .111 .238 .278 0 0 0 1 1
Darwin Barney 20 18 7 2 0 0 1 0 1 .389 .421 .500 0 0 0 1 0
David DeJesus 9 9 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .444 0 0 0 0 0
Nate Schierholtz 8 7 3 1 0 0 0 1 4 .429 .500 .571 0 0 0 0 0
Anthony Rizzo 6 5 4 1 0 0 1 1 0 .800 .833 1.000 0 0 0 0 0
Luis Valbuena 6 5 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 .400 .500 .600 0 0 0 0 0
Welington Castillo 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Total 102 92 32 9 1 1 11 6 11 .348 .396 .500 0 1 0 2 1
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Generated 4/22/2013.


Here we are in Leake’s 4th season as a Red and he’s had 10 previous starts against them, yet only 3 current Cubs have more than 10 plate appearances against him. The majority of those that have seen him have success as you can see.

Starting Lineups

Cubs   Reds
1. David DeJesus (L) CF   1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) CF
2. Starlin Castro (R) SS   2. Zack Cozart (R) SS
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B   3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
4. Alfonso Soriano (R) LF   4. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
5. Nate Schierholtz (L) RF   5. Jay Bruce (L) RF
6. Welington Castillo (R) C   6. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
7. Luis Valbuena (L) 3B   7. Chris Heisey (R) LF
8. Darwin Barney (R) 2B   8. Devin Mesoraco (R) C
9. Travis Wood (R) P   9. Mike Leake (R) P

No real surprises here other than maybe Barney being 8th in the Cubs order. Then again, after spending time on the DL, he’s “crafted” a triple slash of .059/.158/.059 with only one hit in 19 plate appearances. The Reds and GABP might be exactly what he needs to get his bat going as he has a career batting average of .281 and OBP .317 when facing the Reds. At GABP, those are .298 and .333, respectively, in 15 games.

Speaking of bats awakening, what about that Joey Votto guy? A mere days ago, there was talk of him being too selective, not paid to walk and having lost his power. If the last two games of the Marlins series are any indication, those lines are most likely in the stages of retirement. Even in collecting only one hit in the first two games of that series, he pounded the Fish to the tune of a triple slash of .471/.524/.824 with 2 HR and 4 RBI.

Oh, and his career numbers when facing the Cubbies? Not what you’d think with that triple slash being .283/.387/.565 with 17 HR and 56 RBI in 75 games (318 PA).

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  • beeker

    I got to go to the game. Neither Leake or Wood were great, but both were good enough. Made for a good matchup.

    I am not sure whether to say the Reds got a little lucky (winning when your 3-4 hitters go 1-12 is unusual) or showed just how good they are (winning after going down 2 in the 13th is HIGHLY unusual). I was impressed with the team’s depth. 5 years ago, they were not deep enough to pull out that game most nights. It is a great feeling knowing that they have the starters and bench players to outlast many teams.

    • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

      Last night on Baseball Tonight, they examined the Win Expectancy of the Reds. Quite an interesting look, too.:

      After Valbuena’s HR: 6.8%
      After Cubs 13th: 8.3%
      After Paul single: 17.1%
      After Votto flyout: 9.8%
      After BP double: 27.6%
      After Bruce double: 69.2%
      After Frazier groundout: 62.3%

      Of course, that went to 100% after Izturis’ single.