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.
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
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.
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
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.
|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).