MLB: Sunday, June 24, Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1:10 PM ET.
The Cincinnati Reds will be going for their second consecutive series win when they take on the Chicago Cubs in the final game of their four-game series on Sunday afternoon.
Tyler Chatwood, who is 3-5 with a 3.95 ERA, will get the start for the Cubs. The Reds will turn to Sal Romano, who is 4-7 with a 5.18 ERA.
Cubs Trying To Snap Two-Game Losing Streak
The Cubs went into this series tied with the Milwaukee Brewers for first place in the NL Central, but they lost their first two games of the series against the Reds and are now two games behind the Brewers. They will be trying to snap their losing streak and gain some ground in the division when they play the Reds on Sunday.
Offensively, Chicago is one of the best teams in the league, but you wouldn’t know it with the way they have played against the Reds in this series.
The Cubs have a .257 batting average, which is fifth in the league. Their .339 on base percentage is first, while their .414 slugging percentage is 12th in the league. The Cubs have scored 351 runs this season, which is seventh in the league.
In his last start, Chatwood gave up two hits and one run in five innings. The Cubs will need another solid performance from him to defeat the Reds on Sunday afternoon.
Reds Going For Sixth Consecutive Win
Despite their struggles this season, the Reds have been playing extremely well over the past week, winning their last five games, which included a sweep of the Detroit Tigers. They will be going for their sixth win in a row when they face the Cubs on Sunday.
The Reds have struggled offensively this season, but you wouldn’t know it from the way they have been playing in their last five games. They have scored 34 runs in their last five games, while their opponents have scored 19 runs.
Cincinnati has a .254 batting average this season, which is seventh in the league. Their .333 on base percentage is third in the league, while their .395 slugging percentage is 21st. The Reds have scored 327 runs this season, which is 17th in the league.
The Reds pitching has been worse than their offense this year. Opponents have a .264 batting average against the Reds, which is 26th in the league. Their 4.80 ERA is also 26th, while their 1.43 WHIP is 27th in the league.
In his last start, Romano gave up four hits and zero earned runs in seven innings, helping the Reds defeat the Detroit Tigers 9-5. They will need another stellar performance from him to defeat the Cubs on Sunday.
- 2-5 in their last 7 road games.
- 2-5 in their last 7 vs. National League Central.
- 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- 5-0 in their last 5 overall.
- 5-0 in their last 5 home games.
The Cubs have struggled on the road in their last seven games, especially against the NL Central. The Reds have been great at home in their last five games.