Losers of six of their last seven games, the Chicago Cubs are slumping for the first time this season and a three game set with the lowly Cincinnati Reds can’t come any sooner. After dropping three of four to the Marlins over the weekend, Jake Arrieta will take the mound and attempt to add to a trend that’s seen the Cubs go 9-1 in their last 10 games vs the Reds.
In 83 combined at-bats, Reds hitters have a .193 AVG and 0 HR’s vs Arrieta
The Cubs are 21-9 in their last 30 games against other NL Central teams
The Cubs are 11-4 O/U in their last 15 games with Jake Arrieta as the starting pitcher
You might recall Arrieta’s last start against in Cincinatti this season — it was a no-hitter where the Cubs humiliated the Reds 16-0. When looking at Arrieta’s splits this season, it’s his starts in the night that really stick out as he’s gone 4-0 with an absolutely foolish 0.24 ERA in five night starts. That’s one earned run in five night starts. That’s some next level stuff.
As for the Reds, they’ll send Dan Straily to the mound. He’s been much better at home this season — 2.60 home ERA vs 5.22 on the road. In two appearances vs the Cubs this season, he has a 6.43 ERA.
The total for tonight’s game opened at 8 runs. The total has gone OVER in eight of the last nine games between these clubs.