Scouting Report: Cubs at Cincinnati starting Friday

Scouting Report: Cubs at Cincinnati starting Friday


Scouting report

Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park

TV: WGN Friday; ABC 7 Saturday; NBC Sports Chicago Sunday

Radio: WSCR 670-AM

Pitching matchups: The Cubs' Cole Hamels (6-2) vs. Sonny Gray (3-5) at 6:10 p.m. Friday; Jose Quintana (4-7) vs. Luis Castillo (7-2) at 3:10 p.m. Saturday; Jon Lester (7-5) vs. Anthony DeSclafani (4-4) at 12:10 p.m. Sunday

At a glance: The Reds (36-42) enter the weekend on a four-game losing streak. They have taken two of three from the Cubs at each ballpark this season. Pitching remains a strength of the Reds. Their team ERA of 3.65 was second in the National League entering Thursday. The Cubs were third at 3.88. After a slow start, Reds first baseman Joey Votto is starting to hit. His line is .257/.353/.411 with 8 homers and 20 RBI. Yasiel Puig has 17 homers, and Eugenio Suarez has 16. But the Reds rank near the bottom in several key offensive categories. Hamels is 11-1 with a 1.91 ERA in 17 career starts against the Reds, including 15 quality starts.

Next: Pittsburgh Pirates Monday to Thursday at PNC Park

-- Bruce Miles

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