Scouting report: Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds
Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field
NBC Sports Chicago Monday; ESPN Tuesday; WGN Wednesday
The Cubs' Cole Hamels (7-7) vs. Sonny Gray (10-7) Monday; Yu Darvish (6-6) vs. Tyler Mahle (2-11) Tuesday; Jon Lester (13-10) vs. Luis Castillo (15-6) Wednesday. All games 7:05 p.m.
At a glance:
The Reds have taken nine of 15 games from the Cubs so far this season. For most of the year, the Reds hung tough because of their pitching, but they've slipped slightly in the team pitching stats in the late going. The Reds are a bottom-half team in offense except for home runs. On-base machine Joey Votto has rebounded from a slow start, and his OBP entering Sunday was a team-leading .359. Eugenio Suarez led the Reds with 45 homers and 98 RBI. Hamels is 11-2 with a 2.21 ERA in 19 career starts against Cincinnati.
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-- Bruce Miles