Reds take on the Cubs looking to break road losing streak

Fri, May 31, 2024
MLB News (AP)

Reds take on the Cubs looking to break road losing streak

Cincinnati Reds (24-32, fifth in the NL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (28-29, third in the NL Central)

Chicago; Friday, 2:20 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Reds: Graham Ashcraft (4-3, 4.67 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 43 strikeouts); Cubs: Javier Assad (4-1, 2.17 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 54 strikeouts)

BETMGM SPORTSBOOK: LINE Cubs -152, Reds +127; over/under is 8 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Cincinnati Reds will look to end their three-game road slide in a matchup with the Chicago Cubs.

Chicago has a 28-29 record overall and a 15-11 record in home games. The Cubs have gone 18-6 in games when they scored at least five runs.

Cincinnati has gone 10-15 in road games and 24-32 overall. The Reds are 10-5 in games when they hit at least two home runs.

Friday's game is the first time these teams meet this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Christopher Morel leads Chicago with 10 home runs while slugging .381. Ian Happ is 9-for-35 with three home runs and seven RBI over the last 10 games.

Spencer Steer has 12 doubles, a triple and six home runs for the Reds. Jake Fraley is 7-for-32 with a double and a triple over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Cubs: 2-8, .203 batting average, 4.97 ERA, outscored by 19 runs

Reds: 5-5, .205 batting average, 3.36 ERA, outscored by three runs

INJURIES: Cubs: Colten Brewer: 15-Day IL (back), Keegan Thompson: 15-Day IL (illness), Adbert Alzolay: 15-Day IL (forearm), Yency Almonte: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Daniel Palencia: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Jordan Wicks: 15-Day IL (forearm), Julian Merryweather: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Caleb Kilian: 60-Day IL (shoulder)

Reds: Emilio Pagan: 15-Day IL (tricep), Justin Wilson: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Brandon Williamson: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Christian Encarnacion-Strand: 10-Day IL (hand), Ian Gibaut: 60-Day IL (forearm), Tejay Antone: 60-Day IL (elbow), Matt McLain: 60-Day IL (shoulder)

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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