The MLB is set up with another solid Friday night of baseball. With a total of fifteen games on the board, I expect quite a few solid matchups to watch on August 9. One of the games set to go on Friday night will be between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds. This game will start at around 7:10 PM Eastern time on August 9.
Chicago has earned a record of 63-52 to start out the season, which has them sitting in the first place of the NL Central. The Cubs have won their last two games and have been able to win six of their last seven matchups. Chicago is holding onto a small lead for the division, so they will look to get some big road wins on this ten-game road trip.
The Reds are currently in fourth place of the NL Central with a record of 54-59. Cincinnati is only eight games behind the Cubs for the top spot in the division. The Reds have won four of their last six games and will look to try and put up a strong finish to this series against Chicago. If Cincinnati can get a streak going, they could still compete for this division.
The NL Central is still up for grabs as three teams are divided by less than four games in the top of the standings. The Cubs hold the lead and will need to win some road games like this if they want to hold onto the lead. Cincinnati has struggled a bit this season, but they could use a strong last couple months to get back into the playoff picture. I believe that this will help lead to a good game on Friday night.
The first series between these two teams was in Cincinnati. The Cubs were able to win the first game 3-1 but lost the next two games by scores of 6-5 and 4-2. The second series shifted to Chicago. The Reds took the first matchup 6-5, while the Cubs bounced back and won 8-6 in the second game of the series. Cincinnati finished the second series with a 10-2 win.
Cincinnati hosted the third series of the season between June 28-30. Sonny Gray helped the Reds win the first game as he allowed four hits and two runs through six and a third inning as Cincinnati won 6-3. Javier Baez hit a grand slam in the eighth inning to seal a 6-0 win in the second game. The Reds had four runs in the bottom of the eighth to earn an 8-6 win in the final game of the series.
The fourth series of the season between the Reds and the Cubs was in Chicago between July 15-17. Cincinnati had two runs in the seventh and eighth inning to pull off a 6-3 road win. Kyle Schwarber had a walk-off home run in the second game to give the Cubs a 4-3 win. Yu Darvish allowed two hits and no runs through six innings in the final game to give Chicago a 5-2 win.
The first game of this series was last night in Cincinnati. Both teams kept it close, trading runs through the first three innings as it was 5-5. Nicholas Castellanos and Ian Happ both homered for the Cubs to help lead Chicago to a 12-5 win on Thursday night.
The Reds may have been the worse of these two teams in the standings this season, but Cincinnati has a record of 7-6 against the Cubs this season. The Reds took a tough loss in last night’s game but will look to bounce back on Friday night. Most of the games between these two teams have been good ones this season, which should be the case again on Friday.
Javier Baez has been on a tear so far this season. Baez has earned 135 hits, 28 home runs and 79 RBI’s. Kris Bryant has earned 120 hits, 22 home runs, 55 RBI’s and an OPS of .914. Anthony Rizzo has put up 116 hits, 21 homers and 72 RBI’s. Jason Heyward has 104 hits and 17 home runs. Kyle Schwarber has put up 26 homers, while Albert Almora, Nicholas Castellanos, and David Bote both have double-digit home runs as well.
Eugenio Suarez has 106 hits, 30 home runs and 72 RBI’s for the Reds this season. Joey Votto has earned 103 hits, 11 home runs and 36 RBI’s. Jose Iglesias has put up 102 hits throughout this season. Jesse Winker has earned 86 hits and 15 home runs on the season. After that, the Reds do not have many big hitters though.
The Cubs are going forward without Willson Contreras for a little while, which has hurt Chicago a bit. Cincinnati traded Yasiel Puig at the deadline and have lost Derek Dietrich to injury. The Cubs have a big edge when it comes to hitting, which means Cincinnati will look for some players to step up or for a strong pitching performance.
Yu Darvish will start for the Cubs on Friday night. Darvish has earned a record of 4-5 to this point in the season through 23 starts. He has an ERA of 4.36 and a WHIP of 1.214. Darvish’s last performance came against the Milwaukee Brewers, where he allowed five hits and one run through five innings for his fourth win on the season.
Trevor Bauer will start for the second time on the mound for the second time for Cincinnati. Bauer has a 9-8 record through 25 starts this season. In those starts, he has an ERA of 3.85 and a WHIP of 1.240. After Bauer was acquired at the trade deadline, he allowed seven hits and three runs through four and two-thirds innings in his first start with the Reds.
Darvish has had a forgettable season for Chicago so far but will look to turn it up as we approach the postseason. The Reds made a move for Bauer at the deadline and they will look for him to put up a stronger performance in his second start with them. If Bauer can come out better in this game, I believe it will give Cincinnati the necessary edge to pull off the win on Friday night.
The Reds have had Chicago’s number this season, putting up a 7-6 record against them and I believe they can bounce back from Thursday night’s loss with a win. Cincinnati has the better pitcher on the mound, which could give them a strong edge. Bauer will look to bounce back after his performance against the Braves with a big win for his new club.
BetOnline has Chicago listed as a -109 against the money line for Friday night. This gives a slight edge to the Cubs but keeps it mostly even. I like the Reds to bounce back after Thursday night’s loss and as an underdog, this gives them a lot of value. I believe Bauer will have a much better start in this game to help lead Cincinnati to a win.