Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs: Series Preview and Notes

Kyle Kauffung@KyleKauffungContributor IIIJune 10, 2013

CHICAGO, IL- JUNE 10:  Brandon Phillips #4 of the Cincinnati Reds follows through on a grand slam scoring teammates Zack Cozart #2, Joey Votto #19 and Homer Bailey #34 as catcher Dioner Navarro #30 of the Chicago Cubs (C) and home plate umpire Dan Iassogna watch during the third inning at Wrigley Field on June 10, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
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The Cincinnati Reds are set to take on the Chicago Cubs in a four-game series starting on Monday night at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

The Reds lost two out of three games at home to the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend while the Cubs lost two out of three to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley.

Cincinnati failed to close the gap between themselves and St. Louis over the weekend and enter the series tied for second in the division with Pittsburgh, both trailing the Cardinals by four games.

Chicago is 14.5 games behind in the NL Central and are 7-18 against teams in the division.



Monday, June 10 at 8:05 p.m. ET

Homer Bailey (3-4, 3.84 ERA) gave up three runs on six hits while striking out seven in seven innings in a no-decision against the Colorado Rockies in his last start. He is 3-1 in four career starts at Wrigley.


Tuesday, June 11 at 8:05 p.m. ET

Tony Cingrani (2-0, 3.27 ERA) is back with the Reds from Triple-A Louisville to fill in for Johnny Cueto, who has returned to the disabled list with a strained right shoulder. He gave up 25 hits, struck out 41 batters and walked nine in 33 innings in six starts for the Reds in April and May.


Wednesday, June 12 at 2:20 p.m. ET

Mike Leake (5-3, 2.93 ERA) gave up six hits and three earned runs in five innings in a 9-2 loss to the Cardinals on Friday in Cincinnati. He is 1-1 with a 1.96 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 18 and one-third innings in his last three starts.


Thursday, June 13 at 2:20 p.m. ET

Mat Latos (6-0, 2.87 ERA) holds a Reds record for most consecutive regular-season starts without a loss as he is 10-0 in his last 20 starts. He is 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 19 an one-third innings in his last three starts.

Things to Watch on Offense

Joey Votto is first in the majors in walks with 49, second in on-base percentage (.445) and third in runs scored with 49. He is hitting .325 and leads the Reds in hits with 77. He is tied for the team lead with 10 home runs.

Brandon Phillips is closing in on an all-time Reds great as he enters the series “one home run and three RBIs shy of tying Joe Morgan for most all-time among Reds second basemen” (h/t Cash Kruth for He was 2-for-12 with one RBI, one walk and one strikeout against the Cardinals over the weekend.

Jay Bruce is 8-for-21 with seven RBI, two home runs, two walks and eight strikeouts in the last six games. He is now tied for the team lead with 10 home runs and is second in RBI with 43, three behind Philips. He is fourth in the majors in strikeouts with 78.

Shin-Soo Choo is second in the majors in walks with 44 and third in on-base percentage (.436). He is tied for the team lead in home runs with 10.