The Chicago Cubs (31-43) look to rebound after a crushing late-inning loss last night to the Cincinnati Reds (38-37). As usual, the Cubs didn’t supply much run support for starter Jeff Samardzija. Tonight’s starter Jake Arrieta (3-1, 1.98) hasn’t had it much better.
The Cubs have averaged only three runs in his last five starts. Arrieta however hasn’t needed much more than that. Improved command this season has led to more strikeouts, and a lower ERA, as his seven inning, one run performance against the Phillies last outing lowered it to 1.98.
The Reds will send Homer Bailey (7-3, 4.68) to the mound tonight. Bailey, who signed the big money contract in the off-season, has a solid record, but the ERA is a bit inflated this season. Much of that was attributed to allowing the long ball more frequently earlier in the year (seven in April, three in May, but only two in June thus far).
The Cubs will need somebody to help Anthony Rizzo get the Cubs some runs. In this recent three-game skid, Rizzo has two home runs and three RBIs. The Cubs have managed only five runs during the streak.
The game will be carried on CSN, and as always on WGN 720 AM. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.
Here’s a look at tonight’s starting lineups:
6/24 @Cubs lineup vs. CIN Coghlan LF Lake CF Rizzo 1B Castro SS Schierholtz RF Castillo C Olt 3B Barney 2B Arrieta P
— MLBLineups (@mlblineups) June 24, 2014