Chicago Cubs Series Preview: Reds scuffling as Cubs come to Cincinnati

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The Chicago Cubs head to Cincinnati to face the Reds, whose struggles have been worse than the Cubs early in the season.

The Chicago Cubs had their own struggles against the Miami Marlins, that’s for sure. But the Cincinnati Reds couldn’t find the rhythm as they dropped all three to a tough Washington Nationals team. As the Reds are in the midst of a rebuild, they hope to put a solid team on to the field. So far, that hasn’t been the case.

The Cubs came away from a four-game series with the Marlins with a 2-2 record. While they were able to get some hits, they were unable to drive runners in. One of the big reasons was they were 6-for-47 with runners in scoring position. You can get all the hits you want, but you have to drive in runners when you have the chance.

It’s the same issue that plagued the Cubs last season. They brought in Chili Davis who hoped to turn around some of these Cubs’ hitters. But Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor are the Cubs likely to turn things around in the first series of the year.

While this seems like a one side series, we take a look at what the Reds might bring to the ballpark. And one of those things is Joey Votto.