Chicago Cubs: Three keys to success against the Cincinnati Reds

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Chicago Cubs: Team must come to live against Reds’ arms

If there is good news for the Chicago Cubs, it’s the pitching woes of the Cincinnati Reds are far worse than anything the Cubs have experienced.

This fares well for an offense that has had a difficult time producing runs as of late.  Jim Riggleman, the Reds manager, has gone to a shortened inning approach for his starters hoping to capture the best stuff quickly before moving onto another arm in his staff.

The problem is a deep one for the Reds which may even stretch into next season, according to John Fray of the Cincinnati Enquirer:

"… Starting pitching is why the Reds are where they are this year, i.e., in last place and on their way to 90-some losses…"

Cincinnati ranks 24th in baseball with a 4.75 ERA, and, for starters, that number is even worse, clocking in at a staggering 5.20. By contrast, the merry-go-round of Chicago starters boast a 3.93 ERA this season. Hardly world-beaters, but that keeps you in the ballgame.

The Cubs should take advantage of the Reds pitching early by putting up a bunch of runs at the start of the game. With Reds pitching in the toilet, jumping out to a big lead early could help get the offense rolling down the stretch.

Next. A solid relief corps pushed to the limit. dark