Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds Preview and Predictions 08-11-2019 in MLB
A rookie's power stroke has given the Cincinnati Reds a boost in the National League wild card race, and they'll try to ride Aristides Aquino's remarkable stretch to a third straight win over the visiting Chicago Cubs on Sunday. Aquino homered in a loss to the Cubs to begin the four-game set Thursday, slugged another in Friday's 5-2 win and then went deep in each of his first three at-bats in a 10-1 rout Saturday night.
The 25-year-old, who walked in his fourth plate appearance and struck out in his fifth Saturday, has six home runs and nine RBIs during a phenomenal four-game run. Cincinnati has won five of its last six games and 10 of 14 to get within 4 1/2 games of a wild-card spot. The Reds will try to inch closer Sunday behind ace Luis Castillo, who opposes veteran Jon Lester for the Cubs. Chicago saw its lead in the NL Central cut to 1 1/2 games following Saturday's result, which left it 22-35 on the road.
TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, NBCS Chicago, FS Ohio (Cincinnati)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs LH Jon Lester (9-8, 4.39 ERA) vs. Reds RH Luis Castillo (11-4, 2.63)
After tossing seven scoreless innings at Milwaukee on July 27, Lester has been knocked around in back-to-back starts. He first allowed five runs over five innings at St. Louis before getting rocked for a career high-tying 11 runs (nine earned) on 10 hits in four frames against Oakland. The 35-year-old took a loss at Cincinnati earlier in the year but is 7-2 lifetime versus the Reds.
Castillo will be making his fifth consecutive start at home and trying to duplicate his most recent outing in which he fanned 13 in seven strong innings to defeat the Los Angeles Angels. The Dominican Republic native is 4-2 with a 3.49 ERA in nine career starts against the Cubs after defeating them twice this year. Kyle Schwarber is 5-for-14 with three home runs and two doubles against Castillo while Ian Happ is 4-for-7 with a double.
1. The Cubs placed RHP Steve Cishek (hip) on the 10-day injured list and recalled RHP Dillon Maples from Triple-A Iowa.
2. Aquino's seven home runs ties Colorado SS Trevor Story's MLB record for the most by a player in his first 10 games.
3. After scoring 12 runs on 19 hits in the series opener, Chicago has three total runs and 12 hits over the last two contests.
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Key Players to Watch
- BATTING 0.357 Michael Lorenzen #21 | RP
- HOMERUNS 34 Eugenio Suarez #7 | 3B
- RUNS BATTED IN 77 Eugenio Suarez #7 | 3B
- STOLEN BASES 14 Yasiel Puig #66 | RF
- EARNED RUN AVERAGE 13.500 Sal Romano #47 | SP
- WINS 11 Luis Castillo #58 | SP
- STRIKEOUTS 144 Eugenio Suarez #7 | 3B
- SAVES 25 Raisel Iglesias #26 | RP
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- BackQues Wed | questionable
Winker has sat out the past two games with upper-back tightness, and it is unknown if he will be in the lineup for Wednesday's contest against the Padres.
- HamstringEarly Sept | 10-day IL
Mahle has been added to the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain and is likely to stay on the IL until at least the early part of September.
- BackEarly Sept | 10-day IL
Votto has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a lower-back strain. He is expected to rejoin the lineup towards the start of September.
- ShoulderEarly Sept | 10-day IL
Dietrich has landed on the 10-day injured list due to left shoulder inflammation. He is likely to return during the beginning of September.
- KneeQues Fri | 10-day IL
Casali is on the 10-day injured list due to a sprained right knee. It is uncertain if he will return Friday against the Pirates.
- Elbowday-to-day | questionable
Senzel is hampered by a sore left elbow and will not suit up against the Padres on Monday.
- SuspensionElig Tues | out
Garrett is serving an eight-game suspension due to his role in an altercation. He is expected to be reinstated in time for Tuesday's game against the Padres.
- BackQues Sun | questionable
Winker sat out the last two games due to upper-back tightness. It is unclear if he will participate in Sunday's clash against the Cardinals.
- ArmEarly Sept | 60-day IL
Webster has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to radial nerve inflammation in his right arm. He is likely to be out of commission until at least the start of September.
- AnkleEarly Sept | 10-day IL
Descalso has landed on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left ankle, and he is expected to be idle until at least the beginning of September.
- PersonalEarly Sept | out
Zobrist is away from the team due to a personal matter and is expected to be absent from the club until the early part of September.
- WristEarly Sept | 60-day IL
Cedeno has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due left wrist inflammation. He is likely to be out until at least the beginning of September.
- HipProb Tues | probable
Cishek has been activated from the 10-day injured list after healing from left hip inflammation and is expected to be available for Tuesday's game against the Giants.
- KneeProb Sun | probable
Kimbrel has been activated from the 10-day injured list after healing from swelling in his right knee, and he is likely to be available for Sunday's game against the Pirates.
- ShoulderOut indefinitely | 10-day IL
Edwards Jr. has been added to the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder strain, and it is unclear how long he will be idle for.
- PectoralProb Fri | probable
Kintzler has been reinstated from the 10-day injured list after right pectoral inflammation, and he will make his return to the bullpen Friday against the Pirates.
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