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Reds at Cubs, Game 2: Preview and Predictions

Brian Kersey

Cincinnati Reds

@ Chicago Cubs

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Wrigley Field

Homer Bailey v. Jake Arrieta


Looking good. The offense stuck out a good starter last night and feasted on a shaky bullpen, and are in the pole position for the rest of this series. They can win it tonight at Wrigley.

They'll do that without Brandon Phillips in the lineup, which seemed to be a non-issue last night. Homer Bailey gets the start for the Reds, coming off of two pretty rough road games. His road ERA is 5.32 so far this year, and when compared to his 4.01 home ERA, is a pretty drastic difference. Maybe Wrigley can give him some confidence, though, since he has a 5-1 record and a 2.56 ERA in 7 starts at Wrigley in his career.

The Reds will face Jake Arrieta for the Cubs, who may be as hot as any pitcher in the league right now. He's coming off of a start where he gave up 1 run in 7 and struck out 11 Miami Marlins, and threw scoreless ball in his two starts previous to that. If his name sounds familiar, it's because he was a high-profile prospect with the Orioles before coming to Chicago this year, and has never faced the Reds.

Go Reds!  They're my favorite team!

Bullpen Log

Reliever 6/19 6/20 6/21 6/22 6/23 5 day totals
Carlos Contreras 1.0, 8p
1.0, 9p

2.0 IP, 17 pitches
Logan Ondrusek 1.1, 11p 0.1, 10p

1.0, 10p 2.2 IP, 31 pitches
Sam LeCure 0.1, 4p 0.1, 9p

0.2 IP, 13 pitches
J.J. Hoover

0.0 IP, 0 pitches
Jonathan Broxton 0.2, 21p 1.0, 23p

1.0, 14p 2.2 IP, 58 pitches
Manny Parra 0.2, 12p 0.0, 4p

0.2 IP, 16 pitches
Aroldis Chapman 1.1, 20p 0.2, 33p
1.0, 18p
3.0 IP, 73 pitches
Jumbo Diaz
1.0, 31p

1.0 IP, 31 pitches