So this weekend trip to Chicago has gone about as well as expected.
Kyle Hendricks will pitch in this one for the Cubs. He’s not been as good this season, or at least it hasn’t been reflected in his line. His K/9 is down to 7.5 while his WHIP is up to 1.240. Both would be career worsts for the RHP for a full season.
That said, he’s given up three or fewer earned runs in 20 of his 26 starts, so the 28 year old hasn’t exactly been a gas can. The 107 ERA+ would be a welcome sight in the Reds rotation, for sure.
The Cubs are on a bit different course than the Reds, though.
The Reds in two games against Hendricks have had some success, seeing 10.2 IP and putting up seven earned runs, which equates to a 5.91 ERA. The Reds will need more of that to avoid the four game sweep.
Homer Bailey starts for the Reds this Sunday afternoon and... ugh. There’s not much to be said about it, really. Homer Bailey is still a pitcher that is soaking up innings for the Reds. You’d think a particularly bad outing might change things in the near future. I’m not all that convinced.