The Reds were able to end a losing streak last night, jumping out to a 6-0 lead against Chicago before things got a little tighter late.
Today, they’ll look to take the series from them.
The Reds are now 5-2 against the Cubs this season, and were 8-11 against them last year, meaning that over the last season and a half, or so, the Reds are exactly .500 against the Cubs. That’s not incredibly noteworthy, but it is interesting considering how much better the Cubs are than the Reds, especially last season.
The Reds play them extremely well, for whatever reason. Especially at home.
Today the Reds will face Jose Quintana, whom they’ve seen two other times this season. For the year, Quintana has pitched 10.1 innings against the Reds, allowing 18 hits, 8 runs, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts.
Really, Quintana’s whole season has been... extremely average. His ERA+ sits directly at 100, with a 4.50 ERA, 1.398 WHIP. He’s striking out only 7.6 per 9, while walking 3. The numbers don’t exactly pop.
Luis Castillo will pitch for the Reds, looking to erase his last really bad outing that came exactly a week ago today.