Cincinnati Reds starter Wade Miley fires his fastball in at an average of 89.8 mph. Chicago Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks fires his fastball in at an average of 87.1 mph.
These two soft-servers will attempt to ice each other’s teams this evening in Wrigley Field, as they’re the scheduled starters for tonight’s series opener between the two National League Central rivals. And with trade season in full swing and playoff pushes on the line, it’s the start of a four-game series that has both clubs scratching and clawing to maintain relevance.
The Reds are fresh off a disappointing 3-6 homestand, though they did at least take two of three from the St. Louis Cardinals to wrap it. They sit just a trio of games over .500 at the century mark for games played this season, while the Cubs are a half-handful of games further back at just 49-51. Given their plethora of players in the final year under team control, this might well end up the final hurrah for them together, too.
First pitch tonight is set for 8:05 PM ET. Get your radar guns ready.