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Cincinnati1 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 6100
Chi Cubs0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 392
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  W: L. Castillo (9-3)   L: S. Cishek (2-5)   S: R. Iglesias (17)
5:05 PM PT6:05 PM MT7:05 PM CT8:05 PM ET20:05 ET0:05 GMT8:05 5:05 PM MST7:05 PM EST7:35 PM VEN4:05 UAE (+1)7:05 PM CT, July 15, 2019
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 36,935

Cubs surge into home series against Reds

According to STATS
According to STATS

Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs

  1. The Reds are 6-3 against the Cubs this year, winning each of the first three series. They're averaging 5.2 runs and batting .304 against Chicago, compared to 4.4 runs and a .244 average against all other teams.
  2. Joey Votto is batting .447 against the Cubs this season, and went 7-for-13 with four runs in a three-game series at Wrigley Field in May. Votto's .437 career OBP at Wrigley ranks fourth among those with at least 300 plate appearances there since 1920.
  3. Monday's scheduled starter Luis Castillo has allowed one earned run or less in five of his last seven starts, which includes tossing seven innings of one-run ball in a 6-0 loss to the Cubs on June 29. His 11 starts allowing one earned run or less are already the most by a Reds pitcher since 2014, when Alfredo Simon also had 11 and Johnny Cueto had 15.
  4. Kyle Hendricks opposes Castillo, and is 4-0 with 1.90 ERA in eight career home starts against the Reds. The last Cubs pitcher to have a sub-2.00 ERA over an eight-start span against Cincinnati at Wrigley Field was Bob Rush, who had a 1.56 ERA between 1950-53.
  5. Kris Bryant has a .343/.439/.571 slash line with five doubles and six runs against the Reds this season. Since his 2015 rookie season, Bryant's 23 doubles against the Reds are the most by any player while his 54 runs are second behind Anthony Rizzo's 62.
  6. Javier Baez has a .395/.439/.842 slash line with runners in scoring position and two outs for a 1.281 OPS, fourth in MLB among 233 players with at least 25 plate appearances. He had a .809 OPS with runners in scoring position and two outs last season to rank 123rd among batting qualifiers.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/15/2019 thru 7/17/2019
(AP Photo/David Banks)

The Chicago Cubs look like a different team since returning from the All-Star break.

Manager Joe Maddon has a simple explanation for that.

"It's rest," Maddon told reporters after the Cubs finished a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday afternoon. "I mean, people don't want to listen to that because it's way too simple. It's a simple concept. If you're more rested, you tend to do what you do better. If you're not, you tend to do it not as good.

"They don't let pilots fly too long. They don't let bus drivers drive too long. I don't like to drive my RV more than six or seven hours. You lose something. We all do."

The Cubs will try to stay perfect since the break when they welcome the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night to open a three-game series.

Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks (7-7, 3.49 ERA) is scheduled to make his 17th start of the season and his first at home since June 9. He has had seven days off since his June 7 appearance against the Chicago White Sox.

Hendricks owns a 6-2 record with a 3.31 ERA in 15 career starts against the Reds. In his last three meetings, he is 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA, including seven shutout innings last August.

The Reds will counter with right-hander Luis Castillo (8-3, 2.29), who enjoyed a dominant first half and made the All-Star team. He has allowed only 62 hits in 106 innings, walking 53 and striking out 124.

Castillo is 3-2 with a 3.35 ERA in eight career starts against the Cubs. He is 1-1 with a 2.19 ERA in two matchups this season.

He is feeling good after pitching a scoreless inning and striking out two in the All-Star Game.

"Obviously felt great," Castillo said through an interpreter in comments published by the Cincinnati Enquirer.

"I think everyone comes out with the mentality to absolutely throw their best stuff out there. I was just happy trying to throw my best pitches and God-willing, I was able to strike out those two guys. You just try to go out there and be competitive."

Cincinnati has enjoyed success against the Cubs this season, winning six of the first nine matchups. The Reds have outscored the Cubs 47-40.

But Kris Bryant and his teammates could provide a tougher challenge this time around because they feel rested and confident.

"It's more mental," Bryant said. "You can play through the physical tiredness, but when you're going at it every day and getting beat up like we were before the All-Star break, it's more of a mental grind. I think we're mentally rested, and that's a good thing. ...

"We know we're going to hit rough patches again this year. It's just part of the game. But if we can find a way to minimize that and find a way to win three games in a row, win four games in a row, rather than win one, lose one, back and forth, that kind of just gets to you.

"If we're able to come together as a team and pull together some wins where we shouldn't win, and win the ones that we're supposed to win, I think we're going to be great."

--Field Level Media

Updated July 15, 2019

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