Cincinnati Reds (22-27, fourth in the NL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (28-22, second in the NL Central)
Chicago; Saturday, 2:20 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Reds: Luis Castillo (1-7, 7.61 ERA, 1.75 WHIP, 45 strikeouts) Cubs: Zach Davies (2-2, 4.96 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, 26 strikeouts)
LINE: Cubs -117, Reds +100; over/under is 6 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Kris Bryant is riding a 10-game hitting streak as Chicago readies to play Cincinnati.
The Cubs are 15-13 against NL Central teams. Chicago has a collective batting average of .238 this season, led by Bryant with an average of .318.
The Reds are 10-9 in division matchups. Cincinnati’s team on-base percentage of .321 is fifth in the MLB. Nick Castellanos leads the team with an OBP of .415.
The Cubs won the last meeting 1-0. Adbert Alzolay earned his third victory and David Bote went 1-for-3 with a home run and an RBI for Chicago. Vladimir Gutierrez registered his first loss for Cincinnati.
TOP PERFORMERS: Bryant leads the Cubs with 26 extra base hits and is batting .318.
Castellanos leads the Reds with 63 hits and is batting .358.
LAST 10 GAMES: Cubs: 8-2, .252 batting average, 1.80 ERA, outscored opponents by 21 runs
Reds: 3-7, .228 batting average, 5.23 ERA, outscored by 21 runs
INJURIES: Cubs: Rowan Wick: (oblique), Justin Steele: (hamstring), Alec Mills: (lower back), Trevor Megill: (forearm), Jonathan Holder: (shoulder), Jake Marisnick: (hamstring), Jason Heyward: (hamstring), Anthony Rizzo: (back), Nico Hoerner: (hamstring), Matt Duffy: (back), Austin Romine: (left wrist).
Reds: Wade Miley: (foot), Michael Lorenzen: (shoulder), Jeff Hoffman: (shoulder), Brandon Bailey: (elbow), Nick Senzel: (knee), Aristides Aquino: (hand), Joey Votto: (thumb), Mike Moustakas: (heel).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
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