MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Cincinnati2 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 7140
Chi Cubs0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 482
  W: L. Castillo (5-10)   L: A. Mills (4-4)
11:20 AM PT12:20 PM MT1:20 PM CT2:20 PM ET14:20 ET18:20 GMT2:20 11:20 AM MST1:20 PM EST1:50 PM VEN22:20 UAE12:20 PM CT, July 29, 2021
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 32,793

Hot-hitting Joey Votto looks to keep carrying Reds vs. Cubs

According to STATS
According to STATS

Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs

  1. The Reds are 6-3 against the Cubs this season, but Chicago took two of three at Wrigley Field from May 28-30. Six of the nine meetings have been decided by one run. In the last series between the clubs, July 2-4 at Cincinnati, neither team scored more than three runs in any game, as the clubs combined for 13 runs in three contests.
  2. The Reds took two of three games over St. Louis at Great American Ball Park over the weekend, scoring five or more runs in all three. They are 34-13 this season when scoring five or more runs, including 3-0 against the Cubs.
  3. The Cubs took two of three at home against the Diamondbacks over the weekend. Chicago has gone 11 straight games without reaching double digits in hits and has reached nine hits just once in that stretch.
  4. Joey Votto is hitting .455 (10/22) in his last six games. He has homered in two straight contests and three of his last five after going deep only three times in his previous 29 games.
  5. On Sunday, Anthony Rizzo hit just his second home run in July after hitting five in June. He has 32 career homers against the Reds -- but just one this season (May 2 off Tyler Mahle).
  6. Wade Miley has won his last two starts after winning just two in nine starts from May 14 to July 4. He has allowed two or fewer earned runs in 14 of 17 starts this season. Kyle Hendricks is tied for the MLB lead with 12 wins, and his 43 victories since 2018 rank third in the majors.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/26/2021 thru 7/29/2021

Cincinnati Reds reliever Amir Garrett said this week that veteran first baseman Joey Votto is "just aging like fine wine."

With seemingly every swing lately, the 37-year-old Votto vaults closer to the proverbial top shelf.

Votto hit two home runs during Wednesday's 8-2 victory against the host Chicago Cubs, tying a team record by going yard in his fifth consecutive game. He will aim to stretch his homer streak to six games in a row on Thursday afternoon as the surging Reds try to take three of four from their National League Central rivals.

Cincinnati has won five of eight after losing its first four games after the All-Star break, counting on Votto's consistency throughout. Votto has reached base in 22 straight games, contributing nine home runs and 22 RBIs over that span. He has two straight multi-home run games for the first time in his career, and each of his past seven hits have left the ballpark.

"It's certainly been good," Votto said. "I was frustrated early in the season, I was hoping to play well, and it's good that I feel like I'm trending in the right direction."

Thursday could mark the final home game for longtime Cubs stalwarts such as Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo.

Losers of seven of 11, Chicago is set to begin a six-game road trip following Thursday's matinee at Wrigley Field and seemingly is looking to make some moves before the trade deadline Friday.

Bryant said the Cubs are trying not to dwell on the persistent speculation. Bryant indicated that he and Rizzo even are approaching the situation with good humor.

"(We're) having as good a time with it as you can," Bryant said. "You can't control it. Any time a rumor pops up, I say, I'm going here and Rizz is going there. And I was like, 'Hey, maybe we'll still be playing against each other.' That's what you've got to do. You can't just sit there and sulk or whatever it may be. You can't just think about it non-stop, because then you go crazy and it takes away from what you do on the field."

Cincinnati starting pitcher Luis Castillo (4-10, 4.20 ERA) is set to oppose Chicago's Alec Mills (4-3, 4.55 ERA) in a meeting of right-handers.

Castillo has been dominant over his past seven starts, going 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings. He is coming off Saturday's home victory against the St. Louis Cardinals, when he allowed just one run on five hits in seven innings with three walks and nine strikeouts.

In 13 career starts against the Cubs, Castillo is 4-5 with a 3.93 ERA. Chicago has defeated Castillo twice this season.

Mills, who began 2021 in the bullpen, hasn't pitched into the sixth inning this season. He took a no-decision against Arizona on Saturday, spacing two runs on three hits in five innings with two walks and one strikeout.

Mills is 3-1 with a 3.66 ERA in nine career appearances against the Reds, including six starts.

Cubs infielder Nico Hoerner left Wednesday's game in the seventh inning with right oblique tightness, and manager David Ross after the game offered no immediate timetable for his return. Hoerner was filling in at shortstop as Baez has missed three straight starts with left heel soreness.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 29, 2021

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