The Wednesday MLB schedule will get underway with a matchup between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds from the Great American Ball Park. The Cubs (53-69) have dropped 41 of their 63 road games and have fallen out of contention in the NL Central Division race. Last night, Ian Happ’s home run helped Chicago snap a 12-game losing streak with a 2-1 road victory against Cincinnati.
Chicago manager David Ross has yet to name a starting pitcher for this game. The Cubs currently rank 22nd in the majors with a 4.64 team ERA and have logged 37 quality starts.
The Cincinnati Reds have split their previous ten games and trail San Diego by two games for the final NL Wild Card spot. During Tuesday’s loss, Cincinnati went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base. All-Star OF Nick Castellanos hit his 21st home run in a losing effort for the Reds (65-56).
Twenty-six year old righty Tyler Mahle (10-3 3.58 ERA) will get the nod for the Reds in the series finale. Last time out, Mahle tossed seven shutout innings and struck out seven batters during a 6-1 road victory against Philadelphia.