NL Central Division rivals will collide on Sunday afternoon, when the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds wrap up their weekend series from the Great American Ball Park. Yesterday, the teams split a doubleheader, with the Cubs losing the first game 5-4 and bouncing back in the nightcap with a 10-0 victory. SP Jose Quintana struck out seven batters and allowed just one hit to improve his record to 5-3 for the Cubs.
Chicago skipper Joe Maddon will turn to thirty-one year old righty Yu Darvish (0-3 5.56 ERA) in this matchup. Through 34 innings this season, Darvish has surrendered seven long balls and owns a 1.53 WHIP.
The Cincinnati Reds have lost 31 of their first 47 games and are in last place in the NL Central Division. On Saturday, Billy Hamilton walked with the bases loaded and no outs in the 11th inning to give the Reds the victory in the first game of the doubleheader. In the second game, SP Sal Romano was tagged for seven runs in five innings and took the loss.
The Reds will counter with twenty-three year old righty Tyler Mahle (3-5 4.34 ERA) in the series finale. Through 47 plus innings, Mahle has given up ten home runs and owns a 1.34 WHIP.