Chicago takes 5-game win streak into matchup with Cincinnati
Chicago; Tuesday, 8 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Chicago enters the game as winners of their last five games.
The Cubs are 35-29 against NL Central teams. Chicago’s team on-base percentage of .329 is eighth in the MLB. Anthony Rizzo leads the lineup with an OBP of .401.
The Reds are 29-39 in division play. The Cincinnati pitching staff has a combined team ERA of 4.20, Trevor Bauer leads the staff with a mark of 4.50. The Cubs won the last meeting 8-2. Alec Mills notched his first victory and Kyle Schwarber went 1-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs for Chicago. Kevin Gausman registered his ninth loss for Cincinnati.
TOP PERFORMERS: Schwarber leads the Cubs with 37 home runs and is slugging .515. Kris Bryant is 12-for-28 with five home runs and 13 RBIs over the last 10 games for Chicago.
LAST 10 GAMES: Cubs: 6-4, .294 batting average, 3.68 ERA, outscored opponents by 40 runs
Reds: 4-6, .205 batting average, 3.87 ERA, outscored by four runs
Cubs Injuries: Allen Webster: (hand), Brandon Morrow: (elbow), Craig Kimbrel: (elbow), Kendall Graveman: (elbow), Xavier Cedeno: (wrist), Addison Russell: (head), Anthony Rizzo: (ankle), Javier Baez: (thumb).