Chicago visits Cincinnati following Quintana’s solid outing
Cincinnati; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT
LINE: Cubs favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Chicago heads into the matchup fresh off a strong showing by Jose Quintana. Quintana went seven innings, giving up one run on two hits with seven strikeouts against Oakland.
The Reds are 24-28 against NL Central teams. The Cincinnati pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 4.02. Luis Castillo leads the team with a 2.69 ERA.
The Cubs are 25-21 in division matchups. The Chicago pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 4.02. Kyle Hendricks leads the team with a 3.06 earned run average.
LAST 10 GAMES: Reds: 7-3, .275 batting average, 4.37 ERA, outscored opponents by 10 runs
Cubs: 7-3, .274 batting average, 3.48 ERA, outscored opponents by 15 runs
Cubs Injuries: Allen Webster: 60-day IL (hand), Brandon Morrow: 60-day IL (elbow), Brandon Kintzler: 10-day IL (pectoral), Craig Kimbrel: 10-day IL (knee), Kendall Graveman: 60-day IL (elbow), Xavier Cedeno: 60-day IL (wrist), Daniel Descalso: 10-day IL (ankle), Javier Baez: day-to-day (leg), Willson Contreras: 10-day IL (hamstring).