Roark gets the start for Reds in series opener against Cubs
Cincinnati; Tuesday, 6 p.m. EDT
LINE: Cubs favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Chicago hits the road to begin a three game series against Cincinnati.
The Reds are 3-11 against opponents from the NL Central. The Cincinnati offense has compiled a .216 batting average as a team this season, last in the MLB. Jose Iglesias leads the team with a mark of .288.
The Cubs are 9-8 in road games. Chicago has slugged .449, good for third in the majors. Javier Baez leads the club with a .627 slugging percentage, including 26 extra-base hits and 11 home runs. This is the first meeting of the season for these two teams.
Baez leads the Cubs with 11 home runs and is batting .323. Kris Bryant is 12-for-34 with a double, a triple, five home runs and 12 RBIs over the last 10 games for Chicago.
LAST 10 GAMES: Reds: 5-5, .241 batting average, 3.77 ERA, outscored opponents by 20 runs
Cubs: 8-2, .239 batting average, 2.30 ERA, outscored opponents by 16 runs
Cubs Injuries: Allen Webster: 10-day IL (nerve inflammation), Pedro Strop: 10-day IL (hamstring), Brandon Morrow: 60-day IL (elbow), Kendall Graveman: 60-day IL (elbow), Tony Barnette: 60-day IL (shoulder), Anthony Rizzo: day-to-day (back tightness), Victor Caratini: 10-day IL (hand).