Chicago's Contreras puts 10-game hit streak on the line against Reds
Cincinnati; Friday, 7 p.m. EDT
LINE: Cubs favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Willson Contreras is riding a 10-game hitting streak as Chicago readies to play Cincinnati.
The Reds are 13-19 against NL Central opponents. The Cincinnati pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 3.69. Luis Castillo leads the team with a 2.66 ERA.
The Cubs are 13-11 in division matchups. The Chicago pitching staff owns a team ERA of 3.96, Yu Darvish paces the staff with a mark of 4.98. This is the first game between these teams in 2019.
TOP PERFORMERS: Derek Dietrich leads the Reds with 18 home runs and is batting .222. Yasiel Puig is 12-for-36 with two doubles, a triple, five home runs and 10 RBIs over the last 10 games for Cincinnati.
Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 42 extra base hits and has 52 RBIs. Contreras is 10-for-25 with two doubles, a triple, four home runs and 11 RBIs over the last 10 games for Chicago.
LAST 10 GAMES: Reds: 6-4, .258 batting average, 4.08 ERA, outscored opponents by 10 runs
Cubs: 5-5, .256 batting average, 4.10 ERA, outscored opponents by two runs
Cubs Injuries: Allen Webster: 60-day IL (hand), Brandon Morrow: 60-day IL (elbow), Kyle Hendricks: 10-day IL (shoulder), Kendall Graveman: 60-day IL (elbow), Carl Edwards Jr.: 10-day IL (shoulder), Xavier Cedeno: 10-day IL (wrist).