Preview & Picks: Reds vs Cubs 07-31-2023

Preview & Picks: Reds vs Cubs 07-31-2023

July 31, 2023


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On Monday night, the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds will start off a four-game National League Central showdown with Andrew Abbott of Cincinnati taking to the mound, while Chicago will give Marcus Stroman their nod. The game will take place at Wrigley Field in Chicago on July 31st.
Both teams have enjoyed productive offensive seasons this season and are producing big numbers offensively. Both clubs rank within the top 20 of home runs this year, the Reds currently boast 120 homers while the Cubs have produced 119. Jake Fraley leads Cincinnati with 15 home runs and RBI this year. On the other side Patrick Wisdom leads Chicago in this category with 18 homers this season.
The St. Louis Cardinals’ 3-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday ended the team’s eight-game victory run. The Cubs are 3.5 games shy of a Wild-Card place and 4 games away from the division lead. They declared they wouldn’t be selling on the weekend and that they would increase their pitching crew in the coming days. They have an 18-13 record in their division.
This year, Marcus Stroman has pitched well, going 10-7 while sporting a 3.51 ERA and 1.20 WHIP across 125.2 innings pitched. Given that he has walked 48 times while striking out 109 times, he needs to exercise a little more control.

During the course of the weekend, the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers twice, winning the last game 9-0 on Sunday. They hold a half-game advantage over the Milwaukee Brewers within the NL Central after going 7-3 during their past ten contests. The Reds have performed better away from home (30-23) than at home (28-26). At 13-19, they have struggled inside the division.
With 10 starts under his belt, Andrew Abbott has proven dominant on the mound, going 6-2 while posting a 1.90 ERA and 0.96 WHIP across 61.2 innings. He sports a .184 opposing batting average so far, which means that batters are finding it difficult to make contact.
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Cincinnati Reds vs Chicago Cubs Game Information

  • Date: 07/31/2023
  • Time: 08:05 PM ET
  • Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois.
  • How to Watch: Reds vs Cubs MLB.TV
  • Live Stream: MLB.TV


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