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Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds preview, Saturday 8/25, 1:20 CT

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The Cubs go for their fourth win in a row.

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David Bote notes:

More Saturday notes:

  • Cubs pitchers have a 1.36 ERA over the last eight games (11 earned runs in 72⅔ innings) with 20 walks and 56 strikeouts. Starters have posted a 1.71 ERA (nine earned runs, 47⅓ innings) and relievers have an 0.71 ERA (two earned runs, 25⅓ innings) in that eight-game stretch.
  • The Cubs have homered in nine consecutive games. The last streak that was longer in a single season was 10 games, from August 16-26, 2016.
  • Today’s start by Jose Quintana will be the 69th by a lefthander this season for the Cubs. Only three times in franchise history have the Cubs had 69 or more games started by left-handed pitchers in a single season: 1961 (69 starts), 2007 (85 starts) and 1966 (89 starts). With three lefthanders in the rotation (four, when Mike Montgomery returns) that 1966 record could fall. (H/T: Ed Hartig)
  • The Cubs again lead the N.L. in runs per game (4.78) and are just four short of the Braves for the most runs, total (607, Atlanta has 611). The Cubs also continue to lead the N.L. in hits, BA, OBP and OPS.
  • Javier Baez has 270 total bases this year. He’s on pace for 341 total bases. The last Cub to have that many total bases in a season was Derrek Lee, who had 393 in 2005.

SITE NOTE: Today's recap will be delayed an hour or so, as I am invited to a postgame BBQ.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Reds lineup:

Jose Quintana, LHP vs. Luis Castillo, RHP

MLB: Chicago Cubs-Media Day Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Jose Quintana’s last start, against the Pirates, was very good — one run and four hits in five innings, though still too many pitches for that few innings (93). I just can’t figure Quintana, he’ll look that good and then go out and have a stinker.

He has one good start and one mediocre one against the Reds this year, resulting in an overall line of a 3.00 ERA and 1.333 WHIP against them, which is decent enough. Current Reds are hitting .260 (19-for-73) against him with one home run (Eugenio Suarez).

Luis Castillo has made two starts against the Cubs this year, and posted a 4.30 ERA and 1.636 WHIP, with seven earned runs allowed in 14⅔ innings. Castillo’s overall numbers don’t look that great this year, but he has been a bit better over his last five starts: 2.70 ERA, 33 strikeouts in 30 innings, six inning average per start.

Current Cubs are hitting .261 (18-for-69) against him with one home run (Kyle Schwarber). He has yet to retire Ian Happ (3-for-3) or Ben Zobrist (2-for-2).

Today’s game is on ABC7 Chicago.

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