MLB Preview; Chicago Cubs vs Cincinnati Reds @ Wrigley Field
Mike Montgomery v. Tyler Mahle
There are no two ways about it, the Cubs will be itching to set the records straight, they will be looking for payback, they should.
The Chicago Cubs (49-35) fell hard to the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati last time these two met, it was a sweep over four games by a team that is not the Brewers which is the only team they’ve been trying to catch in the NL Central. What made the losses against Reds even more confusing and mouth-dropping was the fact that the Cubs were coming off a boosting and scintillating 2-1 series win over the then high flying Dodgers.
Joe Maddon may have had his critics over his choices, but still, no one was giving the production that was required during that series. Then they move to LA and split the series with the Dodgers, ran over the Twins and the Tigers, and now back to the Reds. They’ll be looking to make it right.
Mike Montgomery (3-2, 3.55 ERA) will be the man to go up against Tyler Mahle and the Cubs fans will be expecting nothing less than a statement.
For the Reds, it’s been quite a run as well since the sweep; they immediately confirmed their good form against the Braves, then split their four-game series with the Brewers, and then they claimed the White Sox 2-1. Those are the early signs of a run, and they will probably be cussing at the break, but they’ve generated the necessary momentum and confidence to hold against the Cubs again.
They still sit bottom of the NL Central, playing under .500 baseball, but they are 6-4 in their last 10. A deeper look at this and we factor in that the Reds have won 13 of their last 17, with 8 wins coming when they were behind, as they were against the third game against the White Sox. The team has character and grit and will be looking to make the midseason memorable by upsetting the Cubs in Wrigley Field. Jesse Winker and Jose Peraza were great, as was starting pitcher Romano.
This time it is Tyler Mahle (6-6) who will take the mound. It is worth noting that Mahle was 3-0 I June, with a 2.18 ERA.
Both teams will not back down an inch, it should be exciting, to say the least.