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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Cincinnati3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 470
Chi Cubs1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 250
  W: S. Gray (11-7)   L: Y. Darvish (6-7)   S: R. Iglesias (32)
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Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 34,267

Cubs look to keep pace in playoff race vs. Reds

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Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs

  1. The Reds and Cubs meet for their final series of 2019, with Cincinnati holding a 9-7 edge in the season series. The Reds haven't finished a season with a winning record against the Cubs since 2014, when then went 11-8.
  2. The Cubs swept the Pirates over the weekend, scoring 17, 14 and 16 runs for 47 total runs, three runs shy of the modern-day record by an NL team in a three-game series. They also became the first NL team to score at least 14 runs in three straight games since the 1930 Cubs scored 16, 15 and 18 in three straight. That Cubs team went on to plate 10 and 13 in the next two.
  3. Kris Bryant had three homers over the weekend, and is now 11-for-22 with five home runs, 13 RBI and eight runs over a six-game hitting streak. Since 2015, his 89 hits are the most in MLB against the Reds, while his runs (61), doubles (23) and RBI (52) trail only Anthony Rizzo (66, 24, 68) for the most in the majors against the Cincinnati franchise.
  4. Yu Darvish, Tuesday's scheduled starter, struck out 14 over six scoreless innings against the Padres on Thursday. His 29.7 percent of swings that miss on the season is the best by a Cubs ERA qualifier since Kerry Wood was at 32.6 in 2003.
  5. Eugenio Suarez homered twice Sunday, and now has 47 on the season -- the most by a Red since George Foster hit a franchise-record 52 in 1977. Suarez is one home run from matching the single-season record for homers by a third baseman shared by Phillies Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt in 1980 and Adrian Beltre for the 2004 Dodgers.
  6. Tyler Mahle, who takes the ball in Wednesday's finale, has gone 11 straight starts since his last win on May 31. The last Reds pitcher to have a longer winless stretch in a season was Dontrelle Willis, who made 12 consecutive starts without a victory in 2011.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/16/2019 thru 9/18/2019
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The Chicago Cubs know the odds of making a deep postseason run might not be in their favor.

They plan to go for it anyway.

Chicago (82-68) will look to make it six consecutive wins when its hosts the Cincinnati Reds (70-81) on Tuesday night. The Cubs won the series opener 8-2 Monday behind a three-run home run by Kyle Schwarber and a two-run double by Nicholas Castellanos.

With 12 games to go in the regular season, the Cubs trail the St. Louis Cardinals by two games for the top spot in the National League Central. Chicago has a one-game lead over Milwaukee for the NL's second wild-card berth.

Oh, and Cubs manager Joe Maddon's contract is set to expire at the end of the season.

No pressure. Right?

"Joe's done a great job, as always," Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said to reporters. "Since he's been here, he's been a terrific partner. There have been a lot of moving parts thrown at him this year. It's not the type of thing that normally bothers him. ...

"He takes such an even-keeled approach to managing the club, so he's not rattled by (injuries). He looks for solutions and collaborates. You couldn't tell if he has a totally healthy roster or is leading the league in injuries. He's unflappable that way."

Epstein spoke shortly after the Cubs announced that first baseman Anthony Rizzo underwent an MRI exam that showed a moderate right ankle sprain. Rizzo will not need surgery, but his status for the remainder of the regular season is in doubt with less than two weeks to go.

Meanwhile, the Reds are trying to end their season on a high note after a string of disappointments.

Cincinnati right-hander Sonny Gray (10-7, 2.80 ERA) is slated to make his 30th start after being pushed back a day. He is coming off a hard-luck loss in which he allowed three runs on two hits in 6 1/3 innings in a 5-3 setback to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.

Gray is 2-2 with a 2.86 ERA in five starts against the Cubs. Four of those matchups have come this season, with Gray going 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA.

"He believes he's the best pitcher out there and that he can get every hitter out," Reds manager David Bell recently told reporters. "Combine that with his stuff and experience, he's just continuing to get better. It'll be exciting to watch how far he can take it."

The Cubs plan to counter with right-hander Yu Darvish (6-6, 3.97 ERA), who will make his 30th start of 2019 after making only eight starts in his first season with the franchise. Darvish earned a win in his last outing as he tossed six scoreless innings against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, surrendering only two hits and walking two while striking out 14.

In seven career starts against Cincinnati, Darvish is 3-1 with a 3.35 ERA.

Chicago is 51-24 at home this season. Cincinnati is 30-46 on the road.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 17, 2019

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