The scorching-hot North Siders took last night's contest by a score of 3-1, propelled by eight dominant innings of one-run ball from Kyle Hendricks, who also notched three hits and drove in two runs. Steve Cishek would secure the save for the Cubs, handing them their third straight victory.
How to Live Stream the Game
First pitch is slated for 6:40pm ET in Cincinnati. The game will be broadcast regionally on FOX Sports Ohio and WGN, with streaming available on MLB.TV and the MLB streams subreddit.
Jason Heyward will lead things off for the Cubbies, with Kris Bryant once again taking over first base and batting second while Anthony Rizzo nurses his ailing back. Javy Báez is in at shortstop and batting third.
On the hill for Chicago is Yu Darvish, who is struggling early on in 2019. His lack of control has seen him surrender a league-high 33 walks through 36.2 innings pitched. He carries an ugly 5.40 ERA and an even worse 1.72 WHIP. The strikeouts are still there, notching 44 K's on the season, but Darvish has been a shell of his former self.
Fortunately, the Cubs are one of the hottest teams in all of baseball right now, going 10-2 in the month of May and winning three straight. The offense and pitching have both been firing on all cylinders, tied for the best run differential in the NL at +56. Much of the offense's success is due to recent hot streaks from Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant, who have bounced back from slow starts to the season.
Top prospect Nick Senzel has arrived and has already claimed the leadoff spot as his own. Joey Votto will follow suit, with slugging third baseman Eugenio Suarez in the three-hole.
The Reds offense will look to begin their turn around tonight against Darvish, and will send Sonny Gray to the mound looking for his first win. He's 0-4 on the season, though it's largely due to a severe lack of run support. He's logged 8 starts and has a 4.15 ERA with 41 strikeouts across 39 innings pitched.
The Reds' season has not been going the way they had hoped it would so far, but there is still plenty of time to turn things around. Cincy has actually been playing better than their record indicates; with a run differential of +28, their Pythagorean win-loss expectancy is 24-18, a perfect reversal of their actual record.