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5:05 PM PT6:05 PM MT7:05 PM CT8:05 PM ET20:05 ET0:05 GMT8:05 5:05 PM MST7:05 PM EST7:35 PM VEN4:05 UAE (+1)7:05 PM CT, July 16, 2019
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 39,788

Cubs turn to rookie Mills vs. Reds' DeSclafani

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Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs

  1. The Reds are 6-3 against the Cubs this year, winning each of the first three series. They're averaging 5.2 runs and batting .304 against Chicago, compared to 4.4 runs and a .244 average against all other teams.
  2. Joey Votto is batting .447 against the Cubs this season, and went 7-for-13 with four runs in a three-game series at Wrigley Field in May. Votto's .437 career OBP at Wrigley ranks fourth among those with at least 300 plate appearances there since 1920.
  3. Monday's scheduled starter Luis Castillo has allowed one earned run or less in five of his last seven starts, which includes tossing seven innings of one-run ball in a 6-0 loss to the Cubs on June 29. His 11 starts allowing one earned run or less are already the most by a Reds pitcher since 2014, when Alfredo Simon also had 11 and Johnny Cueto had 15.
  4. Kyle Hendricks opposes Castillo, and is 4-0 with 1.90 ERA in eight career home starts against the Reds. The last Cubs pitcher to have a sub-2.00 ERA over an eight-start span against Cincinnati at Wrigley Field was Bob Rush, who had a 1.56 ERA between 1950-53.
  5. Kris Bryant has a .343/.439/.571 slash line with five doubles and six runs against the Reds this season. Since his 2015 rookie season, Bryant's 23 doubles against the Reds are the most by any player while his 54 runs are second behind Anthony Rizzo's 62.
  6. Javier Baez has a .395/.439/.842 slash line with runners in scoring position and two outs for a 1.281 OPS, fourth in MLB among 233 players with at least 25 plate appearances. He had a .809 OPS with runners in scoring position and two outs last season to rank 123rd among batting qualifiers.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/15/2019 thru 7/17/2019

Alec Mills will make his season debut when the Chicago Cubs host the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

The 27-year-old right-hander is 0-1 with a 5.48 ERA in 10 career games (two starts) with Kansas City and Chicago. He has 27 strikeouts over 21 1/3 innings, and he has a staunch advocate in Cubs manager Joe Maddon.

"I'm a Mills fan," Maddon told reporters. "When you see him on the gun, his stuff doesn't blow you away. He's got great pitchability. I've grown to appreciate and understand what he's all about.

"I have often said he's kind of a throwback '70s, '80s kind of guy. He's not going to overwhelm you with stuff, but he makes pitches, and hitters get bad takes like they do against Kyle (Hendricks) sometimes. I think, given the opportunity, this guy will surprise people."

Mills has faced the Reds once before in his career, allowing one run in 5 2/3 innings and drawing a no-decision.

The Cubs will try to bounce back after losing 6-3 in the series opener against the Reds. Chicago jumped to a 3-1 lead before Cincinnati scored the final five runs of the game.

The Reds will attempt to secure back-to-back wins for the first time since July 2-4.

Cincinnati right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (5-4, 4.26 ERA) is slated to make his 18th start of the season. He has walked 26 and fanned 90 over 86 2/3 innings this season, which marks a half-decade since he entered the big leagues with the Miami Marlins in 2014.

In 11 career starts against the Cubs, DeSclafani is 4-3 with a 3.84 ERA. He has walked 20 and struck out 58 in 63 1/3 innings.

DeSclafani is confident that he and his teammates can close the gap in the crowded National League Central standings.

"We all feel like we can win," he said in comments published by "We're a last-place team, but we're in this thing. This division is so tight and we're keeping it so close. Most of these games that we lost were by one run.

"I don't think that's a reason to be discouraged that we're in last. These little bit of games haven't gone our way early in the year, and that's why we are where we're at. We feel like we're a playoff team. We just have to fight back and creep up these standings slowly."

The Cubs will play their first game since acquiring catcher Martin Maldonado from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for veteran reliever Mike Montgomery, who recorded the final out of the 2016 World Series.

Chicago also placed catcher Willson Contreras on the 10-day injured list because of a foot injury.

Maldonado could help ease the blow with Contreras out.

"(He's an) established catcher in this league who does a lot of great things behind the plate," Cubs president Theo Epstein said in comments published by the Chicago Sun-Times. "Can really receive. Can really throw. ... A favorite of pitchers to throw to. Lot of experience. Lot of savvy."

--Field Level Media

Updated July 16, 2019

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