Cubs vs. Reds Probable Starting Pitchers Today – May 31

The Chicago Cubs (28-29) and Cincinnati Reds (24-32) both enter Friday’s contest on losing streaks. The Cubs have dropped two games in a row, the Reds two in a row.

The probable starters are Javier Assad (4-1) for the Cubs and Graham Ashcraft (4-3) for the Reds.

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Cubs vs. Reds Pitcher Matchup Info

  • Date: Friday, May 31, 2024
  • Time: 2:20 PM ET
  • TV: MARQ
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Venue: Wrigley Field
  • Live Stream: Fubo
  • Probable Pitchers: Assad – CHC (4-1, 2.17 ERA) vs Ashcraft – CIN (4-3, 4.67 ERA)

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Cubs Probable Starting Pitcher Today: Javier Assad

  • Assad (4-1) will take the mound for the Cubs, his 12th start of the season.
  • The right-hander gave up four earned runs and allowed five hits in five innings pitched against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.
  • The 26-year-old has an ERA of 2.17 and 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings, with a batting average against of .207 in 11 games this season.
  • In 11 starts this season, he’s earned a quality start in three of them.
  • Assad has made eight starts of five or more innings in 11 chances this season, and averages 5.3 frames when he pitches.
  • He has finished three appearances without allowing an earned run in 11 chances this season.
  • Among qualified major league pitchers this season, the 26-year-old’s 2.17 ERA ranks ninth, 1.155 WHIP ranks 43rd, and 8.4 K/9 ranks 40th.

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Reds Probable Starting Pitcher Tonight: Graham Ashcraft

  • The Reds will send Ashcraft (4-3) out for his 11th start of the season. He is 4-3 with a 4.67 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 54 2/3 innings pitched.
  • In his most recent appearance on Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the righty threw 5 1/3 innings, giving up five earned runs while surrendering eight hits.
  • The 26-year-old has an ERA of 4.67, with 7.2 strikeouts per nine innings in 10 games this season. Opponents are batting .271 against him.
  • Ashcraft is trying to collect his fourth quality start of the season in this outing.
  • Ashcraft will look to prolong a three-game streak of pitching five or more innings (he’s averaging 5.4 innings per outing).
  • In one of his 10 total appearances this season he has not surrendered an earned run.

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