Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 6/10/13
Joey Votto and the Cincinnati Reds have fallen on hard times lately, though that certainly hasn't been the case at Wrigley Field. The perennial All-Star looks to continue his tear at the Friendly Confines on Monday night when the Reds try to extend their franchise-best winning streak on the Chicago Cubs' home field. Cincinnati (37-26) will try to get back on track after missing out on a chance to make up ground in the NL Central, falling 11-4 in 10 innings to first-place St. Louis on Sunday. Jay Bruce and Shin-Soo Choo each had two hits and went 5 for 11 in the three-game series, but it wasn't enough to keep the Reds - who have lost five of seven - from falling four games behind the Cardinals. "It's hard not to be disappointed," said manager Dusty Baker, whose team had a two-run lead heading into the seventh. "You have a game that you lead in the late innings, you've got to find a way to hold that." The Reds, however, appear to have a good chance to regroup against Baker's former club. They've won 16 of 19 versus the Cubs (25-35), including seven of nine this season. Cincinnati is also looking to extend a team-record nine-game winning streak at Wrigley Field after sweeping a three-game series there May 3-5. Votto, who went 7 for 12 with three doubles in that sweep, had gone 4 for 31 (.129) with no homers and one RBI over an eight-game span overall before going 3 for 7 in his last two. He should be feeling confident heading back to Chicago since he's 13 for 23 with six RBIs and seven doubles during a seven-game hitting streak at Wrigley. Although Votto hasn't homered in his last 10 games, he went deep off scheduled Chicago starter Scott Feldman (5-4, 2.84 ERA) in a 7-4 win in Cincinnati on May 24. Feldman gave up five runs over 5 1-3 innings in that outing - his first career start against the Reds. It's the right-hander's only loss over his last eight starts, going 5-1 with a 2.39 ERA during that stretch. Although he didn't get a decision in his last start, Feldman allowed two runs over six-plus innings in a 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. "He's kind of changed his approach over the years," said Jered Weaver, who opposed Feldman in that contest. "He was a hard thrower and a mid-90s (mph) guy, and now he's mixing in that split-finger and that cutter a lot. So he's kind of developed into a great pitcher and he's obviously proven that this year." The Reds counter with Homer Bailey (3-4, 3.84), who looks to beat Chicago for the second time this season. Bailey is 1-4 with a 5.11 ERA on the road this season, but he's 3-1 with a 3.20 ERA in four career starts at Wrigley. The right-hander gave up two runs with eight strikeouts over six innings in a 5-2 home win over the Cubs on May 25. Anthony Rizzo had two of the Cubs' five hits off Bailey in that contest and went 5 for 12 in the series, though he's 4 for 22 over his last seven games overall. The Cubs, who have hit .205 while losing five of seven, salvaged the finale of their three-game series against Pittsburgh with Sunday's 4-1 victory. Catcher Dioner Navarro went 2 for 2 in the win, and is 8 for 13 with three homers and seven RBIs over his last five games.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Todd Gurley says Rams believe they can win Super Bowl

Seven players who stood out in Rams' thrilling win over 49ers

Rams WRs Sammy Watkins, Tavon Austin evaluated for concussions

Alec Ogletree throws 49ers player to the ground

WATCH: Pierre Garcon tips his toes for beautiful highlight reel catch

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Aaron Donald called for horrible roughing the passer penalty

Brilliant pass-and-catch from Goff, Watkins highlight TNF

Gordon Hayward: Isaiah Thomas had big role in recruiting me to Boston

Arkansas RB Whaley will play despite reported fight with teammate

Pockets of empty seats for Rams-49ers on Thursday

Clippers hire Bruce Bowen as TV analyst

WNBA Finals preview: Lynx look for revenge against Sparks

The 'Chris Sale joins an elite club' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: The home runs just keep on coming

Building on the NFL's positive changes beyond 2017

NFL Week 3 predictions

The 'MLB is as powerful as ever' quiz

After a decade in the WNBA, MVP Sylvia Fowles is ready for the spotlight

College football 2017 Week 4 predictions

10 teams that can unseat the Warriors in 2018

NFL Referee Hotline: Mike McCarthy is sick of these calls

The 'Kevin Durant has mad (Twitter) handles' quiz

Baseball's most underwhelming teams of 2017

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

WNBA Finals preview: Lynx look for revenge against Sparks

Three Up, Three Down: The home runs just keep on coming

The 'Chris Sale joins an elite club' quiz

Building on the NFL's positive changes beyond 2017

NFL Week 3 predictions

After a decade in the WNBA, MVP Sylvia Fowles is ready for the spotlight

The 'MLB is as powerful as ever' quiz

10 teams that can unseat the Warriors in 2018

College football 2017 Week 4 predictions

NFL Referee Hotline: Mike McCarthy is sick of these calls

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker