Brooks Raley tries to make a better first impression this time around, but I’m a bit nervous about him following a similar pitcher in Travis Wood.

Brett Jackson is back in the lineup, and, even against a tough strikeout pitcher, I feel like he’s gonna have a good day. I just do.

Game Info

Cincinnati Reds (68-46) at Chicago Cubs (44-68), 1:20pm CT on WGN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Johnny Cueto (14-6, 2.58 ERA, 3.03 FIP)

versus

Brooks Raley (0-1, 15.75 ERA, 6.59 FIP)

Cincinnati Reds Lineup

1. Zack Cosart, SS

2. Drew Stubbs, CF

3. Brandon Phillips, 2B

4. Ryan Ludwick, LF

5. Todd Frazier, 3B

6. Jay Bruce, RF

7. Miguel Cairo, 1B

8. Ryan Hanigan, C

9. Johnny Cueto, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Darwin Barney, 2B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Starlin Castro, SS

6. Luis Valbuena, 3B

7. Brett Jackson, CF

8. Steve Clevenger, C

9. Brooks Raley, P




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