It’s the start of a four-game, three-day series for the Cubs and Reds. Could be a lot of homers this weekend, especially tonight with a couple of homer-prone pitchers going.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (46-70) at Cincinnati Reds (71-47), 6:10pm CT on WGN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

The Game Thread lives here. You should participate in the madness. And, of course, for those who aren’t into message board-style game threads, please feel free to use the comments on this post for your in-game commentary/outbursts.

The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Travis Wood (4-8, 4.52 ERA, 5.34 FIP)


Bronson Arroyo (8-7, 3.95 ERA, 4.17 FIP)

Cincinnati Reds Lineup

1. Zack Cosart, SS

2. Drew Stubbs, CF

3. Brandon Phillips, 2B

4. Ryan Ludwick, LF

5. Jay Bruce, RF

6. Todd Frazier, 1B

7. Scott Rolen, 3B

8. Ryan Hanigan, C

9. Bronson Arroyo, 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. Travis Wood, P

  • rbreeze

    Valbuenooooooooooooo! Is this the best we can do? Where is Bobby scales when we need him?

  • Crockett

    So tired of not seeing a Vitters/Cardenas platoon.

    • Njriv

      I’m tired of not seeing Cardenas at all.

      • Mush

        Probably not as good as we think.

        • Crockett

          You’re right. But lets find out.

          That’s all I’m saying.

  • EB

    I’m at the game tonight. Hoping to see a Cubs win!

  • ramy16

    Hopefully were on the winning side of things in Cincinnatti.. Maybe just Maybe Travis Wood can come back and bite his old team in the ass! With him giving up the long ball i highly doubt it

  • abe

    time to pick up a few games on the astros

  • JMick

    I never root for a Cubby loss, but at this point, the only thing that really matters to me for the rest of the season is that the Cardinals do not make the playoffs. Therefore, I will never be too saddened to see the Reds win if it means the Cards drop in the standings. If you can’t root for a winning team you love, you may as well root against a winning team you hate. The only thing that could make the Cubs loss total suck even more this year would be if the damn Red Birds made a playoff run again.

  • Spoda17

    I really think Valbuena is porkin Dale on the side… why the eff is he starting… don’t even tell me we are “tryiong” to win games…

  • RY34

    is it me or is travis wood pathetic?

    • spearman

      Those 2 homeruns were crazy. Both balls were down and out of the one. The 1 Frasier hit, he hit way out on his front foot.

      • RY34

        he is still pathetic though right?

        • spearman

          not really, but if it makes you feel better!

  • RY34

    yeah the reds pretty much play in an expanded little league park

    • RicoSanto

      Like the CELL