The Reds come to town on top of the world. Must be nice. Maybe tonight’s game will end before 1:30 am.

Justin Germano continues to pitch for his roster life. The results you see with your eyes tell you that this just isn’t a guy who can be expected to hold down the 5th starter job next year. But, a number of the advanced stats (most notably FIP) say he’s been better than we think. He’ll have to come in for some serious analysis after the season.

Game Info

Cincinnati Reds (88-59) at Chicago Cubs (58-89), 7:05 CT on CSN.

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

Homer Bailey (11-9, 3.93 ERA, 4.17 FIP)


Justin Germano (2-7, 5.60 ERA, 3.78 FIP) (combined, Cubs/Red Sox, because why not?)

Cincinnati Reds Lineup

1. Brandon Phillips, 2B

2. Drew Stubbs, CF

3. Joey Votto, 1B

4. Ryan Ludwick, LF

5. Jay Bruce, RF

6. Scott Rolen, 3B

7. Ryan Hanigan, C

8. Wilson Valdez, SS

9. Homer Bailey, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF

2. Luis Valbuena, 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Starlin Castro, SS

6. Steve Clevenger, C

7. Brett Jackson, CF

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Justin Germano, P

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