Jason Berken, like Chris Rusin and Justin Germano before him (yup, that’s a theme, folks), is trying to get into management’s head when they think about 5th starter options for 2013. He could use a good start after a rough first outing with the Cubs.

Alfonso Soriano gets the day off after finally reaching 30/100.

The Reds’ lineup is of the all-bench variety that Dusty Baker was so famous for when he was with the Cubs. He’s not actually managing the Reds today, though. He’s in the hospital with a heart murmur, and Chris Speier will manage today, as he did yesterday.

You’ve got a softball coming your way, Berken.

Game Info

Cincinnati Reds (90-59) at Chicago Cubs (58-91), 1:20 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

Johnny Cueto (17-9, 2.92 ERA, 3.21 FIP)


Jason Berken (0-1, 7.20 ERA, 11.90 FIP)

Cincinnati Reds Lineup

1. Xavier Paul, LF

2. Miguel Cairo, 1B

3. Henry Rodriguez, 2B

4. Todd Frazier, 3B

5. Chris Heisey, RF

6. Denis Phipps, CF

7. Ryan Hanigan, C

8. Didi Gregorius, SS

9. Johnny Cueto, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Darwin Barney, 2B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Bryan LaHair, LF

5. Starlin Castro, SS

6. Luis Valbuena, 3B

7. Welington Castillo, C

8. Dave Sappelt, RF

9. Jason Berken, P

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