wrigley field from right bleachersTravis Wood has been nothing but quality starts this year … except for one start against these Reds. Freaking Reds.

Wood and Leake, whose careers have had a fair bit of interplay as they joined the Reds’ rotation around the same time (confession: in those early days of their careers, I mixed the two up all the time), have amazingly similar numbers this year.

Alfonso Soriano gets the day off today, in favor of Ryan Sweeney, who bats cleanup.

Game Info

Cincinnati Reds (39-26) at Chicago Cubs (25-37), 1:20 CT on CSN, MLBN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Mike Leake (5-3, 2.93 ERA, 3.54 FIP)

versus

Travis Wood (5-4, 2.65 ERA, 3.50 FIP)

Cincinnati Reds Lineup

1. Derrick Robinson, LF

2. Shin-Soo Choo, CF

3. Joey Votto, 1B

4. Brandon Phillips, 2B

5. Jay Bruce, RF

6. Todd Frazier, 3B

7. Devin Mesoraco, C

8. Cesar Izturis, SS

9. Mike Leake, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Luis Valbuena, 3B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Ryan Sweeney, LF

5. Nate Schierholtz, RF

6. Starlin Castro, SS

7. Welington Castillo, C

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Travis Wood, P


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