Pre-Gamin’: Reds v. Cubs (7:05 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, etc.

wrigley field from right bleachersThe Cubs return to Wrigley Field to take on the Reds, behind Travis Wood, once again facing his former mates. It was a three and three road trip for the Cubs, which, eh. It was Philadelphia and St. Louis, so that sounds about right, on the balance.

Game Info

Cincinnati Reds (65-52) at Chicago Cubs (52-65), 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

Mat Latos (11-3, 3.21 ERA, 3.05 FIP)


Travis Wood (7-8, 3.04 ERA, 3.67 FIP)

Cincinnati Reds Lineup

1. Shin-Soo Choo, CF

2. Todd Frazier, 3B

3. Joey Votto, 1B

4. Brandon Phillips, 2B

5. Jay Bruce, RF

6. Ryan Ludwick, LF

7. Devin Mesoraco, C

8. Zack Cozart, SS

9. Mat Latos, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, CF

2. Junior Lake, LF

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Welington Castillo, C

5. Nate Schierholtz, RF

6. Starlin Castro, SS

7. Donnie Murphy, 3B

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Travis Wood, P

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66 responses to “Pre-Gamin’: Reds v. Cubs (7:05 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, etc.”

  1. Jon

    I’m sure “Thom” (and what kind of self-absorbed d-bag spells “Tom’ with an ‘H’)Brennaman will be non stop with his “Brandon Phillps was robbed of the gold glove” nonsense this entire series.

    1. gocatsgo2003

      Pretty sure it would be that “self-absorbed d-bag”‘s parents…

      1. Jon

        As much as I would love to, I can’t blame ole Marty. He was born “Thomas Wade”.

        1. gocatsgo2003

          And, in one of the more miraculous instances on record, specifically requested to be referred to as “Thom” at the age of six months.

    2. DarthHater

      What kind of self-absorbed d-bag spells “John” without an ‘H’? :-P

      1. Jon

        Jon Lester who overcame cancer to be one of the best pitchers in the game, you want to pick on him too?

        1. TWC

          Is being born without a sense of humor a “Jon” thing?

          1. DarthHater

            You spell your name with an ‘H,’ dontcha?

            1. TWC

              Yeah, but it comes before the T. I’m anti-establishment like that.

              1. DarthHater

                Holy shit. I didn’t know it was even possible to be THAT self-absorbed.

                1. Cubbie Blues

                  No, to you it’s HTAT.

                  1. DarthHater

                    I think we’re creating a new language here. Let’s call it: Douchesperanto.

                    1. hansman1982

                      Also referred to as: DarthHaterish

                2. TWC

                  I got skillz.

                  1. waittilthisyear

                    my name is spelled Jon without an H. don’t lump us all in to one, i beg of you.

                    1. TWC

                      This madness will never end, it seems.

                    2. hansman1982

                      Consider yourself lumped.

                    3. Cubbie Blues

                      I will just think of you as WTTY. Not to be confused with WITTY.

                  2. waittilthisyear

                    i have been lumped

              2. Cheese Chad

                So far I haven’t met a Chad without an “H”. Now that would be king of self-absorbed Doucheland!

        2. DarthHater

          Oh, I feel so terrible now, I think I’m going to cry!

          1. Ernie

            Darth–walk outside and look around. Baseball site–cartoons and nonsense on channel 321.

      2. farmerjon

        Uh, ur kinda painting with broad strokes there fella ; )

      3. gocatsgo2003
  2. tom

    POLL TIME: how many think Lake would be better in CF then DeJesus?? I think Lake in CF and DeJesus in LF

    1. Cizzle

      Better right now: DeJesus. More defensive upside for the future: Lake.

      I would hope that DDJ’s 650 games in ML Center Fields would give him the edge at this point in Lake’s development.

    2. Mr. B. Patient

      Tools wise, Lake is a better fit in CF than DeJesus. Unfortunately, tools can’t tell you how a guy reads the ball off the bat, which is the biggest difference between left and center. Lake will need a lot more time in center to determine if he gets good reads (which he currently does NOT).

      1. gutshot5820

        You all are pre-judging Lake as if he is a finished product. He still has a lot of growth and development left and should really be still in the minors if there wasn’t an injury that necessitated the call-up.

        So you can take all your talk about BABIP and other statistics and throw them down the toilet until he becomes a finished product. If his growth curve ended today, then yes, but he is still trending upwards. Give the guy a chance to succeed or fail before labeling him. Typical Cub fans.

        1. Kyle

          At his age, a “lot” of growth and development left is probably optimistic. It’s possible, but unlikely.

      2. Cizzle

        A lot of people claim that DDJ isn’t a “fit” in Center Field, while they completely ignore that the bulk of his career has been in Center and he’s been a little bit better than league average for CF fielding % and range.

        1. Kyle

          We do make it a habit to ignore fielding % and range factor, and with good reason.

    3. Ian Afterbirth

      Better? Dejesus

      Who do I want to watch play center? Lake

  3. Jon


    ‏@7SportsGuy 9m
    Kris Bryant, 3rd baseman for @BoiseHawks got called up to Daytona, upper level A league, just now. He was enjoying an off day at Roaring Spr

    1. Jon

      This is great news. I look forward to catching up on Kris’ weekly game down there.

  4. Mick

    Get your 6 week pass for the Arizona Fall League and see him play. $100. Mesa Solar Sox.

  5. cubs2003

    I’d love to see JL in center a little bit. He might need to play some winter ball this offseason though. Don’t know if it will stick. I’d also like DDJ’s option to be picked up. He seems like a really good veteran guy and a versatile outfielder. Wouldn’t be bad to have him around for a team that’s not strapped for cash and needs some leadership.

  6. Cubbie Blues

    Why is Lake in CF and DeJesus in LF?

    1. hansman1982

      Cause the FO was reading BN earlier today.

  7. gutshot5820

    Clearly the FO disagrees with a lot of the intelligent posters on this blog.

  8. willis

    Latos generally owns the cubs. He looks particularly sick tonight. This is not a good thing.

    1. Cubbie Blues

      It’s generally easier to name the pitchers that don’t own the Cubs lately.

  9. willis

    As in a “no-hit” type of thing. He’s got the stuff to do it tonight against a bad lineup. And only 29 pitches through 3 innings. Yikes.

  10. jkppkj

    Latos 30 pitches through 3 innings, Wood 41 through 3 2/3, this game is zipping along

  11. Jon

    Latos is going to throw a No No 2night. Cincy raped the Padres in that trade

    1. cub2014

      FO listened to us on Lake in CF and moving
      Bryant to Daytona. So next moves are to start
      Watkins at 3rd and move Vogelbach to Daytona

    2. Cubbie Blues

      Really, they forced sexual intercourse on the entire organization? I would have thought that would have been in the news more.

      1. jon

        It was legitimate, or a gift from God, or one of those

  12. ssckelley

    Brett, what do you got on this new international player theCubs just signed?

  13. willis

    He’s pitching each left hander exactly the same. And they are all falling for it. He’s just got nasty stuff tonight. He usually does, just a good live arm. But tonight I’m really impressed watching him.

  14. willis

    God dammit. That was bad base running.

    1. ssckelley

      But one hell of a throw.

  15. Soler Power

    DeJesus and Lake switched, why? :)

  16. ssckelley

    Vitters with his 5th homer tonight for Iowa.

    1. ssckelley

      Not to be out done, Olt just hit one.

  17. Mr. B. Patient

    Vitters and Olt both homered tonight, Baez homered earlier, Bryant promoted to Daytona, and Cubs don’t get no-hit. This is NOT the Cubs organization we are used to. (or it’s just been a good Cubbie day).

    1. Jay

      I agree, brother! Let’s just keep moving in the right direction.

  18. Rebuilding

    On this date in history: Greg Maddux had his 72.1 innings streak without issuing a walk broken when Bobby Cox preferred an intentional walk to Steve Finley. They were just talking about it on the radio. Sure Maddux might have been a little unhappy with Bobby C on that one

  19. willis

    This was too easy to predict. The cubs finally get some action and they run themselves out of the inning. You just knew the reds would score following that up.

  20. Eternal Pessimist

    Wow…lake really made that line drive look more difficult than it was. Announcers even covered his but saying is “must’ve been a knuckled”. Reminded of Michael Jordan’s diving catch for the White Sox.

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