wrigley field from right bleachersJeff Samardzija hasn’t been quite as sharp as usual lately, and I’m sure he’d be happy to set that right tonight. He’s got a 6.75 ERA over his last seven starts.

Junior Lake gets another start in center field, and, as I discussed earlier, I’m quite pleased about that.

Game Info

Cincinnati Reds (66-52) at Chicago Cubs (52-66), 7:05 CT on CSN, MLBN.

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 (7-10, 3.73 ERA, 3.07 FIP)

versus

Jeff Samardzija (6-11, 4.23 ERA, 3.61 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. Xavier Paul, LF

7. Zack Cozart, SS

8. Ryan Hanigan, C

9. Homer Bailey, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, LF

2. Junior Lake, CF

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Dioner Navarro, C

5. Nate Schierholtz, RF

6. Starlin Castro, SS

7. Donnie Murphy, 3B

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Jeff Samardzija, P


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