wrigley field inside featureThe Cubs have dropped two in a row now, and will look to turn things around in this series against the Reds.

Jeff Samardzija goes for the Cubs, and he’s mostly bounced back from that ugly June 1 outing against the Brewers. In the three games since then, Samardzija is posting a 2.84/2.30/2.43 ERA/FIP/xFIP slash line. I remain deeply suspicious about that start in Milwaukee.

Game Info

Cincinnati Reds (37-37) at Chicago Cubs (31-42), 7:05 CT on WCIU.

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Starting Pitchers

Alfredo Simon (3.05 ERA, 4.44 FIP, 4.09 xFIP; 2.50 K/BB)


Jeff Samardzija (2.60 ERA, 2.89 FIP, 3.19 xFIP; 3.10 K/BB)

Cincinnati Reds Lineup

1. Billy Hamilton, CF

2. Todd Frazier, 3B

3. Joey Votto, 1B

4. Devin Mesoraco, C

5. Jay Bruce, RF

6. Ryan Ludwick, LF

7. Skip Schumaker, 2B

8. Zack Cosart, SS

9. Alfredo Simon, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Chris Coghlan, LF

2. Justin Ruggiano, CF

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Starlin Castro, SS

5. Luis Valbuena, 3B

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Ryan Sweeney, RF

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Jeff Samardzija, P