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It’s Arismendy Alcantara Day!

Only slightly less exciting is that it’s the second anniversary of Dallas Beeler-mas!

One of the Cubs’ top prospects, Alcantara will make his debut, starting at second base and batting second. Beeler is making his second start for the Cubs, and, while he isn’t considered a prospect of Alcantara’s caliber, he is a possibility for the Cubs’ rotation down the road.

So this is a pretty exciting game, folks, all in all.

Beeler gets a Reds lineup without Joey Votto or Todd Frazier, by the way.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (38-51) at Cincinnati Reds (48-42), 6:10 CT on WGN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

Game threads now live here in the comments – and with Disqus, they should be even more enjoyable.

The Series Preview lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Dallas Beeler (0.00 ERA, 2.62 FIP, 3.04 xFIP; 2.00 K/BB)

versus

Alfredo Simon (2.78 ERA, 4.36 FIP, 4.02 xFIP; 2.58 K/BB)

Cincinnati Reds Lineup

1. Billy Hamilton, CF

2. Skip Schumaker, LF

3. Brandon Phillips, 2B

4. Jay Bruce, RF

5. Devin Mesoraco, C

6. Brayan Pena, 1B

7. Ramon Santiago, 3B

8. Zack Cosart, SS

9. Alfredo Simon, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Chris Coghlan, LF

2. Arismendy Alcantara, 2B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Starlin Castro, SS

5. Luis Valbuena, 3B

6. Justin Ruggiano, CF

7. Ryan Sweeney, RF

8. Welington Castillo, C

9. Dallas Beeler, P

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