wrigley field featuredThe Cubs are back home. Jorge Soler is back in the lineup. Anthony Rizzo is back in the lineup.

And Travis Wood is back to pitching well?

We’ll see on that one. He’ll get a favor from the Reds, at least, whose lineup features a host of September call-ups, and features no Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, or Brandon Phillips.

Game Info

Cincinnati Reds (71-79) at Chicago Cubs (65-84), 7:05 CT on CSN+

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Starting Pitchers

Alfredo Simon (3.48 ERA, 4.38 FIP, 4.02 xFIP; 2.29 K/BB)


Travis Wood (5.03 ERA, 4.51 FIP, 4.60 xFIP; 1.89 K/BB)

Cincinnati Reds Lineup

1. Billy Hamilton, CF

2. Kristopher Negron, 3B

3. Todd Frazier, 1B

4. Devin Mesoraco, C

5. Yorman Rodriguez, RF

6. Jason Bourgeois, LF

7. Ramon Santiago, 2B

8. Jake Elmore, SS

9. Alfredo Simon, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Chris Coghlan, LF

2. Javier Baez, SS

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Jorge Soler, RF

5. Luis Valbuena, 3B

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Arismendy Alcantara, CF

8. Logan Watkins, 2B

9. Travis Wood, P