wrigley field featuredAces in the hole! Or some kind of pun that makes sense.

Tonight Jake Arrieta squares off against Johnny Cueto, which is a pretty damn good pitching matchup. The funny thing is, I highly doubt they match last night’s 0-0 score through 8 innings.

The Cubs will be without Anthony Rizzo and Arismendy Alcantara in this one, so they’ll have to get their heroics from others. Interestingly, with Rizzo out, it’s Chris Valaika, not Mike Olt, starting at first base. Olt, himself, was coming back from a hamstring strain, so hopefully there’s no new issue there.

And don’t forget: the latest episode of BNTV records live during the game at 8pm CT/9pm ET. Join in the fun in the comments and on Twitter while watching the live stream.



Game Info

Cincinnati Reds (71-80) at Chicago Cubs (66-84), 7:05 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

Johnny Cueto (2.15 ERA, 3.28 FIP, 3.21 xFIP; 3.73 K/BB)

versus

Mike Arrieta (2.82 ERA, 2.41 FIP, 2.87 xFIP; 3.69 K/BB)

Cincinnati Reds Lineup

1. Billy Hamilton, CF

2. Brayan Pena, C

3. Todd Frazier, 1B

4. Jay Bruce, RF

5. Brandon Phillips, 2B

6. Chris Heisey, LF

7. Ramon Santiago, 3B

8. Zack Cozart, SS

9. Johnny Cueto, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Chris Coghlan, LF

2. Javier Baez, SS

3. Luis Valbuena, 3B

4. Jorge Soler, RF

5. Welington Castillo, C

6. Chris Valaika, 1B

7. Logan Watkins, 2B

8. Matt Szczur, CF

9. Jake Arrieta, P




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