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Pre-Gamin’: Cubs at Reds (6:10 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Pre-Gamin'

The Chicago Cubs are 11 games over .500, have won five games in a row, and have built a 3.5 game cushion in the NL Central – their biggest lead of the year.


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I’d ask what’s about to go wrong, but I already know that they’re playing without their starting shortstop, catcher, ace, and, for one game, MVP. Maybe they’ll just keep on winning?

After all, Jake Arrieta is starting for the Cubs tonight, and he was really good his last time out against the Blue Jays at Wrigley Field: 6.1 IP, 6H, 1ER, 2BB, 6Ks. He’s now worked seven straight games with at least six innings pitched and two or fewer earned runs, and continues to look the part here in the second half: 2.00 ERA, 3.49 FIP, 21.9 K%, 6.7 BB%.

Opposing Arrieta, is Sterling-Cooper art director, and Reds right-hander, Salvatore Romano. Romano has made nine starts this season, and has earned a 5.32 ERA in the process. His last start, however, was a 7.0-inning, one earned run effort against the Braves, which reminds me: #baseballisweird. He struck out just three in that one, but walked only two guys and got plenty of grounders (57.1%), so he can get things done.


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Let’s see if the Cubs can get the ball in the air and make it six straight Ws tonight against the Reds.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (68-57) at Cincinnati Reds (53-74) – 6:10 CT on CSN-C, 670 The Score

Game Thread and Series Preview

Your game thread is down in the comments, so let’s have some good, clean (safe-for-work) fun today.

Starting Pitchers

Cubs: Jake Arrieta (R): 3.63 ERA, 3.95 FIP, 4.06 xFIP; 3.00 K/BB

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Reds: Sal Romano (R): 5.32 ERA, 4.86 FIP, 5.00 xFIP; 1.68 K/BB

Cincinnati Reds:

  1. Billy Hamilton, CF
  2. Zack Cozart, SS
  3. Joey Votto, 1B
  4. Adam Duvall, LF
  5. Scooter Gennett, 2B
  6. Eugenio Suarez, 3B
  7. Jesse Winkler, RF
  8. Tucker Barnhart, C
  9. Sal Romano, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup:

  1. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  2. Kyle Schwarber, LF
  3. Kris Bryant, 3B
  4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  5. Ian Happ, CF
  6. Javy Baez, SS
  7. Jason Heyward, RF
  8. Rene Rivera, C
  9. Jake Arrieta, P

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Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @Michael_Cerami.