Pre-Gamin’: Reds at Cubs (7:05 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Tonight, the Chicago Cubs pretty much have a must-win game.

I know that’s not necessarily the case, but, frankly, even a split against this terrible Reds team – at home – at this point in the season would be pretty unsavory. S0, yeah, the Cubs should put the pedal to the metal starting right at 7:05.

And that all starts with the pitcher, John Lackey, who’ll look to keep his recent streak of success going (3.62 ERA over past six starts). Indeed, Lackey’s latest start was a 5.1 inning, 3ER effort against a very good Diamondbacks team and inspired some more optimism about the rest of his season. To be sure, the D-backs did hit two balls out of the park in that one (Lackey’s kryptonite this season), but he didn’t allow a lot of hard contact whatsoever – and a 33.3% HR/FB ratio will never keep up.

Opposing Lackey is long-time Reds pitcher, Homer Bailey. Bailey is having a nightmare season on the mound (8.31 ERA, 5.84 FIP through 10 starts), but he did allow just two earned runs in 5.0 innings against the Brewers on the 11th and one earned run over 6.0 innings against the Pirates three starts ago. Maybe the Cubs will have better luck than the rest of the NL Central.

I’ll be at the game tonight out in the right-field bleachers, so if you see me, say hi!

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (62-56) at Cincinnati Reds (50-70) – 7:05 CT on WGN, 670 The Score

Game Thread and Series Preview

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  • The Series Preview lives here.
  • The Lineup Discussion lives here.
  • Starting Pitchers

    Cubs: John Lackey (R): 4.82 ERA, 5.63 FIP, 4.65 xFIP; 2.73 K/BB


    Reds: Homer Bailey (R): 8.31 ERA, 5.84 FIP, 5.38 xFIP; 1.26 K/BB

    Cincinnati Reds:

    1. Billy Hamilton, CF
    2. Zack Cozart, SS
    3. Joey Votto, 1B
    4. Eugenio Suarez, 3B
    5. Scooter Gennett, LF
    6. Jesse Winker, RF
    7. Jose Peraza, 2B
    8. Tucker Barnhart, C
    9. Homer Bailey, P

    Chicago Cubs Lineup:

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

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    Michael Cerami began covering the Chicago Cubs for Bleacher Nation as a part-time contributor in 2015. One year later, he joined Bleacher Nation full-time, covering the Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball. Today, Michael runs Bleacher Nation, contributing as a writer (Cubs, MLB) and an editor for all sections of the site, including the Chicago Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks, as well as MLB, NBA, NHL, and NFL. In 2019, Michael was the co-host of NBC Sports Chicago's Cubs Post-Game Show Outside the Ivy. You can find him on Twitter/X @Michael_Cerami

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