Pre-Gamin': Reds at Cubs (6:40 CT) - Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Reds at Cubs (6:40 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Two starts ago, Alec Mills dominated the White Sox over 8.1 scoreless innings. His last time out, however, five Pirates crossed the plate in his 5.2 innings of work (only 2 earned) on three homers. It was a mixed outing in terms of results, the error really through him off, but also … it’s just the Pirates, but generally speaking he’s been pretty darn good as a member of the Cubs rotation all season.

Now, the Reds are one of the toughest lineups against right-handed pitching this season (107 wRC+, 7th in MLB), so I will cut Mills some slack, but he has fared well against them twice as a starter already this year:

07/02 @CIN: 5.2 IP, 2H, 2ER, 1BB, 9Ks
7/29 vs. CIN: 6.0 IP, 9H, 3ER, 0BB, 0Ks

The difference in strikeouts is pretty wild, but perhaps due to the fact that he largely abandoned his slider in favor of the curveball and changeup in the second outing. Maybe he just didn’t have the feel for it that day? I’m curious to see how he attacks them tonight.

Go Cubs.

Game Info

Cincinnati Reds (74-66) at Chicago Cubs (74-66) – Wednesday, September 8th at 6:40 CT on MARQ, 670 The Score

Starting Pitchers

Reds: Vladimir Gutierrez (R)

versus

Cubs: Alec Mills (R)

Chicago Cubs (Lineup Discussion):

1. Rafael Ortega, CF
2. Frank Schwindel, 1B
3. Ian Happ, LF
4. Willson Contreras, C
5. Patrick Wisdom, 3B
6. Jason Heyward, RF
7. David Bote, 2B
8. Sergio Alcantara, SS
9. Alec Mills, P

Cincinnati Reds:

1. Jonathan India, 2B
2. Tyler Naquin, CF
3. Nick Castellanos, RF
4. Joey Votto, 1B
5. Mike Moustakas, 3B
6. Kyle Farmer, SS
7. Tucker Barnhart, C
8. Max Schrock, LF
9. Vladimir Gutierrez, P



Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami