Pre-Gamin': Cubs at Reds (5:40 CT) - Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Pre-Gamin’: Cubs at Reds (5:40 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs have arrived at the beginning of the end of their easy stretch, with the first of four straight games against the Reds in Cincinnati. After this four-game set, it’s an off-day on Friday and then the brutal 11-games in 9-days stretch against the Brewers, Cardinals, and White Sox.

In other words, gathering some momentum at a hitter friendly ballpark will be key.

But the offense is missing a ton of key contributors right now, so the pitching will have to be especially sharp. Speaking of which …

… Drew Smyly is on the mound for the Cubs tonight, when he’ll look to continue his unspectacular (but still passable) series of short, but effective outings (typically 4-5 IP, 2-4 runs). Smyly has generated a ton of contact on the ground this year, but has definitely not struck out enough batters to justify an 80.3% strand rate. Hopefully, that doesn’t come to a head tonight in Cincinnati.

For what it’s worth, the Reds (67 wRC+) have been by far the worst offense against left-handed pitching this season. So that should work in Smyly’s favor. GO CUBS.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (16-24) at Cincinnati Reds – Monday, May 23 at 5:40 CT on MARQ, 670 The Score

Starting Pitchers

Reds: Vladimir Gutierrez (R)

versus

Cubs: Drew Smyly (L)

Chicago Cubs (Lineup Discussion):

1. Rafael Ortega, CF
2. Jonathan Villar, 2B
3. Seiya Suzuki, RF
4. Ian Happ, LF
5. Yan Gomes, C
6. Frank Schwindel, DH
7. Alfonso Rivas, 1B
8. Patrick Wisdom, 3B
9. Christopher Morel, SS

Cincinnati Reds:

1. Nick Senzel, CF
2. Brandon Drury, 2B
3. Tommy Pham, DH
4. Joey Votto, 1B
5. Tyler Stephenson, C
6. Aristides Aquino, RF
7. Mike Moustakas, 3B
8. Albert Almora, LF
9. Matt Reynolds, SS



Author: Michael Cerami

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