Series Preview: Cubs vs. Reds (June 28-30)

The Cubs start a 9-game road trip tonight with a 3-game set in Cincinnati.

The Games

  • Friday – 6:10 pm CDT: (MLB Network, WGN, 670 The Score)
  • Saturday – 3:10 pm CDT: (ABC 7, 670 The Score)
  • Sunday – 12:10 pm CDT: (MLB Network, NBC Sports Chicago, 670 The Score)

The Pitchers

  • Friday – LHP Cole Hamels vs. RHP Sonny Gray
  • Saturday – LHP Jose Quintana vs. RHP Luis Castillo
  • Sunday – LHP Jon Lester vs. RHP Anthony DeSclafani

The Last Series

  • Cubs split 4 games with Atlanta: (8-3, 2-3, 3-5, 9-7)
  • Reds were swept by the Angels 2-0: (1-5, 1-5)

Who’s Hot (Reds)

  • Saturday’s starter, RHP Luis Castillo is having an excellent season for Cincinnati. Castillo is 7-2 with a 2.56 ERA in 16 starts.
  • RF Yasiel Puig is 5-for-18 with 3 homers and 7 RBI in his last 5 games.
  • 1B Joey Votto is 5-for-19 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI in his last 5 games.

Important Injuries (Reds)

  • C Tucker Barnhart is day-to-day with right side soreness. He should be available for the series.
  • LHP Wandy Peralta is on the 10-day IL with a right hip flexor strain. He will not be available.
  • 2B Scooter Gennett is on the 60-day IL with a right groin strain. He’s at the end of a Triple-A rehab assignment and could be available.

Who’s Hot (Cubs)

  • C Willson Contreras is 7-for-18 with 2 homers and 6 RBI in his last 5 games.
  • RF Jason Heyward is 11-for-23 with 5 RBI in his last 7 games.

Important Injuries (Cubs)

  • RHP Carl Edwards Jr. is on the 10-Day IL with a left thoracic strain. He may be available for the series.
  • RHP Kyle Hendricks is on the 10-Day IL with right shoulder inflammation. He will miss a few starts.

Other Notes

  • The Cubs lost 2 out of 3 to Cincinnati on the road in the middle of May. They then lost 2 out of 3 at home at the end of May.

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