After salvaging the series finale against the Brewers, the Chicago Cubs (8-16) will head to take on the Cincinnati Reds (11-14) at the Great American Ballpark behind staff ace Jeff Samardzija (0-2, 1.53 ERA), who is seeking his first win on the season.
Samardzija has five quality starts this season, but sporadic run support and a lackluster offense behind him has cost him several chances at wins so far in 2014. In his career, the right-hander is 1-4 with a 4.52 ERA in 22 appearances against the Reds, eight of which were starts.
Cincinnati counters with a right-hander of their own in Alfredo Simon (3-1, 1.30 ERA), who has been particularly impressive so far this season for first-year skipper Bryan Price.
Tonight’s game is slated for 6:10 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on WGN 720 AM and on television via WCIU.
Here are tonight’s starting lineups:
4/28 @Cubs lineup vs. CIN Bonifacio CF Kalish RF Rizzo 1B Castro SS Valbuena 3B Castillo C Sweeney LF Barney 2B Samardzija P
— MLBLineups (@mlblineups) April 28, 2014
#Reds lineup: Hamilton 8 Votto 3 Phillips 4 Bruce 9 Frazier 5 Ludwick 7 Pena 2 Cozart 6 Simon 1 vs. RH Samardzija
— John Fay (@johnfayman) April 28, 2014