Cubs host Reds as right-field bleachers open
After finishing off a sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies, the Cincinnati Reds come to Wrigley Field to try their luck against the
for a four-game series. The Reds have had success against the Cubs in recent years and will turn toMichael Lorenzen
(1-1, 3.29), who faces off against the Cubs leftyTsuyoshi Wada
Since 2010, the Reds (27-31) own a record of 61-32 against the Cubs (31-26). However, the Cubs have turned the tables this season, winning four of five against them to start the year. The Reds offense was firing on all cylinders in Philadelphia but lost a piston when Zack Cozart injured his knee and will miss the rest of the season. They had hoped to get back Brandon Phillips and Billy Hamilton, who sat out the series finale against the Phils, but neither is starting tonight.
This will be the second time Wada has faced the Reds in his career. He allowed an unearned run in five innings of work in his MLB debut last year on July 8. For the Cubs, it’s the first time they’ve faced Lorenzen. The Cubs seem to struggle against pitchers the first time around, so we’ll see if things are any different this year.
If anyone can help change that it’ll be Anthony Rizzo. In the last 21 games dating back to last season, he’s hitting .356 with 10 home runs. Kris Bryant will be facing the Reds for the third time in his young career. He’s 2-for-8 with two runs scored.
The game is slated for a 7:05 p.m. CT first pitch and can be seen on CSN, and will be broadcast on WBBM 780.
Here are the lineups for tonight’s series opener: