Dale Zanine - USA Today Sports
Dale Zanine - USA Today Sports

Cubs lineup vs. Reds, Heyward out

by - Senior Editor -

The Chicago Cubs (63-55) will take on the Cincinnati Reds on 1:20 PM CDT on Thursday afternoon televised on CSN Chicago. The Cubs are in sole possession of first place ahead of the rival St. Louis Cardinals by 1.5 games in the National League Central division.

Lefty veteran ace Jon Lester will start for the defending World Champions opposed by former Cub Scott Feldman.

In 2017, Lester has a 8-7 record with 3.99 ERA and 155 strikeouts.

Willson Contreras will still be out of the lineup for four to six weeks dealing with his hamstring injury.

In other lineup news, Jon Jay is leading off, slugger Kyle Schwarber is batting second and Jason Heyward is out of the starting lineup.

Cubs lineup vs. Reds

1. Jon Jay CF

2. Kyle Schwarber LF

3. Kris Bryant 3B

4. Anthony Rizzo 1B

5. Ben Zobrist RF

6. Alex Avila C

7. Ian Happ 2B

8. Javy Baez SS

9. Jon Lester P

Reds lineup vs. Cubs

Hamilton CF, Peraza SS, Votto 1B, Duvall LF, Suarez 3B, Gennett 2B, Ervin RF, Turner C, Feldman P

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