David Kohl - USA Today Sports
David Kohl - USA Today Sports

Cubs lineup vs. Reds, Bryant back

by - Senior Editor -

The Chicago Cubs (68-57) will go for the sweep of the Cincinnati Reds at 6:10 PM CDT on Thursday night televised on CSN Chicago. The Cubs are in sole possession of first place ahead of the Brewers by 3.5 games in the National League Central division.

The North Siders are currently 8-2 in their last ten games.

Veteran righty Jake Arrieta will start for the defending World Champions opposed by righty Sal Romano.

In 2017, Arrieta has a 13-8 record with an impressive 3.63 ERA and 141 strikeouts. He has been pitching exceptional in his last seven starts garnering a 5-1 record with a 2.00 ERA and will be going for his seventh straight quality start tonight.

Willson Contreras will still be out of the lineup for at least a few more weeks dealing with his hamstring injury. However, both Contreras and injured shortstop Addison Russell took batting practice on Wednesday and were seen running in the outfield during pregame.

Cubs slugger Kris Bryant returns to the starting lineup after getting hit in his hand during Tuesday night's game.

Cubs lineup vs. Reds

1. Ben Zobrist 2B

2. Kyle Schwarber LF

3. Kris Bryant 3B

4. Anthony Rizzo 1B

5. Ian Happ CF

6. Javier Baez SS

7. Jason Heyward RF

8. Rene Rivera

9. Jake Arrieta P

Reds lineup vs. Cubs

Hamilton CF, Cozart SS, Votto 1B, Duvall LF, Gennett 2B, Suarez 3B, Winker RF, Barnhart C, Romano P

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