Cubs lineup vs. Reds, Kyle Schwarber to leadoff


by - Senior Editor -
Ken Blaze - USA Today Sports
Ken Blaze - USA Today Sports

The Chicago Cubs (25-15) will battle the Cincinnati Reds (19-24) at Great American Park on Thursday at 5:40 p.m. CDT.

How to watch: The game will be televised on MLB.TV, NBC Sports Chicago, MLB Network (out-of-market only) and Fox Sports Ohio.

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Lineup notes: Anthony Rizzo is out for the fourth straight game with his back issue as Victor Caratini will fill in at first base. Slugger Kyle Schwarber is batting leadoff tonight. He has hit .271 while showing decent on-base percentage with 14 walks in his last 17 games.

Cubs lineup:

Kyle Schwarber LF

Kris Bryant 3B

Daniel Descalso 2B

Javier Baez SS

Willson Contreras C

Victor Caratini 1B

Jason Heyward RF

Albert Almora Jr. CF

Jose Quintana P

Pitching matchup: The Cubs will have veteran lefty Jose Quintana (4-2, 3.50 ERA) on the mound against righty Luis Castillo (4-1, 1.76 ERA). 'Q' is 2-2 with a 3.27 ERA in four starts the Reds last season.

Upcoming pitching probables: LHP Cole Hamels (3-0, 3.08) vs. RHP Max Scherzer (2-4, 3.64); LHP Jon Lester (3-1, 1.16) vs. vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg (3-3, 3.63); ?RHP Kyle Hendricks (3-4, 2.86) vs. RHP Jeremy Hellickson (2-2, 6.00)

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