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Cubs at Reds Series Preview: Probables, How to Watch, and More

Chicago looks to end their season-long losing streak at 11 games when they start a three-game series in Cincinnati.

Cubs Reds Series Preview How to Watch TV
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The Chicago Cubs close out a quick six-game road trip with a three-game set against the Cincinnati Reds starting Monday at Great American Ball Park.

The Cubs’ (52-68, fourth in NL Central) losing streak hit 11 games after they were swept in a three-game series by the Miami Marlins, who started the series in last place in the NL East. Chicago’s 11-game skid (dating back to Aug. 5) matches a season-high from June 25 to July 6. The Cubs are now tied with the Marlins for the seventh-worst record in MLB and are a game ahead of the Washington Nationals.

The Reds (64-55, second in NL Central) have won three of their past four games to finish 3-3 on their six-game road trip against the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies. Cincinnati returns home to start a seven-game homestand. The Reds are making ground in the NL Wild Card race, trailing the San Diego Padres by 2.5 games.

Season Series

The Cubs are 4-9 against the Reds this season, including a 1-5 mark in Cincinnati.

Injuries

Cubs: Brad Wieck (heart), Kohl Stewart (elbow), Dillon Maples (blister), Jonathan Holder (shoulder), Nick Madrigal (hamstring), Nico Hoerner (oblique), Jose Lobaton (shoulder), P.J. Higgins (forearm), Willson Contreras (knee)

Reds: Art Warren (oblique), Michael Feliz (elbow), Brad Brach (shoulder), Brandon Bailey (elbow), Tejay Antone (forearm), R.J. Alaniz (calf), Jesse Winker (back)

Probable Pitchers

Monday: Justin Steele, LHP (2-1, 2.95 ERA, 1.09 WHIP) vs. Wade Miley, LHP (9-4, 3.00 ERA, 1.24 WHIP)

Tuesday: Kyle Hendricks, RHP (13-5, 4.15 ERA, 1.34 WHIP) vs. Vladimir Gutierrez, RHP (8-3, 3.95 ERA, 1.33 WHIP)

Wednesday: TBD vs. Tyler Mahle, RHP (10-3, 3.58 ERA, 1.18 WHIP)

How to Watch

Monday: 6:10 PM, Marquee Sports Network

Tuesday: 6:10 PM, Marquee Sports Network

Wednesday: 11:35 AM, Marquee Sports Network, MLB Network (out-of-market only)

All times Central


Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for NHL.com. Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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[…] events will occur on Thursday, August 19. The Cubs are off that day after their three-game series in Cincinnati, so the team will make it a day to celebrate and rededicate beautiful Wrigley […]

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