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

The Cubs start a six-game homestand at Wrigley Field, with a three-game set against an NL Central foe in the lowly Cincinnati Reds.

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The Chicago Cubs return to Wrigley Field for a six-game homestand, which starts Tuesday with a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds.

The Cubs (28-45) are coming off a series victory against the St. Louis Cardinals, who they beat 3-0 and 6-5 in 10 innings. Chicago then finally got a rest day for the first time since June 9. That rest day was followed by seven straight losses during a 10-game losing streak. But those days are behind the Cubs, who have split their past six games – all against NL Central competition.

The Reds (25-47) have dropped eight of their past 10 games, which includes a seven-game losing streak. Cincinnati, much like the Cubs, has struggled this season and is 3 1/2 half games back in the basement of the NL Central.

Injuries

Cincinnati Reds – Jeff Hoffman: 15-Day IL (undisclosed), Nick Lodolo: 60-Day IL (back), Tejay Antone: 60-Day IL (elbow), Lucas Sims: 60-Day IL (back), Alexis Diaz: 15-Day IL (biceps), Tony Santillan: 15-Day IL (back), Aristides Aquino: 10-Day IL (calf), Jake Fraley: 60-Day IL (knee), Tyler Stephenson: 10-Day IL (hand), Vladimir Gutierrez: 15-Day IL (forearm), Tyler Naquin: 10-Day IL (quadricep), Justin Wilson: 60-Day IL (elbow), Connor Overton: 60-Day IL (back), Daniel Duarte: 60-Day IL (elbow), Justin Dunn: 60-Day IL (shoulder)

Chicago Cubs – Daniel Norris: 15-Day IL (finger), Frank Schwindel: 10-Day IL (back), Nick Madrigal: 10-Day IL (groin), Wade Miley: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Marcus Stroman: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Manuel Rodriguez: 60-Day IL (elbow), Drew Smyly: 15-Day IL (oblique), Seiya Suzuki: 10-Day IL (finger), Ethan Roberts: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Michael Hermosillo: 10-Day IL (covid), Adbert Alzolay: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Codi Heuer: 60-Day IL (elbow), Brad Wieck: 60-Day IL (elbow)

Probable Pitchers

Tuesday: Louis Castillo, RHP (2-4, 3.71 ERA, 1.14 WHIP) vs. Keegan Thompson, RHP (7-2, 3.10 ERA, 1.15 WHIP)

Wednesday: Hunter Greene, RHP (3-8, 5.66 ERA, 1.36 WHIP) vs. Justin Steele, LHP (2-5, 4.59 ERA, 1.45 WHIP)

Thursday: Graham Ashcraft, RHP (4-1, 3.27 ERA, 1.09 WHIP) vs. Kyle Hendricks, RHP (3-6, 4.90 ERA, 1.30 WHIP)

How to Watch

Tuesday: 7:05 PM, Marquee Sports Network

Wednesday: 7:05 PM, Marquee Sports Network, ESPN+

Thursday: 7:05 PM, Marquee Sports Network

All Times Central

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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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