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

The Cubs and Reds will play in the second annual Field of Dreams game before playing two games in the Queen City.
Cubs Reds Series Preview How to Watch TV

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The Chicago Cubs will play a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds starting Thursday with the second annual Field of Dreams Game in Dyersville, Iowa.

The NL Central foes will play near the site of the popular 1989 baseball film, "Field of Dreams" before a travel day followed by two games in Cincinnati. Each team will wear retro-style uniforms in Iowa. The Chicago White Sox won the inaugural Field of Dreams game, 9-8 against the New York Yankees, in 2021.

The Cubs (45-65) have won their past two three-game series - against the Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals - after a five-game losing streak. Chicago rallied for four runs in the seventh inning for a 4-2 win Wednesday to claim the series against Washington.

The Reds (44-66) are coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of the New York Mets. Cincinnati's offense was shut down in the series with losses of 5-1, 6-2, and 10-2. It's no surprise the Reds, who had won six of their past eight games entering the series, struggled against one of the best NL teams.

The Field of Dreams Game will be the eighth game between the Cubs and Reds this season. The Cubs lead the season series 4-3.

Injuries

Chicago Cubs – Michael Hermosillo: 60-Day IL (quadricep), Steven Brault: 10-Day IL (covid), Kyle Hendricks: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Alec Mills: 15-Day IL (back), Jason Heyward: 10-Day IL (knee), Wade Miley: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Manuel Rodriguez: 60-Day IL (elbow), Ethan Roberts: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Adbert Alzolay: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Codi Heuer: 60-Day IL (elbow), Brad Wieck: 60-Day IL (elbow)

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Cincinnati Reds –  Mike Moustakas: 10-Day IL (calf), Robert Dugger: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Hunter Greene: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Tyler Stephenson: 60-Day IL (clavicle), Jeff Hoffman: 15-Day IL (forearm), Aramis Garcia: 10-Day IL (finger), Vladimir Gutierrez: 60-Day IL (forearm), Tony Santillan: 60-Day IL (back), Art Warren: 15-Day IL (elbow), Tejay Antone: 60-Day IL (elbow), Lucas Sims: 60-Day IL (back), Justin Wilson: 60-Day IL (elbow), Connor Overton: 60-Day IL (back), Daniel Duarte: 60-Day IL (elbow)

Probable Pitchers

Thursday: Nick Lodolo, LHP (3-3, 4.40 ERA, 1.58 WHIP) vs. Drew Smyly, LHP (4-6, 3.97 ERA, 1.29 WHIP)

Saturday: Graham Ashcraft, RHP (5-2, 3.94 ERA, 1.31 WHIP) vs. Adrian, RHP (0-3, 3.83 ERA, 1.20 WHIP)

Sunday: Justin Dunn, RHP (0-1, 5.79 ERA, 1.50 WHIP) vs. Keegan Thompson, RHP (9-5, 3.36 ERA, 1.24 WHIP)

How to Watch

Thursday: 6:15 PM, FOX

Saturday: 5:40 PM, Marquee Sports Network

Sunday: 12:40 PM, Marquee Sports Network