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

The Cubs look to bounce back from a series sweep against the Cardinals when they host the Reds.
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The Chicago Cubs look to end a three-game losing streak when they host the Cincinnati Reds for a three-game series starting Tuesday at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs (53-79) were swept in a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday to finish their nine-game road trip 2-7. Chicago was outscored 18-4 (8-0, 8-4, 2-0) in the three-game set in St. Louis. The 2-0 loss Sunday was the third time in the past eight games the Cubs have been shut out.

With an off day Monday, the Cubs placed starting pitcher Justin Steele on the 15-day injured list and selected pitcher Hayden Wesneski from Triple-A. Chicago also designated pitcher Kervin Castro for assignment. Wesneski, who was acquired from the Yankees for relief pitcher Scott Effross, could make his Cubs debut against the Reds.

Cincinnati (53-79) defeated the Colorado Rockies 10-0 on Sunday to take two of three from the Denver club. The second game of the series was postponed due to inclement weather. The Reds have won three of their past five, which includes a 5-3 loss in 13 innings to the Cardinals.

Injuries

Cincinnati Reds – Jonathan India: day-to-day (undisclosed), Mike Moustakas: 60-Day IL (calf), Jeff Hoffman: 60-Day IL (forearm), Justin Dunn: day-to-day (shoulder), T.J. Zeuch: 15-Day IL (back), Graham Ashcraft: 15-Day IL (biceps), Matt Reynolds: 10-Day IL (hip), Albert Almora Jr.: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Joey Votto: 60-Day IL (rotator cuff), Aramis Garcia: 60-Day IL (finger), Robert Dugger: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Hunter Greene: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Tyler Stephenson: 60-Day IL (clavicle), Vladimir Gutierrez: 60-Day IL (forearm), Tony Santillan: 60-Day IL (back), 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)

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Chicago Cubs – Willson Contreras: day-to-day (foot), Patrick Wisdom: 10-Day IL (finger), Alec Mills: 60-Day IL (back), Steven Brault: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Kyle Hendricks: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Jason Heyward: 60-Day IL (knee), Keegan Thompson: 15-Day IL (back), Michael Hermosillo: 60-Day IL (quadricep), Ethan Roberts: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Adbert Alzolay: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Codi Heuer: 60-Day IL (elbow), Brad Wieck: 60-Day IL (elbow)

Probable pitchers

Tuesday: Justin Dunn, RHP (1-2, 4.63 ERA, 1.37 WHIP) vs. Wade Miley, LHP (1-0, 2.84 ERA, 1.21 WHIP)

Wednesday: Mike Minor, LHP (3-10, 5.98 ERA, 1.53 WHIP) vs. Javier Assad, RHP (0-0, 0.90 ERA, 1.60 WHIP)

Thursday: Louis Cessa, RHP (0-0, 5.18 ERA, 1.42 WHIP) vs. Adrian Sampson, RHP (1-5, 3.95 ERA, 1.33 WHIP)

How to Watch

Tuesday: 6:40 PM, Marquee Sports Network

Wednesday: 6:40 PM, Marquee Sports Network

Thursday: 1:20 PM, Marquee Sports Network