The Chicago Cubs will play their final home series of the season when they start a three-game set against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs (70-86) are on a four-game winning streak and have won eight of their past nine games. Chicago's lone blemish in that stretch is a 6-0 loss at the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cubs swept the Phillies to start their current six-game homestand and put a dent in Philadelphia's playoff hopes.
The Reds (60-96) are stumbling to the finish of the season, losing three straight and six of their past seven games. Cincinnati heads to Chicago after being swept in three games at the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The three-game weekend series in Chicago is the first of six games between the Cubs and Reds as the NL Central foes close out their respective seasons.
Cincinnati Reds: Art Warren: 60-Day IL (elbow), Mike Minor: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Nick Senzel: 60-Day IL (toe), Justin Dunn: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Mike Moustakas: 60-Day IL (calf), Jeff Hoffman: 60-Day IL (forearm), Joey Votto: 60-Day IL (rotator cuff), Aramis Garcia: 60-Day IL (finger), Robert Dugger: 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)
Chicago Cubs – Drew Smyly: day-to-day (shoulder), Rafael Ortega: 60-Day IL (finger), Nick Madrigal: 10-Day IL (groin), Justin Steele: 15-Day IL (undisclosed), Alec Mills: 60-Day IL (back), Steven Brault: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Kyle Hendricks: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Jason Heyward: 60-Day IL (knee), Ethan Roberts: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Codi Heuer: 60-Day IL (elbow), Brad Wieck: 60-Day IL (elbow)
Friday – Graham Ashcraft, RHP (5-4, 4.18 ERA, 1.36 WHIP) vs. Adrian Sampson, RHP (3-5, 3.23 ERA, 1.25 WHIP)
Saturday – Nick Lodolo, LHP (4-7, 3.75 ERA, 1.24 WHIP) vs. TBD
Sunday – Chase Anderson, RHP (2-3, 4.70 ERA, 1.09 WHIP) vs. Marcus Stroman, RHP (5-7, 3.66 ERA, 1.15 WHIP)
How to Watch
Friday – 1:20 PM, Marquee Sports Network
Saturday – 1:20 PM, Marquee Sports Network, ESPN+
Sunday – 1:20 PM, Marquee Sports Network