The Cincinnati Reds (53-72) are back home tonight at 7:10 PM against the first place Chicago Cubs (66-57). The Reds got a much needed day off yesterday after opening the month with games in 20 straight days. The Reds had a pretty solid road trip, going 5-5 against the Brewers, Cubs, and Braves.

The Cubs are coming off a series sweep of the Blue Jays at Wrigley, and currently lead the NL Central by 2.5 games over the Brewers (Cardinals are 3.5 back). The Cubs are 8-5 against the Reds this season.

Starting Pitchers

PITCHERS IP K/9 BB/9 ERA FIP fWAR
Homer Bailey 53.1 6.92 5.06 8.44 5.70 0.0
John Lackey 131.0 7.90 2.95 4.67 5.49 0.1

If tonight’s pitching matchup look familiar, it is because Bailey and Lackey squared off six days ago. The Cubs won that game 7-6. Lackey had one of his best start of the season, allowing just 1 run and 4 hits in 6.0 innings.

Bailey got screwed in the first inning on terrible ball 4 call to Kris Bryant. The next batter, Anthony Rizzo hit a grand slam. Bailey actually settled down and pitched pretty well, allowing just 2 more runs into the 6th inning. Bailey struck out a season high 10 batters, which was very encouraging. Bailey did however walk 5, which is something that has killed him so far in 2017.

Starting Lineups

Cubs Reds
1. Jon Jay (CF)
2. Kyle Schwarber (LF)
3. Kris Bryant (3B)
4. Anthony Rizzo (1B)
5. Ian Happ (2B)
6. Alex Avila (C)
7. Jason Heyward (RF)
8. Javier Baez (SS)
9. John Lackey (P)
1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Scooter Gennett (2B)
6. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
7. Scott Schebler (RF)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Homer Bailey (P)

News and Notes

Conclusion 

For the Reds to go .500 on a pretty difficult road trip, that was encouraging. The Reds offense continue to produce, and now ranks 6th in the MLB in OPS (.772). Homer Bailey showed some signs of life last week with 10 strikeouts, and bouncing back after a disastrous first inning. Let’s hope tonight is the night that he puts together a vintage Bailey start. Go Reds!

Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.

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About Nick Kirby

Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.

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