Cincinnati Reds (25-47, fifth in NL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (28-45, fourth in NL Central)
Chicago; Tuesday, 8:05 p.m. EDT
Pitching Probables: Reds: Luis Castillo (2-4, 3.71 ERA, 1.14 whips, 49 strikeouts); Cubs: Keegan Thompson (7-2, 3.10 ERA, 1.15 whips, 55 strikeouts)
fanduel sportsbook Line: Cub-114, Red-106; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
Bottom line: The Chicago Cubs host the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday to begin the three-match series.
Chicago has a 13–25 record in home games and a 28–45 record overall. The Cubs are 22-9 in the game when they have more hits than their opponents.
Cincinnati is 25-47 on aggregate and 13-24 in road games. The Reds have gone 15-35 in games when they have given up at least one home run.
Tuesday’s game is the fifth meeting between these teams this season. The season series is tied at 2-2.
Top Performer: Ian Happ is third on the Cubs with a batting average of .279, and has 16 doubles, two triples, eight home runs, 37 walks and 36 RBIs. Nico Horner is 14-for-35 with home runs and five RBIs in the last 10 games.
Brandon Drury took Cincinnati to .523 with 15 home runs. Albert Almora Jr. is 7-for-35 with three home runs and eight RBIs in the last 10 games.
Last 10 games: Cubs: 5-5, .259 batting average, 4.30 ERA, nine runs outscore
Reds: 2-8, .239 batting average, 6.65 ERA, 24 runs outscore
Injuries: Cubs: Daniel Norris: 15-Day IL (finger), Frank Schwindell: 10-Day IL (back), Nick Madrigal: 10-Day IL (Groin), Wade Miley: 15-Day IL (Shoulder), Marcus Strowman : 15-day IL (shoulder), Manuel Rodriguez: 60-day IL (elbow), Drew Smiley: 15-day IL (oblique), Seiya Suzuki: 10-day IL (finger), Ethan Roberts: 60-day IL ( Shoulder), Michael Hermosillo: 10-Day IL (Covid), Edbert Aljole: 60-Day IL (Shoulder), Cody Heuer: 60-Day IL (Elbow), Brad Wieck: 60-Day IL (Elbow)
Reds: Jeff Hoffman: 15-Day IL (unknown), Nick Lodolo: 60-Day IL (back), Teje Anton: 60-Day IL (elbow), Lucas Sims: 60-Day IL (back), Alexis Diaz: 15 -day IL (biceps), Tony Santillon: 15-day IL (back), Aristides Aquino: 10-day IL (calf), Jake Fraley: 60-day IL (knee), Tyler Stephenson: 10-day IL (arm) , 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 Day IL (Elbow), Justin Dunn: 60-Day IL (Shoulder)