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Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds Preview, Saturday 4/22, 12:10 CT

The Cubs go for two in a row over the Reds.

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Once again this year, the Cubs are doing things they haven't done in decades:

Almost as if they're making up for lost time. Keep up the good work.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Schwarber LF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Russell SS, Contreras C, Heyward RF, Baez 2B, Arrieta P, Almora CF

Ben Zobrist is still day-to-day:

Reds lineup:

Peraza 2B, Gennett RF, Votto 1B, Duvall RF, Suarez 3B, Schebler CF, Cozart SS, Barnhart C, Reed P

Jake Arrieta vs. Cody Reed

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

One year and one day ago, Jake Arrieta threw a no-hitter against the Reds in Great American Ball Park. His other start vs. the Reds last year, June 27 at GABP, wasn't nearly as good (five runs in five innings. A no-hitter would be nice, but obviously we'd settle for something better than that June start. Jake has made two good starts and one mediocre one so far this year; the mediocre one was largely due to the same issue he had last year -- running up long counts early. He threw 98 pitches in 5⅔ innings. An improvement on that would be nice.

The Cubs scored 15 runs in eight innings off Cody Reed in two starts last year -- and the ERA is as "good" as it was (12.38) because four of those runs were unearned. Three Cubs homered off Reed last year in those eight innings -- Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell and Albert Almora Jr. For Almora it was his first big-league homer. Reed's better than that, he was a good prospect and this year, in four relief appearances covering eight innings, he has yet to allow a hit, though he has walked four.

Today's game is on ABC7 Chicago. It’s also being carried by MLB Network (outside the Chicago and Cincinnati markets).

Here is the complete Mediacenter for today. Gameday game preview

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You'll find the game preview posted separately on the front page, two hours before game time (90 minutes for some early day games following night games).

At the same time, a StoryStream containing the preview will also post on the front page. The First Pitch Thread and all the overflow threads will be published in that stream, as well as the recap. The recap will also live on the front page as a separate post, and at the time I write the recap I will rename the stream "Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of Week) Game Threads" so you can go back and find every thread related to that particular game.

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