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Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds preview, Sunday 7/2, 12:10 CT

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The Cubs must win to avoid being swept. (Can't believe I actually had to write that.)

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It's real simple.

The Cubs have not been swept in Great American Ball Park in more than six years -- the last time was May 5-6-7, 2011, although they have been swept by the Reds at Wrigley Field three times since then, once in 2012 and twice in 2013.

I think you would agree with me that we'd like to keep those records intact.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Jay LF, Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Zobrist RF, Contreras C, Happ CF, Russell SS, Baez 2B, Arrieta P

Personally, in this lineup I'd have played Jon Jay in right field and Ben Zobrist in left, but maybe it'll work.

Reds lineup:

Hamilton CF, Cozart SS, Votto 1B, Duvall LF, Schebler RF, Suarez 3B, Gennett 2B, Mesoraco C, Adleman P

Jake Arrieta vs. Tim Adleman

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Jake Arrieta... I dunno, man. He has good starts and you think he's coming out of it and then he has a clunker like he did against the Nationals. He faced the Reds at GABP back on April 22 and he pitched... okay, I guess, six innings, eight hits, five runs (four earned). No walks in that one, that'd be encouraging if he could do that today.

Basically, he's got to be what we used to call the "stopper," the starter who could stop a losing streak, or things from getting worse. The Cubs really need that today.

Tim Adleman has had a couple of really good scoreless starts this year that make you think he's going to be a really good major-league pitcher. But his last four starts have resulted in a 5.14 ERA, he's gotten out of the fifth inning only once, and he's allowed seven home runs in 21 innings. Yikes.

He threw six credible innings against the Cubs April 21 at GABP, allowing two runs. The Cubs broke through and won that game against the Reds' bullpen. We'd take that today, I think.

Today's game is on WGN.

Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

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Poll

Who has the better beard?

This poll is closed

  • 88%
    Jake Arrieta
    (32 votes)
  • 11%
    Tim Adleman
    (4 votes)
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