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On The Horizon: Cubs vs. Reds series preview

The Cubs wrap the regular season at Wrigley Field.

Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Now we have some fun. These games should be managed like spring-training games; though three regular members of the rotation are scheduled to start, it’s not likely any of them will throw more than four or five innings. So we could see quite a bit of Mike Montgomery and even possibly Jen-Ho Tseng in this series.

I’d expect many of the regular starting position players to get some rest in this series.

With the shoulder injury to Albert Almora Jr. on Tuesday, it would be nice to see him play a game or two in this series just as a tune-up for the postseason.

After Sunday, all the Cubs will get four days off, which many of them could use right now, I’d think.

Fun fact

The Reds have a relief pitcher named Rookie Davis (full given name: William Theron Davis), who is, in fact, a rookie this year. He didn’t exceed the rookie qualifications this year (and he won’t pitch in this series due to a hip impingement), so he’ll be a rookie next year, too.

Davis was acquired by the Reds when they traded Aroldis Chapman to the Yankees in December 2015.

Pitching matchups

Friday: Jose Quintana, LHP (11-11, 4.06 ERA, 1.223 WHIP, 3.74 FIP) vs. Robert Stephenson, RHP (5-6, 4.86 ERA, 1.607 WHIP, 4.95 FIP)

Saturday: Jon Lester, LHP (12-8, 4.46 ERA, 1.338 WHIP, 4.20 FIP) vs. Jackson Stephens, RHP (2-0, 3.86 ERA, 1.000 WHIP, 5.73 FIP)

Sunday: Jake Arrieta, RHP (14-10, 3.53 ERA, 1.218 WHIP, 4.15 FIP) vs. Deck McGuire, RHP (0-1, 4.15 ERA, 1.154 WHIP, 3.62 FIP)

  • Jose Quintana’s numbers above include his 18 starts with the White Sox. With the Cubs: 13 starts, 7-3, 3.50 ERA, 1.092 WHIP, 3.38 FIP
  • At the time of this post those were the listed probables per However, here’s what Jake said about Sunday:

Thus, stay tuned for possible changes.

Times & TV channels

Friday: 1:20 p.m. CT, CSN Chicago, MLB Network (outside Chicago and Cincinnati markets)

Saturday: 3:05 p.m. CT, CSN Chicago

Sunday: 2:20 p.m. CT, WGN


The Cubs are 10-6 vs. the Reds this year. Last year they were 15-4 against them and 13-6 in 2015, so they can match 2015 with a sweep this weekend. However, I hate to predict sweeps, so I won’t, even though the Cubs appear to have the better pitching matchup all three days. Two of three to end the season. Also, “Deck McGuire” (full given name: William Deck McGuire) is an awesome baseball name.

Up next

The National League playoffs begin with a division series matchup between the Cubs and Washington Nationals. Game 1 will be in Washington next Friday, October 6. Game times for the division series have not yet been set.


How many games will the Cubs win against the Reds?

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