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Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds preview, Tuesday 6/28, 7:05 CT

The Cubs open a three-game set against their division rivals from Cincinnati.

Photo by Scott Kane/Getty Images

Tuesday notes...

  • HE’S HOT: Nico Hoerner registered his fourth straight multi-hit game Sunday, the longest streak of his career and longest by a Cubs player this season.
  • HE’S NOT: Rowan Wick, last 13 appearances since May 26: 7.90 ERA, 1.829 WHIP, .930 opponents OPS allowed.
  • HE’S HOT: Rafael Ortega, last 21 games since May 30: 350/.409/.567 (21-for-60) with four doubles, three home runs and nine runs scored.
  • HE’S NOT: Mychal Givens, month of June: eight appearances, 6.23 ERA, 1.962 WHIP, eight walks, .830 opponents OPS allowed.

Here are today’s particulars.

Cubs lineup:

Reds lineup:

Keegan Thompson, RHP vs. Luis Castillo, RHP



Keegan Thompson’s last two starts have been outstanding: 12 innings, one run, 16 strikeouts.

He has not faced the Reds this year, and last year he made four relief appearances against them covering three innings, so that’s not much to go on.

FWIW, Thompson has been better at Wrigley (2.43 ERA in 29⅔ innings) than on the road (4.56 ERA in 23⅔ innings). Small samples, of course, just thought I’d mention it.

Luis Castillo is having a good, Luis Castillo-style year, which makes it very likely he’ll be on a different team in August.

The Cubs scored two runs in five innings off him May 25 in Cincinnati, both in the first inning, then he pretty much shut them down.

Here’s hoping tonight is better for the Cubs offense.


Today’s game is on Marquee Sports Network. Here’s a list of providers currently carrying Marquee.

Here is the complete Mediacenter for today. Gameday game preview

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The 2022 Game Thread procedure will be like last years, similar to what we’ve used for Spring Training.

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, titled “Cubs vs. (Team) (Day of week/date) game threads.” It will contain every post related to that particular game, including the First Pitch Thread and the overflow thread, as well as the recap when it’s published. The recap will also live on the front page as a separate post.

You will also be able to find the preview, First Pitch Thread and the overflow thread in the box marked “Chicago Cubs Game Threads” at the bottom of the front page (you can also find them in this section link). The StoryStream for each game can also be found in that section.

The First Pitch thread will post at five minutes before game time, then an overflow thread at 90 minutes after the scheduled game time.

Discuss amongst yourselves.