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Reds vs Cubs: Previews, Lineups, Predictions, Predeskdrawers

Tyler Mahle makes his 2018 debut against the defending NL Central champions

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The Reds set up for two games against the Cubs after getting swept by the Nationals over Opening Weekend. But you know, while our team hasn’t scratched out a single win yet this season, I’m honestly not disheartened. The Nationals are clearly one of the best teams in baseball and the Reds were very much in two of the three games. Maybe that all sounds like lily-gilding, but lilies are totally in fashion right now. It’s the day after Easter so you can probably get some for like 70% off at your local Kroger.

Tyler Mahle will climb the mump this afternoon for your Redlegs making his first start of the young season. The Cubs will counter with Tyler Chatwood, who will be making his first-ever start as a Cub. He signed a three-year deal with them over the winter. Let’s get him off on the wrong foot, shall we?

Cincinnati Reds Lineup

This isn’t Completely accurate, as Schebler has been scratched with a sore elbow. He was hit by a pitch yesterday and it’s all swollen and gnarly and junk. Adam Duvall is in his place starting in left field with Winker slotting over in right field.

Chicago Cubs Lineup

Other Notes

  • Jesse Winker is back in the leadoff spot today, though Cliff Pennington is batting second. So there’s something for you complain about.
  • Phil Gosselin is slugging a delicious 2.000 on the young season. That’s some spicy bananners there, Baby Ducky.
  • Brandon Finnegan appears to be recovering as hoped and should make his debut on Apr 9.