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“I’ve played around here long enough where we haven’t been any good, and (now) we’re good,” Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart said. “We’re going to make it interesting down the stretch. I look forward to keep winning and this big series this weekend.”
The pitching matchups alone will make this a fun series to watch. Here’s a rundown of the four games:
Thursday: Cole Hamels (6-3, 2.84 ERA) vs. Alex Wood (1-0, 3.18).
Friday: Yu Darvish (4-5, 4.36) vs. Trevor Bauer (9-8, 3.85).
Saturday: Kyle Hendricks (8-8, 3.06) vs. Sonny Gray (5-6, 3.25).
Sunday: Jon Lester (9-8, 4.46) vs. Luis Castillo (11-4, 2.63).
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All of those starters, except Hendricks, have been All-Stars at some point in their careers. Castillo, Gray and Hendricks rank in the top 10 in the National League in ERA. Hamels would also be in that group but he doesn’t have enough starts to qualify for the league leaders. He was on the injured list from June 29 to Aug. 3 with a left oblique strain.
The Reds lead the season series against the Cubs 7-5 and enter the series with eight wins in their last 11 games. It’s their best 11-game stretch of the season.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Barnhart said. “We’ve got some horses. They’ve got some horses. I would assume the runs would be tough to come by, but hopefully we can scratch enough across.”
Cubs at Reds, 7:10 p.m., FS Ohio, 700, 1410