The Chicago White Sox have gone ahead and completed their three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins and the Cubs are looking to do the same against the Cincinnati Reds tonight at Wrigley Field.
Jason Hammel will take the mound tonight for the North Siders for the first time at home since Game 4 of last year’s NLCS against the Mets. Hammel was roughed up last fall as the Mets closed out the series, giving up five runs on four hits in only 1 1/3 innings. Hammel told MLB.com that while the loss got to him initially, he’s ready to move on.
“I had that ‘look in the mirror’ moment. I’m a good enough professional to where I understand — and I hope other people would, too — that I’m not a robot. It is what it is. I’ve made changes, and that’s in the past. This is 2016. I know what I have to do, and I know what I can do. I’m really not trying to prove anything. I’m going to do my thing.”
The Cubs’ offense will also attempt to continue to do their thing tonight in the series finale. They got to Alfredo Simon early and often last night, batting through the order in the first inning and scoring five runs en route to a 9-2 victory. The first-place Cubs will look to continue their momentum tonight against Raisel Iglesias.
Here’s everything you need to know about tonight’s matchup.
Cincinnati Reds (5-3) at Chicago Cubs (7-1)
Time: 7:05 PM CT
Location: Wrigley Field
Radio: 670 The Score
Starting Pitchers: Raisel Iglesias (1-0, 2.31 ERA) vs Jason Hammel (0-0, 1.50 ERA)
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