It’s a special night in Chicago tonight as the Chicago Cubs celebrate their 100th anniversary of playing at Wrigley Field and the scene should be downright electric. Not only is Opening Day (or Night in this case) always an exciting time, but things are a bit amplified for this 2016 season with all of the expectations surrounding this Cubs team. After the first week of play, the Cubs are tied for first place in the National League Central with their opponent for tonight, the Cincinnati Reds.
Starting the 101st opener for the North Siders is left-hander Jon Lester, who looks to continue the success he had against the Reds a year ago. In four starts against Cincinnati in 2015, Lester was 1-0 with a 3.67 ERA. Six of the 11 runs he gave up to the Reds a season ago came in his first outing against them, but he bounced back over his next three starts giving up only five earned runs in 21 innings.
The Reds will send 22-year-old left-hander Brandon Finnegan to the hill tonight to battle the Cubs’ tough lineup that includes a returning Dexter Fowler, who was banged up in the collision that ended Kyle Schwarber’s season. He’ll return to center field tonight while Jorge Soler is in left and Jason Heyward, who is the only Cub that Finnegan has ever faced, will play his usual right field.
The Cubs will be looking to reverse a small curse that’s plagued them for the last five years as they’ve not won a home opener since 2010. Here’s everything you need to know about tonight’s matchup.
Cincinnati Reds (5-1) at Chicago Cubs (5-1)
Time: 7:05 PM CT
Location: Wrigley Field
Radio: 670 The Score
Starting Pitchers: Brandon Finnegan (0-0, 3.00 ERA) vs Jon Lester (1-0, 1.29 ERA)