The Reds (8-8) will open a three-game homestand against the Chicago Cubs (12-4) after inexplicably failing to show up for their scheduled game yesterday evening. The reason for the no-show is yet to be understood, but the game will go in the books as a 16-0, no-hitter for the Cubs. The team is believed to be attending tonight’s matchup and has published its lineup accordingly.

Starting Pitchers
All stats from 2016:

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Jon Moscot took a no decision in his season debut against the Cardinals, throwing 5.2 innings without injury trouble. He gave up three runs on six hits with two home runs, walking one as well. Fangraphs projects Moscot not to last a full 5.0 innings today, giving him just a 20 percent chance of earning a win.

On the other side of this duel of Jons, Jon Lester seeks to build off of his strong start against the Rockies. In that game, Lester went 7.1 innings, only allowing one run and striking out 10 but still took the loss. Lest has been solid in 2016 with a 2.21 ERA in 20.1 innings. In his second start against the Reds, Lester took a no decision after giving up three runs in 6.0 innings.

Starting Lineups

Cubs Reds
1. Dexter Fowler (CF)
2. Jason Heyward (RF)
3. Kris Bryant (LF)
4. Anthony Rizzo (1B)
5. Ben Zobrist (2B)
6. Javier Baez (3B)
7. Addison Russell (SS)
8. David Ross (C)
9. Jon Lester (P)
1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Brandon Phillips (2B)
5. Devin Mesoraco (C)
6. Jay Bruce (RF)
7. Adam Duvall (LF)
8. Tyler Holt (CF)
9. Jon Moscot (P)

Silver Linings

It’s been hard to be a Reds fan lately. And after yesterday’s debacle, there doesn’t seem to be any sort of silver lining. Don’t tell Reds Twitter though. The account had to find some way to promote the site recap, and you know, they did it by showing the Reds did well in an area they usually struggle in: walking. With these kind of optimists at the helm, this team can do no wrong.

Rehab Start

Homer Bailey was able to throw an abbreviated rehab start yesterday for the Louisville Bats despite rain earlier in the day. Bailey threw 67 pitches over 3.2 innings, giving up two runs on three hits but striking out three.

After the game, Bailey said he felt good about his fastball, which one scout told The Enquirer was sitting at 93-95, and his secondary pitches. Bailey also acknowledged that the rehab process is still just that, and he will have to keep inching his way back to the Major Leagues one step at a time.

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Concluding Thoughts

Sorry for the brevity of this preview, but my computer crashed halfway through and it had to be rewritten. On the bright side, there is statistically almost no way that the Reds perform as poorly as they did yesterday. But if it did happen, it honestly almost be impressive. Almost.

Go Reds!