Cincinnati Reds (63-84, fifth in NL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (85-61, first in NL Central)
Chicago; Friday, 8:05 p.m. Eastern
PROBABLE PITCHERS: Reds: Matt Harvey (7-8, 4.87 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 114 strikeouts) Cubs: Cole Hamels (9-9, 3.71 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 162 strikeouts)
BOTTOM LINE: Cincinnati hits the road to open the three-game series. The Cubs enter the matchup with a one and a half-game lead over the Brewers in the NL Central. Chicago is hitting .261 as a team this season, Ben Zobrist's mark of .311 paces the team. The Reds are 11-10 in Harvey's starts this year. Cincinnati hitters have posted a team on-base percentage of .333 this season, led by Joey Votto's mark of .420. In their last meeting on Aug. 26, Kyle Hendricks earned the win in a 9-0 victory for the Cubs.
TOP PERFORMERS: Eugenio Suarez is batting .290 for the Reds this season, and his .545 slugging percentage is seventh in the National League. Jose Peraza has 15 hits and is batting .366 over his past 10 games for Cincinnati. Javier Baez leads the Cubs with 160 hits this year. His .295 batting average is 10th in the National League. Victor Caratini has a .304 batting average, seven hits and seven RBIs over his past 10 games for Chicago.
LAST 10 GAMES: Reds: 4-6, .262 batting average, 4.80 ERA, outscored by four runs. Cubs: 4-6, .224 batting average, 4.36 ERA, outscored by 16 runs.
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by HERO Sports, and data from Sportradar.