Cincinnati Reds probable pitchers & starting lineup vs. Chicago Cubs, June 1st

The Reds look to take the series with a win at Wrigley Field on Saturday night.
Cincinnati Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz
Cincinnati Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz / Michael Reaves/GettyImages

A Santiago Espinal pinch-hit home run and an Elly De La Cruz relay to the plate helped the Cincinnati Reds secure Game 1 of their three-game series against the Chicago Cubs. Espinal's round-tripper put the Reds up 4-3, and De La Cruz's 93 mph throw prevented the Cubs from tying the game in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Alexis Diaz induced a fly ball from Cubs' outfielder Cody Bellinger that landed in Jake Fraley's glove for the final out of the game, and the Redlegs walked out of Wrigley Field with a one-run victory — their first since March.

The Reds and Cubs will be in the national spotlight for tonight's game on the North Side of Chicago. Who will be on the mound for the Reds and what does David Bell's lineup card look like with a lefty on the bump for the Cubbies?

Reds vs. Cubs probable starting pitchers, June 1

After a rather unimpressive start from Graham Ashcraft on Friday afternoon, David Bell will hand the ball to the Reds ace on Saturday night. Hunter Greene (3-2, 3.06 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Reds. Greene has 71 punch outs in just under 65 innings pitched this season.

Greene has looked very good in his last seven starts. The right-hander is 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA and has been even more efficient of late. In his last three outings, Greene has gone six innings or more with 18 strikeouts and only four walks.

Greene will be opposed by Cubs' starter Justin Steele (0-2, 4.45 ERA). There were big expectations attached to the left-hander in 2024, but Steele has only pitched in six games this season after suffering a hamstring injury earlier this season. Steele was strong during his last start, going seven innings and striking out eight earlier this week in Milwaukee.

Reds vs. Cubs starting lineup, June 1

What time is the Cincinnati Reds game today?

After a day game on Friday afternoon in the Windy City, the first pitch for today's Reds game will take place at 7:15 p.m. ET. The Reds and Cubs will head back for an afternoon start for the series finale when the two teams wrap up the three-game affair on Sunday at 2:20 p.m. ET.

How to watch Cincinnati Reds game today?

Unlike the majority of the Reds games this season, tonight's game will not be on Bally Sports Ohio. The Reds and Cubs are part of Baseball Night in America on FOX. Other games on the docket include the St. Louis Cardinals at the Philadelphia Phillies and the Los Angeles Angels visiting the Seattle Mariners. Check your local listings to see the game in your area.

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