A National League Central showdown will be on display this weekend at Wrigley Field as the fifth-place Chicago Cubs (43-66) play host to the division-leading Reds (66-45) beginning on Thursday night.
Here's a breakdown of everything you need to know to get you prepped and ready:
+ Game times for the 4-game set are as follows: Thursday (8:05et), Friday (2:20et), Saturday (4:05et), and Sunday (2:20et).
+ Here are the pitching probables:
THU - CIN Mike Leake (4-7, 4.51) vs CHC Chris Volstad (0-8, 7.22)
FRI - CIN Homer Bailey (9-7, 3.98) vs CHC Justin Germano (1-1, 3.38)
SAT - CIN Bronson Arroyo (7-7, 4.05) vs CHC Travis Wood (4-8, 4.77)
SUN - CIN Johnny Cueto (14-6, 2.58) vs CHC Brooks Raley (0-1, 15.75)
+ Thursday's series opener will mark the first meeting between them since May 3rd.
+ The Cubs entered play on Wednesday last in MLB in runs scored (399), 25th in average (.242) and 24th in team ERA (4.35).
+ The Reds enter the series riding a season-high four game losing skid.
+ The Lovable Losers are also riding a notable losing streak. Their's however, stands at eight (MLB-worst).
+ Cincy last lost a game played on either a Friday or Saturday on June 22nd (vs MIN). They're a perfect 12-0 ever since.
+ Chicago begins the series in fifth place and 22.0 games back of first.
+ The Reds lead the 2012 series, 3-2.
+ The two teams will play each other seven more times after this series including a 4-game set in the Queen City next weekend.
One for the history books...
+ Cincinnati's all-time record versus the Cubs is 1,078-1,098, which includes a 415-440 mark at Wrigley Field.