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Probable Pitchers

Chicago Cubs @ Cincinnati Reds

, Great American Ball Park
Jake Buchanan, RHP
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Buchanan will make his first start with the Cubs and pitch in his second game since he was called up from Triple-A. In 22 starts, he posted a 4.35 ERA, striking out 97 over 130 1/3 innings. He's appeared in one game with the Cubs on Sept. 5.

Josh Smith, RHP
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This will be long reliever Smith’s second time starting this season, and it’s again vs. the Cubs. On Sept. 20 at Wrigley Field, he pitched well with one run, three hits, two walks and three strikeouts over three innings.

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Chicago Cubs @ Cincinnati Reds

, Great American Ball Park
Jon Lester, LHP
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Lester will be vying for his career-high 20th win in his final regular-season start. He's 10-0 with a 1.34 ERA in 13 starts since the All-Star break. Against the Reds, the lefty is 2-0 with a 1.95 ERA in four starts.

Tim Adleman, RHP
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Adleman has thrown a career high in innings in each of his past two starts, including seven well-pitched innings in Monday’s win over the Cards. He held down St. Louis by retiring the first 10 batters in a row and wasn’t afraid to throw strikes.

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Chicago Cubs @ Cincinnati Reds

, Great American Ball Park
Kyle Hendricks, RHP
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Hendricks boasts the best ERA in the Major Leagues at 1.99. Can he finish under 2.00 for the season? The right-hander picked up his 16th win in his last outing against the Pirates, striking out five over six scoreless innings. He's on a roll.

Robert Stephenson, RHP
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Stephenson demonstrated better life on his pitches and improved command, until he ran into a fourth-inning buzzsaw vs. the Cardinals on Tuesday. His 2-0 fastball to Aledmys Diaz was over the heart of the plate and stung for a grand slam.

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