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Probable Pitchers

Toronto Blue Jays @ Chicago Cubs

, Wrigley Field
Marco Estrada, RHP
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    Marco Estrada, last 5 years vs. CHC
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Estrada allowed six runs over 4 1/3 innings during his last start against the Rays in his shortest outing since June 30. Prior to that, Estrada has allowed three runs or less in four consecutive starts.

Kyle Hendricks, RHP
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    Kyle Hendricks, last 3 starts
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Hendricks threw six scoreless innings in his last outing against the Reds, striking out six. He was encouraged by his fastball command and an uptick in velocity. In his last five starts, he has a 2.00 ERA.

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Chicago Cubs @ Cincinnati Reds

, Great American Ball Park
John Lackey, RHP
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Lackey did not get a decision in his last start against the Reds on Aug. 16 at Wrigley Field, despite posting a quality start. He gave up one run on four hits over six innings and even stole a base. He has a 3.06 ERA in six starts since the break.

Homer Bailey, RHP
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    Homer Bailey, last 5 years vs. CHC
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Bailey -- with five walks and 10 strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings -- was a mixed bag vs. the Cubs on Wednesday in a no-decision. He was frustrated by his lack of command and putting his team down early. A 1st-inning slam had the Reds playing catchup.

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Chicago Cubs @ Cincinnati Reds

, Great American Ball Park
Mike Montgomery, LHP
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Montgomery will be subbing for Jon Lester. In eight starts in the first half, Montgomery was 2-3 with a 5.13 ERA, and he has a 2.57 ERA in 27 relief appearances. He pitched 4 1/3 innings vs. the Reds in relief of Lester in his last outing.

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Chicago Cubs @ Cincinnati Reds

, Great American Ball Park
Jake Arrieta, RHP
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    Jake Arrieta, last 5 years vs. CIN
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Arrieta is 5-1 with a 2.00 ERA in his past seven starts, and he has allowed two or fewer earned runs in each start in that stretch. He picked up his team-leading 13th win in his last outing against the Blue Jays, giving up one run over 6 1/3 innings.

Sal Romano, RHP
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    Sal Romano, last 5 years vs. CHC
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Romano snapped a three-game losing streak with a career-high seven innings pitched in his last start. He allowed one run and kept hitters off-balance with his three-pitch mix. His slider was effective, keeping lefties honest at the plate.

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