Valaika at SS
Reds lineup vs. Cubs
*This is a lineup we have not seen the likes of yet this season. Definitely a plethora of young players in there. Valaika is getting his first big league start at SS, where he played three innings for the Reds last season. He’s played only 13 games at SS this season for Triple-A Louisville, compared to 85 at 2B.
*This is Dave Sappelt’s first big league start in CF after13 starts in LF. Todd Frazier is getting his second start in LF tonight.
*Miguel Cairo is 5-for-17 vs. Cubs starter Rodrigo Lopez. So perhaps that is why he is there over Juan Francisco.
*Drew Stubbs is obviously not in there tonight but he’s closing in on 40 steals for the season. Currently he is at 37. No Reds player has totaled at least 40 steals since Deion Sanders had swiped 56 bases in 1997.