Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon
news

Reds News

McGuire starts Reds' final 2017 game vs. Cubs

MLB.com @m_sheldon

As the Cubs fine-tune their roster and let some players rest, heal and get ready for postseason baseball, the Reds will be playing them in the final regular-season game of 2017 on Sunday at Wrigley Field.

With Jake Arrieta scratched and instead throwing a simulated game Wednesday because of a right hamstring injury, lefty Mike Montgomery will make the start for Chicago in what is expected to essentially be a bullpen day. Rookie Deck McGuire will start for Cincinnati.

View Full Game Coverage

As the Cubs fine-tune their roster and let some players rest, heal and get ready for postseason baseball, the Reds will be playing them in the final regular-season game of 2017 on Sunday at Wrigley Field.

With Jake Arrieta scratched and instead throwing a simulated game Wednesday because of a right hamstring injury, lefty Mike Montgomery will make the start for Chicago in what is expected to essentially be a bullpen day. Rookie Deck McGuire will start for Cincinnati.

View Full Game Coverage

Montgomery will be making his 14th start of the season, but his last two appearances have come from the bullpen. He last pitched on Tuesday in St. Louis, allowing one run and two hits over two innings. In his past two outings vs. the Reds, Montgomery tossed 10 1/3 scoreless innings.

For McGuire, this will mark his second big league start and sixth game since his a September callup from Double-A Pensacola. He began with 5 2/3 scoreless innings of relief in four outings, but he struggled in his first start on Tuesday at Milwaukee. The right-hander was roughed up for six runs (four earned) and six hits over three innings with two walks and five strikeouts in a 7-6 Reds loss.

Cubs regulars are expected to be in the starting lineup, but they will likely not play the full game.

Meanwhile, Sunday is expected to be first baseman Joey Votto's 162nd start of the season, making him the first Reds player to start every game of a non-strike season since Pete Rose in 1975. Billy Hamilton, who has 59 steals, will look to overtake Miami's Dee Gordon, who leads MLB with 60, for his first stolen-base crown.

Things to know about this game
• Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr., who bruised his right shoulder crashing into the outfield wall at Busch Stadium on Tuesday, entered Saturday's game in the fifth and went 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored. Almora also had some soreness in his back from the collision, which had limited his ability to hit.

• After he was out of the starting lineup on Saturday, Reds shortstop Zack Cozart (right quadriceps) is expected to start what could be his final game with the team. Cozart will be a free agent for the first time this offseason.

• The Wrigley Field grounds crew will continue the tradition of singing the seventh-inning stretch for the regular-season finale.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds