The Reds will commence the second week of the season with their first road trip to play the Cubs, who are returning to Wrigley Field after a three-game road trip in Colorado. The series opener on Monday, which starts at 8:05 p.m. ET/7:05 p.m. CT, features Cubs ace Jon Lester in his second start while Mike Leake gets the ball a second time for Cincinnati.
Things to know about this game:
• The Reds have claimed the last five season series against the Cubs, including an 11-8 record in 2014. Cincinnati is 37-17 vs. Chicago in games over the last three seasons.
• Catcher Devin Mesoraco and left fielder Marlon Byrd, who were both rested on Sunday vs. the Cardinals, should be back in the Reds' lineup on Monday.
• Lester has never faced the Reds before, but has limited histories against Byrd (2-for-14), Brayan Pena (7-for-18) and Brennan Boesch (3-for-13).
• For his first start on Opening Night April 5, Lester was on a pitch count. He is expected to be allowed to go deeper on Monday.