Reds Vs. Cubs Preview: Chicago Returns Home After Disastrous Road Trip

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 2: Starlin Castro #13 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after being tagged out at second base by Zack Cozart #2 of the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on May 2, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cubs defeated the Reds 3-1. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The Chicago Cubs open their four-game series against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night at Wrigley Field.

The Chicago Cubs have finally returned home after another disastrous road trip -- this time they dropped all six games on a quick west coast tour -- and they will be looking to build something positive at home against the Cincinnati Reds. In the opening game of the four-game set against Cincinnati, the Cubs turn to struggling pitcher Chris Volstad (0-8, 7.22 ERA), while the Reds counter with Mike Leake (4-7, 4.51 ERA).

Thursday's game marks the first of eight meetings between the Cubs and the Reds over the next 11 days, so these teams will be getting very familiar with each other in August.

Game date/time: Thursday, August 9, 7:05 p.m. CT

Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

TV: Comcast SportsNet

For more on Chicago sports, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage on the Cubs,head over to Bleed Cubbie Blue. Additional Reds coverage can be found at Red Reporter

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