Cincinnati is a season-high seven games above .500 after winning five straight and 14 of 19, and the Reds have climbed within 2 1/2 games of National League Central leader Milwaukee. No major-league team has swept a five-game set since the New York Yankees did so against the Boston Red Sox in 2006.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs RH Kyle Hendricks (NR) vs. Reds RH Homer Bailey (8-5, 4.15 ERA)
Hendricks is set for his major-league debut, and he has a chance to stick in the big-league rotation with an impressive outing.
Bailey has allowed only one run over his last 17 innings, but he was a tough-luck loser last time out.
Over is 7-2 in Cubs last 9 when their opponent allows 2 runs or less in their previous game.
Over is 10-3-2 in Baileys last 15 Thursday starts.