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What channel Reds vs. Cubs is on and how to watch via live online stream

We go over how you can watch Friday’s game between the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs on ESPN+.

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Shogo Akiyama #4 of the Cincinnati Reds bats in the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on May 23, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

ESPN+ will host Friday’s matchup between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs with first pitch set for 2:20 p.m. ET. The game will take place at Wrigley Field in Chicago, and will also air on Bally Sports Ohio in the Reds market and on Marquee Sports Network in the Cubs market. Vladimir Gutierrez and Adbert Alzolay will start for Cincinnati and Chicago, respectively.

If you aren’t around a TV to check out this MLB matchup, you can stream the game via WatchESPN or the ESPN app. But keep in mind — you’ll need a subscription to ESPN+. You can subscribe to ESPN+ on the ESPN website, where you can get a monthly subscription for $5.99, or get the ESPN/Disney/Hulu bundle for $13.99 per month.

The Reds have been struggling lately, losing seven of their last 10 and they currently sit five games back in the NL Central. They’ll have 25-year-old Vladimir Gutiérrez make his MLB debut on the mound for Friday’s matchup, which should be exciting. He’s a top-20 prospect in the organization and has fared well in his minor league starts this year, going 2-0 with a 2.65 ERA.

The Cubs are doing much better than their opponent in recent weeks. Chicago has won eight of its last 10 games and are scoring nearly five runs per game over that span. They’re currently in the top 10 in baseball for batting average and just outside of it in total runs scored. They may struggle the first time through the lineup with an unknown quantity on the hill, but they should be able to buckle down and get after Gutierrez shortly after.