September 2016

#Cubs and Buchanan face Reds

Jake Buchanan gets the start Friday night when the Cubs open their final regular season series, facing the Reds at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. This will be Buchanan’s third ML start, and first since 2014. Expect to see a lot of Cubs relievers tonight. Chris Coghlan returns to the lineup. He is 14-for-43 (.326) in 18 games this month. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Heyward RF

Russell SS

Coghlan LF

Montero C

Buchanan P

*The Cubs have hit 37 homers against the Reds this season, their most in a single campaign against the Reds all-time. The 37 homers are tied for the most by the Cubs against any opponent in a single season (37 home runs vs. the Cardinals in 1955).

*Kris Bryant has hit 10 home runs against the Reds this year, the most by a Cubs player all-time vs. Cincinnati.

*Dexter Fowler needs two hits to reach 1,000 in his career.

*Thursday’s 1-1 tie with the Pirates was the Cubs’ first tie game since May 28, 1993, vs. the Expos.

 

#Cubs update

Thursday’s Cubs vs. Pirates game ended in a 1-1 tie after five innings because of rain. It will not be made up. On Friday, it will be another bullpen day and right-hander Jake Buchanan will get the start. He’ll be starting his second game since he was promoted from Triple-A Iowa. In 22 starts at Iowa, Buchanan posted a 4.35 ERA, striking out 97 over 130 1/3 innings. It won’t be his first big league start; he made two with the Astros in 2014.

#Cubs Coghlan has mild ankle sprain

Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan left Wednesday’s game in the fifth inning with a mild left ankle sprain suffered when he crashed into the left field wall. The Cubs wanted to see how he responded overnight, but the outfielder was not expected to play Thursday.

“The word ‘mild’ was used five to six times when I was told about it,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “He wanted to stay in the game, and I didn’t think that was right. Let’s get some ice on it. When a guy’s swinging the bat, they want to hit. It’s probably a day to day item.”

Coghlan crashed into the wall chasing Sean Rodriguez’s ball with two outs in the Pirates’ fifth. He was able to walk off the field under his own power.

#Cubs and Arrieta face Pirates

Jake Arrieta will make his final regular season start on Wednesday in the third game of the Cubs four-game series against the Pirates at PNC Park. Arrieta is 10-2 with a 2.22 ERA in 15 career starts against the Pirates, including a complete game shutout in last year’s Wild Card game. He’s coming off a solid start against the Cardinals in which he threw seven shutout innings. His 2.85 ERA would be good enough to lead 26 other teams, but he’s third behind teammates Kyle Hendricks (1.99) and Jon Lester (2.28).

Arrieta is on track to become the first Cubs pitcher to post a sub-3.00 ERA in three straight seasons (minimum 150 IP) since Bill Hands did so, 1967-69.

Here’s Wednesday’s lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Heyward RF

Russell SS

Coghlan LF

Montero C

Arrieta P

#Cubs Maddon’s book report

While prepping for the postseason, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday that he downloaded “The Haj,” “Exodus,” and “Armageddon: A Novel of Berlin” by author Leon Uris for some light reading. Maddon had read the books before, and wanted to re-read them. He’s upset at himself for not reading more.

“I really want to be that guy again.” he said. “I used to be so well read and now I stink.”

Maddon likes to read before he goes to sleep.

“It’s gymnastics for your brain,” he said.

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs and Lackey face Pirates

John Lackey starts Tuesday night for the Cubs in Game 2 of their four-game series against the Pirates at PNC Park. This will be Lackey’s last regular season start. Kris Bryant, Jason Heyward and Addison Russell get the night off. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Coghlan RF

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist LF

Montero C

La Stella 3B

Baez SS

Kawasaki 2B

Lackey P

The Cubs won their 100th game of the season on Monday with a 12-2 victory over the Pirates. They’ve reached 100 regular season wins six times in franchise history dating to 1876, and first time since going 100-54 in 1935.

On Monday, Bryant picked up his 100th and 101st RBI of the season, hitting a two-run homer, his 39th. Bryant has the most homers by a Cubs player since Derrek Lee hit 46 in 2005.

Kyle Hendricks got the win on Monday, and now has a 1.99 ERA, tops in the Major Leagues.

 

#Cubs and Hendricks face Pirates

Kyle Hendricks will start Monday night when the Cubs open a four-game series against the Pirates at PNC Park. First pitch will be 6:05 p.m. CT from Pittsburgh. The Cubs are aiming at win No. 100 for the season. Here’s the lineup:

Coghlan LF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Contreras C

Heyward RF

Russell SS

Almora Jr. CF

Baez 2B

Hendricks P

The Cubs’ 99 wins are the most in 81 years since winning 100 games in 1935. This is the seventh time in franchise history that the Cubs have reached at least 99.

In case you missed it, here are the pitching matchups for this series:

Monday: RHP Kyle Hendricks (15-8, 2.06) vs. RHP Chad Kuhl (5-3, 3.73)

Tuesday: RHP John Lackey (10-8, 3.39) vs. RHP Ryan Vogelsong (3-6, 4.85)

Wednesday: RHP Jake Arrieta (18-7, 2.85) vs. RHP Jameson Taillon (4-4, 3.49)

Thursday: LHP Rob Zastryzny (1-0, 1.46) vs. RHP Ivan Nova (12-8, 4.25)

 

#Cubs and Lester face Cardinals

Jon Lester started the Cubs’ home opener and he was scheduled to start Sunday night in the regular season finale at Wrigley Field when they close their series against the Cardinals. The grounds crew will sing the seventh inning stretch. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant LF

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Russell SS

Heyward RF

Baez 3B

Ross C

Lester P

The Cubs can set a Wrigley Field record with a win, which would be their 57th at home.

The Cubs haven’t won the season-series with the Cardinals since 2010 (9-6). With a win, the Cubs can reach the 99-win mark for the first time since 1935. That season, they finished with a 100-54 record before losing the World Series, 4-2, to the Detroit Tigers

Lester’s 18 wins this season are tied for the NL lead with teammate Jake Arrieta and the Nationals’ Max Scherzer. Lester’s 2.36 ERA is the second-lowest among qualifiers in baseball behind only teammate Kyle Hendricks (2.06)

With a win Sunday, Lester would match a career-high with his 19th victory of the season. He went 19-9 as a member of the Red Sox in 2010.

The Cubs will have a moment of silence before the game to honor Jose Fernandez, the Marlins pitcher who was killed in a boating accident early Sunday. The Wrigley Field marquee honored  the 24-year-old pitcher.

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#Cubs and Hammel face Cards

Jason Hammel gets the start on Saturday when the Cubs face the Cardinals in the second game of their three-game series at Wrigley Field. The Cubs secured home field advantage through the NLDS and NLCS late Friday when the Nationals lost to the Pirates. Hammel is 10-1 with a 1.84 ERA at Wrigley Field. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. CT. Here’s Saturday’s lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Russell SS

Heyward RF

Soler LF

Contreras C

Hammel P

#Cubs and Arrieta face Cards

Jake Arrieta gets the start at Wrigley Field on Friday as the Cubs open a three-game series against the Cardinals. It’s the final three home games of the regular season for the Cubs, who open the NL Division Series on Oct. 7. The Cardinals are fighting for a Wild Card berth. They’re a half game behind the Mets and Giants.

Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Russell SS

Heyward RF

Coghlan LF

Montero C

Arrieta P

Cubs manager Joe Maddon has compiled a 194-120 record in his first two seasons with the team. Only two managers have reached that many victories with fewer than 120 losses: Cap Anson in 1879-82 and Frank Chance in 1905-07.

The Cubs have won 97 games, matching their win total last season. That’s tied for the most single-season wins since winning 98 games in 1945.