Game One Hundred Sixty-One: Cubs (84-76) vs. Reds (71-89)
Game Time – 2:55pm C.T. FOX /WGN TV, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 188
Location – Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
Rich Hill (10-8, 4.05/1.22) vs. Aaron Harang (16-5, 3.70/1.14)
Only 2 games left in the regular season…. Greetings from the Queen City! The 2007 Central Division Champs take the field this afternoon after a wild celebration on Friday night. With the Cubs clinching the division, the last two games may resemble those in late March in Mesa. Look for Alfonso Soriano, Aramis Ramirez and Derrek Lee to get some much-needed rest, but hopefully not too much.
Lou Piniella has done a very good job this year. He said on Friday night this is just the first step. The playoff roster should be announced in the next few days but the Faithful must enjoy every minute of every game from here on out….because the Cubs are playing baseball in October.
Rich Hill will look to finish his season on a positive note today against one of the best in the National League in Aaron Harang. It would be great to see Lou Piniella’s crew win the last two games and finish with a mark 20 games better than last season. Rich Hill is 2-1 in his last 5 games with a 6.18 ERA. The last time he faced the Reds on September 17th he gave up 4 runs on 7 hits in 4 2/3 innings but received a no decision. The Cubs will need the “good” Rich Hill in October and a good outing today will give him a huge confidence boost.
Aaron Harang is the best pitcher in the league that no one knows about. Harang has posted 16 wins on a team that has a total of 71 on the season. Harang typically dominates the Cubs and it will be interesting to see what lineup Piniella runs out against him today.
Harang is 2-2 in his last 5 starts with a 4.81 ERA. He beat the Cubs on September 18th at Wrigley. The Cubs managed only 2 runs on 6 hits in 7 innings.
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