The Cubs announced Monday changes to the rotation that impact the upcoming series with the Pirates.
Dan Haren is being skipped and will not take his turn this time through the rotation. Jon Lester, Jason Hammel and Jake Arrieta will start the three games against the Pirates. By skipping Haren, Kyle Hendricks would start Monday’s make-up against the Royals in the final game of the regular season at Wrigley Field.
Based on skipping Dan Haren this time through the rotation, unless weather changes the Cubs’ plans again, this is how the starting rotation should shake out for the final 12 games of the regular season.
Sept. 22: Brewers – Jake Arrieta
Sept. 23: Brewers – Kyle Hendricks
Sept. 24: Off-Day
Sept. 25: Pirates – Jon Lester
Sept. 26: Pirates – Jason Hammel
Sept. 27: Pirates – Jake Arrieta
Sept. 28: Royals – Kyle Hendricks
Sept. 29: Reds – Dan Haren
Sept. 30: Reds – Jon Lester
Oct. 1: Reds – Jason Hammel
Oct. 2: Brewers – Jake Arrieta
Oct. 3: Brewers – Kyle Hendricks
Oct. 4: Brewers – Dan Haren
Jake Arrieta would be able to start the Wild Card game on Oct. 7 on regular rest.
The Cubs are sending the three top starters against the Pirates and it appears Clint Hurdle will also start his top three pitchers. As for the head-to-head numbers for Lester, Hammel and Arrieta versus the Pirates this season, here’s how they have pitched against Pittsburgh this year.
Jon Lester is 2-0 in two starts with a 1.13 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. Lester has allowed two runs on 14 hits with two walks and 16 strikeouts to the Pirates in 16 innings.
Jason Hammel is 1-1 in three starts with a 3.78 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. In 16 2/3 innings, Hammel has given up eight runs, seven earned, on 15 hits with three walks and 17 strikeouts.
And Jake Arrieta is 2-1 in four starts against the Pirates with a 0.93 ERA and 0.76 WHIP. Arrieta has allowed four runs, three earned, on 17 hits with five walks and 24 strikeouts in 29 innings.