Game One Hundred Forty-Seven: Cubs (85-61) vs. Cardinals (92-54)
- Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: ABC-7, MLB Network – Radio: WBBM 780, Cubs Radio Network, XM Radio Channels 183, 844
- Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Dan Haren (9-9, 3.87/1.19/4.87) vs. Lance Lynn (11-10, 3.17/1.36/3.48)
Weather permitting … The Cubs begin the final homestand of the regular season with the first of three against the Cardinals. The Cubs will be home for the next 11 days. After spending the weekend with the Redbirds, the Brewers are in for three (Sept. 21-23). The Cubs last day-off of the season is Thursday. The Cubs wrap up the home schedule with the Pirates (Sept. 25-27) and the Royals (Sept. 28).
Joe Maddon reiterated Thursday the goal is to catch the Cardinals. The Cubs enter play today seven games behind the Cardinals with 16 games remaining on the schedule.
The Cubs won two of three in St. Louis last week and are 6-10 versus the Cardinals this season. Anything short of three, one-game winning streaks this weekend will remove any chance Maddon’s team has of reaching their goal.
After today’s match-up of Dan Haren and Lance Lynn, the Cubs have a ‘Bullpen Day’ planned for Saturday while the Cardinals are sending Michael Wacha to the hill. Maddon has not announced which one of his relievers will be first up out of the bullpen. Trevor Cahill and Clayton Richard are the main candidates to make the start. Jon Lester takes on Carlos Martinez in the series and season-series finale with the Cardinals on Sunday afternoon.
The Cardinals are getting healthy and Matt Holliday is back. Maddon will play match ups for the next two days and if Dan Haren struggles he will have a short leash. Maddon has relievers in his pen that have not been used that could see time over the next three days while Pedro Strop should be given the weekend off.
Look for Maddon to start a left-handed dominate lineup today. Left-handers are hitting .272/.358/.396 against Lance Lynn this year while right-handers have managed a .246/.301/.293 line.
Today all starts with Dan Haren …
Dan Haren’s best start with the Cubs came before his dud in Philadelphia. Dan Haren tossed seven innings of shutout ball against the Cardinals in St. Louis. Haren found a rhythm and just threw strikes with the big lead. Haren had nothing his last time out. Haren barely made it through three innings and was charged with four runs on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
Haren is 2-2 in eight starts with the Cubs. Haren has allowed 25 runs, 24 earned, on 49 hits with 12 walks and 33 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings (5.31 ERA, 1.50 WHIP). Haren pitched better than his numbers indicated until his last outing. Over his last three games, Haren is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP … and Haren is 1-0 in three starts at Wrigley with a 5.52 ERA and 1.16 WHIP.
Dan Haren faces the Cardinals for the third time this season, second as a Cub. Haren is 1-1 in the first two with a 2.77 ERA and 1.23 WHIP (four runs on 14 hits with two walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings).
Cardinals Career Numbers against Dan Haren
- Jhonny Peralta: 9-for-32 with one double and three walks
- Matt Holliday: 8-for-26 with two doubles, three home runs and two walks
- Yadier Molina: 6-for-16 with one double and one walk
- Mark Reynolds: 2-for-16 with one double, one home run and one walk
- Jason Heyward: 4-for-13 with one double and two walks
- Matt Carpenter: 0-for-11 with one walk
- Jon Jay: 4-for-10 with one double
- Brandon Moss: 3-for-10 with one double and one home run
- Pete Kozma: 4-for-5 with one walk
- Kolten Wong: 4-for-6 with two doubles
- Lance Lynn: 0-for-3
- Matt Adams: 0-for-3
- Randal Grichuk: 1-for-3
- Stephen Piscotty: 0-for-3
- Tony Cruz: 0-for-1 with one walk
- Greg Garcia: 1-for-1
The Cubs get their second shot at Lance Lynn in 11 days and will square off against the Cardinals’ right hander for the fourth time this season. The Cubs knocked Lynn out of the game on Labor Day in the third inning after scoring six runs on seven hits. Lynn put together a quality start his last time out against the Reds but he is 0-2 with a 9.72 ERA and 1.92 WHIP since posting a 3-3 record in six August starts with a 3.16 ERA and 1.72 WHIP.
Even with his recent struggles, Lynn is 5-5 in his last 11 starts with a 3.62 ERA and 1.47 WHIP. Lynn has allowed 28 runs, 24 earned, on 62 hits with 26 walks and 51 strikeouts in 59 2/3 innings.
Lynn’s home-road splits are very similar and he’s 5-5 in 13 road starts with a 3.23 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. Lynn makes start No. 4 on the season against the Cubs today.
In three starts versus the Cubs, Lance Lynn is 0-3 with a 7.53 ERA and 1.53 WHIP (13 runs, 12 earned, on 17 hits with five walks and 17 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings).
Cubs Career Numbers against Lance Lynn
- Starlin Castro: 13-for-37 with three doubles and one triple
- Anthony Rizzo: 8-for-27 with two doubles, two home runs and four walks
- Dexter Fowler: 5-for-12 with one double, one home run and two walks
- Miguel Montero: 1-for-11 with three walks
- David Ross: 2-for-9 with two doubles
- Chris Coghlan: 2-for-5 with two walks
- Kris Bryant: 1-for-5
- Dan Haren: 0-for-3 with one walk
- Tommy La Stella: 0-for-4
- Addison Russell: 1-for-3 with one double and one walk
- Quintin Berry: 1-for-3
- Austin Jackson: 1-for-3 with one double
- Jonathan Herrera: 1-for-2 with one double
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