Scouting Today’s Starters from MLB.com
Aaron Harang – Harang allowed three earned runs over seven innings, all on sacrifice flies, and just three hits with two walks and five strikeouts. David Eckstein led off the top of the first inning with a double before Harang retired the next 15 in a row. Yet Harang said he lacked his best stuff in the game. His velocity and command were a little off, but he was able to make pitches and get outs when he had to. He turned the game over to the bullpen after 88 pitches.
Additional Notes on Harang
Carlos Zambrano – With one more win, Zambrano will set a career high. He’ll be pitching on short rest, having last started on Friday against the Cardinals. In that game, he gave up one run on four hits over eight innings and struck out three. He threw 101 pitches, and the Cubs seem to feel he’s a better option on short rest than using Steve Trachsel.
Happy Birthday to Rob
We’re glad to have him here on the site. I took the time to check out how the Cubs have done on his birthday in the past.
Record since 1976: 14-14 with 4 off days
The Cubs have faced the Reds on September 18th three times since 1976, all resulting in losses. Ironically the last time they faced them on this date, 2005, they faced Aaron Harang.
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