9/11 Cubs lineup
Jeff Samardzija takes the mound Wednesday as the Cubs try to complete a sweep against the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Samardzija enters his career-high 30th start of the season with 190 strikeouts and 189 innings pitched. He is trying to become the first Cubs pitcher to reach both 200 strikeouts and 200 innings pitched since Ryan Dempster in 2010 (208 strikeouts, 215 1/3 innings pitched).
Entering today, Samardzija is in good company among those in all of baseball to have reached his current innings pitched and strikeout numbers. The only other six: Detroit’s Max Scherzer (215 strikeouts, 194 1/3 innings), St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright (195, 213 2/3), Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw (208, 216), Seattle’s Felix Hernandez (200, 194 1/3), the White Sox’ Chris Sale (207, 195 2/3) and Cincinnati’s Homer Bailey (190, 191 1/3).
* The Cubs already have 33 wins on the road this season, 10 more than their total number of victories away from Wrigley Field last year. They have gone 19-15 in their last 34 road games starting June 25 after starting the season 14-21 in their first 35 road games.
Here’s Wednesday’s lineup: