Dan Haren makes #Cubs debut vs Pirates
Dan Haren makes his Cubs debut Wednesday night at PNC Park against the Pirates in the series finale. Here’s the lineup:
According to reports from Pittsburgh, Rafael Soriano is going on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and lefty Clayton Richard has re-signed with the Cubs. Richard was designated for assignment on Monday, elected free agency, and has re-joined the Cubs.
According to MLB Network research, Cubs rookie catcher Kyle Schwarber’s average well-hit rating is 4.8 on balls in play using Inside Edge’s 1-9 rating scale (4.0 league average). If he were qualified, Schwarber would tie with J.D. Martinez as the league’s hardest hitter. Schwarber is slugging .556 in 72 at-bats.
The Cubs have won six straight games for the second time this season. They have yet to score more than five runs in a game during their current winning streak. The rotation has a 1.59 ERA and the bullpen has a 1.26 ERA in that span.
This is the fifth time Haren has been traded in his career, and the Cubs are the eighth team he’s played for in 15 professional seasons.
The Cubs top four starters – Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, Jason Hammel and Kyle Hendricks – have combined for a 3.11 ERA this season while five other starters have combined for a 5.05 ERA.
Anthony Rizzo is hitting .500 (12-for-24) with four home runs and 10 RBI during the Cubs six-game winning streak. He recorded the fourth four-hit game of his career on Tuesday. Rizzo is the fifth player in Cubs history with 12 hits and four homers in a six-game span, and first since Derrek Lee in 2005.