Haren starts Sat for #Cubs vs Braves
Dan Haren starts Saturday for the Cubs in Game 3 of their four-game series against the Braves. First pitch will be 3:05 p.m. CT at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup:
*On Friday, the Cubs bullpen threw four scoreless innings. It was the 16th time this season in which the Cubs relievers have
totaled at least four innings without giving up a run in a game. Last year, the bullpen did that 11 times (and eight times
*Speaking of relief, Jason Motte improved to 8-1 with the win Friday, and has the most relief victories in the Majors this season. The eight wins are the most by a Cubs reliever since Jeff Samardzija had eight in 2011. The last Cubs reliever with more victories in a season was Lee Smith, who won nine in 1986.
*The Cubs have hit 42 home runs since the All-Star break, second-most in the NL behind the Mets (43). In the last
nine games, the Cubs have hit 19 long balls for an average of 2.1 homers per contest.
*If you think the Cubs are hitting better, you’re right. The Cubs are batting .270 (144-for-534) with 91 runs scored in their last 16 games since Aug. 4, good for an average of 5.7 runs per game. That includes a .307 average (42-for-137) with runners in scoring position.
Prior to this 16-game stretch, the Cubs batted .225 (260-for-1,157) and averaged 3.5 runs per games in 35 contests from June 27-Aug. 6. That included a .212 mark (61-for-288) with runners in scoring position.