#Cubs Haren starts vs Reds in Cincy

Dan Haren is slated to start Tuesday night for the Cubs in the first of three against the Reds in Cincinnati. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Schwarber LF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

La Stella 2B

Montero C

Baez SS

Haren P

Coghlan RF

The Reds have had more than 24 hours of rain delays this season, and there is rain in the forecast. If you’re coming to Great American Ball Park, all I can tell you is they will try to play.

The Cubs have held their opponents scoreless for 21 consecutive innings in winning the last two games. They have 20 shutouts this season, the most since 1969. The last time the Cubs posted three straight shutouts was July 1992.

The Cubs are 40-19 since late July.

Haren is competing for a spot in the Cubs postseason rotation. The right-hander was skipped the last time through the rotation because of an off-day. He allowed three runs (one earned) over 4 1/3 innings in his most recent start, a no-decision against the Cardinals.


Aloha Folks, another big game. Haren-san, gunbatene! Mahalo!

We know the Cubs have flaws, but that is also true of every team which may appear in the postseason, both NL and AL. Bob Nightengale called attention to this in yesterday`s `USA Today,` and cited each team`s shortcomings. He also wrote something I liked very much, and think you will too: “No one wants to play the Cubs.”

I like it jhosk. The Pirates beat up Wacha a little bit today
Interesting decision to leadoff Schwarber today. I don’t see anything wrong with a .357 OBP batting leadoff and giving Fowler a day off.

Yes, Jasper, the Cards found Garrit Cole too much to handle. Am watching the second game of that doubleheader as I type. It is unusual for a catcher to lead off, but that`s Maddon. You`ll recall I once commented that Kris Bryant at times led off for San Diego and coach Rich Hill at the college level. Said I doubted you`d ever see that at the major league level. But I no longer feel that way. It`s possible Cubs` fans will see Bryant lead off for the Cubs at some point in his career. Y`all saw him play four different positions in one game earlier this week. Anything is possible with Joe Maddon at the helm. It`s why he`s earned the designation `the Mad Scientist.`

Joe definitely has a different way, but it works. Sure am glad he is in a Cub uniform.

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