#Cubs Hammel starts in series finale vs Reds
Jason Hammel gets the start Thursday as the Cubs close their series against the Reds in Cincinnati. Here’s the lineup:
*This will be Schwarber’s first start at catcher since Aug. 31, and it’s fitting that he does it in Cincinnati. He grew up in MIddletown, Ohio, and was a Johnny Bench fan.
*The Cubs finished September with 19 wins, and have won 19 or more games in consecutive months for the first time since 1977 (21 wins in May, 19 in June). The 19-9 September record this year was the best in the Majors.
*The Cubs have won 93 games, a 20-win improvement from last year. That’s the best in all of baseball this year, and best by a Cubs team since a 21-win increase from ’02 to ’03.
*Looking ahead to the Cubs’ final regular season series against the Brewers in Milwaukee:
Friday: Jake Arrieta (21-6, 1.92) vs. Ariel Pena (2-0, 3.91)
Saturday: Kyle Hendricks (7-7, 4.09) vs. Tyler Wagner (0-1, 11.74)
Sunday: Dan Haren (10-9, 3.67) vs. Jorge Lopez (1-0, 5.40)