#Cubs and Buchanan face Reds

Jake Buchanan gets the start Friday night when the Cubs open their final regular season series, facing the Reds at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. This will be Buchanan’s third ML start, and first since 2014. Expect to see a lot of Cubs relievers tonight. Chris Coghlan returns to the lineup. He is 14-for-43 (.326) in 18 games this month. Here’s the lineup:

Fowler CF

Bryant 3B

Rizzo 1B

Zobrist 2B

Heyward RF

Russell SS

Coghlan LF

Montero C

Buchanan P

*The Cubs have hit 37 homers against the Reds this season, their most in a single campaign against the Reds all-time. The 37 homers are tied for the most by the Cubs against any opponent in a single season (37 home runs vs. the Cardinals in 1955).

*Kris Bryant has hit 10 home runs against the Reds this year, the most by a Cubs player all-time vs. Cincinnati.

*Dexter Fowler needs two hits to reach 1,000 in his career.

*Thursday’s 1-1 tie with the Pirates was the Cubs’ first tie game since May 28, 1993, vs. the Expos.


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i mentioned elsewhere that the MLB Network would televise tonight`s Dodgers/Giants game. Am watching now and an added bonus is Vin Scully`s coverage and MadBum is pitching. Vin mentioned that Washington is behind the Marlins in their game tonight. That`s important to the Dodgers because those two clubs are competing for best record, as it determines home field when they meet in the NLDS. Vin called the team the Washington Senators. {Does that mean he`s losing it, or is it an honest mistake?} He also said it was Crawford`s right hand that was injured at Chavez Ravine when he dived into third base recently. It was a finger on his glove hand (the left) which he damaged. (If you consider that nitpicking, I plead guilty.) Vin called attention to some issues the Washington club has these days. Gio Gonzalez has not been effective, Harper has a problem with a thumb and also his neck, Murphy has an injured leg, and Strasburg has an arm problem. I mention all this because the Cubs could very possibly meet the Nats in the NLCS.

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