Haren was picked up at the deadline to fill the back end of the Cubs rotation. He's got a nice record and a pedigree, but his peripherals - FIP, xFIP and SIERA - all suggest a guy that's been way outperforming his stats, so we'll see if he's having one of those do-no-wrong years or if regression is lurking. It will be his first outing against Pittsburgh this year, though he was whipped twice in 2014 as a Dodger and is 3-3/5.28 in ten career appearances v the Bucs. The game starts at 7:05 and will be aired by Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan.
Varsity lineup while the A-Ram at cleanup experiment continues.
- The Cubs have been rolling; they're on a six game winning streak. The Pirates have gone 4-7 overall against Chicago this season, which includes a 2-3 record at PNC Park. Gotta win those division games; the Pirates are 19-27 v their Central rivals.
- Arquimedes Caminero pitched 2-1/3 innings and struck out six batters, both career highs, last night. He leads all NL rookie pitchers in appearances with 49, and has 54 K in 49IP.
- Advance at your own risk: Starling Marte has a league-leading 10 outfield assists.
- Garrett Jones signed a FA contract with the Yankees.