Rich Harden Looks to Continue Solid Pitching against Lowly Pirates @ Wrigley Field

Posted on 16 August 2009 by Lou

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Rich Harden has been one of the Cubs most reliable pitchers in the 2nd half of the 2009 MLB schedule and he looks to keep that going against the last-place Pirates in Sunday’s series finale at Wrigley Field.  Harden has not allowed more than 2 earned runs in any of his 6 post-All-Star Break starts.  Unfortunately, he is only 2-1 in the 6 starts and the Cubs have actually lost 4 of the starts – – pretty indicative of how bad things have gone for the Cubs in 2009.  Harden beat the Pirates in his only start against them on June 29th in Pittsburgh.  Harden gave up 9 hits, but only 1 ER in 7 innings of that game as he continually worked out of jams by striking out 9 batters.

Harden will square off against Ross Ohlendorf on Sunday.  Despite having a 1.32 WHIP and 4.32 ERA, Ohlendorf actually shut down the Cubs offense by tossing 7 scoreless innings against them in a 3-0 win back on June 30th.  Ohlendorf gave up just 4 hits while striking out 8 in the game.

The Cubs free-fall continued last week with 6 losses in 7 games against the Rockies and Phillies.  The Cubs continue to trail the Cardinals in the NL Central race and the Rockies and Giants in the NL wild card race.  Time is beginning to become a factor as the Cubs only have 47 games in which to make up ground.  A weekend series sweep of the Pirates would go a long way to making the ride a little less bumpy…

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