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jlohm1
07-23-2009, 01:48 AM
i dont feel like wasting my time to make it look nice... so here it is:



Friday, July 24 Wrigley Field | 2:20 PM ET
Aaron Harang, RHP (5-10, 4.17) Randy Wells, RHP (5-4, 3.00)


Scouting Report:
Reds: Harang's winless streak continued for the Reds on Saturday against the Brewers. After he cruised through three hitless innings, he gave up four runs to the Brewers. That inning was the difference in a 4-1 loss. Harang now hasn't won a game since May 25, a string of 11 starts. Over that time, he has gone 0-6. Harang will look to break his drought against the Cubs. He earned his second win of the season against them on April 21 in a 7-1 win. He gave up no earned runs in the start.

Cubs: Early in the season, Wells couldn't get a win, despite pitching well. Now, he's won five of his last six starts, and in his last outing, got the "W" despite what he called an ugly outing. Against the Nationals, Wells gave up four runs on seven hits over five innings. He struck out one and walked one, and got a lot of help from his teammates as they rallied from a 4-0 deficit. His sinker wasn't sinking and his changeup wasn't working, but somehow Wells held on. This is on the job training for the rookie, who should benefit from an extra day's rest.



Saturday, July 25 Wrigley Field | 1:05 PM ET
Johnny Cueto, RHP (8-6, 3.67) Ted Lilly, LHP (9-7, 3.59)


Scouting Report:
Reds: Cueto didn't have his best stuff on Sunday against the Reds in a no-decision, but he kept them in a game they would eventually win, 5-3. After he gave up three runs through his first three innings, Cueto didn't allow any over his final three innings of work. Cueto, who allowed 10 hits, was unable to pick up his first win since July 1. He did post his first quality start since that win, however. Cueto will face the Cubs, who he has had success against this season. He picked up his first win of the season against them April 22 when he threw seven shutout innings in a 3-0 win.

Cubs: Maybe being back on a regular schedule will help Lilly. In his first start after a nine-day layoff, he had a tough time against the Phillies. Lilly gave up a career-high nine runs on eight hits over four innings. He did strike out six. The lefty was given two extra days because of some inflammation in his left knee, but that didn't seem to be the problem; the layoff most likely did contribute to command problems.



Sunday, July 26 Wrigley Field | 2:20 PM ET
Micah Owings, RHP (6-10, 5.33) Kevin Hart, RHP (1-1, 2.30)

Scouting Report:
Reds: For the second-straight start, Owings gave up seven runs. This time he did it over five innings during a 7-5 loss to the Dodgers. He also walked two and struck out two. Owings was given a 3-0 first inning but immediately gave up four in the bottom of the first after he allowed hits to five of his first six batters. Trying to let his defense do the work by throwing strikes and putting the ball in play, Owings left too many good pitches to hit in the strike zone.

Cubs: Hart picked up his first win as a starting pitcher against the Nationals. The right-hander gave up five runs on five hits over five innings. He didn't get a celebratory beer shower or a pie in the face -- he'd won two games in the big leagues as a reliever, so it wasn't a huge milestone. But it was significant to Hart. He does have to cut down on the walks; he's issued 15 free passes in 15 2/3 innings.

IowaAJ
07-23-2009, 12:10 PM
Well we have the upper hand in pitching this weekend so hopefully we can put this Dodgers series behind us and win 2 of 3 or sweep the Cubbies.

jlohm1
07-23-2009, 02:24 PM
i wouldnt count on it the way we've been playing lately

Ron!n
07-24-2009, 11:51 AM
How do you have the pitching upper hand?
Lilly Vs. Cueto is the only matchup where it can go either way. Dempster should be back Sunday instead of Hart and Harang has been horrible this year, Wells has put up much better numbers.

IowaAJ
07-24-2009, 12:16 PM
Harang has not been terrible we just don't score enough runs when he pitches. He has had some bad games but he is still a veteran who has done it longer so I give him the advantage over Wells nothing Personal.

Ron!n
07-24-2009, 12:18 PM
Harang has not been terrible we just don't score enough runs when he pitches. He has had some bad games but he is still a veteran who has done it longer so I give him the advantage over Wells nothing Personal.
LOL, how can it be personal? We're talking about a couple of players and their numbers. ;)

But Harang has done well against us, we'll see how it goes.

jlohm1
07-24-2009, 12:28 PM
Harang is horrible, or really good. and he NEVER gets any run support.

IowaAJ
07-24-2009, 08:46 PM
Harang hit a 3 run homer but we just can't score this is a game we should of won we were getting hits off Wells most of the game but then we would swing at the 1st pitch and get out. Phillips did this twice in the 1st inning with runners on 1st and 3rd with one out he grounded into a DP on the 1st pitch. in the 8th off Marmol he swung at the 1st pitch and popped up. Also Votto got hosed in the 8th it should of been a 3 and 0 count instead it went to 2 and 1 then he struckout.

The Cubs got a few calls in this game but we still could of won if we just could learn how to execute with runner on 3rd and less then 2 outs. HIT a fly ball anything but a grounder back to the pitcher or strikeout which we do. This is so frustrating we have so many chances to win games but we don't take advantage of them.

IowaAJ
07-24-2009, 08:48 PM
I think we will win tommorrow with Cueto on the hill since Lilly is not pitching tommorrow due to arm soreness hopefully we can get a win tommorrow because we desperately need one. Were 6 back and the Cardinals are playing tonight but they have 3 in Philly and could easily be swept by them so I don't think were out of it yet.

jlohm1
07-24-2009, 09:18 PM
cueto hasnt been doing great lately either.

jlohm1
07-25-2009, 11:21 PM
alright this is just getting ridiculous. we're about to get swept by 2 teams back to back. unless the reds pull something out of their *** tomorrow.