Monday, August 31st, 2015

MLB 2015 Game #12: Reds vs. Cubs

Last night the Chicago Cubs (74-55, .574) broke their four-game losing streak in grand fashion with a no-hitter against the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers. Jake Arrieta pitched the 14th no-hitter in Cubs history, and the team's first since Carlos Zambrano achieved the feat against the Houston Astros in Milwaukee's Miller Park back in 2008.

Yes, that sentence is correct.

I'll step out on a limb and say that tonight's game will probably pale in comparison, but the team is knee-deep in a pennant race. The NL Central's division title seems out of reach at this point, but the Cubs are alive and well in the NL wild card hunt and currently maintain a secure grip on the second wild card spot. The St. Louis Cardinals (84-46, .646) hold a four-and-a-half game lead over the second place Pittsburgh Pirates (79-50, .612). The Cubs sit in third place in the division and trail the Cardinals by nine and a half games, but they hold a five-and-a-half game over the San Francisco Giants (69-61, .531) for the second wild card spot.

Tonight the Cincinnati Reds (53-76, .411) will send Michael Lorenzen (3-8, 5.46 ERA) to the mound. The Cubs will answer with Kyle Hendricks (6-6, 3.52 ERA).


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