Don't let the season numbers full, Rich Harden has been a beast of late. In his last 5 starts, he's pitched 29 innings, allowing 20 hits and 9 walks while striking out 38. He's posted a 2.48 ERA over those starts, but the Cubs have managed to only go 2-3. Of course, one of those wins was against the Reds as Harden one-hit them over 6 innings, striking out 8 without walking a batter on July 26th. The one hit off of Harden came from Joey Votto, who homered off of Harden in the first inning. As always, Joey was the lone bright spot.
After he walked 6 and struck out no one, I can't say that I'm all that excited to see Justin Lehr make his second big league start. I mean, I'm happy for the guy and it's not like he's hurting the Reds chances this year, but it's hard to feel anything but "meh" about his starts.
A loss tonight would give the Reds their longest losing streak since 1998. A win would be only the 2nd one in 2.5 weeks.
Baby, assume the position...