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Bearcats in the Big Leagues: Harrison Goes 1-for-4 as Happ Sits Again

Ian Happ is not playing as much as he was as recently as a month ago.

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Josh Harrison

In a pitching duel between Trevor Williams of the Pirates and Jordan Zimmerman of the Tigers, Harrison was pretty quiet. To be fair, most of the bats were on the silent side during a contest which ended in a 3-0 win for Pittsburgh. Harrison’s efforts largely made for a neutral impact on the affair, as he posted a WPA (win probability added) of -.006 after going 1-for-4. Harrison batted second and played second base in the victory.

Ian Happ

You have to wonder if Joe Maddon has become frustrated with Happ during his recent struggles as the Cubs skipper held the former Bearcat and first round draft pick out of yet another game on Monday night. Happ has only played in five of the Cubs’ eight games during the month of August and only started in three. Expanding out a little, Happ has only started in 13 of 24 games since the All-Star break. You can’t really blame Maddon for sitting Happ, who is slashing just .200/.302/.291 since the All-Star game.

Connor Walsh

Walsh is still recovering from his brow beating on Aug. 5 when he allowed two runs on as many hits in an inning while taking a loss.

Ryan Atkinson

Atkinson also had Monday off as he rests up for his next start for the Jackson Generals.