Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Dodgers – 04/18/06

Game Thirteen: Cubs (8-4) vs. Dodgers (6-8)
Game Time – 9:10pm C.T. on WGN TV, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 189
Location – Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Carlos Zambrano (0-1, 4.86) vs. Derek Lowe (1-1, 5.82)

Carlos Zambrano will look to pick up where Greg Maddux left off on Monday. The Professor showed all the young guns how it is done. Zambrano needs a good outing against the Dodgers tonight and show that his first 3 starts were not indicative on how he will pitch the entire season. The key to Zambrano is control….not his pitches, but his emotions. The Cubs are 3-1 on this road-trip and they have won their last 5 games in Los Angeles, including the win on Monday night.

Juan Pierre is starting to hit, now Jacque Jones and Aramis Ramirez need to join the club. The Cubs got some disappointing news on Monday that Angel Pagan will be out at least 4 to 6 weeks with a significant strain of his hamstring with a partial tear of the tendon. Pagan has no damage to his knee. With the injury to Pagan, John Mabry has to stay healthy….this is what the Cubs got him for. With Jones struggling, Dusty might not have a choice but to turn to Mabry. Look for Hairston to get time in right field as well….against those lefties.

Ryan Dempster was on XM Radio after Monday night’s game said he thinks the Cubs are doing the ‘little things right’ and that is helping them win ballgames. Dempster said he is still nervous every time he goes to the mound but he enjoys ‘being the guy’.

The Cubs are playing some of the best ball I have ever seen them play. They are not waiting for the long ball or the other guy to get the clutch hit….everyone on the roster is contributing on a daily basis. One day it is Michael Barrett, the next day Derrek Lee, the day after that Todd Walker….who’s next to step up? Carlos Zambrano? I was emailed a bold prediction for tonight’s ballgame….let’s hope their crystal ball is not on the fritz….

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