Game Twenty-Five: Cubs (14-10) vs. Pirates (7-20)
Game Time – 1:20pm C.T. on WGN TV, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Angel Guzman (0-0, 5.40) vs. Zach Duke (1-2, 4.50)
The Youth Movement makes another start for the Cubs today against the Pirates and Zach Duke. Duke is 3-0 lifetime against the Cubs, including a win back on April 15 against the Cubbies, and the Cubs are 3-6 against left-handers this season. The Cubs only managed 1 run against Duke on 6 hits in 7 innings back on April 15th. Duke is the best starter in the Pirates rotation and had another quality start against the Cardinals his last time out. Angel Guzman goes for the Cubs and looks to get his first Major League victory after a very good outing in his debut.
The key to today’s game is the management and in-game decisions. The Cubs have been miserable this season against lefties and only managed 2 runs over 2 games against Chris Capuano and Doug Davis. Dusty needs to step out of the box and try something new today….don’t run out the same line-up and expect different results….mix it up. What about Restovich at first base? Maybe Aramis Ramirez in the 3-hole? What about Ronny Cedeno in the leadoff spot?
The Cubs are showing with all of the roster moves that losing on the Northside of Chicago will not be tolerated this season, so mix it up a little against a pitcher this organization has never defeated.
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