Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 05/08/06

Game Thirty-One: Cubs (14-16) vs. Padres (16-15)
Game Time – 9:05pm C.T. Comcast SportsNet, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 188
Location – PETCO Park, San Diego, CA

Greg Maddux (5-1, 2.35) vs. Chris Young (2-2, 3.53)

A rare wrap around series finale, one the Cubs would like to win and salvage the final game of the series before heading to San Francisco. The Cubs look to Greg Maddux to be the stopper against the Padres tonight in San Diego and end their 6-game losing streak. Maddux was superb in his first 5 starts of the season and had a good outing against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, but he did allow 5 runs in 5 innings of work and his ERA went from 1.35 to 2.35.
Updated – 8:49pm C.T. with a Roster Move

Maddux has been the real surprise of the season and the Cubs need to string together some wins and build back the confidence they have lost. The Cubs looked much better on offense on Sunday and Aramis Ramirez hit his second home run in as many days and is 4 for 9 with 2 home runs in the last 2 games. If the Cubs are going to win consistently they will need for Ramirez and Pierre to be the catalysts of the offense. Pierre is admittedly struggling and if the Cubs could get him going they could salvage this road trip….with a 4-5 record.

Players have slumps throughout the season, that is common knowledge, and usually there is a teammate there to pickup the slack and still provide wins for the club. Over the past ten games, the entire team has been slumping….which will come to an end. The Cubs looked better on Sunday than they had in recent days and it is now just a matter of when the next win will come.

Tonight’s key is Juan Pierre….he has to get going. Pierre is 0 for San Diego and how many times does that happen?

Let’s Talk Cubbies Baseball….

Update – The Cubs called up Ryan Theriot from AAA Iowa on Monday. To clear a spot on the roster, the Cubs outrighted and sent Michael Restovich to AAA Iowa.

Quote of the Day

"Don’t ever permit the pressure to exceed the pleasure." - Joe Maddon