Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Astros – 06/14/06

Game Sixty-Four: Cubs (26-37) vs. Astros (33-32)
Game Time – 7:05pm C.T. WGN TV, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 188
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Greg Maddux (7-5, 4.68) vs. Roy Oswalt (5-3, 3.11)

Greg Maddux was just what the Cubs needed his last time out against the Reds and the Cubs need him to perform like he did this past Friday. He put an end to their 3-game losing streak and got them going in the right direction. The Cubs decided to skip Glendon Rusch and keep Maddux on his regular rest. Maddux has been very inconsistent over the past 6 weeks and has recorded only 2 wins in his last 8 starts. The Cubs must figure out how to beat the Astros, after Tuesday night’s loss they are now 1-3 on the season and face the ever-tough Roy Oswalt tonight who is scheduled to be activated from the DL in time for the game….last year Oswalt was 2-1 with a 5.00 ERA in 3 starts against the Cubs.

Will the real Greg Maddux please stand up? Which one will the Cubs get tonight, the one that pitched in April and in only three other starts since then or will they get the one that had over a 7.00 ERA in May and gave up 6 runs on 9 hits against the Cardinals on June 4th? The Cubs would like to see the ‘Ole Professor’ hold class again. Maddux has reportedly taken Carlos Marmol under his other wing….the one not occupied by Sean Marshall and now Maddux must show his students how it is done. The Cubs have to right this ship and they must win the last 2 games of this series with Interleague Play and the Detroit Tigers right around the corner. The Tigers are possibly playing the best ball in the league and the Cubs simply do not play well against American League teams….the phrase now or never should be used.

Oswalt is clearly the ace of the Astros’ staff and although he has not recorded a win since May 3rd he has only given up more than 3 runs once in his last 6 starts and has received a no-decision is his last 3 starts giving up only 4 runs in 19 1/3 innings. The Astros have said they will evaluate Oswalt right before the game to determine is he will be able to pitch or not.

The Cubs must figure out a way to score and not allow Oswalt to do what Pettitte did….dominate the ballgame.

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Quote of the Day

"When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all." – Theodore Roosevelt