Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Tigers – 06/16/06

Game Sixty-Six: Cubs (26-39) vs. Tigers (43-24)
Game Time – 1:20pm C.T. WGN TV, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 180
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Glendon Rusch (2-6, 7.29) vs. Nate Robertson (6-3, 3.50)

This one could get ugly quick….the Cubs are not playing good ball, Glendon Rusch is on the mound and the Detroit Tigers have the best record in baseball….plus they are facing a left hander in Nate Robertson who is 5-1 with a 2.63 ERA in his last 10 games. The Cubs showed signs of life on their last road trip but once they stepped foot back in Chicago all was forgotten. The last two games really hurt the Cubs chances of pulling back to .500 anytime soon, the Tigers are playing great ball and anything other than a series win will all but end the Cubs chances for the rest of the season. Today is another must win; too bad the cards are not stacked in their favor. Rusch has been horrible this season, he is 2-5 with a 8.42 ERA in the 7 games he has started but the 16 home runs he has served up is what sticks out the most. Rusch has given up 9 of the 16 home runs to the Reds but his lack of command in all but 2 games he has pitched in is more than reason for concern. Carlos Zambrano did give the bullpen some much-needed rest and they are going to need it with Rusch, Carlos Marmol and Sean Marshall scheduled to start the 3-game series.

The Cubs are 3-5 against the Tigers in Interleague play but those were not good teams, this one is and Jim Leyland is well on his way to being Manager of the Year. The only advantage the Cubs have in this series is that the Tigers have to play without the DH but records and stats have not meant much this season. The Cubs are 7-13 versus lefties this season while the Tigers are 14-5 against southpaws.

Talking about two teams at the opposite end of the baseball spectrum….this weekend could officially put an end to the season for the Cubs….one that is hanging on by the thinnest of threads.

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