Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Indians – 06/21/06

Game Seventy-One: Cubs (27-43) vs. Indians (32-38)
Game Time – 6:05pm C.T. Comcast SportsNet, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 176
Location – Jacobs Field, Cleveland

Carlos Zambrano (5-3, 2.82) vs. C.C. Sabathia (5-3, 3.08)

This should be a great pitchers duel….Zambrano vs. Sabathia, the Cubs best versus the Indians best. Carlos Zambrano has been just short of perfect over his last three starts, he is 2-0 with a 0.79 ERA allowing only 2 runs on 10 hits. Zambrano came very close to a no-hitter on June 5th in Houston and in his last 9 starts he has only allowed 11 runs on 33 hits….just short of brilliant, unfortunately he is 5-1 with 3 no decisions. Sabathia has not been as effective in his last three starts and is 0-2 with a 6.88 ERA.

The Indians lefty will look to add to the Cubs frustration on the season against left-handers. Beside the record (7-16) the Cubs are hitting only .222/.285/.358 with 19 home runs and 67 RBI’s on the season against southpaws, last in the National League, while they are hitting .274/.322/.409 with 41 home runs and 196 RBI’s against right-handed pitching, second in the National League.

Sabathia has been hit hard as of late, he has surrendered 5 home runs in his last 4 starts (23 innings) and given up 26 hits. After a injury shortened April and an impressive May (5-1, 1.20 ERA) he has struggled in June and has walked 9 and struck out only 21. This could be the right time to face Sabathia but the Cubs have not been able to hit mediocre lefties this season, much less a pitcher of Sabathia’s caliber….this could be a very quick game and one decided by the bullpens.

Let’s Talk Cubbies Baseball….

Quote of the Day

"Never let the fear of striking out get in your way of playing the game." – Babe Ruth

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