Game One Hundred Three: Cubs (41-61) vs. Cardinals (58-44)
Game Time – 3:05pm C.T. FOX TV, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Greg Maddux (8-11, 4.83) vs. Anthony Reyes (2-4, 4.57)
With the trade deadline looming, today could be the last game for Greg Maddux in a Cubs’ uniform….whether it is or not, it would be great to see Maddux leave the mound with the Cubs ahead and for him to leave having won his last two games in Cubbie Blue.
Friday’s game was another chapter in the colorful History of the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry and today there could be some spill over on National TV. But the most important thing is the win, which would be the Cubs third in a row and would match a season high. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid to high 90′s today in Chicago, so tempers and patience will be short….the umpires better be ready.
Greg Maddux is coming off his first victory since early June against the Mets on July 24th. Maddux pitched into the 7th inning but was unable to record an out when he left with the bases loaded. The Cubs won the game but Maddux’s personal stats took a hit. He gave up 7 runs on 10 hits in 6+ innings, walked 1 and struck out 4. Maddux is 1-3 with a 5.91 ERA in July; he has given up 22 runs, 21 earned, on 41 hits in 32 innings and although he is 3-11 with a 6.03 ERA since May 1st, he has a winning record against the Cardinals this season.
Maddux is 2-1 with a 3.44 ERA (7 runs in 18 1/3 innings) in 3 games. He has given up a total of 13 hits, 1 home run, 5 walks and struck out 5. Both of his wins against the Cardinals did come in April but Maddux has been the victim of bad defensive plays and little to no run support. The Cubs scored enough runs for Maddux against the Mets and that task will be a little bit harder today.
Anthony Reyes will be a part of the Cardinals rotation for a long time. Reyes has been more than impressive this season. Although he has struggled a little of late, he posted a 0-2 record with a 2.08 ERA in 2 games in June. In those two starts he gave up a combined 3 runs on 5 hits in 13 innings. His last start against the Rockies in Colorado was the worst of his young career. Reyes surrendered 6 runs on 9 hits in just 5 1/3 innings of work. Today will be his 9th start of the season and 10th of his career. Reyes has allowed 3 runs or more in only 3 of his starts this season but those 3 have come in his last 4 starts. He is 1-2 with a 7.52 ERA in his last 4 games….he has allowed 17 runs on 27 hits (6 home runs, he has given up 8 long balls on the season) in 20 1/3 innings. Reyes pitched 4 games last season and was 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA.
The Cubs have been hitting very well of late being lead by Michael Barrett, Aramis Ramirez and Juan Pierre (Pierre has a 10-game hitting streak going). Reyes will throw strikes but will the Cubs have success against a pitcher that they have no history against? They have not been able to get past the 20 games under .500 mark, a win today would get them over that “hump”. Stay tuned….cancel your plans for the afternoon….this could be one you don’t want to miss.
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