Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 07/08/06

Game Eighty-Seven: Cubs (32-54) vs. Brewers (44-44)
Game Time – 6:05pm C.T. WGN TV, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 183
Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee

Carlos Marmol (1-3, 4.73) vs. Dave Bush (5-6, 4.45)

The penultimate game before the break….can the Cubs win two in a row behind rookie Carlos Marmol? The starting pitching for the Cubs has been tremendous the past 3 games….allowing only 3 earned runs. Marmol is coming off a loss in Houston where he gave up 7 walks (2 were intentional) in just 4 1/3 innings of work and while Marmol has had control problems he does have electric stuff and could be a strong contributor to the Cubs staff for many years to come. Marmol was very impressive his last start against the Brewers, he went 6 strong innings before getting into trouble in the 7th and held the potent Brewers lineup to just 1 run on 3 hits, walked 2 (which was the key) and struck out a career high 8. Marmol received a no-decision….the run he was credited with was given up by Scott Eyre. The Cubs came back to beat the Brewers 6 to 3 after a 5-run 8th inning. Marmol has made 5 starts this season for the Cubs but a majority of his problems have been as a result of one bad inning in each of his starts. Marmol has pitched 28 1/3 innings as a starter with a 5.40 ERA (17 earned runs) if you remove the one bad inning from each of his three losses that is 25 1/3 innings and a 3.20 ERA (9 earned runs)….very respectable. It is up to Larry Rothschild and Michael Barrett or Henry Blanco to figure out a way to get Marmol to consistently throw strikes, when he has the results are there.

The Cubs offense is coming off one of their better games of the season. They showed a patience and composure at the plate that has only been there a few times this year. The Cubs get another rematch today with Marmol facing Dave Bush and he has pitched very well for the Brewers in his last 6 out of 7 games. Bush has held his opponents to 2 runs or less in 5 of those starts only surrendering 7 runs to the Cardinals in 4 innings of work back on June 11th. The Cubs need to be patient against Bush and make him work like they did on April 28th when they scored 5 runs on 10 hits. Bush does not allow a lot of free passes (28 in 117 1/3 innings) but he will make mistakes (111 hits, 15 home runs) and that is the key today. Pierre must stay hot and the defense must support Marmol. If Bush and the Brewers win today it will be a career high in wins (6) for Bush.

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