Game Ninety-Nine: Cubs (38-60) vs. Mets (59-40)
Game Time – 6:10pm C.T. WGN TV, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 185
Location – Shea Stadium, New York
Carlos Zambrano (10-3, 3.11) vs. Tom Glavine (11-3, 3.52)
Tonight is another rematch….Zambrano vs. Glavine Round II. The All-Stars faced off 10 days ago and Zambrano and the Cubs beat Glavine 9-2. Zambrano was spectacular allowing only 2 runs on 3 hits in 6 innings of work to the high-powered Mets offense. Zambrano recorded 7 strikeouts and walked 4. Zambrano has been just short of brilliant and has not lost since the end of May, it would be great to see Z take a bite out of the Big Apple tonight.
The Cubs handed Glavine his first defeat since April 24th ten days ago but look for him to bounce back tonight against the Cubs. Glavine had lost only once to the Cubs in his career before July 15 and is 14-2 with a 3.46 ERA in his career. Glavine has not won a ballgame in over a month, June 23rd against the Blue Jays, and has allowed a lot of hits over that span. Over his last 22 2/3 innings Glavine has given up 33 hits and 10 free passes, the Cubs showed very good patience at the plate against him the last time the two faced off and they must do that again. The Cubs scored 3 runs on 4 hits in 5 innings and Glavine struck out 3 and walked 3.
Dusty announced on Monday that Todd Walker will start against the Mets in the last two games of the series. Aramis Ramirez is in the zone right now having hit 6 home runs in the last 5 games and after a huge weekend in D.C. he will look to continue that tonight….Ramirez is 9-18 in his career versus Glavine with two doubles and two home runs.
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