Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Dodgers – 09/13/06

Game One Hundred Forty-Six: Cubs (58-87) vs. Dodgers (76-68)
Game Time – 7:05pm C.T. WGN TV, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 188
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Angel Guzman (0-5, 7.53) vs. Brad Penny (15-8, 4.21)

Brad Penny is shooting for his 16th win of the season and Angel Guzman is searching for his first career victory. Like so many pitching match-ups lately tonight is a mismatch on paper. Penny started for the National League in the All-Star game….Guzman is yet to fulfill the promise the Cubs bestowed in him.

After Tuesday night’s ugly win, for the Cubs to have a shot tonight they must cut down on the errors, 8 in the past 2 games does not add up to victories. Look for Derrek Lee to take the night off and it would be nice to see Scott Moore get another start.

Angel Guzman has struggled to say the least in the starting rotation and is coming off a strange performance last Friday in Atlanta. Guzman struck out 7 and looked very good doing so but he also served up 3 long balls, all in just 4 1/3 innings. Guzman gave up a total of 6 runs on 7 hits but did not walk a batter. Guzman has performed better out of the pen in long relief, a job he might be well suited for next season out of Spring Training once the Cubs finally release Glendon Rusch.

Brad Penny is coming off of consecutive outings despite a 1-1 record. He gave up 5 runs, 4 earned on 9 hits in 5 1/3 innings against the Rockies and surrendered 7 runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Mets (9.00 ERA). Penny has not pitched very well for the Dodgers since the All-Star Break; most think that his performance in the 1st inning of the Mid-Summer Classic has affected his 2nd half. Penny is 5-6 with a 6.46 ERA (45 runs in 62 2/3 innings) since July 16th. Penny started the game on April 19th and gave up 2 runs on 9 hits in 6 innings of work; he also struck out 7 and is 1-2 in 6 career games against the Cubs with a 3.08 ERA.

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