Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Braves – 06/01/07

Game Fifty-Two: Cubs (22-29) vs. Braves (30-23)
Game Time – 1:20pm C.T. Comcast Sports Net, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 189
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Carlos Zambrano (5-4, 5.24/1.49) vs. Kyle Davies (2-3, 5.51/1.56)

Updated – 1:55pm C.T. – Henry Blanco Placed on 15-Day DL – Koyie Hill Selected from Triple-A Iowa

The Cubs enter play today 7 games under .500 and have hit a turning point in the season, either they start playing to the level of their talent or continue to falter in a winnable division and see another season go by the waste side. Today is a must win for the Cubs, especially with Carlos Zambrano on the hill. The Cubs play 7 of their next 10 games against the Braves with a 3-game road trip to Milwaukee in between….it is time for Lou Piniella’s crew to win a game and build some confidence.

Carlos Zambrano is coming off his best start of the season. He held the Dodgers to 2 runs on 8 hits in 7 2/3 innings and struck out a season-high 8 while walking just 1….the last batter he faced (Russell Martin). The Braves knocked around Zambrano back on April 18th in Atlanta….5 runs on 8 hits in 6 innings with 5 walks and 6 strikeouts, Jeff Francoeur and Scott Thorman hit home runs and the Braves scored 3 in the 7th off of Scott Eyre to win the game.

Zambrano has struggled at Wrigley this season (1-3 with a 7.39 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP) but look for Henry Blanco to get the start behind the plate. Zambrano is 3-1 with a 3.27 ERA with Blanco and is 2-3 with a 7.07 ERA in 6 starts with Michael Barrett.

Kyle Davies will take the mound for the Braves and today’s game will feature a rematch from the April 18th contest in Atlanta. The Cubs scored 4 runs on 6 hits in 5 1/3 innings off of Davies and Mark DeRosa went deep in the 4th inning against Davies.

After a stellar performance against the Mets on May 22nd (1 run on 6 hits in 8 innings), Davies could not make it out of the 5th against the Phillies last Sunday (8 runs on 8 hits in 4 1/3 innings). Davies gave up 4 runs in the 1st inning and allowed home runs to Ryan Howard and Greg Dobbs.

Lou Piniella promised a more consistent lineup after Wednesday’s embarrassing loss, let’s see if he will deliver a winning lineup today….

Let’s Talk Cubs Baseball….

Update – According to a report on, the Cubs placed Henry Blanco on the 15-day DL before Friday’s game with a cervical herniated disc. The Cubs selected Koyie Hill from Triple-A Iowa and he will wear number 36. The Cubs have not announced the other roster move needed to bring Hill up from Iowa. Will update when information becomes available.

Quote of the Day

"Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points." – Knute Rockne