Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Giants – 07/17/07

Game Ninety-Two: Cubs (48-43) vs. Giants (38-52)
Game Time – 7:05pm C.T. Comcast SportsNet, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 186
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Sean Marshall (4-3, 3.48/1.28) vs. Barry Zito (6-9, 4.90/1.45)

Jason Kendall is expected to start tonight’s game behind the plate for Lou Piniella. Kendall is reportedly happy with his trade and several reports indicated he made the trip to Chicago on Monday night to be with his new team today. The Giants should have the services of Barry Bonds tonight as well. Bonds took himself out of the lineup on Monday with swelling in his knees and ankles according to reports on ESPN. The Cubs will face lefty Barry Zito, but it all starts with Sean Marshall.

Sean Marshall has pitched a lot better away from Wrigley this season, he is 2-2 at home with a 4.30 ERA and is 2-1 on the road with a 2.83 ERA. Marshall will look to get back on track after a no-decision against the Nationals his last time out on July 5th. He allowed 2 runs on 5 hits in 5 1/3 innings with a season high 4 walks and just 2 strikeouts. Marshall pitched better against the Nationals than he did June 30th against the Brewers….his worst start of the season, he lasted just 2 innings. Marshall was 4-1 in 6 starts in June with a 3.82 ERA.

Marshall has struggled to say the least against the Giants in his short career. Tonight will be his 3rd career start and the first two were very forgettable. In 9 1/3 innings, Marshall has allowed 13 earned runs on 14 hits….a 12.54 ERA and a 2.25 WHIP. He was shelled in San Francisco on May 11, 2006, 9 runs on 9 hits in 3 2/3 innings with 5 walks (a career high) and 2 strikeouts. Marshall lost again on September 2nd at Wrigley, he gave up 4 runs on 5 hits in 5 2/3 innings with 3 hits being of the long ball variety.

  • Barry Bonds – 1-3, with a home run, a RBI and 3 walks
  • Ray Durham – 1-3, with a home run and 2 RBI’s
  • Pedro Feliz – 3-5, with a RBI

Barry Zito signed a 7-year, $126 million dollar contract on December 29, 2006 to pitch for the Giants. He has not performed the way they thought he would. Zito has struggled to start the season and will look to get his second half started with a win tonight. Zito has struggled on the road this season to the tune of a 3-6 record with a 5.96 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. The last time he won a road game was on June 4th in Philadelphia. In his last two starts, both on the road, he is 0-1 with a 8.00 ERA….9 runs on 10 hits in 9 innings.

Zito is 0-1 against the Cubs in his career with a 7.20 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP. Tonight will be his second career start against the Cubs at Wrigley Field….they beat him on June 20, 2004, 5-3….4 runs on 7 hits in 5 innings.

  • Jason Kendall – 1-4
  • Derrek Lee – 2-2, with a double
  • Alfonso Soriano – 5-36, with a double and 4 RBI’s

Hopefully the Cubs new backstop will be able to give his new teammates some helpful tips on how to hit Barry Zito.

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