Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Rockies – 04/24/08

Game Twenty-Two: Cubs (15-6) vs. Rockies (9-12)
Game Time – 2:05pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: WGN – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 188
Location – Coors Field, Denver

Jason Marquis (1-0, 3.86/1.53) vs. Aaron Cook (2-1, 3.12/1.08)

The Cubs will complete their 2-game series this afternoon against the Rockies in their only trip of the year to Denver. The Cubs will face the Rockies again at Wrigley for 4 games at the end of May but today, Jason Marquis will try to win his second game in a row.

Jason Marquis is coming off his first win of the year against the Pirates. He held the Bucs to 1 run on 6 hits in 6 innings….the key to his success was 7 strikeouts and only 1 walk. Marquis turned in his best performance in nearly a year. While Marquis struggled in his first two starts (Astros and Phillies), his team is 3-0 in games he has started.

Marquis is 5-3 in 11 career games, 9 starts, against the Rockies with a 4.04 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. At Coors Field, Marquis is 3-0 in 4 games, 3 starts, with a 2.49 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. Last year Marquis posted a 1-0 record in 2 starts with a 2.19 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP….the Rockies his .245 against him.

  • Garrett Atkins – 3-for-15 with 2 doubles
  • Aaron Cook – 0-for-4
  • Brad Hawpe – 8-for-15 with a double and a home run
  • Todd Helton – 7-for-24 with 2 doubles and 2 home runs
  • Matt Holliday – 4-for-18 with 2 home runs
  • Scott Podsednik – 4-for-13 with a double
  • Willy Taveras – 9-for-32 with a triple
  • Troy Tulowitzki – 1-for-6 with a double

Aaron Cook has been very good in his first 4 starts of the year. After losing his first outing against the Cardinals (4 runs on 6 hits in 6 innings with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts), he has won his last 2 starts while his team has won all 3. Cook beat the Astros in Houston on April 19th….2 runs, 1 earned, on 4 hits in 7 innings with 4 strikeouts and 1 walk. In 26 innings this season, Cook has walked 8 and struck out 12.

Cook has great career numbers against the Cubs. He is 2-1 in 4 games, 3 starts, with a 2.35 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP….last year, the Cubs beat him in Colorado on August 10th….5 runs, 2 earned, on 8 hits in 6 innings, it was his last start of the regular season. The Cubs get their hits, a .284 batting average, but have trouble plating runs.

  • Ronny Cedeno – 1-for-3
  • Mark DeRosa – 0-for-4
  • Reed Johnson – 1-for-3
  • Derrek Lee – 3-for-7 with a double and 4 walks
  • Aramis Ramirez – 0-for-4

Let’s Talk Cubs Baseball….

Quote of the Day

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