Game Forty-Two: Cubs (25-16) vs. Pirates (20-21)
Game Time – 1:20pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: WGN – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Sean Gallagher (0-0, 6.48/1.68) vs. Tom Gorzelanny (3-3, 5.97/1.76)
While the rest of baseball starts interleague play today, the Cubs open a 3-game series against the very hot Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates have won 8 of the last 10 and just finished taking 2 of 3 from the Cardinals in St. Louis. The Cubs enter play today a game and a half ahead of the Astros in the Central with the Pirates just a game under .500 and 5 games back. While the Cubs won the first 6 games of the year against the Pirates, the ‘Battling Bucs‘ are a good team playing solid baseball this season. As pointed out during Thursday’s game, the Pirates are 20-15 against the rest of the National League.
The first 6 games of the year against the Pirates had a big impact on the Cubs start. Lou Piniella’s crew could have lost at least 4 of those games and must not take this team lightly. The Cubs will see these same Bucs again next weekend in Pittsburgh….6 of the next 9 games on the Cubs schedule will be against the Pirates.
Gallagher showed very good command, until the 5th inning, with a fastball that hit 97 MPH on the gun with movement. Gallagher must not fall behind a very dangerous Pirates offense that feasts on fastballs.
Gallagher will make his second career appearance against the Pirates. He pitched an inning and a third at PNC last July in an 8-4 Cubs loss. Gallagher gave up a run on a hit with 2 walks and a strikeout.
Xavier Nady recorded the only Pirates hit, a double.
The Cubs will face Tom Gorzelanny for the third time this season. The Evergreen Park native grew up a fan of the South Side and likes beating the Cubs….especially at Wrigley. Gorzelanny dominated the Cubs a year ago but has struggled in his first two starts of the year against Lou Piniella’s offense. Remove Gorzelanny’s starts against the Cubs and his is 2-0 with a sub 3 ERA.
Gorzelanny is coming off back-to-back impressive wins against the Mets and Braves. Gorzelanny has allowed only 2 earned runs on 8 hits in his last 2 starts, 13 innings.
Gorzelanny has allowed 14 earned runs on 12 hits with 5 strikeouts and 8 walks in his two starts against the Cubs this season (5 innings).
- Ronny Cedeno – 4-for-9 with a double
- Mark DeRosa – 4-9 with 2 doubles and 5 walks
- Jim Edmonds – 0-for-3
- Kosuke Fukudome – 2-for-4
- Reed Johnson – 0-for-1 with 3 walks
- Derrek Lee – 7-for-12 with 2 doubles and 2 home runs
- Aramis Ramirez – 2-for-14
- Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-14 with a home run
- Geovany Soto – 6-for-9 with 2 doubles
- Ryan Theriot – 2-for-10
Today might be a good opportunity for Lou Piniella to give Aramis Ramirez a day off. Ronny Cedeno should be in the starting lineup along with Mark DeRosa….based on their career numbers against Gorzelanny.
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