Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. White Sox – 06/21/08

Game Seventy-Five: Cubs (46-28) vs. White Sox (41-32)
Game Time – 12:05pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: WGN (Cubs) – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 184
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Jason Marquis (5-3, 4.24/1.49) vs. Jose Contreras (6-5, 3.24/1.14)

Updated – 10:05am C.T. – Eric Patterson Recalled

Updated – 10:38am C.T. Carlos Zambrano Placed on 15-Day DL

It’s game two of round one….the Cubs versus the White Sox, North Side versus South Side….The Crosstown Classic. After the walk off win on Friday afternoon, Lou Piniella’s crew will try to keep it going today against Jose Contreras behind Jason Marquis. For the first time in a week, the Cubs’ offense will face a pitcher they have a history against but at the same time it will not be an easy task plating runs against the veteran right-hander. The Cubs must score early and often today and not rely on trying to beat a very good Sox bullpen for the second day in a row.

In other news…. It appears Daryle Ward might be close at returning from the DL. Reports are suggesting that Ward will go out on a rehab assignment this week and could rejoin the team for the series on the South Side next week and serve as the Cubs’ DH for the 3-game series. Both Reed Johnson and Jim Edmonds were available to pinch hit on Friday and Edmonds could return to the starting lineup today.

And finally…. Rich Hill had another rough outing in Triple-A on Friday. Hill gave up 6 earned runs on 3 hits with 4 walks, a strikeout, two wild pitches and an error in 2/3 of an inning in his first start in 9 days. Hill is 2-4 with the I-Cubs with 28 walks and 32 strikeouts in 26 innings. Randy Wells and his 6-2 record with a 2.28 ERA takes the mound tonight in Albuquerque for Iowa….

Which Jason Marquis will show up to Wrigley today? The one that has been just about unhittable in his last two starts or the one that started the season….and pitched in San Diego. Marquis has won his last 3 starts and his last 4 decisions. The last time Marquis was credited with a loss was back on May 13th at Wrigley against Shawn Estes and the San Diego Padres.

Marquis has allowed only 1 earned run, 2 total, in his last 2 outings (13 1/3 innings) on 7 hits with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. Marquis has pitched much better since by chastised on the mound at PETCO by Lou Piniella.

Marquis is 2-2 in 6 starts at Wrigley this year with a 5.13 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. Marquis has made only three starts at home since the first of May and if he could carry his recent road success over to his home park….the Cubs could pick up a big win at home against the Sox, if not, do not look for Lou Piniella to show much patience.

Marquis is 1-1 in 3 career starts against the White Sox with a 10.06 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Marquis’ career numbers against the South Side is a little bit skewed because of the start he made at the Cell on June 21, 2006. While a member of the Cardinals, Tony LaRussa left him in to prove a point. Marquis gave up 13 runs on 14 hits with a walk and 3 strikeouts in 5 innings of work….the Sox beat the Cardinals, 13-5.

Last year Marquis received a no decision on May 19th on the North Side against the Sox. Marquis allowed 5 runs on 7 hits in 6 innings with a walk and 4 strikeouts. The Cubs won the game 11-6 thanks to a pinch-hit Grand Slam by Derrek Lee in the 8th inning.

  • Orlando Cabrera – 8-for-20 with 2 doubles
  • Joe Crede – 3-for-6 with 2 home runs
  • Jermaine Dye – 2-for-9 with a double and a home run
  • A.J. Pierzynski – 2-for-6 with a double
  • Carlos Quentin – 1-for-2 with a home run
  • Jim Thome – 5-for-13 with a double and a home run
  • Juan Uribe – 2-for-9

After a horrible 2007 campaign (10-17 in 32 games, 30 starts, with a 5.57 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP), Jose Contreras has bounced back and is one of the reasons the White Sox are in first place. After a string of starts between May 9th and June 5th in which he did not post a loss (the Sox went 5-1 as a team), Contreras has lost back-to-back starts for the first time this season.

Contreras gave up 4 runs, 3 earned, on 7 hits in 6 2/3 innings to the Rockies in a 5-3 loss and surrendered 6 runs on 13 hits in 6 innings to the Tigers in Detroit on June 10th. After striking out a season-high 10 Angels on May 25th, Contreras has walked (8) almost as many as he’s struck out (13).

The Cubs must be patient today and not allow Contreras to have short quick innings and get comfortable on the mound.

Today will be Contreras’ 5th career start against the Cubs. He is 1-2 with a 4.23 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP, last season….0-1 in 1 start with a 2.57 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP (2 runs on 10 hits in 7 innings with 3 strikeouts and no walks).

Contreras is 3-2 in 7 road starts this season with a 3.45 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP, but opponents are hitting .267 against him.

  • Ronny Cedeno – 1-for-4
  • Mark DeRosa – 0-for-6
  • Mike Fontenot – 2-for-4
  • Reed Johnson – 1-for-8 with a double
  • Derrek Lee – 2-for-11 with a double
  • Aramis Ramirez – 5-for-11 with a double and 3 home runs

Let’s Talk Cubs Baseball….

Update – According to a report on ESPN 1000, the Cubs have recalled Eric Patterson from Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs have not made the move official, but to recall Patterson within 10 days would require the Cubs to put a player on the DL. Will update when more information becomes available.

Update – According to a report from the Sun-Times, Carlos Zambrano was placed on the 15-day DL to make room for Eric Patterson. The Sun-Times is speculating Sean Marshall will make the start on Tuesday against the Orioles. Will update when more information becomes available….

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