Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 09/20/09

Game One Hundred Forty-Eight: Cubs (75-72) vs. Cardinals (87-62)
Game Time – 7:05pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: ESPN Sunday Night Baseball – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 188
Location – Busch Stadium, St. Louis

Carlos Zambrano (8-6, 3.94/1.43) vs. Adam Wainwright (18-8, 2.59/1.21)

Updated – 4:31pm C.T. – Milton Bradley Suspended for Remainder of Year for Comments Made to the Media

Jim Hendry Suspended Milton Bradley Milton Bradley was suspended and is not with the team in St. Louis. According to the Tribune, “The last few days became too much for me to tolerate,” Hendry said.

One year ago today Kerry Wood retired Aaron Miles on a fly out to Jim Edmonds. The Cubs beat the Cardinals 5-4 behind Ted Lilly and won their second straight division title …

The Cubs will try to avoid another five-game losing streak behind Carlos Zambrano tonight … and it will be a tall task with Adam Wainwright taking the hill for the Cardinals.

St. Louis reduced their magic number to four games Saturday afternoon with another walk-off win against the Cubs. Lou Piniella’s crew is 5-10 against the Redbirds this season. The Cubs have won only one victory in the first eight games in St. Louis this year (1-7).

Tonight will be the first time the Cubs have been on Sunday Night Baseball since July 12 … the last game of first half and the second game of the day-night doubleheader. Adam Wainwright beat Randy Wells in the nightcap with Sean Marshall patrolling left field for a short time.

The Cubs enter play tonight just three games above the .500 mark with eight difficult games ahead of them on their last trip of the year. The Cubs must find a way to finish the year with a winning record.

Milton Bradley could return to the starting lineup. Bradley was in the original starting nine on Saturday before he made himself unavailable … and sparked more controversy.

While Bradley contemplates whether he will play or not, it appears Angel Guzman’s season could be over. Guzman is dealing with a sore forearm. He tried to throw but stopped and was shutdown.

Tonight is all starts with Carlos Zambrano and just winning a ballgame …

Carlos Zambrano has been a lighting rod for controversy over the last week. Multiple reports indicated the Cubs would try and trade him in the off-season … then Zambrano came back with the fact he would invoke his no-trade clause if they try to move him.

Carlos Zambrano has the talent to be the ace the Cubs need to succeed … but for whatever reason, mostly of his own doing, he has yet to perform near his talent level. Pitchers like Carlos Zambrano do not come along too often but until he realizes how good he is and that baseball is all about helping the team win, he will continue to meltdown outing after outing.

Carlos Zambrano has posted just two wins since July 22. In all fairness to Big Z he pitched better than his record until August.

After a 0-2 record in three starts with a 10.13 ERA and a 2.53 WHIP in August, Zambrano is 1-0 in his last three starts with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. He is coming off a no decision against the Brewers in which he was dominant for the first 4 2/3 innings. Zambrano melted down with two outs in the fifth and ended up allowing five runs on six hits with four walks and nine strikeouts.

Carlos Zambrano beat the Redbirds the last time he faced them on July 12. Big Z picked up the win in the first game of the day-night doubleheader.

Tonight will be Zambrano’s third start of the year against the Cardinals. He is 1-0 in two starts with a 6.92 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.

  • Rick Ankiel – 0-for-6 with a walk
  • Mark DeRosa – 2-for-5
  • Khalil Greene – 1-for-18
  • Matt Holliday – 3-for-12 with a triple and 3 walks
  • Ryan Ludwick – 7-for-11 with 2 home runs and a walk
  • Julio Lugo – 1-for-3 with a home run
  • Yadier Molina – 7-for-29 with a home run and a walk
  • Albert Pujols – 15-for-59 with 3 doubles, 5 home runs and 8 walks
  • Colby Rasmus – 1-for-6 with a walk
  • Brendan Ryan – 0-for-5
  • Skip Schumaker – 9-for-25 with 2 doubles, a triple, a home run and 2 walks
  • Adam Wainwright – 2-for-4

The Cubs will face the best ‘number two-pitcher‘ in the National League tonight. Adam Wainwright will receive plenty of votes for the NL Cy Young Award this season … and many feel he should receive the nod for the top pitcher in the Senior Circuit.

Adam Wainwright has dominated in every way possible this season. He has 183 strikeouts in 212 innings with only 61 walks. During the Cardinals incredible August, Wainwright was 4-1 in six starts with a 1.30 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP. In his last three starts Wainwright has been a ‘little more human‘. He is 2-1 with a 3.79 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.

Tonight will be Wainwright’s fifth start of the year against the Cubs. To say he has dominated Lou Piniella’s crew this season would be an understatement. Wainwright is 3-0 in four starts with a 2.43 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP … just eight earned runs on 25 hits in 29 2/3 innings with nine walks and 24 strikeouts.

After a rocky start to his career against the Cubs, Wainwright has not lost to the Cubs since 2007 (4-3 in 19 career games, 10 starts, with a 4.56 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP).

  • Jeff Baker – 1-for-6 with a walk
  • Milton Bradley – 2-for-6 with a double and a walk
  • Mike Fontenot – 4-for-14 with 2 doubles
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 4-for-15 with a double and a home run
  • Sam Fuld – 2-for-3 with a double and a walk
  • Koyie Hill – 0-for-5
  • Micah Hoffpauir – 1-for-5
  • Derrek Lee – 7-for-27 with a double and 5 walks
  • Aaron Miles – 0-for-2
  • Aramis Ramirez – 11-for-29 with 4 doubles, a home run and 3 walks
  • Geovany Soto – 4-for-11 with 2 doubles and a walk
  • Ryan Theriot – 8-for-31 with 2 doubles and a walk
  • Carlos Zambrano – 1-for-5

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