Game One Hundred Twenty-Two: Cubs (50-71) vs. Padres (72-47)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 184
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Carlos Zambrano (4-6, 5.27/1.77) vs. Mat Latos (12-5, 2.32/0.99)
Updated – 11:49am CDT – Sam Fuld Recalled from Triple-A Iowa
The Iowa Cubs The Chicago Cubs have lost 18 of 23 and are on the verge of being swept in a four-game series at home by the Padres … plus, the roster will get younger once again today with the addition of Micah Hoffpauir.
Micah Hoffpauir was recalled to take Derrek Lee’s spot on the active roster.
Lou ran out 10 rookies in Wednesday’s loss and his crew is just 8-19 since he made his retirement at the end of the year official.
To add more insults to bad baseball, the Cubs have lost six in a row at Wrigley and are 27-35 at home this season … It’s a Way of Life!
It all starts with Carlos Zambrano … Carlos Zambrano is coming off an encouraging start against the Cardinals. Zambrano put together his best start in nearly two seasons but still did not pitch through the sixth inning. Zambrano showed good composure on the mound … and for the most part threw strikes.
The Cubs need Zambrano to finish the season strong. Many feel Jim Hendry will try to trade Zambrano over the winter, if the speculation (and rumors) is accurate the Cubs will have more to work with if Zambrano could build on his last outing.
Z is 1-2 this season at Wrigley in three starts (12 games) with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. His lone win at Wrigley this season came on June 20 against the Angels.
Today will be Zambrano’s 11th career start against the Friars. Z is 6-2 in the first 10, with a complete game, and owns a 2.71 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP in 63 innings.
Padres Career Numbers against Carlos Zambrano
- Chris Denorfia – 0-for-1 with a walk
- Adrian Gonzalez – 3-for-9 with 4 walks
- Tony Gwynn, Jr. – 5-for-9 with a double and a walk
- Scott Hairston – 1-for-5 with a walk
- Jerry Hairston, Jr. – 0-for-3
- Chase Headley – 0-for-2 with a walk
- Ryan Ludwick – 7-for-14 with 2 home runs and a walk
- Matt Stairs – 1-for-6 with a walk
- Miguel Tejada – 7-for-21 with a double and a home run
- Yorvit Torrealba – 3-for-10 with a double and a walk
Mat Latos is the best pitcher in the National League that no one is talking about. The 22-year old right-hander has put together a breakout season in just his first full year at the big league level.
Latos is coming off a no decision to the Giants. He allowed one run on five hits in six innings with nine strikeouts and no walks … the nine punch-outs tied a career-high set back on May 7 versus the Astros.
Latos has been just as impressive on the road (8-3 in 14 starts with a 2.40 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP) as at PETCO Park (4-2 in eight starts with a 2.19 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP).
Mat Latos is 1-1 in his last three starts with a 1.50 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP … and since the break, 2-1 in five starts with a 1.86 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.
Today will be Latos’ second career start versus the Cubs. He is 0-1 with a 12.27 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP. Lou’s crew beat up on Latos last August at Wrigley … five runs on seven hits with four walks and five strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.
Cubs Career Numbers against Mat Latos
- Jeff Baker – 1-for-2 with a double
- Blake DeWitt – 0-for-2
- Kosuke Fukudome – 1-for-2
- Koyie Hill – 1-for-2
- Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-2 with a double
- Alfonso Soriano – 0-for-2
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