Game One Hundred Forty-Six: Cubs (64-81) vs. Cardinals (74-69)
Game Time – 7:15pm CDT
Coverage – Comcast SportsNet/ESPN Wednesday Night Baseball – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 184
Location – Busch Stadium, St. Louis
Carlos Zambrano (8-6, 3.88/1.53) vs. Chris Carpenter (15-6, 3.09/1.17)
Can Q’s crew complete the sweep in St. Louis? The Cubs came up short Sunday in Milwaukee but have a chance to sweep a division rival for the second time in as many series. Not only would a win tonight clinch the season series against the Cardinals (7-4 in first 11 with four left to play) but they would finish the year with a 5-1 record in St. Louis.
Tonight is a rematch of a game Carlos Zambrano won 3-2 back on August 14. Z out pitched Carpenter in the Cubs first win against the Cardinals’ Ace in nearly three years.
In Other News
Mike Quade announced “as of now” the Cubs will have a six-man rotation. Tom Gorzelanny could return on Wednesday against the Giants. Ryan Dempster, Casey Coleman and Jeff Samardzija will start the three games against the Marlins over the weekend. Carlos Zambrano or Randy Wells will get the ball to start the series against San Francisco on Tuesday.
Welington Castillo and several of the Cubs rookies are expected to start Sunday’s game against the Fish. Quade said he would not use many rookies against contending teams but plans on playing some of the young Cubs against the Marlins this weekend.
Carlos Silva caught up with his team Tuesday night and is expected to miss at least the next week.
The Cubs 2011 schedule was released on Tuesday night. The Cubs open the 2011 season on Friday, April 1 against the Pirates at Wrigley Field. The Cubs will host the Yankees and travel to Fenway Park next season. Link for entire schedule …
The Cubs are 13-7 under Mike Quade … and tonight it all begins with Carlos Zambrano. Can Carlos Zambrano keep it up? Zambrano has been very good of late. He is pitching, not throwing, and has kept himself under control … plus he’s not staring down his teammates when they make an error. Z’s actions actually would make one think, who is that wearing a number 38 on the back of his Cubs’ jersey?
Zambrano is coming off an excellent start (and game) against the Brewers. Zambrano had his hand in all of the action and actually collected as many hits (three) as he surrendered (three). Z came within an error by Starlin Castro to throwing his first complete game since his no hitter in September of 2008. Z’s last outing was his longest since his historical night in Milwaukee two years ago.
Zambrano is 2-0 in his last two starts with a 1.15 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP … in the second half, 5-0 in 10 games, five starts, with a 1.85 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.
Tonight will be Zambrano’s second start of the year versus St. Louis. Z is 1-0 in one start, three games, with a 2.45 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. Z beat the Cardinals at Busch back on August 14 … two runs on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Cardinals Career Numbers against Carlos Zambrano
- Chris Carpenter – 0-for-13
- Pedro Feliz – 3-for-19 with a double and a walk
- Matt Holliday – 4-for-16 with a triple and 4 walks
- Jon Jay – 2-for-3
- Felipe Lopez – 14-for-42 with 2 doubles, a triple, 2 home runs and 10 walks
- Aaron Miles – 8-for-31 with a double and 2 walks
- Yadier Molina – 7-for-34 with a home run and 3 walks
- Albert Pujols – 18-for-64 with 5 doubles, 5 home runs and 9 walks
- Colby Rasmus – 1-for-10 with a walk
- Brendan Ryan – 1-for-10
- Skip Schumaker – 11-for-32 with 2 doubles, a triple, a home run and 2 walks
- Nick Stavinoha – 0-for-1
- Randy Winn – 7-for-15 with 2 doubles, a home run and 3 walks
Chris Carpenter is coming off one of his worst starts of the season. The Braves scored eight runs, six earned, on eight hits in just five innings. Carpenter did not issue a single walk and struck out four. Carpenter, like Wainwright, has struggled of late.
Carpenter is 1-1 in his last two starts with a 5.84 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.
Chris Carpenter has been just about unbeatable at Busch Stadium this season. He is 11-3 in 17 starts with a 2.72 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.
Tonight will be Carpenter’s fourth start of the year against the Cubs. He is 1-1 with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP … the Cubs and Zambrano finally beat him on August 14.
Cubs Career Numbers against Chris Carpenter
- Jeff Baker – 1-for-4
- Marlon Byrd – 7-for-19 with a double
- Starlin Castro – 2-for-9
- Tyler Colvin – 2-for-8 with a home run
- Blake DeWitt – 2-for-8 with 2 doubles
- Kosuke Fukudome – 2-for-16 with 2 walks
- Koyie Hill – 1-for-5 with a double
- Micah Hoffpauir – 2-for-3
- Xavier Nady – 0-for-5
- Aramis Ramirez – 17-for-54 with 4 doubles, 2 home runs and 2 walks
- Bobby Scales – 2-for-5
- Alfonso Soriano – 13-for-39 with a double, 2 home runs and a walk
- Geovany Soto – 3-for-12 with a walk
- Carlos Zambrano – 7-for-12 with a double
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