Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 09/27/10

Game One Hundred Fifty-Six: Cubs (70-85) vs. Padres (87-68)
Game Time – 9:05pm CDT
Coverage – WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 188
Location – PETCO Park, San Diego

Carlos Zambrano (9-6, 3.56/1.50) vs. Tim Stauffer (5-4, 1.95/1.11)

Only seven games remain for the Cubs in Twenty-Ten … Q’s crew begins their last road trip of the year tonight with the first of four in San Diego. The trip concludes on Sunday with game 162 in Houston. The Cubs have won six of ten series under Mike Quade and they are 19-11 since he took over in the dugout.

Carlos Zambrano will get the ball tonight two strikeouts short of moving into second place on the Cubs All-Time strikeout list. Zambrano has struck out 1431 in his career, one short of Charlie Root (1926-1941), who totaled 1432 during his career on the North Side. The Cubs All-Time strikeout leader is Ferguson Jenkins (1966-1973, 1982-1983) with 2038.

Marlon Byrd is expected back in the starting lineup tonight after missing the last two at Wrigley. Quade is also expected to trot out his “veteran lineup” during the four-game series with San Diego. While Quade is doing the right thing, in order for his crew to be the most competitive against a team fighting for the post-season, he should mix in a few of the young Cubs that want to play hard over the next four games.

The Cubs lost all four games to the Padres at Wrigley (August 16 – August 19), the week prior to Lou Piniella announcing he was stepping down. The Cubs could have a say in the Padres making it to the playoffs or not … that is if a few of the veterans decide to show up.

Pat Hughes and Dave Otto will call the final seven games of the season for WGN Radio. Ron Santo will not make the trip to either San Diego or Houston.

Tonight it all begins with Carlos Zambrano

Carlos Zambrano will make two more starts this season … tonight in San Diego and Saturday in Houston. If Zambrano could win both, he would post double-digit victories for the first time since 2008. Big Z was 9-7 in 28 starts a year ago with a 3.77 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.

Zambrano has not lost a game since his blowup at the Cell back on June 25 … and is 6-0 in 12 games, nine starts, since the break with a 1.63 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.

Big Z received a no decision against the Giants in his last start. Z walked five and struck out eight but gave up no runs and just three hits in six innings. Zambrano is 3-0 in his last four outings with a 0.98 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP … four runs, three earned, on 14 hits with 13 walks and 28 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings.

Zambrano received a no decision when he faced the Friars back on August 19. Z gave up a run on four hits in six innings with six walks and a strikeout.

Z is 6-2 in 11 career starts versus San Diego with a 2.61 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP … at PETCO, 2-1 in four starts with a 2.28 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.

Padres Career Numbers against Carlos Zambrano

  • Chris Denorfia – 2-for-3 with 2 walks
  • David Eckstein – 3-for-19
  • Adrian Gonzalez – 3-for-12 with 4 walks
  • Tony Gwynn, Jr. – 5-for-9 with a double and a walk
  • Scott Hairston – 1-for-5 with a walk
  • Chase Headley – 1-for-4 with 2 walks
  • Ryan Ludwick – 7-for-16 with 2 home runs and 2 walks
  • Matt Stairs – 1-for-6 with a walk
  • Miguel Tejada – 7-for-24 with a double and a home run
  • Yorvit Torrealba – 4-for-12 with a double and 2 walks
  • Will Venable – 0-for-2 with a walk

Tim Stauffer will make his second career start against the Cubs tonight. Stauffer is coming off a solid performance, a win against the Dodgers. Stauffer held Los Angeles to one run on three hits with a pair of walks and five strikeouts in six innings.

Stauffer is 2-2 in his last five games, four starts, with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. At home this season, Stauffer is 2-2 in 13 games, two starts, with a 2.37 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.

Stauffer has not beaten the Cubs in two outings … 0-1 in two games, one start, with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Tim Stauffer

  • Jeff Baker – 0-for-1
  • Blake DeWitt – 0-for-1
  • Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-3

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