Game Ninety-Three: Cubs (37-55) vs. Marlins (43-48)
Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Matt Garza (4-7, 4.26/1.34) vs. Anibal Sanchez (6-2, 3.58/1.23)
After a much-needed break for the Mid-Summer Classic, the Cubs return to the field tonight and open a 10-game, 11-day homestand with the first of four against the Florida Marlins. The Cubs will face the Phillies for three starting Monday and the homestand ends next Sunday with the last of three against the Astros. Starting with the Houston series, the Cubs will play 13 straight against NL Central foes, but by the time the Cubs make their way to Pittsburgh on August 1, the 25-man roster could have a few new names on it … as well as a few subtractions.
The Cubs swept the Marlins in a brief two-game series in Miami nearly two months ago (May 18-May 19). Since that series, Jack McKeon has taken over and the Fish are 11-8 under Trader Jack and won their last five before the break.
The Cubs have 70 games remaining on their 2011 pocket schedule and are 20-26 at Wrigley this season. Tonight it all begins with Matt Garza … Matt Garza put together a decent first half for the Cubs and some might say he was the best starter on Mike Quade’s staff. Garza is coming off one of the worst starts of his career. Garza was very efficient for two innings and actually struck out four of the first 10 batters he faced … before it all fell apart. The Nationals pounded hit after hit and chased him before he could record a single out in the third inning. Garza allowed seven runs, six earned, on eight hits with a walk and a strikeout in the second shortest outing of his big league career.
It was a very forgettable night for Matt Garza … but a very memorable one for the Chicago Cubs.
Garza has been solid at Wrigley this season (3-3 in eight starts with a complete game, 3.27 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP). The last time Garza pitched at Wrigley he ended up on the losing end of a complete-game. Garza must continue to limit his walks as well as keep the ball inside the Friendly Confines.
Garza did not face the Marlins back in the middle of May and is 3-1 in four career starts versus the Fish with a 5.09 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.
Marlins Career Numbers against Matt Garza
- John Buck – 3-for-9 with 2 doubles and a walk
- Mike Cameron – 0-for-9
- Chris Coghlan – 4-for-5 with 3 doubles and a triple
- Greg Dobbs – 1-for-3
- Wes Helms – 1-for-3 with a home run
- Omar Infante – 1-for-2 with a triple
- Jose Lopez – 6-for-24 with a double and a triple
- Hanley Ramirez – 3-for-11 with a triple, a home run and a walk
- Gaby Sanchez – 2-for-4 with a walk
- Mike Stanton – 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk
Anibal Sanchez, like Matt Garza, is coming off a rough end to the first half … but for Sanchez it was his last two starts. Sanchez has not pitched past the fourth inning in each of his last two starts and has given up 12 runs on 13 hits in his last 7 2/3 innings. The Phillies pounded Sanchez to the tune of five runs on six hits in four innings … but the Fish still won the game, and that’s all that counts.
Sanchez is 0-1 in his last two starts with a 14.09 ERA and a 2.61 WHIP.
Tonight will be Sanchez’s tenth road start of the season … 3-2 in nine starts with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.
The Cubs did not face Sanchez in the two-game set in Miami and the former first round pick of the Boston Red Sox (2001) is 1-2 in three career starts versus the Cubs with a 6.91 ERA and a 2.16 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, 0-1 in one career start with a 13.50 ERA and a 3.25 WHIP (six runs on nine hits with four walks and five strikeouts in four innings).
Cubs Career Numbers against Anibal Sanchez
- Marlon Byrd – 1-for-3 with a double
- Starlin Castro – 0-for-1 with 2 walks
- Blake DeWitt – 2-for-5 with a double and a walk
- Kosuke Fukudome – 0-for-2 with 3 walks
- Reed Johnson – 1-for-3 with a triple
- Carlos Pena – 2-for-3 with a home run
- Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-3 with a double
- Alfonso Soriano – 4-for-19 with a double, 2 home runs and 3 walks
- Geovany Soto – 2-for-5
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