Game One Hundred Seventeen: Cubs (48-68) vs. Rockies (57-58)
Game Time – 2:05pm C.T. WGN TV, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 188
Location – Coors Field, Denver
Carlos Marmol (5-5, 5.09) vs. Byung-Hyun Kim (7-7, 4.57)
Another rookie, the third straight in this series, and one that must throw strikes and give the bullpen a much-needed break before heading to Houston for a 3-game series. The Cubs would like to see Marmol go deep into the ballgame and not only provide a win but show some sort of progress over his short history of throwing more balls than strikes. Marmol has the ability and stuff to be successful and today his teammates need for him to break their 4-game losing streak and keep Dusty from going to the pen early and often. Be careful what you ask for….Dusty has always had the reputation of not playing the “young guys”….the Cubs Faithful have complained about that for years. Now Dusty has no other options and the last 45 games could be incredibly interesting to watch or some of the worst ball seen from the Cubs in a long time….try 40 years. With the addition of Mark Prior to the ever-growing disabled list and Greg Maddux pitching tonight for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Rich Hill is the oldest starting pitcher in the rotation and Carlos Marmol has the second most amount of experience behind, obviously, Carlos Zambrano. This is the second time this month the Cubs have started rookies in 3 consecutive games, before that it was August 20-22, 2002 when the Cubs ran out Mark Prior, Carlos Zambrano and Steve Smyth.
Marmol is the last Cubs pitcher to make it through 5 innings when he beat the Brewers on August 8th. Marmol must throw strikes and cut down on the walks that have plagued his starts. Marmol has walked 36 in his last 35 2/3 innings while striking out only 23 but he has given up just 32 hits. Marmol has a knack for pitching himself in and out of trouble but all that does is increase his pitch count and the results are short outings….not a good recipe for what the Cubs must have today.
The Cubs will face submariner Byung-Hyun Kim who has been lights out at Coors Field. This year at home he is 5-3 with a 2.75 ERA and has only given up 2 earned runs in his last 2 starts at Coors on 12 hits.
The Cubs will look to avoid their first sweep at Coors Field since July 24-27, 1997.
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