Game One Hundred Twenty: Cubs (51-68) vs. Astros (57-62)
Game Time – 1:05pm C.T. WGN TV, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 186
Location – Minute Maid Park, Houston
Ryan O’Malley (0-0, -.–) vs. Andy Pettitte (11-12, 4.86)
For the 7th time this season the Cubs will use a different rookie starter for the last game against the Houston Astros (6-8) this season and with last night’s 18-inning marathon, this should be a very sloppy game. This was supposed to be a “Battle of the Lefties” but Rich Hill had to pitch the end of the ballgame and will miss today’s start and they have called up Ryan O’Malley from Triple-A Iowa to make the start…so the battle is on. The Cubs are 4-4 on this road trip and not only would a win today give the Cubs a winning trip and a sweep of the Astros it would also put a huge dent in the Astros plans for the post season.
The Cubs have not made an official roster move, will update when information becomes available. Ryan O’Malley will be making his Major League debut. O’Malley was 7-7 with a 4.08 ERA in 26 games, 19 starts, for the I-Cubs. In 123 2/3 innings he gave up 135 hits, 62 runs, walked 30 and struck out 71. Any quality innings from this young left-hander would be a plus.
Andy Pettitte 2-1 in 3 games with a 3.00 ERA (6 runs in 18 innings) against the Cubs this season. They beat Pettitte the last time they faced him and the Cubs made the veteran left-hander work. In his 2 wins against the Cubs he walked just 5 total, averaged 111 pitches and worked in and past the 6th inning. In Pettitte’s loss, he threw just 5 innings, walked 4 and threw 100 pitches, only 54 strikes. The Cubs most be patient against Pettitte, who had not beaten the Cubs before this season, and make him work. They have struggled against lefties this year but Pettitte is beatable despite the fact he is 2-1 with a 2.66 ERA in his last 3 games….righties are hitting .309 this year while lefties are hitting .262 and since the All-Star break he is 4-3 with a 3.52 ERA. The Cubs have been hitting the ball of late and Pettitte has been giving them up, 39 in 38 1/3 since the break, it is up to the Cubs to not allow him to settle in.
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