Game Thirteen: Cubs (5-7) vs. Padres (7-6)
Game Time – 1:20pm C.T. WGN TV, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 186
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Wade Miller (0-1, 13.50/2.75) vs. Greg Maddux (1-1, 3.18/1.06)
Update – Felix Pie is scheduled to start today’s game in center and hit in the leadoff spot against Greg Maddux. Updated – 1:36pm C.T. – Angel Guzman Optioned to Triple-A Iowa
The Cubs will go for the 2-game sweep today and will look to finish the first homestand of the season at 3-4 but this time against a very familiar foe. The last time Greg Maddux pitched at Wrigley was on July 29, 2006. He beat the Cardinals and Anthony Reyes 4-2 and left the field to a standing ovation with the lasting image of him tipping his cap to the Faithful in attendance….he was traded two days later to the Dodgers for Cesar Izturis. That was then and this is now….today the Cubs will look to beat the future Hall of Famer. Maddux was roughed up by the Colorado Rockies in his first start of the season and gave up 4 earned runs in 5 1/3 innings (5 hits, 4 strike outs and a walk) but he was more “Maddux-like” in his last start against the Giants. He shutout Barry and the Boys and gave up just 6 hits in 6 innings of work. Maddux threw a lot of strikes that night, 55 out of 75 pitches and stuck out 6. In 20 career starts against his former team he is 11-3 with 3 complete games (2.38 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP) and has held the Cubs to a .215 batting average. He has not faced the Cubs in a game that matters since the 2003 NLDS when he pitched for the Braves. In 153 career starts at Wrigley, Maddux is 67-52 with a 3.39 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.
Wade Miller could not make it out of the 5th inning against the Brewers back on April 8th and this will be his first start since giving up 6 earned runs in 4+ innings to a team he had dominated in the past. Miller had trouble with his location and with his velocity not being what it once was; Miller must have command of all his pitches in order to be successful. Miller had a good spring and earned the 5th spot in the rotation, now he must keep it. Miller has not had a lot of success against the Padres. In 4 career starts he is 1-2 with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP. In 23 1/3 innings he has allowed 15 earned runs on 22 hits, walked 16, struck out 20 and given up 6 home runs.
Aramis Ramirez is expected to be in the starting lineup.
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