Game Twenty-Two: Cubs (8-13) vs. Cardinals (10-11)
Game Time – 7:10pm C.T. WGN TV, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Busch Stadium, St. Louis
Jason Marquis (2-1, 1.88/1.17) vs. Anthony Reyes (1-2, 5.00/1.38)
After a day off the Cubs start a 6-game road trip tonight in St. Louis that will conclude in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Jason Marquis will take the mound on the night he is scheduled to receive his World Series ring from last season. The Cubs offense had an impressive “coming out party” on Wednesday afternoon and will look to continue scoring runs against a pitcher they faired quite well against 6 days ago. Jason Marquis had an excellent outing against his former mates last Saturday afternoon. The Cardinals did not score a run off of Marquis in 7 innings. He was able to throw strikes and most importantly he did not walk a single batter, the first time he has accomplished that feat all season….Marquis struck out 5 on the day as well. The Cardinals have struggled in “new” Busch Stadium this season (3-7) and that is after winning the last two games of the series against the Reds. The Cubs, on the other hand, are 4-4 this season on the road….it is Wrigley Field where they have struggled to win ballgames (4-9).
Marquis was 8-8 in 17 starts in the first season of the “new” Busch Stadium with a 6.91 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP….he gave up 19 home runs in 97 2/3 innings. Marquis showed what he is capable of last week against the Cardinals. Marquis looked confident and in control on the mound and the result was strikes and ground ball outs. The Cardinals will look to prove last week was an apparition, especially Albert Pujols who said, “He was in control of his pitches. He wasn’t all over the place like sometimes he can be.” Marquis has won his last two starts and has given up 5 earned runs on 18 hits in 24 innings this season, he will need to pitch as well as he did in his last outing to post a win tonight.
Anthony Reyes has given up 7 earned runs in his last two starts and 6 of them have come in the 1st inning alone. Reyes has been an entirely different pitcher from the 2nd inning on and for the Cubs to be successful tonight they will have to do more of the same. Reyes will get himself into trouble if the Cubs offense can be patient enough at the plate. Michael Barrett had a big 3-run homer in the 1st inning of last Saturday’s game and it would be nice to see Alfonso Soriano lead off the game with his first home run as a Cub.
Ryan Theriot will be playing shortstop, now the question is where will Lou hit him in the lineup?
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