Game Forty-Four: Cubs (20-23) vs. Padres (25-20)
Game Time – 9:05pm C.T. WGN TV, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 186
Location – PETCO Park, San Diego
Sean Marshall (0-0, -.–/-.–) vs. David Wells (1-2, 5.40/1.49)
Sean Marshall will make his first start of the season tonight with his team in need of a win. The Cubs enter play tonight 3 games under .500 and staring at a schedule that does not get any easier. While they have shown glimpses of being able to string together wins, Lou Piniella’s team has not performed near expectations and the offense has yet to build any consistency from game to game. Something or someone must bring this team together soon before they find themselves in a hole they cannot dig out of. Sean Marshall performed very well in his rehab starts with Daytona and Iowa posting a combined 3-0 record with a 2.05 ERA (2-0 with a 1.82 ERA at Iowa). Last year Marshall was 6-9 in 24 starts with a 5.59 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP. Marshall pitched very well early in the year before a stint on the DL in the middle of the season derailed his rookie campaign. Marshall had several starts early in the season where he lost or received a no decision in low scoring games due in large part to little or no run support.
Marshall faced the Padres on May 6th of last year at PETCO and received a no decision; he allowed 1 run on 3 hits in 6 innings of work while striking out 6 and walking 3.
David Wells has struggled this season but unfortunately for the Cubs he is coming off his best start of the year. After posting a 1-1 record with a 6.23 ERA in 5 starts in April, he gave up 8 earned runs on 15 hits in his first 2 starts of May (11 innings) but he surrendered just 1 run on 7 hits in 8 innings of work against the Reds on May 15th. Wells has been having problems with his control this season and teams have recorded 56 hits and 11 walks in 45 innings. The Cubs will have plenty of chances, they just have to take advantage of the opportunities.
Wells is 1-1 in 3 career starts against the Cubs with a 4.61 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. The last time he faced the Cubs was 2004. Francis Beltran recorded the win that day with Joe Borowski recording the save of a game Glendon Rusch started. The Cubs offense scored 3 runs on 8 hits in 6 innings off of Wells with Jose Macias hitting a home run.
- Cliff Floyd – 2-6, with a home run and a RBI
- Aramis Ramirez – 2-3, with a double and a RBI
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