Game One Hundred Fifty: Cubs (77-72) vs. Cardinals (70-77)
Game Time – 1:20pm C.T. WGN TV, WGN Radio, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Busch Stadium, St. Louis
Jason Marquis (11-8, 4.17/1.32) vs. Mark Mulder (0-2, 12.38/2.38)
The Cubs and Cardinals finish their season series today. The Cubs are 10-5 against the Redbirds this year and are 6-2 at Busch Stadium. The Cubs will look to win the series today and bounce back from their lack of production on Saturday. While they split the twinbill, the offense was flat in game one and Lou Piniella’s crew made too many mistakes in game two. The Cubs must finish their 10-game road trip on a positive note, and it all starts with Jason Marquis. Jason Marquis has continued his inconsistent ways over his last 3 starts and will have to deal with the mental aspect of facing his former team today. Marquis has shown, at times, how good he is capable of pitching but today he must remain focused on one thing….getting the win. Marquis has been very good after a Cub loss, but how will he respond today? If the “good” Marquis shows up today, he can pretty much end the season of the team that discarded him in the off-season….
Marquis is coming off a no decision at Houston last Tuesday night. After the Cubs gave him a lead, Marquis allowed the Astros to tie the game they eventually won in extra innings. Marquis gave up 4 runs, 3 earned, on 8 hits in 5+ innings. In his previous two starts he held the Astros and Dodgers to a combined 4 earned runs and should have picked up wins in both outings. Marquis is 1-0 in his last 3 starts with a 3.38 ERA.
Marquis will make his 4th start of the year against his former team. He is 2-1 in his first 3 starts with a 4.34 ERA (9 runs on 17 hits in 18 2/3 innings) and a 1.29 WHIP….6 of the runs the Cardinals scored off of Marquis came in a loss at Busch Stadium on July 26th. In his other 2 starts against the Cardinals he allowed a combined 3 earned runs.
Mark Mulder will make his third start of the year after having season ending shoulder surgery last August. Mulder has not been the “Old Mark Mulder”….yet. Mulder has not pitched more 4 innings in either of his first two outings and the Cubs must be patient today and make him work. He has given up 13 runs, 11 earned, on 15 hits in 8 innings with 4 walks and 3 strikeouts.
Mulder is 2-3 in 6 career starts against the Cubs with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP but the Cubs are 15-22 against southpaws this season and always seem to struggle against good ones. If the Cubs are too aggressive at the plate today they could get a first hand look at the vintage Mark Mulder. They must not allow him to get comfortable and settle in….
- Jacque Jones – 8-21, with 4 doubles
- Derrek Lee – 11-15, with a home run and 5 RBI’s
- Matt Murton – 6-15
- Aramis Ramirez – 5-17, with a double, a home run and 6 RBI’s
- Alfonso Soriano – 10-25, with 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 3 RBI’s
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