Game Forty-One: Cubs (24-16) vs. Padres (15-26)
Game Time – 1:20pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Ryan Dempster (4-1, 2.76/1.06) vs. Greg Maddux (3-3, 3.60/1.16)
The Cubs complete the 4-game series against the Padres today with a chance to win a series against the Padres at Wrigley for the first time since 1999. But in order to do that, they will have to beat former Cub, and future Hall of Famer, Greg Maddux. Lou Piniella will reportedly have a new centerfielder in the starting lineup today. While Greg Maddux could be making his last start at Wrigley, Jim Edmonds will be making his Cub debut.
According to a report in the Sun-Times, Daryle Ward’s back is “bothering him” and will only be used as a pinch hitter for now….but could be headed to the DL. If they do, Micah Hoffpauir could be an option, he is tearing the cover off the ball for the I-Cubs. Ryan Dempster will try to pick up his first win in the month of May after starting the season 4-0….his team however is 6-2 in games he’s started. Dempster pitched good enough to earn the win against the Diamondbacks last Saturday but the Cubs offense scored 6 of their 7 runs after he left the game. Dempster allowed 2 runs on 3 hits in 6 inning with 7 strikeouts and 3 walks.
Dempster’s most impressive stat of late….14 strikeouts and 4 walks in his last 12 innings.
Dempster is 5-3 with 2 saves in 17 career games, 8 starts, against the Padres with a 4.35 ERA and a 1.48 WHP.
- Josh Bard – 0-for-3
- Jody Gerut – 1-for-3 with a double
- Brian Giles – 13-for-32 with 3 doubles, a triple and 2 home runs
- Adrian Gonzalez – 0-for-3
- Kahlil Greene – 1-for-7
- Tadahito Iguchi – 0-for-3
- Greg Maddux – 2-for-5 with a double and a walk
Dempster is probably glad Jim Edmonds is in the Cubs’ dugout….Edmonds is 8-for-23 with 2 doubles and 2 home runs in his career against Dempster.
Greg Maddux will make yet another start on the field where it all began. Maddux is the best pitcher of this generation….period. Maddux won the 350th game of his Hall of Fame career his last time out and if the Cubs are going to beat him, they must be patient and jump on him early.
Maddux has lost to his former team only 3 times in only 22 starts (12-3) with 3 complete games and a shutout to go along with a miniscule 2.56 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP. Maddux was 1-0 in 2 starts last year against the Cubs with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.
- Henry Blanco – 5-for-14 with a double and a home run
- Ryan Dempster – 0-for-4
- Derrek Lee – 13-for-54 with a double, a triple and a home run
- Aramis Ramirez – 4-for-16 with a triple
- Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-6
- Ryan Theriot – 2-for-5
- Jim Edmonds – 10-for-38 with 3 doubles and 2 home runs
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