Game Eighty-Nine: Cubs (52-36) vs. Cardinals (50-39)
Game Time – 2:15pm C.T.
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet (Chicago) – TBS Sunday Afternoon Baseball – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 188
Location – Busch Stadium, St. Louis
Sean Marshall (0-2, 4.87/1.43) vs. Todd Wellemeyer (7-3, 3.86/1/28)
Updated – 12:34pm C.T. – Paul Sullivan reported the Cubs “look to have six All Stars“. Geovany Soto, Alfonso Soriano, Kosuke Fukudome, Ryan Dempster, Kerry Wood and Carlos Zambrano. Will update when the list is made official.
Updated – 1:25pm C.T. – Geovany Soto was named the starting catcher for the NL team. Soto is the first rookie catcher to start for the National League. Alfonso Soriano and Kosuke Fukudome were also voted as starters.
Updated – 1:48pm C.T. – The Cubs had 7 players selected to the NL All-Star team: Geovany Soto, Kosuke Fukudome, Alfonso Soriano, Ryan Dempster, Kerry Wood, Carlos Zambrano and Aramis Ramirez
It’s a new day and a new week and the Cubs will attempt to win the rubber game of the series this afternoon behind Sean Marshall. The first two games have come down to the 9th inning and today figures to be more of the same.
In order for the Cubs to post a win today, Aramis Ramirez and Jim Edmonds will have to contribute to the offense. Ramirez ended his 0-for-28 slump on Saturday in a big way and hopefully that will lead to a good game at the plate in the series finale. If Jim Edmonds is in the lineup, Lou Piniella was not too happy about the play at the plate on Saturday, he must end the 0-for-his-return-to-St. Louis. Edmonds hit the ball hard in the second game, and had nothing to show for it. Maybe his party on Saturday night for his new teammates will relax him and the rest of the Cubs on getaway day.
The Cubs not only complete their longest road trip of the season today, 3-6 in the first 9 games, they also end a very difficult stretch of playing 23 of 32 games on the road. The Cubs are 16-15 in the last 31 games.
Before today’s game against the Cubs and Cardinals on TBS, the Superstation will air the All-Star selection show for the 79th Midsummer Classic at 1:00pm C.T. Several Cubs are expected to be named to the NL squad and will join Lou Piniella in New York on July 15th. Sean Marshall will be making his third start of the season after spending most of the first half in either the bullpen or down in Triple-A with Iowa. Marshall pitched good enough to beat the White Sox his last time out but a solo home run by Carlos Quentin and a 2-run shot by Brian Anderson gave Mark Buehrle more than enough run support. Marshall allowed 3 runs on 5 hits in 7 innings with 5 strikeouts and a walk….much better than his start against the Orioles, 4 runs on 7 hits in 4 2/3 with 7 strikeouts and a walk.
Marshall must not give the Cardinals any help….both walks Marshall has issued this year as a starter have scored.
Marshall made his big league debut against the Cardinals on Sunday night baseball back on April 9, 2006. The Cubs beat the Redbirds 8-4 and Marshall gave up 4 runs on 4 hits in 4 1/3 innings. For his career, Marshall is 1-1 in 6 games, 4 starts, versus St. Louis with a 4.66 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP….the Cardinals have hit .312 against him.
- Rick Ankiel – 0-for-1
- Adam Kennedy – 1-for-1
- Ryan Ludwick – 0-for-4
- Aaron Miles – 0-for-3
- Yadier Molina – 3-for-9 with a double
- Albert Pujols – 3-for-8
- Brendan Ryan – 2-for-4 with a home run
After being named Pitcher of the Month for May in which he posted a 4-0 record with a 2.19 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP, Todd Wellemeyer has come back down to earth….a little. Wellemeyer missed a start last month with inflammation in his right elbow and has not posted a win since beating the Nationals on June 5th in D.C. ….he was 1-1 in 3 June starts with a 5.02 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.
The Mets rocked Wellemeyer in his last start and scored 6 runs on 12 hits in 5 innings. Wellemeyer walked 2 and struck out 2 but threw 98 pitches….the most since he tossed 100 against the Padres on May 25th. Wellemeyer held the Tigers scoreless in his previous outing and gave up only 4 hits in 5 innings. The Cubs must make Wellemeyer work, unlike the first time they faced him, when the former Cub beat Lou Piniella’s crew in the series finale back on May 4th. The Cubs’ offense scored only 2 runs on 3 hits with 4 walks and 4 strikeouts in 5 innings. Wellemeyer beat Jason Marquis 5-3 and Wellemeyer scored one of the Redbirds five runs while another former Cub, Cesar Izturis scored twice.
Wellemeyer is 5-3 in 8 starts at Busch Stadium this season with a 4.76 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. The Cubs former 4th round pick in the 2000 draft is 1-0 in 2 games, 1 start, versus his former organization with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.
- Mark DeRosa – 0-for-2
- Jim Edmonds – 0-for-4
- Mike Fontenot – 1-for-1 with a double and a walk
- Kosuke Fukudome – 0-for-2
- Reed Johnson – 2-for-6 with a double
- Derrek Lee – 0-for-3
- Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-1
- Geovany Soto – 1-for-2 with a double
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