Game Sixty-Seven: Cubs (30-36) vs. Angels (37-32)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 183
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago
Carlos Silva (8-1, 2.89/1.08) vs. Scott Kazmir (6-5, 5.27/1.53)
Weather permitting … Can the Chicago Cubs build on the back-to-back wins against the Athletics? Lou’s crew finally won a series Thursday but have lost six straight series openers … and it will not get any easier this afternoon.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, or the California Angels as Lou Piniella still calls them, will cross the lines at Wrigley for the first time this afternoon. The Angels are the final AL team to face the Cubs at Wrigley during Interleague play.
The Cubs are 5-4 versus the American League this season … with nine left to play.
Aramis Ramirez is scheduled to play two games (Saturday and Sunday) for the Peoria Chiefs. Ramirez decided to accept the rehab assignment and could rejoin his teammates in Seattle Wednesday … the first day Ramirez can come off the DL.
Today it all begins with Carlos Silva … Carlos Silva was not happy after he posted his first loss of the year against the White Sox. Silva did everything he could to lead his team to victory. Silva tossed seven strong innings but the offense and defense let him down. Silva allowed just two runs on seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
The Cubs are 10-2 in his 12 starts this season … and his teammates need another strong performance this afternoon. But is today the day that Carlos Silva’s baseball luck runs out?
Silva has outperformed all expectations and has been one of the best stories in all of baseball this year.
The Cubs’ third Carlos has been very, very good at Wrigley. In seven home starts, Silva is 4-1 with a 2.78 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.
The Angels know Carlos Silva and Silva knows the Angels. This afternoon will be Silva’s 13th career start versus the team formally known as the California Angels. Silva is 7-2 in 13 career games, 12 starts, with a complete game shutout … a 3.77 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. Silva posted a 1-1 record in two starts against Angels in 2008 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.
Angels’ Career Numbers against Carlos Silva
- Bobby Abreu – 11-for-20 with 2 doubles, a home run and a walk
- Torii Hunter – 3-for-13 with 2 home runs and a walk
- Maicer Izturis – 5-for-18 with a double
- Howie Kendrick – 5-for-10 with 2 doubles
- Hideki Matsui – 4-for-14 with 3 doubles
- Mike Napoli – 4-for-12 with a walk
- Robb Quinlan – 1-for-4
- Juan Rivera – 1-for-2 with a double
- Reggie Willits – 0-for-7 with a walk
- Brandon Wood – 1-for-3
Lou Piniella’s offense must be patient this afternoon. Scott Kazmir is very good but is also very wild … and the Cubs can use all of the help they can get right now.
Kazmir’s M.O. is to throw a lot of pitches and leave the game in or around the sixth inning. Kazmir has pitched to his scouting report this season … but still has won his last three games and four of his last five.
Kazmir is coming off a win against the Dodgers … Just five innings of work, but a win. The very talented southpaw gave up two runs on three hits but walked four and struck out five.
Scott Kazmir is 3-0 in his last three starts with a 2.12 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP … 10 walks and 12 strikeouts in 17 innings.
On the road this season, the 26-year old lefty is 4-3 in eight starts with a 4.96 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP.
While with the Tampa Bay Rays, Scott Kazmir received a no-decision against the Cubs back in 2008. Kazmir held a much-better Cubs team to one run on three hits in 4 2/3 innings. The Cubs struck out seven times and worked four walks.
Cubs Career Numbers against Scott Kazmir
- Marlon Byrd – 4-for-14 with a double and a walk
- Derrek Lee – 0-for-1 with 2 walks
- Xavier Nady – 1-for-5 with a double and walk
- Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-6 with a double
- Geovany Soto – 0-for-2
- Ryan Theriot – 1-for-2 with a walk
- Chad Tracy – 1-for-3
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