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Posted on: September 8, 2008 12:08 am
Edited on: September 8, 2008 7:01 pm
 

State of the Cubs: Week 23 (updated)

The Week that Was: Not Good

But we head to St Louis and Houston for a couple of 3 game series.

The Week that will be (Pitching matchups are likely to change):

Game 1: Ryan Dempster vs. Kyle Loshe. Dempster has won his last 3 road starts, and won his only start vs. the Cardinals on August 10th. Jason LaRue is 5-11 with a HR, but he holds Albert Pujols to a .269 average. Who gave Kyle Loush a complete beatdown for his first win of the season? The Cubs. He also had a good start (7 IP 2 ER) against the northsiders that resulted in a no decision. Alfonso Soriano (13-32 2 HR), Mark DeRosa (8-16 HR), Aramis Ramirez (5-8 HR), Ryan Theriot (7-14) all hit him well, in fact the Cubs as a team are hitting .362 off of him.

Game 2: Ted Lilly vs. Braden Looper. Well Lilly should be fresh after his 42 pitch preformence last time out. He's thrown against the Red Birds 3 times this year, all quality starts. Pujols, Kennedy and Encarnacion all hit him hard. The Cardinals have lost 5 out of last last 7 starts for Looper and he has a losing (5-7) record at home. They have lost both games he's started against the Cubs, although no Cubs other than Geovany Soto hits him really well.

Game 3: Rich Harden vs. Todd Wellmeyer. Hopefully Harden can pick up in September where he left off in August, as he had only given up 2 runs in his last 4 starts. Adam Kennedy is 7-22 against him, no other Cardinal has seen him much. This is Todd's 4th start against the Cubs, he's 2-1. His ERA is significantly worse at home (4.69) and Mark DeRosa hits him well.

Game 4: Wandy Rodriguez vs. Jason Marquis. For some weird reason I trust Jason Marquis. He's won 4 out of his last 5 decisions. The loss was against the Astros, but was hardly his fault: 6 IP 2 ER. Berkman and Wiggington both hit well over .400 against him. Unsure if Wandy will make this start, as he did have to leave his last start with an oblique strain. He has one very good start and one very bad start against the Cubs this year.

Game 5: Carlos Zambrano vs. TBA. If Carlos has any say in the matter, he will make this start. And he will pitch well. Berkman hits .150 off him. The Cubs have had some problems with TBA in the past, but have been a bit better this year with him. But it's always a tossup really.

Game 6: Ryan Dempster vs. Randy Wolf. Hunter Pence hits Dempster well (6-14 HR). Randy Wolf: All I can say is paybacks a bitch, just ask Jeff Karstens.

Expect Harden and Z back. And expect the Cubs to win both series, with Alfonso Soriano hitting at least 3 HRs on the week

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Posted on: August 11, 2008 9:08 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2008 9:20 pm
 

State of the Cubs: Week 19

71-47 3.5 GMs up on Milwaukee

The Week that Was: The series with the Astros started off a little rainy, the game ended up being called during the middle of the 8th, which killed the Cubs oppurtunity to seek revenge off of LaTroy Hawkins. Then the Cubs offense decided to stick it to Houston the next two days, scoring 22 runs. Rich Harden has his, by far, worst start as a Cubs, Bob Howry picked up a vulutre win (one of 2 on the week) and Kerry Wood would return to pitch a scoreless frame.

The the Cardinals series, which started out with an 11 inning Cubs win in a game they should have lost. Jim Edmonds hit multiple HRs off his former team, Alfonso Soriano gunned someone out at home, the Cubs sniffed out a suicide squeeze and Henry Blanco got the game winning single. Then Carlos Zambrano had a terrrible outing, despite hitting his 15th career HR, and then the Cubs won the rubber match on the arm of Ryan Dempster and a 5-run 6th.

My Prediction: I was off by one game, and Wood didn't get multiple SVs. Soriano is still hot although

The Week that Will be:

The Cubs head to Atlanta to face a team some call the "Richmond Braves". I was talking to a friend of mine who is a big Braves fan, he claims this series won't be close...hopefully he's correct.

Game 1: Rich Harden vs. Charlie Morton This is Harden's second start in Turner Field this year, he had a 7 IP 1 ER 8 K preformence to earn him his second win of the season. Casey Kotchmen is the only Brave to have seen him more than 3 times, and he's 3-12 without an extra base hit against him. Morton has been bad at home this season, going 0-4 with a 8.39 ERA and .324 BAA. He's coming off a win against the Diamondbacks, but had lost his previous 3 starts. No Cub has ever seen him once.

Game 2: Jason Marquis vs. Jorge Campillo Marquis has been bad against the Braves, in the last 3 years he's given up 24 runs in only 11.2 IP, but Jason has been much better on the road this season. Chipper Jones is 4-6 with 3 HRs against him. The Braves 30-year-old rookie Campillo has been very good for the Braves this season, posting a 2.83 ERA. Although he's been worse at home, he has won his last 4 decisions. He threw one pitch in a relief apperance against the Cubs earlier in the year, he got Carlos Zambrano to fly out.

Game 3: Ted Lilly vs. Tom Glavine. Glavine's injury has come full circle. He was placed on the DL with a partially torn flexor tendon, after surrendering 4 runs in 3 IP to the Cubs. In their careers Derrek Lee (17-57 3 HR), Aramis Ramirez (12-25 3 HR) and Alfonso Soriano (9-21 HR) hit him well. Surprisingly Ryan Theriot doesn't, weird one would think that Theriot would crush a pitcher who only throws on the outside portion. Ted is coming off of a string of good preformences and beat the Braves earlier in the year. None of the Braves particularly hit him well.

Then the Cubs head to Miami to face those pesky Marlins, damn those pesky Marlins. They split a series in Wrigley last month. But luckily the Cubs have Z, Demp and Harden to counter.

Game 4: Josh Johnson vs. Carlos Zambrano Zambrano beat the Marlins pretty soundly earlier in the year, going 7 IP while surrendering only 2 runs and his last road start was a great preformence against the Brewers. Josh Willingham is 4-5 against him. The Marlins have yet to lose a game Johnson starts, including a 5.1 IP outing against the Cubs. Reed Johnson is 2-2 with a HR against him.

Game 5: Ryan Dempster vs. Anibal Sanchez Dempster's start against the Marlins was decent, 6 IP 1 ER but 6 BBs. He's still looking to even up his road record, which currently stands at 2-3. Luis Gonzalez (10-19 2 HR) and Wes Helms (5-10) hit him well. This will be Sanchez's 4th start of the year, he's 1-1 and is currently losing to St. Louis. Soriano is 2-11 against him, but those 2 hits were HRs 

Game 6: Rich Harden vs. Chris Volstad These two met up earlier in the year, a 3-2 Marlins victory, both pitchers threw well but neither gained a decision. Dan Uggla and Aramis Ramirez have both hit a HR in limited ABs against the pitchers.

Predictions: Cubs win each series, taking 2 out of 3 from both. They lose Marquis and Harden's starts. Kosuke Fukudome comes up of his slump, hitting above .400 on the week.

Category: MLB
Posted on: August 3, 2008 9:10 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2008 4:39 pm
 

State of the Cubs: Week 18

67-45 5 GMs up on the Brewers

The Week that Was:

The Milwaukee Series: Complete and Utter Domination

The Pittsburgh Series: In game 1 the Cubs struggled with a pitcher they had never seen before...surprise surprise. In game 2, they beat their ace Paul Malholm and Lilly turns in another gem (his ERA has been creeping down slowly, it could be below 4 by season's end). And in game 3, they only let Z throw 82 pitches for rest purposes. The bullpen blows the lead, but Reed Johnson hits a clutch 2-run PH HR to give the Cubs the lead, the game and the series.

My Prediction: Better than expected. They go 6-1, a game better. I called Soriano gettting hot and Harden's first win in Cubbie Blue.

The Week that Will Be:

The Cubs remain at home to face the Houston Astros. The Astros are coming off a sweep of the Mets and have won 7 out of their last 9. This is the first of 3 more series the two teams will play this season. The Cubs then get a much needed off day, after going for 20 games in 20 days. After that they see the Cardinals for the first Wrigley series between the two teams this year. The Cubs also see the Cardinals for 3 more series this year. Expect Kerry Wood to return for the Cards series.

Game 1 Ryan Dempster vs. Brian Moehler. In Dempster's last start vs. the Astros, he gave the Cubs 8 scoreless innings for their first win after the break. The Astros also gave Dempster his first loss of the season, all the way back in May. As usual, the Astros to look out for are Lance Berkman (12-40 4 HR) and Carlos Lee (5-15 HR). Moehler is coming off of a great start against the Reds, 8.2 IP 2 ER. And also pitched a gem against the Cubs in July. Jim Edmonds absouletly crushes him (13-37 6 HR) and Alfonso Soriano hits him pretty well too (4-9)

Game 2 Rich Harden vs. Wandy Rodriguez. This is Harden's first career outing against the Astors, but we can all expect him to continue his dominance. Harden is yet to surrender more than 1 ER in any start as a Cub, and every run he has given up has been from a solo HR. Carlos Lee is 3-9 against him. Wandy is coming off a bad 4.2 IP 6 ER preformence against the Reds. Derrek Lee (8-19 2 HR) and Ryan Theriot (8-14 HR) hit him well. Carlos Zambrano and Jason Marquis have also hit HRs off of him (Pinch Hitting maybe )

Game 3: Jason Marquis vs. Brandon Backe. Marquis hasn't won since June, despite the fact that 4 out of his last 5 starts have been quality starts. Expect Berkman (19-39 HR) and Lee (10-29 3 HR) to continue to rake. Backe has been a mediocure pitcher for most of the season (4.72 ERA) and his last loss was against the Cubs. Aramis Ramirez (7-19 HR) hits him well.

Game 4: Ted Lilly vs. Braden Looper 8 of Lilly's last 10 starts have been quality starts. And he's 1-0 with a 3.26 ERA vs. the Cardinals this season. Pujols is 8-21 with 2 HRs against Ted. Looper has lost 4 out of his last 5 decisions including a lose to the Cubs on July 4th. Geovany Soto (3-5 HR) is the only Cub hitter that has had success against him.

Game 5: Carlos Zambrano vs. Todd Wellemeyer. Carlos has won 4 out of his last 5 decisions and has a 2.28 ERA at home this year. He shut down the Cardinals for 6 IP of scoreless ball earlier in the year. No Cardinal hits him well, not even Albert Pujols, who hits .240 off Big Z. The ex-Cub Wellemeyer posted a 5.88 ERA in July, including a loss to the Cubs. He's yet to lose on the road this season. No Cub has seen him much, but Aramis is 3-3 against him. 

Game 6: Ryan Dempster vs. Chris Carpenter. What a matchup for a Sunday night game. Dempster takes his 10-1 home record to face St. Louis, something he hasn't done this year. Jason LaRue hits him well (5-11 HR). The Former Cy Young winner Carpenter will be making his 3rd start, and no indication on how many pitches he will be able to throw. He only threw 67 in his first start, lasting 4 IP. Derrek Lee (11-35), Alfonso Soriano (10-25 2 HR) and Big Z (6-10) all hit him well.

Predictions: Cubs win 5 out of 6, losing Marquis' start. Soriano continues to hit well and Wood returns with 2 SVs

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Posted on: July 20, 2008 10:20 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2008 10:53 pm
 

State of the Cubs Week 16

58-40 2 GMs up on the St. Louis, 3 up on Milwaukee

The Week that Was:

Game 1- There were a whole lot of Cubs in the AS game, so I'll count that as game 1. I'll start with saying that the best part of the game was that I was in Mexico and didn't have to listen to Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. Now onto the game: The Cubs pitching was yay. Carlos Zambrano pitched 2 efficient innings, giving up only a hit, striking out Alex Rodriguez, getting Derrek Jeter to GIDP, and picking off Milton Bradley, all on only 20 pitches. Ryan Dempster pitched an inning, K'ing 3. Which makes him the first AS pitcher to K 3 in the 9th inning or later in a while. Carlos Marmol came on a corrected his woes. Marmol, who was very excited to be an AS, hopefully will use it to boost confidence and regain his former uber- dominating self. The hitters on the other hand did disapoint. Aramis was the only to reach base, before being lifted by pinch-runner Cristian Guzman, who had to replace AmRam at 3rd even though he had never played at 3rd before in his career. The NL ended up losing the 15th from a combination of bad preformences by Clint Hurdle, Edinson Volquez, Billy Wagner, Dan Uggla and Brad Lidge.

Game 2- Coming into the game the Cubs knew they could count on Jim Edmonds to provide offense, having crushing Brian Moehlr in his career. Unfortunately for the Cubs that was the only offense they could record. The team managed only 4 hits, 1 BB and 1 R, a Jim Edmonds 5th inning HR (11). But the Cubs remained in the game with a nice preformence by Ted Lilly (7 IP 6 K 2 BB 1 ER). After a Miguel Tejada leadoff 2b in the 9th of Bob Howry, Hunter Pence ended the game in walkoff fashon. The Cubs lose 1-2

Game 3- I cannot comment much on the game, other than what I can decipher from the box score. But when the only runs come off the bat of your pitcher (Zambrano's 2nd HR on the year) and you draw 0 walks, it's going to be a long day. Unfortunately for the Cubs, their starting pitching couldn't keep them in this game. Z had one of his worst outings of the season, walking 6. Bright spots for the Cubs include a 3-4 preformence by Ryan Theriot and 1.2 scoreless innings by Chad Gaudin, who has allowed only 1 baserunner in his last 4.2 IP. Cubs lose 4-1

Game 4- The offense woke up today, it wasn't the offense of the first half of the season as they still drew 0 walks. 3 RBI days from Derrek Lee and Mike Fontenot, including Fontenot's 8th HR of the season off of Brandon Backe, were plenty for Cubs starter Ryan Dempster. Dempster recorded his first road victory of the season,.going 8 scoreless innings, walking only 1 while striking out 7. Mike in now hitting .371 in Jult with 4 HRs. Carlos Marmol threw a scoreless inning in his first outing since the break.

Deedsy's prediction: Uh well he did get Demp winning, but not much more than that.

The Week that Will Be: The Cubs face 2 teams that they struggle with. First they travel to Chase Field to take on the Diamondbacks. Which of course means that I have tickets. Unfortunately for the Cubs, they struggle in Chase winning only 3 of their last 13 games there, including games 1 and 2 of last year's NLDS, both games I attended. Actually I can't remember the last Cub game I attented that they won. I know I have seen them win before, but my overall record at Cub games is not good. But enough about me, the Cubs get lucky and miss Dan Haren and Brandon Webb, although I'm sure Bob Melvin is just as happy that he misses Carlos Zambrano and Ryan Dempster.

Game 1: Rich Harden vs. Randy Johnson. Something tells me that this game will be a strikeout-fest. Harden is making his 2nd start in a Cub uniform, after throwing a masterful 10-K 0 ER outing, that ended up as a ND. Harden hasn't faced any of the Diamondbacks, other than Orlando Hudson (2-8), more than 3 times. Johnson hasn't faced the Cubs since 2004, having been held out of a rain-delayed start earlier in the season. The Big Unit has been hot and cold all season, including a very nice 10-K outing on July 6th. At one point the Dbacks lost 8 straight starts of his. He has given up 7 runs in 3 out of his last 6 starts and holds a 5.23 ERA. Reed Johnson (.417) will surely get the start, probably holding Kosuke Fukudome out of the lineup.

Game 2: Jason Marquis vs. Micah Owings. I wish we could've have witnessed the Carlos Zambrano vs. Owings matchup for obvious reasons, but I get Marquis instead. Marquis has turned in 3 straight QS on the road. Marquis has had success against all Dbacks except Chris Young (3-6 3 HR). Owings has fallen off since April. He boasts a 5.48 home ERA and has even been implimated in the pen in 2 out of his last 3 outings. No Cub has seen Owings more than 4 times.

Game 3: Ted Lilly vs. Doug Davis. Lilly is coming off a very good preformence against the Astros (see above) and had a 7 IP 1 ER 10 K preformence against Arizona earlier in the year. No Dbacks has hit Lilly well. Davis is right up there with Josh Hamilton and Jon Lester in terms of feel good stories of the year, but the Cubs will look to put another L in his record. Davis is 5-2 with a 3.89 ERA against the Cubs in the last 3 years and Lee, Ramirez and Edmonds have all hit multiple HRs off of him. Alfonso Soriano has probably had the most success against him, and Soriano could be back depending on his workouts at Fitch Park are.

The Cubs then head back to Wrigley to face the Marlins. The Cubs have lost their last 10 against the Marlins, and other bad things have happened against the fish including Adam Greenburg's only ML AB and well you know what else. The Cubs will look to avenge those loses with a 4 game set against the 3rd place yet only .5 GMs out of first surprise Marlins.

Game 4: Carlos Zambrano vs. Scott Olsen. Olsen has been a good starter for the Marlins on the year (3.84 ERA) but has posted a mediocure 4.93 ERA on the road. He's won his last 2 starts, and Aramis Ramirez (4-9 HR) has hit him well. Luis Gonzalez (5-16) and Wes Helms (4-10) both hit Z decently, although neither has ever gotten an Extra base hit against him.

Game 5: Ryan Dempster vs. Josh Johnson. Dempster looks to rebound off his first home loss of the season. The former Marlin all-star will look to shut down Hanley Ramirez and the two Marlins who have had success against him. Ironically those 2 are Gonzalez and Helms (both are hitting .500 or better against Demp). The 6'7" righty of the Marlins has only made 2 starts for the club, both Marlins victories. The only Cub who has had any success against him is Jon Lieber. But then again he's only faced Aramis, Lieber and Soriano (1-7).

Game 6: Rich Harden vs. Chris Volstad.  Harden faced the Marlins earlier in the year, a 5.2 IP 1 ER ND. Volstad is another 6'7" Marlins righy, but is only 21 and only making the 2nd start of his career. His first one was a gem, 8.2 IP 1 ER W against the Dodgers. But they aren't exactly the best offense in the NL, like the Cubs are.

Game 7: Jason Marquis vs. Mark Hendrickson. Marquis, who has struggles at home will look to beat a team he's struggles with in the past. Jermie Hermida and Hanley Ramirez hit him well. Hendrickson, who was demoted from the rotation, is filling in for injured Andrew Miller. He's posted a 6.09 ERA and has been equally bad at home and on the road. Reed Johnson is 12-30 against him. Continuing the trend of tall pitchers, he's 6'9".

Prediction: I like Harden to get his first 2 wins as a Cub, and for Geovany Soto to hit multiple HRs. Alfonso Soriano returns and goes 2-5 in his first game back with a 2b. Cubs take 2 out of 3 from the Dbacks and 3 of 4 from the Marlins, losing the final game in each series.

Posted on: May 18, 2008 7:06 pm
Edited on: May 23, 2008 6:51 pm
 

State of the Cubs Week 7

27-17 2 games up on Cardinals in Central

The Week that was:

  • Game 1: Cubs score in bunchs, scoring 11 in a two-inning span. That would be plenty for Carlos Zambrano, who went 7 IP 3 ER. 7 different Cubs record RBIs, and Alfonso Soriano hits his 4th HR (he wont be done for the week). Cubs win 12-3
  • Game 2:Shawn Estes' return to Wrigley did not go as many of his previous starts there had. He limited the Cubs to 3 runs, including Alfonso Soriano's 5th HR. Jason Marquis is once again the victum of the big inning, as he allows 4 in the 4th, including a Khalil Greene HR. Wuertz came on to throw 3 IP of scoreless, 1-hit baseball. Padres win 4-3
  • Game 3: Who would've thought that Ted Lilly would outduel Jake Peavy, but him and his 6 IP 4 ER 11 SO preformence did just that. Alfonso Soriano hit a leadoff HR for the second straight game (6) and Geovany Soto added his 7th, 2 of his 3 RBIs on the night (29). Cubs win 8-5
  • Game 4: Ryan Dempster turned in the Cubs 2nd straight 11+ K game, one-upping Lilly with 12. He went 8.1 scoreless, walking only one before he gave way to Kerry Wood, who collected his 8th SV. The Cubs scored all 4 runs in the 5th, including a RBI single by Dempster, and a Derrek Lee 2-RBI (29) double. This game was Jim Edmonds debute with the Cubs, he went 1-4 with 7 LOB. Cubs win 4-0
  • Game 5: The Pirates will be very happy that they don't have to send Tom Gorzelanny to the mound during their next series with the Cubs. As the Cubs touched him up for 7 ER for the 3rd time this year. Sean Gallagher collected his first major league win, going 6 IP of 1 ER baseball. Alfonso Soriano hit 2 more HRs (8) including his 3rd leadoff of the week, Geovany Soto (8) and Mark DeRosa (4) also homered. Bob Howry gave up 3 in 2 IP, creating the need for Kerry Wood to collect his 9th SV. Cubs win 7-4
  • Game 6: The Cubs lose a game where they score 4 runs for only the 2nd time all season. Carlos Zambrano threw his worst outing of the season, giving up 5 R in 4 IP. Alfonso Soriano couldn't carry the team by himself, despite 2 HRs (9, 10). Carlos Marmol made a mistake on a pitch to Nate McLouth, which ended up being the winning HR, Marmol's first loss of the season and 2nd in the last 2 years. Wuertz went 2.2 IP, scoreless with only 1 hit. Pirates win 7-6
  •  Game 7: 4 hits turned out to be enough, along with the 7 BB. Jason Marquis went 6 IP 2 ER, with 2 the 2 ER coming on a Adam LaRoche first inning HR. Soriano and Reed Johnson hit Sac Flies, and Ronny Cedeno and Kosuke Fukudome hitting RBI singles. Bob Howry and Carlos Marmol both got holds, Marmol striking out the side. Kerry Wood came on for his 10th save. Cubs win 4-3

My Prediction: I said 5-2...they went 5-2....I said Soriano would have a very good week, he had an amazing week. I also correctly predicted Sean Gallagher's first ML win and that the offense would score 8+ twice.

Welcome to the big leagues kid...er...sir: Cubs welcomed Micah Hoffpauir to the bigs, after putting Daryle Ward on the DL with a bad back. Hoffpauir struck out in his only AB. He is 28, which is 2 years older than Carlos Zambrano, who's been in the league since 2001. He very well could get a start this week, to give Derrek Lee some time off. Lee failed to record a hit during the Pittsburgh series.

What to expect this week:

Cubs travel to Houston for a 3 game stretch with the Astros, who have been red hot lately, winning 19 out of their last 27. But those wins did come mostly against the Rangers, Giants, Dodgers, Nationals, Brewers, Reds and Rockies...not exactly a bunch of great teams in that bunch. The Cubs luckily get to miss Roy Oswalt and Brandon Backe.

  1. Game 1: The Cubs send up Ted Lilly, who is looking to record his 4th straight win. He is coming off of back-to-back 10+ K preformences. The Astros counter with Brian Moehler. Moehler is making his 3rd start of the season, after being coverted out of the pen. Both of those games were Astros wins. He's given up 6 ER in 6 IP at home this year.
  2. Game 2: Ryan Dempster vs. Chris Sampson. Dempster is coming off of his best start of the season, and in the last 3 years has a 1.16 ERA in 23.0 IP against the Astros. Lance Berkman is 10-34 with 4 HRs in his career vs. Dempster. Sampson did have a 6.2 IP 2 ER preformence in Wrigley earlier in the year, but is coming off of a 7 R outing vs. the Giants.
  3. Game 3: Sean Gallagher vs. Shawn Chacon. Gallagher looks to repeat his previous outings, both Cubs wins. Chacon is coming off a 3.1 IP 8 R preformence against the Rangers. Aramis Ramirez absolutely crushes him .588/.600/1.706 with 5 HR 13 RBIs and 4 2b in 17 ABs.

Cubs then travel to Pittsburgh again, I don't know if there is anything I can tell you about the Pirates that you don't already know. 12 games against them before the end of May (8-1 against them sofar).

  1. Game 4: Zack Duke vs. Carlos Zambrano...we've seen this one before. Carlos Zambrano will try and rebound from his worst start of the year, and Duke will try to avoid Alfonso Soriano (.556/.600/.944 with 2 HRs in 18 ABs). This is Duke's 4th start against the Cubs this year.
  2. Game 5: Jason Marquis vs. Phil Dumatrait....another rerun. He walked 7 in his one start against the Cubs (today)...but this will be his 6th outing against them on the year. Marquis probably saved his spot in the rotation with his outing today, he's given up 3 ER in 12 IP against the Pirates this year, his only 2 wins.
  3. Game 6: Ted Lilly vs. Paul Malholm. Suprisingly the Cubs haven't faced Malholm this year. He has given up 15 ER in his last 3 starts. Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez have both HRed twice off of him in their careers. Ted Lilly had a very bad outing against the Pirates earlier in the year, but had been much better lately.

Prediction: Cubs go 4-2, taking 2 out of 3 in each series. Lilly gets a win, along with Dempster and Zambrano. Micheal Wuertz gets a win out of the pen. Wood gets 2 SVs. For offense, Soto hits 2 more HRs, and Jim Edmonds hits his first as a Cubs

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