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