Cubs v. Tigers: A Preview

While I wait for the guy from Direct TV to come to the house and install our satellite system heavy on the sports and HD, some notes on tonight’s Cubs game (first pitch at 6:05).
First, the pitching match-up, courtesy of

CHC: RHP Carlos Zambrano (4-2, 3.44 ERA)
Zambrano recorded his eighth quality start in his last outing against the White Sox. He gave up three runs on six hits over seven innings, walking three. However, he did give up his first home run since April 17, snapping a homerless streak of 51 2/3 innings. Big Z is 1-1 with a 2.20 ERA in five starts since he was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list. He has never faced Detroit.

DET: RHP Edwin Jackson (6-4, 2.39 ERA)
Jackson gave up three runs in six innings in his last start in St. Louis but was really only hurt by three bad pitches. He gave up a solo home run to Yadier Molina and two RBI hits by rookie Colby Rasmus but pitched well enough to win the game. He fell victim, though, to the Tigers’ seventh straight game of scoring three runs or fewer. He continues to hold the Tigers’ team lead in innings pitched and ERA over ace Justin Verlander.

What I think will happen:

The Cubs, who are something like nine games under .500 on the road, near the bottom of the league in team BA and runs scored, and going up against one of the American League’s top pitchers, will lose 5-1, despite a good performance by Carlos Zambrano.

What I hope will happen:

The Cubs will win and I get to sing, dance and be merry.


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