In case you all have forgotten... here's what 1st place looks like!
Now, on to business... let's stay there please! All schedules courtesy of ESPN
Houston was hot after the break, but just lost Lance Berkman to the 15 day DL, and dropped their last two to a crappy Mets tream. Hopefully, we'll catch them at the right time here, especially with a makeup game on Thursday from earlier in the year when we weren't playing as well. The Tuesday night matchup is a little worriesome, as Dempster is scheduled to make his first start back vs Oswalt. We don't really know what to expect from Demp after the toe injury. The other interesting matchup is on Thursday, when we send Hart out to face Ortiz. The Cubs lineup is batting .312 vs Ortiz, and the Astros have only seen Hart once before with 4 at bats in a relief appearance. Hart hasn't been eating up many innings, but he hasn't allowed many runs either in his 3 starts (2.08 ERA).
When we get to Florida, Harden will start game 1... at night... on the road (yay!). The game 2 starter is TBD... and could be Burke Badenhop, who the Cubs have only seen once in relief. Then, we'll get former Cub farmhand, Ricky Nolasco, who's having a pretty tough year (5.42 ERA), but he's been pitching much better of late with a 1.91 June, and a 3.76 July. The Marlins have won 6 of his last 9 starts.
JULY OPPONENT TIME (ET) TV CHC PITCHER OPP. PITCHER TRAVEL Mon, Jul 27 Houston 8:05 PM Zambrano (7-4) Rodriguez (10-6) Tickets Tue, Jul 28 Houston 8:05 PM Dempster (5-5) Oswalt (6-4) Tickets Wed, Jul 29 Houston 2:20 PM Wells (6-4) Hampton (6-7) Tickets Thu, Jul 30 Houston 2:20 PM Hart (2-1) Ortiz (3-5) Tickets Fri, Jul 31 @ Florida 7:10 PM Harden (7-6) Volstad (8-9) Tickets AUGUST OPPONENT TIME (ET) TV CHC PITCHER OPP. PITCHER TRAVEL Sat, Aug 1 @ Florida 7:10 PM Zambrano (7-4) Tickets Sun, Aug 2 @ Florida 5:05 PM Dempster (5-5) Nolasco (7-7) Tickets
The Cards have the best team in baseball coming into town for 4 games starting tonight. They'll throw their aces at the Dodgers in the first two games of this series... giving them favorable matchups. However, the Dodgers pitching is nothing to dismiss. They lead the majors in ERA (3.60), and the Joe Torre vs TLR matchup should be a fun one to watch as well. If the Dodgers are going to make a deal for an ace (Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay), please do so NOW, and throw them in this series!
After LA, Houston comes in (hopefully after getting swept!). The Cards get their aces going again against the Astros aces. But, game one will put them against Moehler, and even though Wellenmeyer has been struggling big time, Moehler has been awful this year. That should be an easy win for the Cards.
JULY OPPONENT TIME (ET) TV STL PITCHER OPP. PITCHER TRAVEL Mon, Jul 27 LA Dodgers 7:15 PM Carpenter (8-3) Wolf (5-4) Tickets Tue, Jul 28 LA Dodgers 8:15 PM Wainwright (11-6) Billingsley (10-5) Tickets Wed, Jul 29 LA Dodgers 8:15 PM Pineiro (9-9) Kershaw (8-5) Tickets Thu, Jul 30 LA Dodgers 8:15 PM Lohse (4-6) Kuroda (3-5) Tickets Fri, Jul 31 Houston 8:15 PM Wellemeyer (7-9) Moehler (7-6) Tickets AUGUST OPPONENT TIME (ET) TV STL PITCHER OPP. PITCHER TRAVEL Sat, Aug 1 Houston 7:15 PM Carpenter (8-3) Rodriguez (10-6) Tickets Sun, Aug 2 Houston 2:15 PM Wainwright (11-6) Oswalt (6-4) Tickets