This is the Cubs' final appearance on Fox's Saturday regional games for this season, so the Fox Wizard graces BCB for the last time until 2012. After the jump, the breakdown of who sees the Cubs/Cardinals game and who will see the other two scheduled games: Brewers/Mets or Reds/Pirates (and I'm guessing that Reds/Pirates choice looked a lot better to Fox execs a month ago than it does today).
Other than that, this is the real first day of the post-Jim Hendry era in Cubs history. I suppose the next few weeks will be filled with new GM speculation, but in reality, considering how close to the vest the Hendry firing was held, we might not know much until the day the name of the new GM is revealed.
Until then, I'd like to see this team win some games. Not to mention that by defeating the Cardinals today and tomorrow, the Cubs could push St. Louis farther out of postseason contention.
Castro SS, Barney 2B, Ramirez 3B, Peña 1B, Byrd CF, Soriano LF, Colvin RF, Soto C, Garza P
Jay cf, Craig lf, Pujols 1b, Berkman rf, Freese 3b, Schumaker 2b, Molina c, Theriot ss, Jackson p
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
|2011 - Matt Garza||5-9||23||23||1||0||0||0||139.2||133||70||59||11||49||143||3.80||1.30|
|2011 - Edwin Jackson||2-1||4||4||0||0||0||0||25.1||35||16||13||6||8||16||4.62||1.70|
Note: Jackson's stats above are with the Cardinals only. Stats in pitcher box are his combined stats with the Cardinals and White Sox.
Matt Garza has started twice against the Cardinals this year. One was good, the other not so much. Garza has been very good at Wrigley Field this year (2.84 ERA, 1.147 WHIP) and, oddly enough, the Cardinal who hits him best is Corey Patterson (6-for-13, .462, one HR).
Edwin Jackson has started twice against the Cubs this year, once as a member of the White Sox and the above-mentioned game in St. Louis when Matt Garza didn't pitch very well. In Jackson's game in Wrigley Field on July 1, he gave up four runs in six innings, including a home run to Aramis Ramirez, but the White Sox won anyway. In addition to A-Ram, Marlon Byrd and Alfonso Soriano have also homered off Jackson.
Today's game is on Fox. The game will have Josh Lewin and Mark Grace as announcers, so hit the mute button. It's going to be seen pretty much everywhere from Chicago west to the West Coast, except for Minnesota and Wisconsin and much of the Dakotas. Here's the coverage map and here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.
Today's first pitch thread will be up at 3:10 p.m. CDT and the overflow threads will post at 4:15 pm, 5:15 pm and 6 pm CDT. If you need more overflows due to extra innings or rain delays, post them in the fanshot section.
Discuss amongst yourselves.