Bryan LaHair of the Chicago Cubs rounds the bases after hitting a home run to tie the game in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field on April 24, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
Famous (OK, maybe not-so-famous) lasts:
- Last time the Cubs swept a series: August 1-4, 2011, at Pittsburgh
- Last time the Cubs swept a series at Wrigley Field: July 22-24, 2011, vs. Astros
- Last time the Cubs swept the Cardinals: Sept. 13-15, 2010, at St. Louis
- Last time the Cubs swept the Cardinals at Wrigley Field: July 27-30, 2006
In fact, that awful 2006 Cubs team, that lost 96 games, swept the Cardinals twice at Wrigley Field -- they also did it from April 7-9, and wound up 11-8 against the team that wound up winning the World Series that year. This year's Cubs team might not be very good, either, but they've got a chance to do something that no Cubs team has done in six years -- sweep their division rivals at home.
Sounds good to me.
DeJesus RF, Campana CF, Castro SS, LaHair 1B, Soriano LF, Stewart 3B, Clevenger C, Barney 2B, Volstad P
Furcal ss, Carpenter 1b, Holliday lf, Beltran rf, Freese 3b, Molina c, Descalso 2b, Robinson cf, Lynn p
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
|2012 - Chris Volstad||0-2||3||3||0||0||0||0||16.0||18||13||11||1||4||14||6.19||1.38|
|2012 - Lance Lynn||3-0||3||3||0||0||0||0||19.0||10||3||3||2||4||17||1.42||.74|
We have yet another pitching rematch this afternoon; these two pitchers matched up in St. Louis on April 14. Volstad wasn't bad -- he got a "quality start" out of the outing by giving up three runs in six innings -- but Lynn was better, allowing the Cubs just one run. The Cubs offense was pretty meek that day, with just five singles and a double. Perhaps today will be better.
Today's game is on WGN. Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.
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Discuss amongst yourselves.