For the second straight start, Juan Mateo is matched up with a former Cy Young Award winner. Good as Chris Carpenter is, though, he has not defeated the Cubs this year -- a loss and a no-decision in a game the Cubs eventually won.
Last time out, against Roger Clemens, Mateo held his own, throwing five decent innings in the memorable 18-inning game last Tuesday. Mateo seems to have good poise on the mound and, as shown vs. Clemens, won't back down from a confrontation.
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So, bad as this season has been, beating your arch-rival this many times is sweet. Do it!
I have forgotten the Gameday link for the last two games, so here it is for today:
Discuss amongst yourselves.