As we discussed yesterday, there's no Scott Podsednik to the Cubs deal. Never was, in fact, despite the headline on that link, which reads: "Rumored deal for Podsednik dead". The article explains:
A: No. None at all.
Q: Would you still like to return to being a starter?
A: For right now, I just worry about trying to go out and do my job. I honestly don't think about it. It doesn't make sense to sit there and concern myself with that when I'm trying to do my job for the rest of this year.
|Today's Starting Pitchers
I checked their Triple-A roster. There's not a whole lot of there there, as Gertrude Stein might have said (and that quote seems appropriate, given the Oakland A's cap that Harikkala is sporting in the photo above). Elmer Dessens? Dan Serafini? Dave Veres?!?!?! What are they trying to do, reconstitute the 1999 Rockies? Or, even worse, the 1999 Cubs?
To repeat what I said in the game recap earlier this morning, you well know how the Cubs do against pitchers like this.
Sean Marshall has never faced the Rockies. Harikkala has two lifetime relief appearances against the Cubs, both in 2005. The only Cub who'll play today that he's faced for more than one at-bat is Jason Kendall (1-for-2).
So there's not much to go on in terms of predicting today's starting pitcher performance. Marshall got lit up in his last start against the Astros, pushing his ERA over 4 for the first time this season.
Today, you can find the game on WGN, and also at the Mediacenter.
MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)
MLB.com Gameday (2006 version)
Discuss amongst yourselves.