UPDATE [2007-8-17 9:04:33 by Al]: The Cubs will announce at a news conference later this morning that Carlos Zambrano has signed a five-year contract extension. Discuss further here or in this diary. Estimated total deal: $90 million. Good news to start off this big weekend!!
Lou Piniella, who isn't always the most articulate of human beings, said it best:
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
Braden Looper, somehow, is 10-9 despite that ugly-looking 5.08 ERA. Take away his two starts against the Cubs this year, both of which he's won while allowing only one run in seven innings, and his ERA in his other twenty appearances is 5.54.
One of Looper's career nemeses is Jason Kendall, who is .538/.571/.692 against him (7-for-13, two doubles, and 2-for-4 when the Cubs faced Looper on July 26 in St. Louis).
The Cub offense has awakened this week; the Cardinals' pitching staff, with a 4.66 team ERA (11th in the league) and 596 total runs allowed (12th) is nearly as bad as the Reds'. Keep those bats going!
Once again, today's game is more-or-less nationally available on WGN (of this series, only the Monday afternoon game won't be on some national network -- otherwise here is today's Mediacenter link.
MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)
MLB.com Gameday (2006 version)
I'll post a Gameday link for tonight's Brewers/Reds game in the game recap this afternoon. And if you'd like to talk about this game with some Cardinal fans -- good people -- check out our SB Nation site Viva El Birdos.
Discuss amongst yourselves.