Patterson will wear uniform No. 3 and looks to make his major league debut tonight in Houston when the Cubs face the Astros at 7:05 p.m. CT.
The Cubs haven't played in the Juice Box in Houston for almost a year -- the last Cubs game there was on August 16, 2006, the storybook start of Ryan O'Malley. That entire series was memorable, a Cub sweep: a 3-0 shutout anchored by Carlos Zambrano and an 18-inning win with Rich Hill getting the win in relief were the other two games.
Much has changed for the Cubs since then; even after that sweep they were sixteen games under .500. Meanwhile, the Astros have played poor baseball all year, though better at home (28-25) than on the road (20-38, the worst road record in the NL).
Tonight's Astros starter epitomizes that record. After a disappointing homestand, I'd like to see the Cubs go at least 4-3 on this trip, while the Brewers are going 3-4 (or better yet, 2-5).
|Today's Starting Pitchers
In addition to the relief appearance in the 18-inning game mentioned above, Rich Hill has one other career relief appearance against Houston. This will be his first start against the Astros; only Brad Ausmus (1-for-1) has had a hit off him.
Today's game is cable-only in both home markets, so check the Mediacenter.
MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)
MLB.com Gameday (2006 version)
For the Astros fan point of view on this series, please visit my SB Nation counterpart The Crawfish Boxes. Please. They seem kind of lonely over there.
Discuss amongst yourselves.