Here's the guy who's been the real ace of the Cub pitching staff all year long. He has made thirty-one starts, and except for the June 10 game in Atlanta where he was ejected in the first inning, he's thrown six or more innings in 23 of the other 30. Impressive.
Now, the Cubs are counting on him to continue the best season of his major league career, on short rest for the first time in four years.
I think he can handle it. Just win, baby.
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Shearn's a feel-good story of sorts; he's spent eleven years in the minor leagues, playing for: GCL Astros, Auburn, Quad Cities, Kissimmee, Round Rock, New Orleans, Chattanooga, Louisville, Chattanooga (again) and Louisville (again) before getting what appeared to be a courtesy call-up this September. He's 3-0, but the 4.15 ERA includes nine walks in 26 IP and four HR allowed. The Cubs need to hit this guy early and often.
Finally, we learn today this from Len & Bob's WGN-TV blog:
As far as tonight's game is concerned, it was initially only on WCIU, which would have meant it could have only been seen within a four-block radius of my house. ESPN has picked up the game (not sure what announcing team we'll be "treated" to), so the rest of you can see it. Also check at today's Mediacenter link.
MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)
MLB.com Gameday (2006 version)
MLB.com Gameday for the Brewers/Astros game (7:05 CT start)
Discuss amongst yourselves.