Yesterday: summer, 82 degrees, humid. Today, cold, windy, temperatures likely in the 40's. Don'tcha just love Chicago weather?
Today's Baseball Prospectus preview ($) notes that Kosuke Fukudome will be facing a countryman for the first time, and that:So far this season, Japanese major league batters are just 1-for-13 with five walks against Japanese pitchers. Fukudome would love to get a hit against anyone right now, Japanese or no, as he has slumped to .256/.354/.329 in 97 PA since the start of May after hitting .327/.436/.480 in 117 April plate appearances.True. If Dome could start hitting, maybe Lou would drop his unhealthy obsession with getting that "lefty power bat", since the team is winning anyway.
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
|2008 - Sean Gallagher||1-1||5||3||0||0||0||0||19.0||22||12||12||2||8||14||5.68||1.58|
|2008 - Hiroki Kuroda||2-3||10||10||0||0||0||0||62.0||61||29||24||5||18||34||3.48||1.27|
Hiroki Kuroda is someone the Cubs scouted and considered signing a year ago, and some of you, I know, wanted him signed this past offseason. He's been decent, not great, so far in his ten major league starts.
Sean Gallagher has had two mediocre starts and one good one. He'd better start throwing more consistently or he's going to find himself back at Iowa. He has never started against the Dodgers, but had a poor relief appearance against them last September 3 at Wrigley Field, the day Carlos Zambrano melted down and dissed fans who were booing him.
Today's game is on ESPN, for those outside of Chicago, and on CSN Chicago, if you are in the Cubs' "territory". Also see today's MLB.com Mediacenter.
MLB.com Gameday (2007 version)
MLB.com Gameday (2008 version)
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