The Cubs catch a bit of a break with the rainout -- instead of Rich Harden facing Charlie Morton, Harden will face Jorge Campillo, who's thrown very well for Atlanta, in tonight's game. Instead, Morton will face Jason Marquis.
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
|2008 - Jason Marquis||7-7||21||21||0||0||0||0||123.2||131||68||65||14||47||67||4.73||1.44|
|2008 - Charlie Morton||3-5||10||10||0||0||0||0||53.2||55||36||34||6||22||32||5.70||1.43|
Here's what I had about Morton in last night's pregame thread:
Charlie Morton will be making his 11th major league start tonight, and first vs. the Cubs. Most of the previous ten have been pretty bad, but five days ago threw seven shutout innings vs. Arizona, the best outing of his career. It appears from his gamelogs that if you can wait him out, you'll draw walks and score often. Sounds like a plan for the Cubs tonight.Two years ago, Tony LaRussa left Marquis in twice to take ten-run-plus poundings. One was from the White Sox and the other was by the Braves on July 18, 2006. Marquis' other three career starts vs. his former team weren't much better, including June 9, 2007 as a Cub. His career ERA vs. Atlanta is 14.04. It can't get worse. Can it? Actually, if you can keep him away from Chipper Jones (4-for-6 vs. Marquis, 3 HR), he's pretty good against the rest of their current players.
Today's first game is on WGN, also Peachtree TV (TV channels from last night. Also see the MLB.com Mediacenter.
Once again, a reminder that you can find the overflow comment threads, including the first pitch thread, on the right sidebar of both the front page and any interior page in the box headed "RECENT STORIES IN GAME THREADS".
Here's how today is going to go. The first game's first pitch thread posts at noon CT, and the overflow comment threads will post at 1:00, 2:00 and 2:45 pm CT. The pregame thread for the night game will go up probably around 4:30 pm CT, but it could be later if the first game goes long for any reason. That'll serve as the first pitch thread for game two, and the game two overflow times will be listed there. Finally, I'll recap BOTH games tomorrow morning.
Discuss amongst yourselves.