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Chicago Cubs
@ Cincinnati Reds

Saturday, Sep 6, 2008, 6:10 PM CDT
Great American Ball Park

Jason Marquis vs Johnny Cueto

Mostly clear. Winds blowing in from left field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 80.

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All right, enough already. No more getting lost on the highway, no more grand slams given up, no more losing.

Just win, baby.

Today's Starting Pitchers
Jason Marquis
J. Marquis
Cubs
vs. Johnny Cueto
J. Cueto
Reds
9-8 W-L 8-12
4.46 ERA 4.65
82 SO 146
55 BB 58
14 HR 26
vs. Cin -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Jason Marquis 9-8 25 25 0 0 0 0 147.1 151 76 73 14 55 82 4.46 1.40


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Johnny Cueto 8-12 27 27 0 0 0 0 155.0 153 88 80 26 58 146 4.65 1.36

Sometimes, the guy who you least expect to do well steps up. Maybe that's wishful thinking, but I expect Jason Marquis to have his "A" game on tonight. In his last five starts he's 3-1, 3.60 with only one home run allowed in 30 innings -- there's that inning-eating thing he's so good at, averaging six per start. The Cubs need that tonight. Adam Dunn, Marquis' longtime tormentor, is gone -- the best remaining Reds hitter against him is Edwin Encarnacion (6-for-13, 2 HR). Every Cub pitcher should try to steer clear of Joey Votto, the 21st Century's newest Cub-killer, who is hitting .383 (18-for-47) with 8 HR and 16 RBI in 13 games against the Cubs this year. (That's a career for some people.)

Johnny Cueto is up and down. Sometimes he's unhittable -- as he was two weeks ago at Wrigley Field when he gave the Cubs only four hits in seven innings, only to see the Reds bullpen blow the game. Other times he is very hittable -- he's given up 16 HR at home (compared to 10 on the road) at the launching pad known as GABP. That's what the Cubs need to do tonight, bring out the big lumber again.

Today's game is on cable in Chicago and Cincinnati and since it starts after 7 pm EDT, it'll be on EI. Also see the MLB.com Mediacenter.

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