The Cubs last won a series three weeks ago, defeating the Dodgers at Wrigley Field. Since then they have lost five straight series, going 6-11 -- and yet, have lost only 1.5 games on the division lead in that time.
There's still a huge uphill climb. But I believe it still can be done, although it will not be easy. Winning this series would be a good start; a win today would also put the Cubs over .500 in interleague play for this year (currently 4-4).
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
|2010 - Randy Wells||3-5||13||13||0||0||0||0||71.2||88||42||41||6||19||56||5.15||1.49|
|2010 - Dallas Braden||4-6||13||13||2||1||0||0||82.0||81||38||36||9||14||50||3.95||1.16|
Neither Wells nor Braden has faced today's opponent before; Marlon Byrd has gone 6-for-16 (three doubles) off Braden in AL action. Wells has faced Adam Rosales (2-for-6) and Kevin Kouzmanoff (0-for-3) before. Since his perfect game, Braden has been quite a bit less than perfect -- in six starts, 0-4 with a 4.75 ERA in 36 innings. Let's hope that continues today.
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