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vs. Bronson Arroyo
The hopes of all Cubdom rest on the broad shoulders of Zambrano, who has pitched well in three of his last four starts. The clinker in that bunch, unfortunately, was a 5-2 loss to the Reds, who have already beaten Carlos four times this season.
Zambrano's strikeout numbers are down significantly in '07; he's had particular trouble missing Cincinnati bats (just 11 K in 28 2/3 IP). Importantly, though, Adam Dunn, Ken Griffey, and Josh Hamilton--combined 1.112 OPS against Zambrano this year--are all sitting this one out with injuries.
Arroyo, meanwhile, was the Reds starter Monday before last, when the Cubs stormed back against the Cincy bullpen to win 7-6. The curveball-throwin', guitar-strummin'
Arroyo is 0-2 with 2 ND's against the Cubs this year, but he has fanned 29 while walking just 10 in 33 2/3 IP.
Given the events of the past three days, Zambrano's inconsistency, Arroyo's occasional success against the Cubs, and the dispiriting facts of Chicago Cub history, I think this game shapes up like yet another, tense tug of war. On the other hand, the Reds are severely depleted and have lost five games in a row. And oh, yeah--we do have one of our aces going tonight. In Milwaukee.
We're all pulling for you, Greg