Game 53 Thread / Dodgers @ Cubs (3 of 3)
|SP||Derek Lowe||SP||Carlos Zambrano|
|2-5, 5.03, 44 K, 19 BB, 62.2 IP||7-1, 2.47, 52 K, 20 BB, 73 IP|
|LF||*Juan Pierre||LF||Alfonso Soriano|
|2B||Luis Maza||SS||Ryan Theriot|
|RF||*Andre Ethier||1B||Derrek Lee|
|C||Russell Martin||3B||Aramis Ramirez|
|1B||*James Loney||RF||*Kosuke Fukudome|
|CF||Matt Kemp||C||Geovany Soto|
|3B||*Blake DeWitt||2B||Mark DeRosa|
|SS||Chin-lung Hu||CF||Reed Johnson|
|P||Derek Lowe||P||#Carlos Zambrano|
Carlos Zambrano is fresh off that remarkable game in which he stroked four hits off a trio of Pittsburgh pitchers and, oh, yeah, also threw the first seven innings in a 12-3 Cubs win.
Z was 1-1 last year against the Dodgers, including a horrible outing last September at Wrigley. Lowe pitched twice against Piniella's men in '07 and came away with a pair of ND's. Derrek Lee, who is 10-for-22 lifetime (1136 OPS) against the former Bosoxer probably couldn't get to the ballpark today early enough. For his part, Lowe hasn't won a game in more than a month and has a 7.29 ERA in his last six starts.
Despite Lowe's right-handedness, Jim Edmonds—just 5-for-30 lifetime against Lowe—sits in favor of Reed Johnson.
If the Cubs can complete the sweep, it will be the first time they've swept the Dodgers at Wrigley since '01.
One other item of historic interest: during Tommy Lasorda's interminable appearance with Len and Bob on the Comcast broadcast Tuesday night, the former Dodger manager did not once mention any Italian restaurant in Chicago by name (at least not while I was able to continue paying attention).
I believe that's the first time that has happened during a Lasorda appearance on a Cubs broadcast since...ever.
mlb.com reports that Geovany Soto, Alfonso Soriano, and Kosuke Fukudome would all start for the NL All-Star team if fan balloting ended today. Soto has a "six-figure lead" over the other NL catchers and will become the first rookie ever to start behind the plate for the National League if he maintains that lead. Fukudome would become the first rookie outfielder to start for the NL since Richie Ashburn did so in 1948.