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|12-5, 3.22, 101 K, 48 BB, 151 IP
|3-0, 3.19, 28 K, 14 BB, 36.2 IP
The Cubs attempt to extend their 8-game road winning streak with Carlos Zambrano trying to recover from a 4-inning+ outing against the Cards last Saturday in which he seemed to be channeling Bob Howry, i.e., allowing a whole big bunch of hits (10), homers (4), and runs (9).
Josh Johnson makes his second start this season against the Cubs. He served up solo home run balls to Geovany Soto and Reed Johnson but little else, a in an ND start on July 25th at Wrigley. (That was the game the Marlins won on a ninth-inning homer by Jeremy Hermida against you-know-who.)
Speaking of that four-game series, which the teams split, that's also the last series the Cubs played and didn't win.
Friday's Game Notes highlight:
The Cubs' seventh and eighth place batters are hitting a combined .301 this season, which is best in MLB. In the series at Turner Field, the #7 and #8 guys went 11-for-25 (.440) with 9 RBI.
And to think—we've expended all that energy this year debating who should hit leadoff.
By the way, no matter what happens the rest of the way, I think the Cubs should definitely go after Michael Phelps as a free agent.