Cubs-Cards Series Preview.

August 7, 2008

The Cubs open up a three game set against the division rival Cardinals this Friday,As for myself im ecstatic about it as i will be at two of the three games if not all three,As far as the Cubs,well they are currently Rollin winning 9 out of their last 12 games,Most Cub hitters have all contributed to all this winning lately most noticeable is Alfonso Soriano who has 6 HR’S and 11 R.B.I’S in his last 11 games,It is easy to tell that the off-injured Soriano is not bothered one bit by that hand injury that kept him on the shelf for awhile.

Wednesday’s win was the Cubs’ 33rd come-from-behind victory this season, although that statistic is a little skewed. A team is credited with a come-from-behind win if it’s trailing by one run in the first and rallies so the Cubs  have the momentum going into this series and having the best home record in baseball doesn’t hurt any.

As far as the Cards,well since the start of the season NOBODY thought they would be over.500 let alone 6 games back of the Cubs (who have the best record in the national league )in mid August .They just continue to surprise everyone.Pujols and Ryan Ludwick have been the hottest hitters on the team the last few weeks,they have been without Slugger Rick Ankiel but after missing 11 straight starts because of a lower abdominal strain, it appears Cardinals outfielder Rick Ankiel is very close to returning to the lineup.

Looking Ahead To The Pitching Match-Ups:

Friday, August 8 Wrigley Field | 1:20 PM CT

Braden Looper, RHP (10-9, 4.29) ~ Ted Lilly, LHP (11-6, 4.35)

Saturday, August 9 Wrigley Field | 2:55 PM CT

Todd Wellemeyer, RHP (8-4, 4.01)~ Carlos Zambrano, RHP (12-4, 2.76)

Sunday, August 10 Wrigley Field | 7:05 PM CT

To be announced~  Ryan Dempster, RHP (12-5, 2.93)

This is a HUGE series for the Cubs. They can pretty much bury the Cards or the Cards can bury themselves,by HUGE i mean not a “must win” but HUGE  as in lots of “breathing room”, if we take at least two out of three that will put the cards back to 8 games behind us in mid aug. with one and a half months to play,Thus leaving a real uphill climb for the cardinals.

Few notes on are aces going this weekend(Dempster and Zambrano),after their games this weekend they still should get another 8 to 10 chances to start games unless we really break out and piniella decides to rest them a few starts,However either way each one of them has a great shot at winning 16 to 18 games if they continue to dominate they way they have and if the Cubs lineup continues to give them run support,Also look to see their names amongst the cy young Candidates this year if they keep up the good work.

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Eyre on his way out of Chicago?

August 7, 2008

Update News On Scott Eyre.

The Cubs are currently debating whether or not to eat the one million dollars owed Scott Eyre in order to make a waiver trade for a prospect. The Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Philadelphia Phillies, and New York Yankees are all reportedly interested in the veteran reliever. Eyre is expendable as Kerry Wood‘s return to the disabled list is imminent, however the Cubs may still elect to keep Eyre and designate another player for assignment, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Update two,Eyre ON His Way To The Phillies.

Lefty reliever Scott Eyre was acquired by the Philadelphia Phillies from the Chicago Cubs on Thursday for a minor-league pitcher.

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The Phillies sent right-hander Brian Schlitter to Chicago in the trade between NL division leaders.

Eyre was 2-0 with a 7.15 ERA in 19 games over two stints with the Cubs. The 36-year-old was designated for assignment earlier this week.

Eyre didn’t allow a run in his first 14 games (nine innings) and has held left-handed hitters to a .259 batting average.

In June, Eyre set a Cubs record with 33 consecutive scoreless appearances. The streak that started in August 2007 spanned 23 2/3 innings.

Eyre is in the final season of a three-year contract. He is 23-29 with a 4.42 ERA and four saves in 556 games with the Chicago White Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants and Cubs.

Schlitter, a 16th-round pick in 2007, was 4-3 with six saves and a 2.22 ERA in 34 games for Class A Clearwater. He will report to Class A Daytona Beach,The Chicago Sun Times Reports.