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Its been a good weekend of baseball. As I'm sure you know, the Cubs won two of three over the Brew Crew. Kerry Wood took the mound on Friday, pitched well, but was wild. He went five and two thirds before leaving due to a high pitch count. The game eventually went 12 innings with the Brewers scoring 3 in the twelth.
On Saturday, Carlos Zambrano earned his nickname, 'Cy'. He threw seven and a third, allowing one hit, two walks, striking out six, and winning the game. He became the first Cubs starter to register a win in 2005. On the offensive side of the ball, Jason Dubois got his first start of the year. He went 1 for 3, knocked in two runs, but struck out twice.
On Sunday, Greg Maddux started. He did not pitch well. His line reads 5 IP, 4 runs, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, and 2 HR. However, the offense performed well enough today. They scored 3 runs in the sixth to tie the game, and then Todd Hollandsworth pushed across a run in the twelth to seal the win. The win gives the Cubs their first winning streak of the year (2), and brings them back to .500.
The San Diego Padres come knocking for a three game series Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. As best I can tell, the matchups will be:
Monday: Ryan Dempster vs. Adam Eaton?
Tuesday: Mark Prior? vs. Jake Peavy
Wednesday: Kerry Wood vs. Brian Lawrence
Monday's expected starter is Adam Eaton. However, ESPN is reporting that Eaton is questionable for the start due to a stomach illness. In his only start this year, Eaton pitched 4.1 innings, struck out 7, walked 2, gave up 6 hits, and 5 runs. If Eaton can't start, the nod might go to Dennys Reyes, but I'm not sure.
Jake Peavy, the Padres ace, will start on Tuesday. His first start lasted 6.2 innings. He allowed 4 hits, 2 walks, struck out 10, and didn't allow a run.
Brian Lawrence's first outing of the year lasted seven innings. He allowed seven hits, two walks, struckout five, and permitted two runs. However, the Padres offense failed him and he took the loss.
The Padres enter the series with an identical record as the Cubs. They are 3-3 after splitting a two game series to open the season in Colorado, and then a four game series at PetCo Park vs. the Pirates.
Due in part to the opening series in Colorado, the Padres have scored ten or more runs in half their games so far. However, in the other three games the offense has posted 1, 2, and 3 runs. So my conclusion is that their offense is probably similar to the Cubs, lots of potential, but not so much consistency.
Series Prediction: I think the Cubs will be fortunate to win this series... and might get swept. I am not a big Ryan Dempster fan, so I expect the Padres to win Monday. Normally a Prior vs. Peavy start would ensure a 3-2 nail-biter, but Prior hasn't had a quality outing yet this year. I expect he'll start because Glendon Rusch pitched today and proabably wouldn't be able to pitch long on Tuesday. So, I'm giving the Padres the nod on Tuesday. For Wednesday I think its a coin-flip. I'm still not sure that Kerry Wood is really ready yet. I'm an optimist, so I say the Cubs win on Wednesday. Series goes 2-1 in favor of San Diego. As always, my predictions only guarantee one thing: they'll be wrong.
End on a high point: Padres closer Trevor Hoffman enters the series with the following line:
2 Games, 1.2 IP, 6 H, 4 Runs, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 K/9, 0 W, 1 L, 0 Sv, 1 BS, .545 BAA, 3.6 WHIP, 21.6 ERA.
Finally, something I couldn't help but notice this weekend.
Joey Gladstone of Full House (played by Dave Coulier) and Todd Hollandsworth of the Chicago Cubs.
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