|Wandy Rodriguez||Glendon Rusch|
|10 - 8, 5.43||7 - 8, 4.59|
The first of three straight day games for the Astros, who come in 24 - 21 with the sun shining overhead. Chicago comes in 39 - 40 under the same conditions.
Wandy vs. Glendon Rusch is certainly winnable, though a case of Wrigley shock for Mr. Rodriguez is not out of the question.
Zambrano vs. Clemens Saturday worries me quite a bit. Carlos Zambrano is 3 - 0 in September with a 3.94, while poor Roger is 1 - 2 with a 5.40. But I also suspect that as soon as you notice the trend toward mediocrity for Roger, he'll produce something to break it. Hamstring or no.
[Update]: Clemens has been scratched from Saturday's game, and Ezequiel Astacio will start instead against Zambrano. If I was worried before, now I'm terrified. Go Reds! [/End Update]
And of course, there are no locks, but Pettitte on Sunday vs. Jerome Williams is basically a lock.
Looks like the Cubs will still be without Aramis Ramirez for this series, although it's looking like he will be available for the four-game series at MMP next weekend. In his stead, Nomar Garciaparra will be playing third, getting the always noteworthy Neifi Perez back into the starting nine for the Cubs.
|x||.790||Michael Barrett||C1||Brad Ausmus||.548|
|x||.683||Hanry Blanco||C2||Raul Chavez||.509|
|x||1.114||Derrek Lee||1B||Lance Berkman||.953|
|x||.762||Todd Walker||2B||Craig Biggio||.652|
|x||.752||Neifi Perez||SS||Adam Everett||.597|
|.710||Nomar Garciaparra||3B||Morgan Ensberg||.925||x|
|x||.864||Matt Murton||OF1||Chris Burke||.756|
|x||.768||Jeromy Burnitz||OF2||Jason Lane||.727|
|.654||Jerry Harston Jr.||OF3||Orlando Palmeiro||.630|
|.602||Corey Patterson||OF4||Willy Taveras||.564|
|.547||Jose Macias||Util/PH||Eric Bruntlett||1.032||x|
|.388||Glendon Rusch||P1||Wandy Rodriguez||.286||x|
|x||.683||Carlos Zambrano||P2||Ezequiel Astacio||.000|
|.000||Jerome Williams||P3||Andy Pettitte||.192||x|
Wandy Power! ™