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Houston Astros VS Chicago Cubs, 7:05PM CST

Cubs @ Astros
Rich Hill VS Matt Albers
Rich Hill Matt Albers
8 - 8, 4.02 4 - 7, 5.88

Troy Patton was originally scheduled to start tonight, but is being replaced by Matt Albers due to Patton having soreness in his shoulder. Hopefully it's nothing serious, but if this is anything that could possibly get worse with Patton throwing, I wouldn't be against sitting him for the rest of the season.

No real intriguing pitching matchup tonight. The only significance of this game at all is for the Cubs who currently sit 1/2 game behind the Brewers in the NL Central. The Brewers have already lost today to the Pirates(who are now a whole game ahead of the Astros for the cellar in the NL Central), so the Cubs could close gap to sit tied for first with a win tonight. The Astros just hope to play spoilers... hell, I just hope they look decent.

On a minor note, the Astros acquire Dennis Sarfate from the Brewers. Sarfate looks to help bolster the Astros bullpen and brings a 2-7 record and a 4.52 ERA from triple-A this season with him. You'll probably see him tonight. The Astros designated Miguel Asencio for assignment. So basically, everything we traded for Willy-T, Taylor Buchholz and Jason Hirsh for are now either hurt, or in the minors...

Cubs Astros
Soriano, LF
Jones, CF
Lee, 1B
Ramirez, RF
Floyd, 3B
DeRosa, 2B
Kendall, C
Theriot, SS
Hill, P
Pence, CF
Biggio, 2B
Berkman, 1B
Lee, LF
Loretta, SS
Wigginton, 3B
Scott, RF
Quintero, C
Albers, P