This afternoon we're going for a series win, some momentum to take into the Cubs series, and a guaranteed second day in first place. No pressure, guys...
The matchup is Randy Wolf and Jeff Suppan, two guys who don't exactly dominate. Their season ERAs are similar (4.74 and 4.65) and their ERAs over their last seven starts are also in the same ballpark (6.94 and 6.17). Those comparisons probably give Wolf too much credit, though--he managed to amass that 6.94 ERA despite four of the seven starts coming in Petco.
On the flip side, here are some matchups against Suppan that might scare you a bit:
- Berkman: 1.453 OPS in 36 PAs
- Blum: 1.259 OPS in 22 PAs
- Loretta (!?) 1.278 in 19 PAs
Maybe Cecil Cooper is too cool for that stuff and will leave Blum and Loretta on the bench. And hey, maybe Lance needs a day off, too.
Game time is 1:05 CT (fifteen minutes before the game starts at Wrigley), and here's the BR Game Preview.