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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Big Series

This is a big series for the Cubs because they need to sweep the Reds. I know that in the past when they play the Reds it usually is a close series, but this Reds team is 17 games under .500 and it should be what is needed to wake the Cubs up. The Cubs are running out of time to keep going into these funks where they win 1 and then lose 2 and it goes on for 10 games or so. Only 4 games behind the Cubs now are the hated Cardinals who come into town this weekend for a 3 game series.
This series against the Reds has the Cubs throwing Zambrano, Lilly, and Marquis verse Harang, Dumatrait and Livingston. I think the matchups favor the Cubs in the first 2 games, but the third game will on depend on what Jason shows up on the mound. Last game Marquis threw a great game until he hit Jeff Baker in the head which then Pinella took him out right after as he was visibly shaken and that and hopefully won't have a lingering effect on him as the Cubs need Jason at his best.
Also (though I don't know for a fact) Aramis Ramirez should be back for this series and that is key as the Cubs miss the threat of his power in the lineup, especially with Soriano out.
This will also allow Murton to get out of the clean-up spot where he is not well suited and he can drop down a spot or 2.


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