- Friday September 19th – Wrigley Field
- Game (152): Cardinals 12 – Cubs 6
- Record (92-60) – 1st place NL Central
- Magic No. – 1
The skinny: Give credit to Z for taking the mound after losing his grandmother earlier this week.
Mainly, it seems the 48 hours he spent traveling to Venezuela and back took its toll on the right-hander physically.
Hind sight 20/20, there’s no complaints if Z’s start is pushed back to Saturday or Sunday, but Z taking the mound actually helped keep the Cubs rotation stable for the remainder of the season.
And thankfully, the Cubs have earned the privilege to forget about today’s game with a nine-game lead in the division.
Of course, there’s no excuse for Carlos storming off the mound before Lou makes it to the bump to relieve Z of his duties.
Being a professional (in any field) includes handling both success and failure with grace, a lesson Z has yet to learn.
Plus, there’s also a difference between wearing your emotions on your sleeves and acting disrespectful.
Zambrano chose the latter and once again looked foolish and childlike on the field.
Yet, as usual, the way Lou handled Z’s fit was perfect; point the pitcher back towards the mound and demand respect.
Still, that’s Zambrano for you; one minute he thrills you, the next he drives you crazy.
Best news of the day (besides the Blackhawks beginning training camp), Brewers lose 11-2 at Cincinnati: reducing the Cubs’ magic number to 1.
Still, winning tomorrow won’t come any easier.
The Cards are still within reach of the Wild Card and LaRussa will use all his tricks against the rival Cubbies.
That being said, Ted Lilly has been a big game pitcher all season long for Chicago.
Not to mention, he’s (2-0) with a 2.54 ERA against the Cards this season.
No question tomorrow is the biggest game of the year for the Cubs.
Lilly is ‘the man’ and the Cubs will come to play…nothing like washing a bad taste out of your mouth with a little champagne!
W – Wainwright (10-3)
L – Zambrano (14-6)
- Notes: Tomorrow’s game will be broadcast nationally by Fox as the Saturday Game of the Week.
- The Reds’ Johnny Vander Meer (1938) is the only pitcher in history to post back-to-back no-hitters: June 11th vs. Boston & June 15th vs. Brooklyn.
- Despite having not won a World Series in 100 years, the Cubs are also looking to reach the post season in consecutive season for the first time in 100 seasons as well (1907-08).