I’d love to use the Zombie Jeff Samardzija photo again, but that would be the third time this week, and that seems like a lot no matter WHO the zoimbie is.
The Cubs roll into Atlanta tonight to take on the once-feared Atlanta Braves (seriously, remember that pitching staff in the 1990′s? (shudders)). Alas, outside of Jair Jurrgens (who I think was demoted to the minors this year), I can’t name a single pitcher on their staff. Oh, how them mighty have fallen.
Even so, the formerly-mighty Braves are in the middle of the pack in the NL Easts and only 4.5 games behind division-leading Washington (did I really just say ‘division-leading Washington?’). The Cubs, on the other hand, are a mere 2.5 games from catching up to the lowly Astros. So we have that going for us, which is nice.
First pitch tonight is at 6:10 pm CT on CSN. The aforementioned Jeff Samardzija (2-6. 5.98) will take on Tommy Hanson (6-2, 3.51). If you haven’t noticed, Samardzija has had a bunch of bad starts in a row, and is dangerously close to going back to being called “Spellcheck” again. Let’s see if he can right the ship tonight. Lineup:
Campy CF Castro SS Rizzo 1B Sori LF LaHair RF Clevenger C Barney 2B Valbuena 3B Samardzija P