After splitting a four-game series in Atlanta, the Cubs jetted to New York where they’ll take on the jerkface Mets tonight. It’s the start of a three-game series which will take us up to the All Star Break. The good news for tonight: the Cubs are facing a starting pitcher they beat 6-1 in a game two weeks ago at Wrigley. The bad news: that starting pitcher is Johan Santana.
We all know about the Cubs’ struggles against left-handed starters, but how did they win a game against Santana two weeks ago? It was the four unearned runs in the Wackety Sax, two three-base error inning against reliever Jon Rauch. So we probably shouldn’t expect that to happen again. For the season, Mr. Santana is 6-4 with a 2.76 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. Just to throw some more cold water on tonight’s party, Johan’s home ERA is 1.16.
For the Cubs, it’s emerging Cy Young candidate Travis Wood. Young Mr. Wood has allowed exactly zero earned runs in his last two outings (one of which was the aforementioned Wakety Sax game against the Mets). For the season, he’s 3-3, 3.05 and 1.09.
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So they’re finally giving Starlin Castro a day off, and it’s three days before the All Star Break. Carrie Muskat tweeted earlier that Castro would be sitting next to Dale Sveum in the dugout during the game to discuss in-game situations. If you want to watch Starlin sitting next to Dale, you’ll be able to do so on CSN.