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.