Monday, April 24, 2006

SeriesPreview: Marlins @ Cubs April 24-26

The Northsiders(10-7) return from what I would term a very repectable 9 game roadtrip that saw them go 5-4, despite a heartbreking injury to their best position player. Now they start an 8 game homespan against teams with a combined record of 19-36. If you've followed the Cubs for just a short amount of time, you know that these series always have to potential to be very frustrating. Over the past few years the Cubs have seemed to play to the level of their opponents. Let's hope that's not the case this homestand.

The Cubs open the homestand tonite with Joe Girardi's Florida Marlins (5-11). The Fish are a glorified triple A team. Once you get past Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis you are looking at a bunch of youngsters, including several former Cub prospects. The Cubs will show their kiddie corps in games 2 and 3 with rookie starting pitchers Sean Marshall and Angel Guzman, who makes his big league debut.

Tonight is Zambrano's turn to get it done. The righthander has a matchup that he should dominate, in front of a national television audience. He looks for his first victory of the 2006.

Pitching Matchups and broadcast info:

Monday 6:05 ct
Carlos Zambrano(0-1, 3.97) vs. Jason Vargas(1-1, 7.20)
Radio- WGN Radio-720 AM; XM-185

Tuesday 7:05 ct
Sean Marshall(1-0, 6.28) vs. Dontrelle Willis(1-0, 2.92)
Radio- WGN Radio-720-AM; XM-185

Wednesday 1:20 ct
Angel Guzman(0-0, -.--) vs. Scott Olsen(1-1, 1.50)
Radio- WGN Radio-720 AM; XM-185

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