Monday, May 22, 2006

SeriesPreview: Cubs @ Marlins May 22-24

Following a victory that the Cubs skipper termed "the largest one for us this year", the Northsiders(18-25) head to south Florida to face Joe Girardi and his Fighting Fish(11-31). Girardi's young Marlins are last in the NL East.

The Cubs took two of three from the Fish at the end of April. Still, the Wednesday matinee at Wrigley Field served as a turning point in the Cubs young season. The Cubs went into that game 12-7, 1-1/2 games behind the front running Astros. They lost the finale 7-5 and plummeted into a death spiral going 5-18 since that fateful afternoon. The Cubs now find themselves 10-1/2 games back in the NL Central. In less than one month this team has fallen 9 games in the standings. That my friends, is difficult to do.

This is a series on the road that you would like to see the Bruin's sweep. I'm not sure if this team right now is capable of sweeping any team. But the triple-A Marlins should do the trick to get a few of the Cubs bats going.

This will also be a homecoming of sorts for Cub leadoff hitter Juan Pierre. The struggling Pierre had his best seasons in South Florida. The Northsiders will look to Pierre to spark their sputtering offense.

Pitching matchups and media info:

Monday 6:05 ct
Sean Marshall(3-1, 4.26) vs. Ricky Nolasko(2-1, 3.43)
TV-CSN-Chicago +
Radio- WGN Radio-720 AM; XM-183

Tuesday 6:05 ct
Kerry Wood(0-1, 7.20) or TBA vs. Scott Olsen(2-3, 6.55)
Radio- WGN Radio-720-AM; XM-183

Wednesday 12:05 ct
Greg Maddux(5-3, 3.76) vs. Brian Moehler(1-4, 7.29)
TV-WGN Channel 9
Radio- WGN Radio-720 AM; XM-183

Quick fact: The Cubs as a team have hit 30 homeruns, their opponents 54. The Cubs as a team are on pace to hit 113 homeruns that would be their lowest output in a full 162 game season since the 1992 team hit 104 homeruns.

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