Thursday, June 01, 2006

SeriesPreview: Cubs @ Cardinals June 2, 3, & 4

The Phil Nevin Era begins Friday night down by the river in St. Louis. The CBA was all over Jim Hendry's blockbuster deal. Here are links to what they all had to say: Chuck at Ivy Chat, Andy Dolan at Desipio, Derek Smart at CubTown, Maddog at CNLBCB, Chaos and the guys at Goatriders, Al at BCB, and Ruz at TCR.

The Cubs(20-32) make their second visit to new Busch Stadium this weekend. The Cardinals(34-19) are looking to run away with the NL Central and hide. The Cardinals have become very comfortable in their new home. They have won all 9 series played in the new Busch Stadium this season.

Albert Pujols is having a season that could end up being one for the ages. His 65 RBi put him on a pace to surpass Hack Wilson's 191 RBi in 1930. To put Pujols' RBi total into perspective. He already has more RBi this season than nine of the Cardinal team leaders from seasons past (the most recent 1986 when Van Slyke and Herr led with 61).

Pitching matchups and media info:

Friday 7:10 ct
Sean Marshall(3-3, 5.03) vs. Sidney Ponson(4-0, 2.92)
Radio- WGN Radio-720 AM; XM-187

Saturday 3:05 ct
Glendon Rusch(1-5, 7.05) vs. Mark Mulder(5-3, 4.52)
Radio- WGN Radio-720-AM; XM-187

Sunday 1:15 ct
Kerry Wood(1-1, 4.50) vs. Jason Marquis(7-4, 4.75)
Radio- WGN Radio-720 AM; XM-187

Quick fact: The Cubs actually hold a slight advantage over the Redbirds in the All-time record. The Cubs are 1,119-1,061 against their rivals from Missouri.

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