View Full Version : Pirates at Cubs (8/1-8/3)

07-31-2008, 11:38 PM

Location: Wrigley Field


Jeff Karstens vs Jason Marquis

Pirates: Karstens could flip-flop with Paul Maholm and pitch on Saturday, but while management makes that determination, let's slot him in for Friday. Karstens came to Pittsburgh as part of the six-player trade that sent Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte to the Yankees on Saturday. This will be the right-hander's first Major League appearance this season. In 2006-07, Karstens combined to make 15 appearances (nine starts) with New York, going 3-5 with a 5.65 ERA. He was 6-4 with a 3.80 ERA in 12 Triple-A starts this year.

Cubs: Marquis did not get a decision in his last start against the Marlins. He gave up six runs on nine hits and three walks over six innings, but did gut it out. Florida had opened a 5-0 lead after three innings and Marquis was able to stay in the game to save the Cubs bullpen. He made some mistakes -- walking the leadoff man in the first and second innings isn't a good idea -- but was aided by a late inning rally from his teammates. He's 2-0 with a no-decision in three starts this year against the Pirates.


Paul Maholm vs Ted Lilly

Pirates: Maholm continued his solid work in his last start against San Diego on July 27. He hurled seven innings and gave up one run on four hits. He recorded nine strikeouts and received a no-decision. Maholm has gone 5-1 in his last 11 starts. He has worked at least six innings in each of his last 15 outings.

Cubs: Lilly did not get a decision in his last start against the Brewers. The lefty gave up three runs on seven hits, including back to back homers by J.J. Hardy and Ryan Braun, over six innings. Lilly was mad at himself for the mistakes. He finished July 1-1 in five starts. He has faced Pittsburgh twice this year, and did not get a decision in either game.


Ian Snell vs Carlos Zambrano

Pirates: Snell had arguably his best outing of 2008 against the Rockies at PNC Park his last time out. He struck out eight and walked only one on his way to a quality seven-inning performance. Manager John Russell said he hoped the start is a turning point for Snell. The right-hander hadn't won a game since June 11. Snell is 1-5 with a 5.26 ERA against the Cubs in his career.

Cubs: Zambrano struck out a season-high nine batters in a win over the Brewers in his last start. Big Z threw eight scoreless innings, giving up five hits and two walks. He also hit an RBI single. Zambrano now is batting .349 -- and ranks among the NL leaders with a 2.80 ERA. He is 1-0 in two starts against the Pirates this year, facing them in back-to-back starts in late May. He went 4-1 in July, giving up seven runs over 35 1/3 innings.

08-01-2008, 05:13 AM
With the work it looks like you do on these Pirate IGT's, you deserve some people to actually write on them.

That said...


08-01-2008, 03:36 PM
It's only been 4 innings for Karstens so far, but he has looked very impressive in them. He's kept this Cubs offense, which is a very good one, at bay thus far. Hopefully he can keep it up. Just got out of a big bases loaded jam in the 4th.

08-01-2008, 04:18 PM
Wow, great outing for Karstens in his Pirates debut. He just gave us 6 scoreless innings against arguably the best offense in the NL. There is no doubting that this kid definitely does not lack the talent.

08-01-2008, 04:37 PM
Get used to having a headache though. Karstens always seemed to be a classic AAAA type player. When he's healthy he'll put up great numbers in the minors, but once he reaches the majors he's easy to pick up and winds up getting hammered.

I still think his future is as a future longman, but the Pirates may as well start him and keep other teams off balance until they get used to him.

08-01-2008, 05:17 PM
I didn't see a shutout coming from us. The entire team was firing on all cylinders, although the lineup was pretty quiet once we got into their bullpen. Hopefully we can get another win tomorrow with Maholm pitching and steal 2 out of 3 in this series.