Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Gamecast: April 24th, 2010 - Cubs at Brewers

Ted Lilly (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Doug Davis (0-1, 11.25 ERA)

Overview

The Cubs are 7-10 after last night's win, which isn't good. The way the starters have thrown it should be much better, but we all know that. Today marks the return of Ted Roosevelt Lilly and the Carlos Zambrano bullpen tour begins, probably.

It was a curious choice to move Big Z to the pen, but the way the starters have thrown it makes a little sense. I figure it is a short term move that ends up with somebody getting traded from the rotation.

The Cubs actually looked good last night when they were pounding out clutch hits as they went to an 8-1 victory.

Tonight the Cubs face another lefty, so the lineup should look a little different. We will probably see Alfonso Soriano and Xavier Nady in the outfield with Aramis Ramirez and Jeff Baker making returns to the infield.

The Cubs beat Davis last week in the home opener with a similar lineup.

Who's Hot

Marlon Byrd - This guy is raking at the plate. In his last seven games, Bryd has 13 hits and a .433 average. He's on fire.

Ryan Dempster - It's odd to see how Jim Hendry makes some deals, but the Dempster one has worked. Dempster has 26 K's in 27 2/3 innings.

Who's Not

Jeff Baker and Aramis Ramirez - these guys could hit a little bit more to say the least. I've never seen Ramirez struggle this much, and hopefully it will end tonight against Davis.

Conclusions

The Cubs could use a winning streak and it might as well get going in Milwaukee.

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