Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Gamecast: July 28th vs. Astros

GameCastRoy Oswalt (6-4, 3.66 ERA) vs. Ryan Demspter (5-5, 4.09 ERA)

Story Lines
The Cubs have won five in a row, and now they get Ryan Dempster off the DL.

Dempster, who hopefully won't be jumping over any more fences, has missed a few starts, but the Cubs haven't missed a beat. Actually, the Cubs have played their best baseball of the season.

The Cubs are not suspecting much out of Dempster tonight since he did not go on any rehab assignment. They plan on limiting his pitch count tonight to around 85. This would normally be fine, but the Cubs had to play 13 innings last night. The good part was that Angel Guzman and Kevin Gregg didn't pitch last night, and Sean Marshall only threw 1/3 of an inning.

Tonight's game is the toughest match up of the three remaining, but a win here and the Cubs will have a great chance of taking two of three.

The trade deadline keeps getting closer, and the rumors keep flying around baseball. It looks like more and more that the Cubs will add something. Maybe a lefty? Will anybody else in the Central make a move? The Brewers are four games back, and the Astros are now three back.

Who's Hot
Derrek Lee - Lee took a day off and comes back and hits another home run. He's got 20 now, which matches last year's total. He could end up with 30 before it is all said and done. Does anybody still think he shouldn't be playing first?

Aramis Ramirez - Ramirez picked up three more hits last night, and scored on Sori's grand slam.

Who's Not
Reed Johnson and Ryan Theriot - The top two guys in the order went a combined 0-for-12 last night.

Mike Fontenot - Uggh. I have a feeling Mike's time starting is coming to a close, and he didn't even start last night. He did go 0-for-2, and is 1-for-20 in his last five games.

Conclusions
The Cubs battled last night and got the win, but a win tonight would be even better. It would put the Cubs eight games over .500 for the first time all season.

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