Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Gamecast: August 7th at Rockies

GameCastCarlos Zambrano (7-4, 3.35 ERA) vs. Ubaldo Jimenez (8-9, 3.76 ERA)

Story Lines
The Cubs open a 4-game series against the Rockies tonight that is pretty huge. The Rockies, who have played out of their mind since firing Clint Hurdle, set in front of the Cubs for the Wild Card, but still trail the Giants. The Rockies are club that really scares me, and the Cubs need to show some offense after Wednesday's dud.

So, the Cubs will welcome back Geovany Soto tonight. That means Koyie Hill will see some time off for at least a couple games. I have a feeling that he will start either Sunday or Monday, depending on the match up. Any bets on who is sent down when Soto is activated tonight?

In other news, the Cubs will not replace Kevin Gregg with B.J. Ryan. Ryan was let go, but I'm sure he will pick up with sombody soon. The Cubs just didn't need to try and add another left after picking up John Grabow, which is fine with me.

In a piece of shocking news, Jake Fox still does not have a spot to call home. Wow, talking about beating a dead horse. The one great thing about Fox playing so well is that the Cubs will probalby be able to get some serious value for him in the offseaon if they choose to go that route.

Carlos Zambrano is also taking the mound, after only lasting three innings his last time out. This start will be big for a few reasons. First, Z needs to show that he is healthy. Second, the Cubs really need to take Game for some momentum. The Cardinals are taking it easy in Pittsburgh, so wins are very important this weekend to keep pace in the NL Central.

Who's Hot
Derrek Lee -
Lee keeps reminding those Micah Hoffpauir supporters that he is still the man at first base. He's hitting .333 with a .926 OPS in his last six games.

Who's Not
Kosuke Fukudome - He did have a home run the other days, but he's only 4 for 20 in his last six games. On the flipside, he does have five walks.

Alfonso Soriano - In his last six games, Soriano is 3 for 19 with 0 HRs, 0 2B and 0 RBI. How many 0's are we paying this guy?

Conclusions
The Cubs are entering a tough stretch that includes the Phillies. That makes this series very important. Maybe the thin air can get the Cubs hot again. They are 3-3 on the road trip so far, and a 6-4 trip would be pretty great.

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