Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Gamecast: August 8th at Rockies

GameCastRyan Dempster (5-5, 4.09 ERA) vs. Jason Marquis (12-7, 3.49 ERA)

Story Lines
The Cubs suffered a blow last night when Carlos Zambrano was scratched form this start. In the end, Big Z was placed on the DL and could miss a few starts, but the Cubs hope it is just one.

Tonight the Cubs face their former mate Jason Marquis, who is due for his second half meltdown any time now. Marquis has only had one month where his ERA was north. He was pretty great in July with a 1.93 ERA and an All-Star selection. The Cubs are hoping the old Marquis shows up and gives up 10 runs.

Who's Hot
Milton Bradley/Kosuke Fukudome - You think the Cubs would have fared better last night with their top two guys in the lineup getting on base six times. Bradley and Fukudome both went 1-for-2 with two walks each, but the Cubs only scored two times.

Cubs on the DL - I mean this is getting nuts. The Cubs  get Geovany Soto off the DL, and Carlos Zambrano gets put on the DL. Who's next?

Who's Not
The Cubs 3-4-5 Hitters - Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez and Geovany Soto combined to go 0-for-11 last night. The Cubs won't win many games with that kind of production.

Sean Marshall as a starter - Marshall was put in a tough spot last night and we was hit pretty bard. Hopefully, he will continue to shine in the bullpen the rest of the season.

Conclusions
The Cubs, once again, find themselves one game back of the Cardinals. So, winning tonight might make things easier.

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