Starting Pitchers
    Record ERA WHIP Last Start Compare
Williams 0-1 2.45 1.64 L Splits
Mulder 1-0 4.05 1.25 ND Splits
Game Information
Game Time Television 2006 Cubs 2006 Cardinals Series
8:10 EDT WGN 9-5 9-6 Cubs 3-0

Scouting Report on Mark Mulder
Mulder needed 99 pitches to get through five innings in his last start against Cincinnati. He was touched for 10 hits and four runs, including back-to-back homers by Adam Dunn and Austin Kearns. Mulder will be looking to get more decisions early in the count as he looks for a longer and more productive outing against the Cubs. (MLB.com)

Because Mulder works with a delivery that is so smooth, it must be alarming for opposing hitters to see a moving 93-MPH fastball come tearing out of all that poetry. Mulder also has a curve, slider and changeup. Add in his height and a deceptive delivery that keeps hitters guessing until the last minute, and the aggregate is success. While injuries have put him on the disabled list for two months over his career, he never has pitched less than 150 innings a season as a major leaguer, and has topped 200 innings three times.

Mulder is a groundball pitcher who is a terrific defender. In 2004, he handled an amazing 60 chances and registered 51 assists, both extraordinary totals. He did make three errors, but he also initiated three double plays. Needless to say, he covers a lot of ground around the hill. He also holds runners fairly well, limiting basestealers to a 50-percent success rate in recent seasons. (Fox Sports)

Weather

Temperature: 71o
Wind: 7 mph out to RF

Game Notes

  • Derrek Lee will be out 8-10 weeks with a broken wrist.
  • This will be the Cubs first trip to new Busch Stadium.
  • Michael Restovich will be called up from Triple A Iowa.

Over / Under
Today’s over under is 5 innings of work for Jerome Williams against a tough Cardinals lineup that includes a beast of a man, Albert Pujols.

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