Scouting Report on todays starters from MLB.com
Claudio Vargas – After matching a career high with nine strikeouts in his first Brewers start, Vargas set a career high with 11 punchouts in his follow-up performance, logging his first Milwaukee win. He might have worked more than six innings against the Pirates if not for a 28-pitch fourth inning in which he surrendered a single and two walks to load the bases with no outs. Vargas then whiffed the next three Pirates hitters he faced to preserve the lead.
Carlos Zambrano – The Cubs’ ace is off to a slow start, having pitched into the seventh inning only once in his first four starts and having given up at least five runs three times. In his last outing in Atlanta, Zambrano put the Cubs behind the eight ball by surrendering four first-inning runs. He allowed five runs (all earned) and eight hits, including two home runs, in six innings, striking out six and walking five (one intentional). He struggled against Milwaukee last season, going 1-2 with a 6.35 ERA in four starts.
View the Cubs career numbers vs. Claudio Vargas – ESPN Splits
Ryan O’Malley (AAA) 6IP, 1ER, 5H, 2BB, 1K, (1.25ERA)
Mark Holliman (AA) 8IP, No Runs, 8H, 6K, (0.00ERA)