Scouting Report on todays starters from
Jason Marquis – Marquis will get another chance against his former teammates right away. He threw seven shutout innings last Saturday against the Cardinals, giving up seven hits and striking out five. The right-hander also escaped several jams, as St. Louis stranded 10 base runners in those seven innings. Marquis’ career numbers at new Busch Stadium are 8-8 with a 6.91 ERA.

Anthony Reyes – If Reyes could just start in the third inning, he’d be unbeaten this year. He’s allowed 10 runs in three starts, all of them in the first two innings of games. The right-hander lasted longer in his most recent outing, making it through the sixth after early difficulties. He also made progress as far as pitch efficiency and throwing strikes, two elements that will be most helpful if he can keep it up. Still, Reyes needs to avoid those early runs.

View the Cubs career numbers vs. Anthony Reyes – ESPN Splits

Notable Performances From Down On The Farm

Mike Fontenot (AAA) 3-5, 2B, HR, 4RBI, 2R, (.292avg)
Angel Guzman (AAA) 4.1IP, 2ER, 4H, 5K, (8.59ERA)
Sean Gallagher (AA) 2IP, 3ER, 3H, 3K, LOSS (4.19ERA)
Nate Spears (High-A) 4-5, (.267avg)
Tyler Colvin (High-A) 2-5, RBI, R, (.317avg)

Update from Mastrick: I will predict that Joe Aiello will experience the Rapture during his postgame analysis tonight as Len has mentioned Bill James and his sabermetrics multiple times! Mentioning Bill James around Aiello is like mentioning Milton Friedman around me :)

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