Scouting Report on todays starters from MLB.com
Carlos Zambrano – Zambrano became the National League’s first 12-game winner with a victory over the Giants in his last start. The Cubs took advantage of a 9-0 lead to give Zambrano a breather, pulling him after 80 pitches and five innings. He gave up two hits in the shortened start and struck out three. Since June 6, when he declared he was starting his season over, Zambrano is 7-2 with a 1.43 ERA and has given up 10 earned runs over 63 innings, while striking out 66.

Kip Wells – Good news has been more common than bad news for Wells lately, even if it hasn’t been all sunshine and light. Wells is clearly headed in the right direction, as his eight excellent innings against the Marlins showed. He’ll get the ball to start a critical homestand, as the Cards have a week of games against the two teams they’re chasing in the standings.

View the Cubs career numbers vs. Kip Wells – ESPN Splits

View the game preview from Baseball Reference

Transactions

  • Ronny Cedeno recalled from Iowa (AAA)
  • Scott Moore optioned to Iowa (AAA) to make room for Cedeno

    Useless Stat of the Day
    Jacque Jones has hit Kip Wells to a .421 clip in 19 career at bats against him with two home runs

    Tonight’s Lineups

    St. Louis Chicago
    A. Kennedy – 2B A. Soriano – LF
    S. Schumaker – RF R. Theriot – SS
    A. Pujols – 1B D. Lee – 1B
    C. Duncan – LF A. Ramirez – 3B
    J. Edmonds – CF C. Floyd – RF
    S. Rolen – 3B M. DeRosa – 2B
    A. Miles – SS J. Jones – CF
    Y. Molina – C J. Kendall – C
    K. Wells – P C. Zambrano – P
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