Scouting Report on todays starters from MLB.com
Bobby Livingston – Livingston pitched a gem on Saturday against San Diego, yielding just three earned runs on four hits in a career-best 8 1/3 innings pitched. He had two strikeouts and did not walk a batter. Through the first six innings, Livingston allowed one hit and faced the minimum number of batters. The runs he allowed came on two home runs by the Padres’ Brian Giles.
Jason Marquis – Marquis had his sinker working on Friday in Colorado, giving up one run, which was unearned, forcing 11 groundouts and striking out five in 6 2/3 innings. Marquis had good control — walking none — until the seventh inning, when he hit Jeff Baker in the head with a pitch he tried to go down and away with.
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What to watch for: I had mentioned that I was going to talk about last night, but I’ve decided to let it roll off my back because I’m confident we’ll win today. Today is a must win game. I don’t like to use that term, but it really is. Can the Cubs really afford to get swept by the Reds and see the Cardinals pick up another game before coming into Wrigley? That could be disastrous. We need to get out ahead early and have Jason Marquis bring a solid start to the mix. Let’s knock this kid out of the game and see what we can do with the Reds bullpen after the pitched a good amount yesterday.
|J. Hamilton – CF||R. Theriot – SS|
|J. Keppinger – SS||M. DeRosa – 2B|
|K. Griffey Jr – RF||D. Lee – 1B|
|B. Phillips – 2B||A. Ramirez – 3B|
|A. Dunn – LF||J. Fox – RF|
|S. Hatteberg – 1B||M. Murton – LF|
|J. Valentin – C||J. Jones – CF|
|E. Encarnacion – 3B||K. Hill – C|
|B. Livingston – P||J. Marquis – P|
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