Scouting Report on todays starters from MLB.com
Kip Wells – Wells appears to be trusting his stuff, and that’s a key. When he gets too fine, he gets in trouble. When he simply throws pitches with movement down in the strike zone and doesn’t try to pinpoint perfect location, he looks good. Wells has been as good as any pitcher in the St. Louis rotation lately, and for once that’s not damning with faint praise.

Carlos Zambrano – Zambrano was named NL Pitcher of the Month in July but is still looking for his first win in August – and his 15th of the season. The right-hander gave up 13 hits in his last start against Cincinnati, and failed in his third try at win No. 15. In his past three starts. Big Z has given up 23 hits and 12 walks over 17 2/3 innings. That’s a lot of baserunners. What’s wrong? Hard to say – he may be trying to do too much. Against St. Louis this year, Zambrano is 2-0 with a 2.03 ERA.

View the game preview from Baseball Reference for all sorts of useful information including how our guys have faired against today’s starter, bullpen rest report, and much more.

What To Watch For – If ever there was a time to watch for a Carlos Zambrano no-hitter, tonight is the night. Fresh off his big contract extension and on the national stage of Sunday Night Baseball, Big Z will try to keep the winning ways going for the Cubs. I fully expect him to have one of his most dominant starts of the year, but my fear is that he’ll come out too hyped up and be wild early, which will run the pitch count up early.

News and Notes

  • The tracked player report now includes the level each player is currently assigned to. That is a very nice improvement that First Inning has set up.

    Tracked Players Results

    Team Results

  • AAA – Iowa 6, Memphis 7
  • AA – Tennessee 10, Chattanooga 4
  • High-A – Daytona 2, Palm Beach 9
  • A – Peoria 0, Clinton 4
  • Short Season – Boise – No Game
  • Arizona Rookie – Cubs 8, Athletics 8
  • Dominican Summer League – Cubs – No Game

    View the full organizational report from First Inning

    Don’t see someone listed in the tracked players report? Leave us a comment and we’ll be sure to add that name to the regular rotation.

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    Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail