Scouting Report on todays starters from MLB.com
Ben Sheets – The team thought right-hander Ben Sheets might be able to pitch on Aug. 25 in San Francisco, but a second blister on his middle finger derailed those hopes. Now they are shooting for this series in Chicago, a key showdown between the National League Central’s top two teams. Sheets has not pitched since mid-July because of torn tissue around a tendon in his middle finger, and the blisters prolonged his time on the shelf. He threw in the outfield on Tuesday and said he expected to be ready to go.

Carlos Zambrano – Zambrano walked four and gave up six hits over 5 1/3 innings in his last start against the Giants. He is 0-for-August, and has fallen short in four tries at his 15th win. Big Z also has yet to win since signing his $91.5 million contract with the Cubs. Zambrano has to watch the walks – he walked three in one inning, including a free pass to pitcher Matt Cain, who later hit a two-run homer. Zambrano is 2-0 against the Brewers so far this season.

Additional Notes on Sheets:
Assets: With a fastball that can reach into the upper-90s, Sheets keeps hitters off balance by mixing in a hard breaking curve. He has tremendous control and doesn’t shy away from working inside.

Flaws: Hitters have a lot of success on the first pitch. Tends to slow down in the middle innings, but can pick it back up for the later frames.

What to Watch For
After a bad start last outing, tonight is the night we need him to show he’s worth the money he just received. Let’s look for 7 innings of work with limited to no walks and a cool temper at the plate. No temper tantrums and no fielding with your throwing hand.

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.

News and Notes

  • Inside the Ivy takes some time to talk about Neal Cotts. Remember him? (Source)
  • Ryan Harvey and Nate Samson will be headed to Winter Ball in Hawaii this year.
  • Clark Hardman went 4 for 5 for Mesa

    Tracked Players Results

    Team Results

  • AAA – Iowa 8, Memphis 2
  • AA – Tennessee 7, Chattanooga 5
  • High-A – Daytona – No Game
  • A – Peoria 9, Kane County 10
  • Short Season – Boise 2, Spokane 3
  • Arizona Rookie – Cubs 7, Padres 2

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