Jason Marquis had another strong start Thursday, earning a no-decision in Colorado in a game the Cubs went on to lose. For the first six innings, he neatly matched his previous outing against the Pirates, giving up one run on six hits. He added two more hits and another run in the seventh, however, yielding a solo homer to Chris Iannetta on a sinker meant to go down and away that came back over the plate. He threw 98 pitches over seven innings for his longest start of the season, striking out four while walking two.
Ben Sheets is slated to return to the rotation after missing his last turn with soreness in his right triceps. He exited a start against the Reds after five innings with the ailment, which he said began back on April 12 in New York. The Brewers need a healthy Sheets back in action because he’s off to a great start: he leads the NL in WHIP at 0.64 and opponents are hitting only .146 against him. He allowed two hits in no runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Cubs on Opening Day and will get a boost in this game by the return of center fielder Mike Cameron from a suspension.
- With a fastball that can reach the upper-90’s, he keeps hitters off-balance by mixing in a hard breaking curve. Has tremendous control and can work inside.
- Has a wealth of injury and durability issues that continue to wreak havoc with his career. Hitters also have a lot of success on his first pitch.
- An ace starter when healthy.
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All Scouting Information taken from MLB.com and TSN.ca
Tracked Player Results
- Matt Camp was 3-for-4
(AAA) – Iowa Cubs – Lost vs. Fresno (3-11)
(AA) – Tennessee Smokies – Won vs. West Tenn (8-6)
(High A) – Daytona Cubs – Lost vs. Juniper (1-2)
(A) – Peoria Chiefs – No Game
(SS) – Boise Hawks open their season June 17th
(RK) – Arizona Cubs open their season June 22nd
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