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Cubs / Yankees – Series Preview

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Series Pitching Matchups
by MLB.com

Doug Davis vs. Freddy Garcia

Davis threw 108 pitches over five innings in his last start against the Phillies and walked five. He admitted he made things harder on himself by trying to be too picky with his pitch selection. He can’t afford to do that vs. the Yankees. Garcia bounced back from a 1 2/3-inning outing against Boston to pitch 6 2/3 strong innings in a win Sunday against Cleveland. He is holding opposing hitters to a .231 average with runners in scoring position on the season.

Ryan Dempster vs. A.J. Burnett

Dempster pitched a gem in his last start against the Brewers, throwing seven shutout innings. He also struck out seven. Dempster is 0-2 in three career starts against the Yankees. Burnett went 7 2/3 innings, giving up just one run on five hits in a 1-0 loss to the Indians in his last start. It was his third outing allowing just one run, and he has not been the winning pitcher in any of them.

Randy Wells vs. C.C. Sabathia

Wells did not get a decision in his last start against the Brewers, giving up three runs on eight hits over six innings and striking out two. This will be his fifth start since coming off the disabled list, and first ever against the Yankees. Sabathia followed the trend of bouncing back after a rough outing against Boston and held Texas to four runs over seven innings in his last start, his fifth win in his last six starts.

Jason Rosenberg Scouts the Yankees

Who’s Hot – It seems as if the entire lineup is hitting these days as the entire lineup is batting a robust .289 / .372 / .480 with 21 home runs and averaging 5.6 runs per game in the month of June.Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira are tied with Jose Bautista for the AL lead in home runs with 21 each. The hottest Yankee right now, however, might come as a surprise as Brett Gardner is posting a ridiculous .425 / .489 / .600 for the month (thanks to a crazy high BABIP of .486). Likewise, once-cold Jorge Posada is also having a strong June with an eerie similar line as Gardner: .415 / .432 / .512 (and an identical BABIP of .486).

Who’s Not – The Yankee backstops. Russell Martin, who has been better than Yanks fans could have hoped, has been struggling with injuries the last week or two, forcing manager Joe Girardi to give Francisco Cervelli more playing time than he rightly deserves, much to the chagrin of Brien Jackson. Martin has played in only six games this month and hasn’t been effective even when playing. A DL stint is not out of the question. Speaking of which, Derek Jeter’s chase to 3,000 hits remains on hold as he recovers from a Grade 1 calf strain.

News / Notes – The Yanks pitching staff has taken a few hits lately as rotation savior (yeah, I said it) Bartolo Colon is on the DL and Ivan Nova has been varying degrees of erratic and mediocre. However, that’s not an issue as the Yanks will be able to trot out CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett and Freddy Garcia. Coming off an impressive sweep of the Texas Rangers, the Yanks are feeling good and ready to invade friendly confines of Wrigley Field.

Prediction for the series – The Yanks are rolling right now, having won six of their last seven, and get to face off against Doug Davis (0-5), Ryan Dempster (5-5) and Randy Wells (0-1). For the Yanks, winning two of these three is almost expected. Anything less would be a disappointment.

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  • Buddy

    I’ll say the Cubs steal one out of three.

  • mjp86

    Castro is hot right now, maybe the offense can keep up the production from the past two days…

  • PackerCubBull

    Cubs win 2 out of 3. And I hope Curtis Granderson, the UIC alum, has a big series. He’s our most famous alumni, I don’t even know anyone other alumni.

  • Buddy

    How about Michael Gross, who played Mr. Keaton on “Family Ties.” Also, former IL Governor Jim Thompson and former NBC anchor John Chancellor. Now that is a power list!

  • cap’n obvious

    Hey PCB…the Marlins just fired John Mallee, a UIC teammate of mine in ’90 and ’91 as their hitting coach. He’s one of the more respected swing gurus around. Maybe not quite as famous as Granderson (or Jim Belushi)…but famous nontheless. Another UIC teammate is a class A pitching coach in the Rays system. Tough way to make it to the bigs, but Mallee did it, and he will no doubt be back with someone soon.

  • Doc Raker

    The capn is my most famous UIC alum, assuming he actually graduated. The Cubs take game 1 behind an outstanding pitching performance from Doug Davis.

  • Good old Doug Davis. Our ace.

  • PackerCubBull

    Capn – You went to UIC? When?

  • Doc Raker

    Capn graduated in 1948.

  • Doc Raker

    4 out of 5, I wonder if the kids have energized this team, 92 games left just wondering if they continue could it be wonderous. Is Campana the most wonderful runner, Quade managed a wonderful game today, he made wonderful changes at just the right time of wonderment- going to Marshall after 7 and a 3rd was wonderific, as was going to Marmol for 4 and inserting RJ in the 9th to make that wonderful catch. Wonderastic Manager Quade! Wondering wondering can it keep going………………wondering

  • PackerCubBull

    I hope they can. Let’s make it 9 of 10, sweep the Yankees, and then invade the White Sox’s home and sweep them. I really want to talk some smack to all my White Sox friends on FB. And then go into work on Thursday wearing my Cubs hat loud and proud and pissing off my supervisors even more than I do when I walk in everyday with my Packers hat.

  • walterj

    zambrano said he would wave his no trade clause . sweeeeeeet. send him packing .

  • cap’n obvious

    I was there from ’89-’91…lived in the courtyard building when it was a year old…baseball field was adjacent to SES then…short porch in RF with a tall fence protecting Halsted. Those were the days…

  • PackerCubBull

    That’s still how it is. What did you study, and did you graduate? I finished my econ degree last month, now I’m life-guarding until I find a real job. Have you heard about the $68,000 toilet on the 4th floor of UH?

  • cap’n obvious

    Naw…I graduated a few years later from Harris-Stowe State in St. Louis. I was title nined out of a scholarship, and couldn’t afford to stay without it. I big mistake to leave…I was an econ major as well, but mostly studied baseball and coeds at Hawkeyes. The field has moved…I went to a game last spring. It used to be at Halsted and Roosevelt, now it is 2 blocks south in what used to be the Jew Town junkyards…behind the PEB.

  • Buddy

    I was in a band in college called the Jew Town Junkyards.

  • PackerCubBull

    Jew Town Junkyards? Now UIC is an area littered with African-Americans (not trying to be racist, that’s what it is).

  • cap’n obvious

    That’s what the area was known as. I used to get 2 vienna all beef hot dogs with the works, rolled up into a big sheet of waxed paper with a fistful of crinkle-cuts and a coke at JewTown Dogs on south Halsted almost every day while performing arduous tasks at the campus ice rink…my sweet campus job. The cost was $2 in 1989…less than 1/4 the $10 a day I earned for working there from 11-2.

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  • PackerCubBull

    You mean Jim’s, or Maxwell Street Polish? Oh my god that place is unbelievable. When I lived in Stukel (new dorm, went up in 2007), I would eat there twice a week, it was right outside the dorm. Beef polish with onions and ketchup, and fish sandwich with cheese, tarter sauce, and onions, 6 bucks. If I was really hungry, add a chicken sandwich with cheese, tarter sauce, and onions, for 4 bucks more.

  • PackerCubBull

    And Belushi never went to UIC

  • PackerCubBull

    And now that you bring up the field, I suppose you are right. But there still is a field at Haslted and Roosevelt, and I went to watch a game there. Maybe it wasn’t a UIC game. Me and a friend were celebrating the return of baseball with Maxwell Street Polish.

  • cap’n obvious

    A quick scan of google earth shows soccer (egad)fields at Roosevelt and Halsted…looks like the dugouts and everything are gone. The niew field is right behind PEB…brand new fieldturf surface and all. It looks really nice. I should return for the alumni game next year. The facility is probably a set of lights away from being one of the be in the midwest.