Things are not going to get easier for the Chicago Cubs. They go into the second game of their three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals against a very strong pitcher. Chris Carpenter is a recent 20-game-winner who now has a “wins brother” in Adam Wainwright who whipped the Cubs yesterday, 7-1.
Jonathan Mayo has posted an article at the Chicago Cubs’ Website titled “Quade’s young Cubs aim to slow Card’s push.”
It is interesting. While the Cubs have won at Busch Stadium for the first time in a long time the Cards have the edge at Wrigley Field, 4-3.
As mentioned Chris Carpenter, (15-8, 3.28 ERA), is going for the Cardinals while rookie Casey Coleman, (2-2, 5.02 ERA) is going for the Cubs. He looked sharp his last time out.
How have these two guys done against the opposing team? Carpenter has posted a record of 10-5 against the Cubs with an ERA of 3.06. Coleman hasn’t faced St. Louis. The edge would definitely seem to favor the Cardinals. However there is one more factor to look at.
In his last three games Casey Coleman has posted a 1-1 record with an ERA of 4.00. However Chris Carpenter in his last three starts is 0-3 with a whopping ERA of 7.79.
He has been struggling. However the Cardinals have been struggling too, so have the Cubs these last few games.
I have to say that the Cubs are going to lose again. I think that Carpenter is due to get his footing back. I think the main reason the Cubs will lose is that they are going to get repayment from the Cards. The Cubs have had something to do with the Cardinals having a bad end of the year. Now that the pressure is off they will try their best to repay them.
As I say in most every Cubs’ article I write these days there is a main story going on behind the games and that is whether or not Mike Quade is going to get to manage next year or not. The more the team loses I think his chances fade.
I think Quade would be the best choice.
Chicago Cubs’ Website, Jonathan Mayo, “Quade’s young Cubs aim to slow Card’s push”