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Gameday Thread, #83: 7/5 vs. Cubs

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Tom Gorzelanny
LHP, 2-5, 3.14

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Ian Kennedy
RHP, 3-6, 3.77

Hey, look! Another team with a losing record! Shurely shome mishtake - we haven't seen one of those since about the middle of May. But it turns out to be the case, with the Cubs having gone 13-23 since late May, the last time they put together a three-game winning streak. Hah! I'm unimpressed, because we've gone 12-26 since our last three-game streak, round about the same time. Both teams struggled in the last series: we managed just two runs over Saturday and Sunday, while the Cubs were outscored by the Reds, 27-6, in their set of three.

Line-ups and details of this colossal battle of suckage after the jump.

  1. Chris Young CF
  2. Kelly Johnson 2B
  3. Justin Upton RF
  4. Miguel Montero C
  5. Mark Reynolds 3B
  6. Adam LaRoche 1B
  7. Stephen Drew SS
  8. Cole Gillespie LF
  9. Ian Kennedy RHP

Looks like Gibson learned his lesson from Saturday night's game - another left-handed pitcher on the mound, but there's no sign of Tony Abreu or Rusty Ryal, who combined for five errors in that "contest." No Chris Snyder in the clean-up spot either. Getting Drew in there, against a leftie, may be part of a plan to prove his fitness: the Tigers are apparently interested in the short-stop.

Both Kennedy and Gorzelanny pitched when the two team met at the end of April, though didn't face each other. They each won their contests, and the pitching performance were solid from both men. This is a series Gibson will certainly be looking to win: if we don't then it suggests that the changes made at the helm are not going to be all that's needed to get this team on track.

Should be about for most of this, once I've worked out on what to spend a Barnes and Noble gift-card I found lying in a drawer here... Fantasy baseball update to follow between now and the game recap.