Rich Harden takes the mound at Wrigley this afternoon, where the wind is blowing in from center field. Down in Dunedn, Fla., Carlos Zambrano pitches for Class A Daytona in a rehab start as he completes his DL stint for his strained left hammy. [UPDATE: Big Z's day is done. He worked 3.2 innings, giving up 5 hits and 4 runs while walking three and striking out one. He gave up 2 runs in the first and 2 in the fouth.]
Lou says Z will be on a pitch count today and that he'll start Friday in San Diego, where the Cubs are hoping to get 6 innings.
Cubs go this way today:
Fontenot is 0-for-13, but Lou says he probably won't talk with him, if he does at all, until the Cubs get to St. Louis after tomorrow's off-day. Fontenot hasn't homered since May 3.
Milton Bradley is back after serving his suspension. He's riding a seven-game hitting streak, during which he's 8-for-25.
Geovany Soto is 5-for-12 on the homestand, and he's over the .200 mark. Theriot has a three-game hitting streak.
As far as OBP goes, Fukudome leads all Cubs regulars at .456. Theriot is at .372. Soriano, who is 6-for-17 on the homestand, has an OBP of .342.
Even though he doesn't have a W next to his name, Randy Wells joined the quality-start club Saturday with his 6-inning, no-run performance. The Cubs have 21 quality starts. They're 14-7 in those games, and the starters' ERA is 2.58.
The Cubs are 21-14. A year ago after 35 games, they were 20-15. Lou acknowledged that the road has been tougher this year.
“It hasn’t really been easy, I’ll be honest with you," he said. "But these guys are playing hard. We said that we had to dig in and battle, and that’s exactly what these guys have done, to their credit.”
If the Cubs need a closer today, Kevin Gregg is still their man.