The suddenly Doug Davisless Cubs will take the field tonight to desperately try to hit the nasty stuff of Mitch Kramer’s double (and two-time Cy Young Award winner), Tim Lincecum.
The Cubs will have Darwin Barney back, so they have that going for them. I can’t think of any other advantages they may have off the top of my head.
So, let’s go take a look at Timmy’s splits this year. He has a .945 OPS-against after 100 pitches, but the odds of the Cubs seeing 100 pitches from him all day is pretty miniscule.
His OPS against is actually higher on the road this year, but it is still only .677 and his ERA in road games is actually lower than it is at home.
He is only 6-6 despite pitching about as well, if not a little better than last year, suggesting that the Giants hitters haven’t been doing him many favors. So maybe if Dempster can make the Giants offense perform like the Giants offense, the Cubs could eke out a fluke victory. I’m not holding my breath on that though.
The cannon fodder lineup for the Cubs: