Pirates @ Cubs - Worley vs. Hammel; Game 18 Thread
The battle for 2nd place rages on...
Vance Worley vs. Jason Hammel
|#Fowler CF||Harrison 3B|
|Soler RF||*Lambo RF|
|*Rizzo 1B||McCutchen CF|
|Bryant CF||#Walker 2B|
|*Coghlan LF||Marte LF|
|Castro SS||Cervelli C|
|Hammel P||Mercer SS|
|Russell 2B||Worley P|
Cubs made a roster move today, optioning RHP Brian Schlitt-the-Bed to Iowa and calling up outfielder and probaly occasional infielder Junior Lake. Lake was doing a whole helluva little in Iowa, so I imagine he'll just be a late inning option although the Cubs do face a lefty tomorrow in Jeff Locke.
The injury monster has been busy terrorizing the N.L. over the weekend victimizing A. Wainwright (achilles) and B. McCarthy (UCL) for the season, while sending H. Bailey (elbow strain) to the disabled list. J. Heyward (groin) and M. Scherzer (thumb) will also miss some time.
Otherwise, Cubs enjoyed a 4-2 road trip and come back home to what we all hope is the Friendly Confines. Pirates have picked up the pace after some early season struggles, taking those last 2 games in Pittsburgh vs. Cubs to salvage the series split and then sweeping the lowly Diamondbacks on the road.