If the Cubs had any plans of getting back into the NL Central race, this current homestand would have a lot of say in those plans. They were hosting three sub 500 clubs and looked to have a chance to gain some ground on the first place cardinals. After dropping the final game of the homestand Wednesday to the Astros, the Cubs finished the homestand with a 3-6 record.
Doug Davis had his best start since joining the Cubs (23-31). The lefty went six and a third innings allowing three runs on eight hits. The Cubs gave him only one run of support, a leadoff homerun by Kosuke Fukudome, and Davis took the loss dropping his record to 0-4.
Brett Myers was fantastic for the Astros (22-34). Myers went six innings and allowed only one run on three hits. The righty improved to 2-4 on the season. Mark Melancon pitched the ninth for his fourth save of the season.
The key hit for Houston was a two out single by Michael Bourn in the seventh inning that knocked in two runs. That would be all the Astros would need.
The Astros have felt like home lately at Wrigley Field. Including the sweep this week, the Astros have won their last four series at Wrigley.
The Cubs will now head on the road for a ten game trip. First game is Friday night in St Louis.
The first two games of the series against Houston haven't gone exactly as the Cubs had hoped. Despite playing the major league worst team, the Cubs still haven't been able to consistently turn out wins. Now they find themselves relying on Doug Davis to be the stopper, hoping that he can have at least one quality start on the season.
Davis, at 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA and 1.95 WHIP, hasn't managed a quality start all year. He's coming off of a start against Pittsburgh, when he gave up four runs in just 4.2 innings pitched on four hits and six walks. Over his career against Houston, he's 3-11 with a 4.59 ERA and 1.49 WHIP. Carlos Lee is 7-for-13 against Davis over the course of his career.
Pitching for the Astros will be Brett Myers. Myers has had a similarly difficult season, and is currently 1-4 with a 5.11 ERA and 1.53 WHIP. In his last game against Chicago this year he pitched seven innings, giving up just one run on eight hits while striking out five.
The weather in Chicago is expected to be sunny and clear, with a game time temperature around 80 degrees. First pitch is at 1:20 P.M., CDT, and the game will be televised on WGN.