Lou Pinella said today the Cubs owe it to baseball to play their final two series (vs. Mets, vs. Brewers) hard, but they clearly have an eye toward the NLDS.
Pinella juggled his rotation today. Sean Marshall, who has made just six starts this year, will start tomorrow for Rich Harden. The Cubs moved Harden to Thursday, and bumped Ted Lilly to Friday, so the Mets basically will have to face Marshall (4-3) instead of Lilly (16-9).
Here are the pitching matchups in their entirety:
TUESDAY, 7:10 p.m., SNY/WFAN: LHP Johan Santana (14-7, 2.65) vs. LHP Sean Marshall (4-3, 3.62)
WEDNESDAY, 7:10 p.m., SNY/WFAN: LHP Oliver Perez (10-7, 4.10) vs. RHP Carlos Zambrano (14-6, 3.77)
THURSDAY, 7:10 p.m., SNY/WFAN: RHP Pedro Martinez (5-6, 5.50) vs. RHP Rich Harden (5-1, 1.66)