Kyle Lohse vs. Ted Lilly
Todd Wellemeyer vs. Sean Marshall
Scouting the Cubs
â€¢ Chicago will activate ace Zambrano, who has had a strained right shoulder since June 19. Zambrano is unbeaten at Busch Stadium, going 3-0 in three starts with a 1.69 ERA and a .208 average against.
â€¢ The Cubsâ€™ Aramis Ramirez and Reed Johnson returned to the lineup Thursday. Johnson, hitting .271, was on the DL with back spasms; Ramirez, with 14 home runs, was with his wife at the birth of their child.
â€¢ Former starter Kerry Wood is 4-1 with 21 saves in 25 close opportunities. His 2.38 ERA is spiced with 53 strikeouts in his first 412â„3 innings as a closer.
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Winning this series is needed as the Cubs suck ass!