Blue Jeans Posted July 24, 2006 Share Posted July 24, 2006 Probable Pitching Matchups Monday, July 24 Shea Stadium | 7:10 PM ET Greg Maddux, RHP (7-11, 4.56) @ Steve Trachsel, RHP (9-4, 4.68) Scouting Report: Maddux lost his sixth straight decision in his last start, a much-hyped rematch with Roger Clemens. Maddux was tagged with three runs on seven hits, including Craig Biggio's ninth home run leading off the game, over seven innings. After beginning the season 5-0 with a 1.35 ERA, Maddux is 2-11 with a 5.74 ERA since May 1. Trachsel had his last start -- Wednesday against the Reds -- rudely interrupted by a two-hour, 23-minute rain delay. The veteran right-hander tried to come back after the long lay-off, but couldn't shake off the apparent rust. He allowed three runs on four hits and walked three batters in the first two innings after play resumed. He left leading 4-3, but did not factor in the decision in a game the Mets lost, 7-4. The former Cub beat his old team in his previous start, when he allowed two runs on three hits over six innings in a 6-3 Mets win. Trachsel is 2-3 with a 5.47 ERA in five career starts against Chicago. Tuesday, July 25 Shea Stadium | 7:10 PM ET Carlos Zambrano, RHP (10-3, 3.11) @ Tom Glavine, LHP (11-3, 3.52) Scouting Report: Zambrano has won seven straight decisions for the first time in his career. In his last start against the Astros, he gave up one run on two hits over eight innings while striking out 10. It was his 11th double-digit strikeout game, and third this year. He beat the Mets on July 15, holding them to two runs on three hits over six innings. Glavine was uncharacteristically wild in his last start, Thursday against the Reds. He allowed nine hits and walked four batters -- yet only surrendered two runs -- over 6 1/3 innings, and left with the score tied 2-2. The Mets eventually won the game, 4-2, in 10 innings. The Cubs dealt Glavine his first loss in his last 14 outings a week ago Saturday, when he allowed three runs on four hits over five innings in a 9-2 loss. Wednesday, July 26 Shea Stadium | 12:10 PM ET Mark Prior, RHP (0-4, 8.14) @ John Maine, RHP (1-3, 3.12) Scouting Report: This will be Prior's sixth start, and second since coming off the DL for a second time. In his last outing against the Nationals, he gave up four runs on four hits and three walks over 3 1/3 innings. Prior's velocity was good, but his command was off. It's simply a matter of not pitching enough. Maine has continued to progress with each start for the big league club this year. Pitching against an improved Astros lineup with newly acquired third baseman Aubrey Huff, the 25-year-old rookie limited the Astros to only five base runners, allowing just two of them to reach second base. The right-hander went the distance, needing only 98 pitches for his first career complete game in the Mets' 7-0 victory on July 21. In 26 innings this season, Maine has an excellent strikeout-to-walk ratio of 20-to-7. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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