It will be interesting to watch who Cubs manager Dusty Baker calls on in save situations. Chad Fox picked up his first save on Sunday nearly two years to the day after his last one as Baker switched to a "bullpen by situation," rather than relying solely on LaTroy Hawkins.
But Fox is coming back from elbow surgery and may not be as durable a closer as the Cubs would like. Baker could rotate Hawkins back into the spot, or possibly use Michael Wuertz in save situations.
The Cubs split a two-game series at Great American Ball Park last week, and went 9-8 against Cincinnati last year.
RHP Paul Wilson
1-1, 5.63 ERA in 2005
1-0, 3.86 ERA in 2004 vs. CHC
RHP Mark Prior
2-0, 0.00 ERA in 2005
1-0, 0.00 ERA in 2005 vs. CIN
Player to watch
Neifi Perez is hot. The shortstop, who is subbing for Nomar Garciaparra, is 8-for-11 in his last three games.
"It's a long year and you can't throw someone by the wayside just because he blew a game last night. I think we're all ready and prepared down there. If the phone rings in the ninth, let's go get 'em." -- Fox, on the closer situation
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Official game notes
CIN: Fox Sports Net Ohio
CIN: WLW 700 AM
CHC: WGN 720 AM
Derrek Lee has a seven-game hitting streak, and is 14-for-27 in that stretch. ... Sean Casey is 2-for-16 against Prior, Adam Dunn is 2-for-11, Jason LaRue 5-for-11, and Wily Mo Pena 1-for-3 with one double. ... Jeromy Burnitz is 4-for-11 lifetime against Wilson, Jerry Hairston Jr. 9-for-30, Todd Hollandsworth 4-for-13, Lee 3-for-20 with one home run, Aramis Ramirez 3-for-14, and Corey Patterson is 6-for-21. ... Fox's save on Sunday was his first since April 25, 2003.
Tuesday: vs. Reds, 7:05 p.m. CT
Wednesday: vs. Reds, 1:20 p.m. CT
Friday: at Astros, 7:05 p.m. CT