Zambrano has pitched in three games against the Giants in his career, including a start last year when he did not get a decision. The Giants will counter with Brett Tomko, who pitched one inning in relief against the Cubs last season.
The Cubs were 2-4 against the Giants last year, including a 1-2 record at Wrigley. After this series, the Cubs will play host to the Arizona Diamondbacks for four games, starting Thursday.
RHP Brett Tomko
7-10, 5.03 ERA in 2005
2-4, 5.29 ERA vs. CHC lifetime
RHP Carlos Zambrano
7-4, 3.42 ERA in 2005
0-0, 3.86 ERA vs. SF in 2004
Player to watch
Let's see who's behind the plate for Zambrano. When Henry Blanco is back there, Zambrano is 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA, and when it's Michael Barrett, Zambrano is 5-2 with a 3.68 ERA.
"It's been a privilege, that's for sure, and a blessing. I just love being on the same team as him and learning from him as a teammate. I think it's elevated my game in so many ways -- it's helped me as a player, it's helped me as a person. To be able to be part of this is truly special." -- Cubs catcher Michael Barrett, on working with pitcher Greg Maddux
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Official game notes
SF: KNBR 680 AM
CHC: WGN 720 AM
Mike Matheny is 3-for-13 lifetime against Zambrano. ... Barrett is 1-for-5 lifetime against Tomko, Jeromy Burnitz is 9-for-26, Todd Hollandsworth is 3-for-23, Derrek Lee is 3-for-13, Neifi Perez is 1-for-12, Aramis Ramirez 1-for-7 and Todd Walker 2-for-16. ... Mark your calendars: The Aug. 7 game at Shea Stadium against the New York Mets and the Aug. 14 game at Wrigley Field against the Cardinals both will start at 7 p.m. CT to accommodate ESPN.
Thursday: vs. Arizona, 1:20 p.m. CT
Friday: vs. Arizona, 1:20 p.m. CT
Saturday: vs. Arizona, 3:05 p.m. CT