This month, Zambrano is 2-1 in three starts with a 1.06 ERA. He does seem to fare better at home than on the road, and is 4-4 with a 4.07 ERA away from Wrigley Field. But he's also struck out more batters on the road (76) than at home (63).
The Cubs came into this series 3-3 against Houston this season. The Cubs lost a series, 2-1, in Houston April 29-May 1, and took two out of three at Wrigley Field May 23-25.
RHP Roy Oswalt
14-9, 2.57 ERA in 2005
1-0, 3.60 ERA vs. CHC in 2005
RHP Carlos Zambrano
9-5, 3.17 ERA in 2005
0-2, 4.86 ERA vs. HOU in 2004
Player to watch
Corey Patterson must have figured things out during his month-long stint at Triple-A Iowa. After hitting .232 with the Cubs before he was sent down, Patterson now is batting .276 (8-for-29) since returning. He's 12-for-39 lifetime against Oswalt with two home runs.
"You want these guys to get a taste of this. You can say, 'I'll handle it when I get there' or 'I know what I'm doing,' but you don't really know until you get there." -- Cubs manager Dusty Baker on making the adjustment from the Minors to the Major Leagues
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Official game notes
HOU: Fox Sports Southwest; ESPN
CHC: Comcast Sports Net; ESPN
HOU: KTRH 740 AM; KLAT 1010 (Español)
CHC: WGN 720 AM
Michael Barrett is 3-for-12 against Oswalt, Jeromy Burnitz is 4-for-18, Derrek Lee is 8-for-27, Aramis Ramirez is 9-for-37, and Todd Walker is 7-for-35. ... Brad Ausmus is 4-for-17 lifetime against Zambrano, Lance Berkman is 5-for-27, Craig Biggio is 8-for-21, Adam Everett is 2-for-13 and Jose Vizcaino is 6-for-16. ... Mark your calendars: the Aug. 27 game against Florida at Wrigley Field will start at 12:25 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on FOX.
Friday: at Colorado, 4:05 p.m. CT
Saturday: at Colorado, 7:05 p.m. CT
Sunday: at Colorado, 2:05 p.m. CT