Chicago's rotation for the remaining 19 games was scribbled on a piece of scratch paper on Lou Piniella's desk Sunday. The hurlers are set, beginning with a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday."If everything works out, the rotation is written out through the end of the year," Piniella said. "Staying healthy is the key."
CHC: RHP Ryan Dempster (15-6, 2.99 ERA)
In his next start, Dempster will be vying for his career-high 16th win once again. The right-hander suffered a rare loss at home in his last start, against Houston. He gave up three runs on eight hits in seven innings, but the Cubs' offense continued to sputter. Since the All-Star break, Dempster is 5-2 with a 2.44 ERA. STL: RHP Kyle Lohse (13-6, 3.76 ERA)
Ever wonder why statheads say wins don't matter? Take a look at Lohse's past four starts. He's pitched 26 innings, allowing eight runs for a 2.77 ERA. He's struck out 18 against eight walks, and given up exactly one home run. To top it off, three of those four starts have come in three of the most hitter-friendly parks in baseball -- in Cincinnati, Houston and Phoenix. And yet he's 0-1 in those games. Can somebody please buy this guy a break? Tidbits
Jon Lieber has returned home to Mobile, Ala., telling Cubs general manager Jim Hendry his arm is sore and he's unable to pitch the rest of the season. Lieber, 38, was 2-3 with a 4.05 ERA in 26 games. ... Reliever Chad Gaudin will fly to Chicago on Monday to be examined by team doctor Michael Schafer. Gaudin has not pitched since Aug. 29 because of lower back pain. ... Bobby Scales hit a three-run homer and finished with four RBIs, but it wasn't enough as Oklahoma beat Iowa, 9-6, to even the best of five series at two wins apiece. The winner will face Sacramento in the PCL Championship series. ... Daytona beat Fort Myers, 5-1, in the first game of the Florida State League Championship Series. Tony Thomas hit an RBI triple in the seventh and sealed the win with a squeeze bunt in the ninth. ... The Cubs' game Sept. 20 vs. the Cardinals at Wrigley Field will now start at 2:55 p.m. CT to accomodate FOX. ... Geovany Soto will host the 2008 Rooters Ball at Harry Caray's Tavern in Wrigleyville on Sept. 18. Tickets, which benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, are $100 each and the event is limited to 250 guests. Some of Soto's teammates will attend to help raise money. ... Piniella was happy that Alfonso Soriano didn't oblige Cubs fans and take a curtain call after hitting his third homer on Saturday. "I'm glad he didn't go out," Piniella said. "I think I would've grabbed him if I'd seen him. That's what you'd call evicting road rage." We think he meant "evoking" road rage. It's Lou speak. Tickets
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Wednesday: Cubs (Rich Harden, 9-2, 1.99) at Cardinals (Braden Looper, 12-11, 4.09), 7:15 p.m. CT
Thursday: Cubs (Ted Lilly, 13-9, 4.43) at Cardinals (Todd Wellemeyer, 12-6, 3.74), 7:15 p.m. CT
Friday: Cubs (Jason Marquis, 10-8, 4.36) at Astros (TBD), 7:05 p.m. CT
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.