No rain for the rainout
Jeff Stevens turned right back around after yesterday’s game, rejoining the team for injured outfielder Reed Johnson. Johnson was placed on the 15-day DL before the game with a left-foot fracture.
Right-hander Russ Ortiz (3-5, 4.75 ERA) pitches for the Astros.
Some homestand numbers from media relations
The Cubs are 5-1 with a .302 AVG/.401 OBP/.575 SLG. They have scored 6.8 runs per game and hit 2.2 homers per game.
Cubs pitchers have a 3.26 ERA that breaks down as follows: Starter ERA 2.61 (38.0 IP), and Relief ERA 4.50 (20.0 IP).
The team will leave right after the game for Miami. Harden, Zambrano and Dempster will pitch this weekend. The Cubs return 12 days later to host the Phillies on Aug. 11.
Keep an eye on
Andrew Cashner, the Cubs’ 2008 first-round pick, continues to throw lights-out since being promoted to Double-A Tennessee. He has a 1.09 ERA in five starts, striking out 21, and allowing just 14 hits and nine walks in 24.2 innings.