May 9, 2007

Pre-Game Notes - On Their Mound

MAY 9, 2007 AT WRIGLEY FIELD --- GAME #32, ROAD #19

RHP Jason Marquis (4-1, 2.09):
About Marquis:
Jason, looking to extend his current 4-game winning streak, posted 42 victories from 2004-2006 … the 42 wins were more than Barry Zito (41), Jason Schmidt (41) and Pedro Martinez (40) boasted in that same span. Marquis spent the previous three seasons with division rival St. Louis after pitching for the Braves from 2000-2003.

As a starter, has compiled a 58-53 record with a 4.38 ERA (420 ER/863.1 IP) in 143 career outings.

Has gone 47-26 with a 2.94 ERA (209 ER/640.1 IP) in 93 starts in which he tossed 6.0 or more innings … has an 11-27 mark with an 8.52 ERA (211 ER/223.0 IP) in 50 starts that lasted less than 6.0 innings.

Captured the 2005 NL Silver Slugger Award for pitchers … was the first Cardinals pitcher to win a Silver Slugger since Bob Forsch in 1987.

Has made nine postseason appearances, including two outings (one start) in the 2004 World Series as a member of the NL Champion St. Louis Cardinals.

Was teammates with Mark DeRosa and Henry Blanco in Atlanta from 2002-03.

Graduated in 1996 from Tottenville (N.Y.) High School, where he played baseball and basketball and was a member of the National Honor Society.

Last Time Out:

Spun a gem in the Cubs’ 7-1 victory May 2 in Pittsburgh … allowed 1 run on 4 hits and no walks while striking out 5 in 8.0 innings of work.

Threw 105 pitches, 74 for strikes.

Tale of Two Halves:

Jason Marquis is 41-24 with a 4.17 ERA (250 ER/539.1 IP) in 111 career games (78 starts) prior to the All-Star break. After the Mid-Summer Classic, Marquis has produced a 19-29 mark with a 4.81 ERA (219 ER/409.2 IP) in 89 games (65 starts).

Since the start of the 2004 season, Marquis is 32-17 prior to the All-Star break … the 32 wins in that span are the most among NL pitchers (Dontrelle Willis and Roy Oswalt are second with 31 wins apiece).

2007 Season:

Marquis has held the opponent to a .190 batting average (27-for-142), allowing just 2 home runs in 38.2 innings of work … has gone at least 6.0 innings in 5 of 6 starts this season. Is 4-0 with a 1.63 ERA (5 ER/27.2 IP) during his current 4-game winning streak … has allowed 1 or fewer runs in 3 of those outings.

Has gone 2-1 with a 1.73 ERA (5 ER/26.0 IP) in 4 day games.

Opponents are batting .212 (14-for-66) with runners on base.

Received a no decision in his Cubs debut, April 5 in Cincinnati despite allowing just 1 run in 6.0 innings of work … allowed 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 1 in the Cubs’ 5-2 loss.

Left the game with a 2-1 lead.

Tagged with the 4-2 loss, April 10 vs. Houston … allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits and 4 walks while striking out 3 in 5.0 innings of work.

Allowed all 4 hits in the Astros’ 3-run first inning … surrendered 3 walks and an unearned run in the fifth.

Earned his first win as a Cub in his third start of the season in a 12-4 win vs. San Diego April 16 … tossed 6.0 innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits and 4 walks while striking out 5.

Went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and 2 runs scored.

Was his first victory since August 30, 2006, with St. Louis against Florida (a 13-6 win) … had gone 7 starts without a victory.

Tossed 7.0 shutout innings against his former team, earning the 6-0 victory over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field April 21 … allowed 7 hits and walked none while striking out 5 and hitting 2 batters.

Was 1-for-2 at the plate, doubling in the fifth inning.

Defeated his former team for the second straight time, April 27 in St. Louis … tossed 6.2 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks in the Cubs’ 5-3 victory.

Had opened the season without allowing a home run in 30.2 consecutive innings before Yadier Molina’s 2-run shot in the seventh inning.

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