There won’t be any pressure on Tom Gorzelanny when he makes his 1st Cubs start against the Reds in Cincinnati on Tuesday night. Yeah right…
Newly acquired Tom Gorzelanny is scheduled to make his 1st start for the Cubs tonight in Cincinnati. Gorzelanny made 9 major league appearances for the Pirates in 2009, going 3-1 with a 5.19 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. Gorzelanny has also made 15 starts at Triple-A Indianapolis, going 4-3 with a solid 2.48 ERA, but he has not started a major league game since September 10, 2008. No pressure, right?
The Cubs are in a virtual tie with the St. Louis Cardinals for 1st place in the NL Central (the Cubs have played 4 fewer games than the Cards). The Cubs are hoping to put a little room between them and the Cards, as the Cubs play 2 more games against the slumping Reds, while the Cards have 2 games against the Mets at CITI Field, one of which is against Mets’ ace Johan Santana. After a Thursday day off, the Cubs have 4 games at Coors Field in Colorado against the NL wild-card-leading Rockies.
The Cubs are hoping that Gorzelanny can give the Cubs a little boost as he takes the spot of Ted Lilly who is on the DL with shoulder and knee issues. Gorzelanny should make 3 maybe 4 starts for the Cubs over the next 2+ weeks. Gorzelanny had this to say about the chance to start again at the major league level: “I know I can do it up here. I’m anxious to get that chance… I’m just getting prepared like I normally do. It’s obviously the first one of the season. I’ve done this before, and I know what’s expected. I just want to go out there and do my best and not worry about what’s happening on the other side other than the game.”
Nothing like throwing you right into the mix just days after a trade. Let’s hope Gorzelanny can at least keep the Cubs offense in games during his next few starts. With the offense performing at a higher level of late, as long as he doesn’t get lit up, the Cubs should have a chance to win each game he starts. Go Tom!