Lots of Runs
The Cubs offense is riding high, scoring 3/4 a run more than the NL average per game. The pitching and defense have been below average, and it shows in the box scores.
Facing the south-paw Gorzelanny, the Cubs will use Reed Johnson as the lead-off hitter. That will make him the third different lead-off hitter since Soriano was hurt - and the third in three days.
Reed has hit lead-off 354 times in his career, and has been effective, and/or has been used there when effective.
Scout.com has broken and confirmed that Matt Murton's last minute scratch from the Iowa@New Orleans game was indeed due to his call-up.
Look for Matt to get the start in left, with erstwhile outfielder Mark DeRosa bumping Mike Fontenot to the bench as he returns to the infield. Eric Patterson is a likely candidate for a demotion, but, if I were Felix Pie, I'd be shutting off my phone.