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Tonight’s Cubs Starter — #21 RHP Jason Marquis (1-2, 5.08)

W-L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO
2007 — CUBS 12-9 4.60 34 33 1 1 191.2 190 111 98 22 76 109
2008 — CUBS 1-2 5.08 6 6 0 0 33.2 43 20 19 3 15 21


About Marquis
Jason, 29, signed a three-year deal with the Cubs as a free agent in the 2006 offseason … recorded 54 victories from 2004-2007, tied for seventh in the National League over the span with Dontrelle Willis
… tonight, makes his seventh start of the season, his fourth at home.

The durable right-hander has made 32 starts with more than 190.0 innings pitched and at least 12 wins in each of his last four seasons.

As a starter, has compiled a 67-63 career record with a 4.49 ERA in 176 career starts (524 ER/1049.1 IP).

His clubs have reached the postseason in all eight of his major league seasons
… in nine post-season appearances, has compiled an 0-2 ledger with a 4.57 ERA (11 ER/21.2 IP) and a .274 average against (23-for-84).

Has gone 56-26 with a 2.86 ERA (234 ER/735.2 IP) in 107 starts in which he’s gone 6.0 or more innings … his clubs are 65-42 (.607) in those starts.

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

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
Lost his second straight start May 4 in St. Louis
… allowed five runs on seven this and five walks while striking out four in 5.1 innings of work in the 5-3 setback.

2008 Season
Jason has fanned 21 and walked 15 in 33.2 innings of work this season.

Is 15-10 with a 3.92 ERA (86 ER/197.1 IP) in 36 career May contests (30 starts) … that’s the most wins and lowest ERA he has in any month.

Has walked two or fewer in four of his six outings.

Looking to end a three-game winless streak since his last victory April 19 in Pittsburgh … has a 6.23 ERA (12 ER/17.1 IP) in that span.

Holding left-handed batters to a .267 batting average (12-for-45), while right-handed batters are hitting .348 (31-for-89) off the righty.

The Cubs are 5-4 in Jason’s last seven starts dating to September 16, 2007, including a 3-3 mark this season.

2008 Notable Starts
Jason made his first start of the season April 5 at Wrigley Field against Houston and worked 5.1 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits with a walk and two strikeouts
… he did not factor into the decision of the 9-7 Cubs victory.

Earned his first win of the season April 19 at Wrigley, pitching in 6.0 solid frames, allowing one earned run on six hits
… walking one and striking out seven.

Of seven baserunners, allowed just one to advance past second base.

Recorded his second quality start of the season in Chicago’s 4-2 loss to Colorado April 24 … did not factor into the decision despite allowing just two runs (both earned) on eight hits in 7.0 innings pitched.

Struck out four and issued a pair of free passes.

Tagged with a 10-7 loss April 29 vs. Milwaukee
… allowed five runs on 10 hits and an intentional walk while striking out two in 5.0 innings of work
… pitched with runners on base in every inning except the fourth.

2007 Season
Jason posted a 12-9 mark in his first season with Chicago … tied his career high with 33 starts, previously accomplished in 2006 with St. Louis.

Was 12-0 with a 2.17 ERA (28 ER/116.0 IP) in 17 starts in which he went 6.0 or more innings
… the club was 15-2 in those outings.

Went 5-0 with a 2.47 ERA (15 ER/54.2 IP) in eight starts from April 16-May 24.

Finished April 3-1 with a 2.35 ERA (8 ER/30.2 IP) in five starts – his best month of the season.

Produced a 3.67 ERA (43 ER/105.1 IP) in 18 starts prior to the break … was 6-4 with 5.36 ERA (51 ER/85.2 IP) in 15 starts after the break.

Did not allow a home run over his first four starts of the season, a career high … also turned the trick in his final four starts, September 11-26.

Reached a 1,000 innings pitched for his career June 25 vs. Colorado, striking out Jeff Francis in the second inning.

Made his lone relief appearance of the season September 30 in Cincinnati … allowed four runs in 0.2 innings of work.

Vs. San Diego
Career: 3-2, 3.47 ERA (14 ER/36.1 IP) in seven games (6 starts)
2007: 1-0, 1.38 ERA (2 ER/13.0 IP) in two starts

DATE SITE RESULT IP H R ER BB SO
4/16 Wrigley Field W,12-4 6.0 3 1 1 4 5
5/24 PETCO Park ND, 3-1 W 7.0 5 1 1 3 5

Vs. Padres Batters (AVG-AB-H-HR-RBI): Josh Bard (.333-3-1-0-1) … Michael Barrett (.391-23-9-1-2) … Tony Clark (.200-5-1-0-0) … Brian Giles (.250-8-2-1-2) … Adrian Gonzalez (.250-4-1-0-0) … Khalil Greene (.000-6-0-0-0) … Clay Hensley (.500-2-1-0-1) … Tadahito Iguchi (.714-7-5-0-4) … Kevin Kouzmanoff (.500-2-1-0-0)

Marquis’ Last …Victory: 4/19/08 vs. Pittsburgh (W, 13-1)… number of starts since then — 3
Complete Game: 5/9//07 vs. Pittsburgh (W, 1-0)
Shutout: 5/9//07 vs. Pittsburgh (W, 1-0)

Career Bests
Low-Hit Complete Game: Two-hitter, 8/27/05 @ Washington
Most Strikeouts: 13, 8/3/01 @ Milwaukee
Longest Winning Streak: 11 games, 5/31-9/4/04

Starter Stats
In his 176 big league starts, Marquis has:
One double-digit strikeout game (13, 8/3/01 @ Milwaukee).

Worked at least 6.0 innings 107 times
… at least 7.0 innings 60 times … at least 8.0 innings 21 times
… and has four complete games.
Issued two or fewer walks 101 times — including 18 no-walk outings
… his career-high walk total is six (4/8/03 @ Philadelphia and 5/19/05 @ Philadelphia).

At The Plate
AVG AB H 2B 3B HR RBI SH
2008 .143 14 2 2 0 0 3 0
2007 .139 72 10 3 0 1 4 4

M.L. TOTALS .205 396 81 24 2 3 33 19

Last Hit: 4/19/08 vs. Pittsburgh (double off Tom Gorzelanny) … number of at-bats since then — 8

Most Hits: 3 (twice), most recently 6/4/05 @ Houston

Most RBI: 3, 4/12/05 vs. Cincinnati
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