Astros @ Cubs Game Two Preview.

August 5, 2008

Well After last nights rain out it really didn’t hurt the cubs in the standings as the Brew Crew dropped their game as well,I myself was at last nights game and i can tell you it was one of the most nastiest storms i have seen this year so i totally understand why it was called,the field,even though the tarp was on was just unplayable,the tarp kept blowing off due to high crosswinds thus soaking the infield,the outfield was a horrid mess also.As far as the Cubs mounting a comeback,yes we will never know but they wee looking very weak at the plate last night,They were also minus D.Lee who has played in all 111 games except for last night,He if anybody deserved the night off.

Lee was batting .289 overall, but was 1-for-7 in the past three games. His power numbers also have dropped. After hitting eight home runs in April, he hit five in May, and had two each in June and July.In Lee’s last 45 at bats he has 9 hits with one HR and 2 doubles along with 6 walks.

Looking ahead to today’s match ups:

Rich Harden

  • #40 RHP
  • (6-2) 2.04 ERA 131 SO

Cubs: Harden finally got his first win with the Cubs. The right-hander had fanned 10 in each of his first three starts for Chicago, but in his fourth against the Brewers, he struck out nine and got the “W.” Harden gave up one run on a solo homer by Prince Fielder. In fact, he’s given up three runs in his four starts with the Cubs, and all have been on solo homers.

Rich Harden vs. Batters, for 2008, Min. 0 PA’s, Sorted by PA DESC, Then by Name, vs. players for HOU
PI Click on the player name for a list of plate appearances between these players.
                    **PA**  AB  H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP G_miss YR_miss
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+
  No data, perhaps the minimum PA's are too high?
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+

Has not faced: Brad Ausmus, Lance Berkman, Geoff Blum, Michael Bourn, Darin Erstad, Carlos Lee, Mark Loretta, Kazuo Matsui, David Newhan, Hunter Pence, Humberto Quintero, Miguel Tejada, and Ty Wigginton & Has not faced pitchers: Brandon Backe, Doug Brocail, Tim Byrdak, Geoff Geary, LaTroy Hawkins, Brian Moehler, Roy Oswalt, Wandy Rodriguez, Chris Sampson, Jose Valverde, Randy Wolf, and Wesley Wright

It is safe to say NOBODY has done well against the hard-throwing righty this year since he is been in a cubs uniform,so without no stats above to go off of and him not facing most of the Astro hitters it could be more of the same today.

Wandy Rodriguez

  • #51 LHP
  • (6-4) 3.61 ERA 83 SO

Astros: Rodriguez struggled in his last start against the Reds, even though only one of the five runs he allowed was categorized as earned. Rodriguez allowed six runs on nine hits, including two home runs to Adam Dunn and another three-run shot to Ken Griffey Jr. in the series finale. The last time Rodriguez faced the Cubs, he dominated. On July 19 at Minute Maid Park, he yielded one earned run over 6 2/3 innings in a winning effort.

Wandy Rodriguez vs. Batters, for 2008, Min. 0 PA’s, Sorted by PA DESC, Then by Name, vs. players for CHC
PI Click on the player name for a list of plate appearances between these players.
                    **PA**  AB  H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP G_miss YR_miss
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+
  No data, perhaps the minimum PA's are too high?
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+

Has not faced: Henry Blanco, Ronny Cedeno, Mark DeRosa, Jim Edmonds, Mike Fontenot, Kosuke Fukudome, Reed Johnson, Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano, Geovany Soto, Ryan Theriot, and Daryle Ward & Has not faced pitchers: Neal Cotts, Ryan Dempster, Scott Eyre, Chad Gaudin, Rich Harden, Bobby Howry, Ted Lilly, Carlos Marmol, Jason Marquis, Sean Marshall, Jeff Samardzija, and Carlos Zambrano

As you can see above ,same deal here,Wandy Rodriguez has not faced most cub hitters this year,So this game may turn into a low scoring pitchers dual,obviously as we have seen Harden is Much more dominating then Rodriguez,Its anybody’s game today,Well most games are,whether looks decent for now,here is today’s whether report:

Sun and clouds mixed. A stray afternoon thunderstorm is possible. High near 85F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.

Looks like we will get today’s game in without any problem as far as the weather goes.


Lightning Prevents Cubs Charge

August 5, 2008

Well…we will never know if the Cubs would have mounted a comeback against the Astros last night. The lightning prevented a complete standard game, but by rules, the game was called in the 8th inning with the Astros leading 2-0.

Not to much to be upset about as the Brewers implosion continues. I am sure you have seen the video by now of Prince Fileder bitch slapping and shoving Manny Parra…With the Brew Crew losing the CUbs advantage remains at five games in the division.

Afternoon game today…not sure if we will get to a preview…if not check back for a recap later in the day.


Dempster Wins Away From Wrigley

July 20, 2008

I am not going to pretend like this is a relevant topic at 745p in the east. Most of you already know the following…

  • The Cubs Avoided a Sweep
  • Dempster got his first road win in two years
  • The Cubs Bats came back to life
  • Despite outscoring Houston in the series 11-6 the Cubs lost the Series 1-2
  • The Cubs have a three game set v. Arizona Starting tomorrow befor heading back home
  • Greg Norman did not close the deal
  • 100yi really needs to find a contributor or two

Do you want an excellent breakdown of the game since I was busy shooting 75 on the course today? Our friends (well we like them, we aren’t sure if they even know we exist) at Bleed Cubbie Blue have a complete recap of todays game that is far better than any network is giving. Click here to read the recap.

I will preview the D-Back series later tonight…

Is this what they mean when a reporter “mails it in?”


Cubs @ Astros Game 2 Preview

July 19, 2008

Carlos Zambrano.

That is the extent of today’s preview. Seriously. It is all you really need to know.

Okay, okay. In keeping with our pitchers v. batters relative to this years head to heads we will give you a look inside the starters.

Carlos Zambrano vs. Batters, for 2008, Min. 0 PA’s, Sorted by PA DESC, Then by Name, vs. players for HOU
PI Click on the player name for a list of plate appearances between these players.
                    **PA**  AB  H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP G_miss YR_miss
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+
 Geoff Blum            3     3   0  0  0  0   0   0   2  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0                
 Michael Bourn         3     3   1  0  0  0   0   0   0  .333  .333  .333  .666   0   0   0   0   0                
 Darin Erstad          3     3   1  0  0  0   1   0   2  .333  .333  .333  .666   0   0   0   0   0                
 Carlos Lee            3     3   1  0  0  0   0   0   0  .333  .333  .333  .666   0   0   0   0   0                
 Hunter Pence          3     3   1  1  0  0   0   0   0  .333  .333  .667 1.000   0   0   0   0   0                
 Miguel Tejada         3     3   1  0  0  1   1   0   0  .333  .333 1.333 1.666   0   0   0   0   0                
 J.R. Towles           3     3   0  0  0  0   0   0   2  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0                
 Brandon Backe         2     2   1  1  0  0   0   0   0  .500  .500 1.000 1.500   0   0   0   0   0                
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+

Has not faced: Brad Ausmus, Lance Berkman, Mark Loretta, Kazuo Matsui, David Newhan, and Ty Wigginton & Has not faced pitchers: Dave Borkowski, Doug Brocail, Tim Byrdak, Geoff Geary, Brian Moehler, Roy Oswalt, Chad Paronto, Wandy Rodriguez, Chris Sampson, Jose Valverde, and Wesley Wright

Now for the Huston starting pitcher; Wannd Rodriguez…

Wandy Rodriguez vs. Batters, for 2008, Min. 0 PA’s, Sorted by PA DESC, Then by Name, vs. players for CHC
PI Click on the player name for a list of plate appearances between these players.
                    **PA**  AB  H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP G_miss YR_miss
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+
  No data, perhaps the minimum PA's are too high?
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+

Has not faced: Henry Blanco, Ronny Cedeno, Mark DeRosa, Jim Edmonds, Mike Fontenot, Kosuke Fukudome, Micah Hoffpauir, Reed Johnson, Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez, Geovany Soto, Ryan Theriot, and Daryle Ward & Has not faced pitchers: Neal Cotts, Ryan Dempster, Chad Gaudin, Rich Harden, Kevin Hart, Bobby Howry, Ted Lilly, Carlos Marmol, Jason Marquis, Sean Marshall, Kerry Wood, and Carlos Zambrano

 Now you see why there is no story? Nothing to see here? We have nothing to go off of except Zambrano’s dominance at Minute Made Park…The Cubs are 9-3 since 2001 in Zambranos starts.

Here are Zambrano, career numbers v. the Astros and Rodriguez career numbers v. the Cubs

Key stats – Cubs .794 OPS Astros .721 OPS

Cubs bats wake up in this one. Zambrano gets his 11th win. Cubs 6 – Astros 3

 

Carlos Zambrano vs. Batters, for Career, Min. 0 PA’s, Sorted by PA DESC, Then by Name, vs. players for HOU
PI Click on the player name for a list of plate appearances between these players.
                    **PA**  AB  H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP G_miss YR_miss
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+
 Lance Berkman        67    54   8  0  0  4   6  13  16  .148  .313  .370  .683   0   0   0   0   0                
 Carlos Lee           48    44  16  5  0  4  12   4   7  .364  .417  .750 1.167   0   0   0   0   1                
 Brad Ausmus          47    41   9  1  0  0   3   5  10  .220  .304  .244  .548   1   0   1   0   2                
 Geoff Blum           23    22   5  1  0  0   4   1   8  .227  .261  .273  .534   0   0   0   0   0                
 Mark Loretta         15    12   3  1  0  0   0   2   1  .250  .400  .333  .733   0   0   0   1   0                
 Roy Oswalt           11     9   1  0  0  0   0   0   1  .111  .111  .111  .222   2   0   0   0   0                
 Hunter Pence          9     9   2  1  0  0   0   0   3  .222  .222  .333  .555   0   0   0   0   0                
 Darin Erstad          7     6   2  0  0  0   2   1   3  .333  .429  .333  .762   0   0   0   0   0                
 Kazuo Matsui          7     7   1  0  0  0   0   0   3  .143  .143  .143  .286   0   0   0   0   0                
 David Newhan          4     2   0  0  0  0   0   2   1  .000  .500  .000  .500   0   0   0   0   0                
 Michael Bourn         3     3   1  0  0  0   0   0   0  .333  .333  .333  .666   0   0   0   0   0                
 Miguel Tejada         3     3   1  0  0  1   1   0   0  .333  .333 1.333 1.666   0   0   0   0   0                
 J.R. Towles           3     3   0  0  0  0   0   0   2  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0                
 Ty Wigginton          3     1   0  0  0  0   0   1   0  .000  .667  .000  .667   0   0   0   1   0                
 Brandon Backe         2     2   1  1  0  0   0   0   0  .500  .500 1.000 1.500   0   0   0   0   0                
 Dave Borkowski        1     1   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0                
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+
 Total               253   219  50 10  0  9  28  29  55  .228  .324  .397  .721   3   0   1   2   3                

Has not faced pitchers: Doug Brocail, Tim Byrdak, Geoff Geary, Brian Moehler, Chad Paronto, Wandy Rodriguez, Chris Sampson, Jose Valverde, and Wesley Wright 

G_miss is the max number of games for which we don’t have data for this matchup
  (both players appeared in the game and may have faced each other).
  Retrosheet is missing about 200 games from 1956-1973.
Yr_miss is the number of seasons for which these two may have faced each other, but we don’t have data (pre-1956).


Wandy Rodriguez vs. Batters, for Career, Min. 0 PA's, Sorted by PA DESC, Then by Name, vs. players for CHC
PI Click on the player name for a list of plate appearances between these players.
                    **PA**  AB  H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP G_miss YR_miss
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+
 Derrek Lee           22    16   7  2  0  2   7   5   2  .438  .545  .938 1.483   0   1   0   0   0                
 Aramis Ramirez       18    18   4  0  0  0   0   0   3  .222  .222  .222  .444   0   0   0   0   2                
 Mark DeRosa          11     8   1  1  0  0   0   3   2  .125  .364  .250  .614   0   0   0   0   0                
 Ryan Theriot         10    10   5  2  0  1   1   0   0  .500  .500 1.000 1.500   0   0   0   0   0                
 Jim Edmonds           8     7   1  0  0  0   2   1   1  .143  .250  .143  .393   0   0   0   0   0                
 Jason Marquis         8     6   4  0  0  1   3   0   0  .667  .714 1.167 1.881   1   0   0   1   0                
 Ronny Cedeno          7     7   0  0  0  0   0   0   2  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0                
 Henry Blanco          6     5   1  1  0  0   0   1   1  .200  .333  .400  .733   0   0   0   0   0                
 Mike Fontenot         3     3   0  0  0  0   0   0   1  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0                
 Reed Johnson          3     3   0  0  0  0   0   0   1  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0                
 Daryle Ward           3     3   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0                
 Ted Lilly             2     2   0  0  0  0   0   0   2  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0                
 Geovany Soto          2     2   1  0  0  0   1   0   1  .500  .500  .500 1.000   0   0   0   0   0                
 Sean Marshall         1     1   0  0  0  0   0   0   1  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0                
 Kerry Wood            1     1   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0                
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+
 Total               105    92  24  6  0  4  14  10  17  .261  .337  .457  .794   1   1   0   1   2                

Has not faced: Kosuke Fukudome and Micah Hoffpauir & Has not faced pitchers: Neal Cotts, Ryan Dempster, Chad Gaudin, Rich Harden, Kevin Hart, Bobby Howry, Carlos Marmol, and Carlos Zambrano

 

 


No Offense…But the Cubs are Losers

July 19, 2008

A leadoff double in the bottom of the ninth and a bloop single was just enough to outlast the Cubs tonight 2-1 for the Huston Astros. Ted Lilly and Astros starter Brian Moehler were solid tonight each going seven strong and both allowing only one run.

Lee, Fukudome, and Ramirez were a combined 0-12.

All Star Break hangover perhaps?

Edmonds homered for the Cubs in the fifth and kept up his solid contribution, and as predicted Carlos Lee homered in the bottom of the seventh off of Lilly …who in retrospect was left in maybe just a little too long by Lou Piniella.

The Astros are leading the season series 4-3….and stats being stats, is why we pick the Cubs to win eight of the last eleven games from Huston.

Check in earlier for the game preview. We will be posting rather early as we will be taking in the British Open while previewing tomorrows game.


Cubs @ Astros Game One Preview

July 19, 2008

Brian Moehler

Ted Lilly

Needless to say, not exactly either teams ace….toss up…w/ starters.

I say Ted Lilly does what Ted Lilly does…give up a run or two early, then settle down. Moehler, I can honestly say I have to rely on the stats. So with out further ado….

Brian Moehler vs. Batters, for 2008, Min. 0 PA’s, Sorted by PA DESC, Then by Name, vs. players for CHC
PI Click on the player name for a list of plate appearances between these players.
                    **PA**  AB  H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP G_miss YR_miss
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+
 Kosuke Fukudome       3     2   1  0  0  0   0   1   0  .500  .667  .500 1.167   0   0   0   0   0
 Derrek Lee            3     3   0  0  0  0   0   0   1  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Aramis Ramirez        3     3   2  0  0  0   0   0   0  .667  .667  .667 1.334   0   0   0   0   0
 Geovany Soto          3     3   1  0  0  1   3   0   0  .333  .333 1.333 1.666   0   0   0   0   0
 Ryan Theriot          3     3   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Mark DeRosa           2     2   1  0  0  0   0   0   0  .500  .500  .500 1.000   0   0   0   0   0
 Jim Edmonds           2     2   1  0  0  0   0   0   0  .500  .500  .500 1.000   0   0   0   0   0
 Ted Lilly             2     1   1  0  0  0   0   0   0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000   1   0   0   0   0
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+

Has not faced: Henry Blanco, Ronny Cedeno, Mike Fontenot, Reed Johnson, and Daryle Ward & Has not faced pitchers: Neal Cotts, Ryan Dempster, Chad Gaudin, Rich Harden, Kevin Hart, Bobby Howry, Jon Lieber, Carlos Marmol, Jason Marquis, Sean Marshall, Kerry Wood, and Carlos Zambrano

 

Ted Lilly vs. Batters, for 2008, Min. 0 PA’s, Sorted by PA DESC, Then by Name, vs. players for HOU
PI Click on the player name for a list of plate appearances between these players.
                    **PA**  AB  H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP G_miss YR_miss
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+
 Lance Berkman         3     3   0  0  0  0   0   0   2  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Michael Bourn         3     3   1  0  0  0   1   0   0  .333  .333  .333  .666   0   0   0   0   0
 Kazuo Matsui          3     2   0  0  0  0   0   1   1  .000  .333  .000  .333   0   0   0   0   0
 Miguel Tejada         3     3   1  1  0  0   0   0   1  .333  .333  .667 1.000   0   0   0   0   0
 Brad Ausmus           2     2   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Carlos Lee            2     2   1  0  0  0   1   0   0  .500  .500  .500 1.000   0   0   0   0   0
 Hunter Pence          2     2   0  0  0  0   0   0   1  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Ty Wigginton          2     2   1  1  0  0   0   0   0  .500  .500 1.000 1.500   0   0   0   0   0
 Brian Moehler         1     1   0  0  0  0   0   0   1  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+

Has not faced: Geoff Blum, Darin Erstad, Mark Loretta, David Newhan, and J.R. Towles & Has not faced pitchers: Brandon Backe, Dave Borkowski, Doug Brocail, Tim Byrdak, Geoff Geary, Roy Oswalt, Chad Paronto, Wandy Rodriguez, Chris Sampson, Jose Valverde, and Wesley Wright

 What does all of this mean? Well, I’m late at getting it all out. Which is why being a one man show kind of sucks sometimes.

Big game for Soto. Fukudome gets healthy against Moehler. Carlos Lee hits a HR. Edmonds continues batting well. Cubs win 7-4.

I will be more diligent, getting the info out to you sooner tomorrow…busy day today.

 

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