Reed All About It…Soriano Returns, Cubs Win

July 24, 2008

Someone reminded the Cubs that they are the best offensive team in the NL. Just in time to avoid a sweep at the hands of the D-Backs. The oh-fers were  erased finally for Geovany Soto (0-21) and Aramis Ramirez (0-26) who each got a hit tonight. Derek Lee (0 HR in July) homered to start things off for the Cubs in the first, which probably relieved alot of tension and loosened up the whole line up. They seemed to press less tonight. Kosuke Fukudome found his patience at the plate again as he walked three times.

The epiphany for the Cubs was the top of the eighth inning where it all seemed to come together. Ryan Theriot walked, Aramis singled…you had the feeling after A Ram got his single that a lot of things were getting ready to start working. Second and Third, one out. Geo Soto ends his slide with an RBI single. As we mentioned, Fukudome remembered he is a patient hitter and took a walk to load the bases. Micha Owings walked Mark DeRosa which plated Aramis. Leo Rosales relieved Owings and gave up a grand slam to Reed Johnson. 10-3.

Arizona plated three in the bottom of the frame but it was as close as they would come as the Cubs took the final game to keep a one game edge over the Brewers in the NL Central. Final score 10-6.

The Cubs head home to face the Florida Marlins for a four game set at Wrigley where they have dominated their opposition.

Check back tomorrow for the resumption of previews.


Wrigley Never Seemed So Far Away

July 23, 2008

Things have gotten so bad for the Cubs, that while watching this game and the lack of offense, I just kept thinking how badly I wanted to beat that little kid behind home plate with the D-Backs towel who sat there and waved that towel the whole effing game. When he wasnt waving the towel he was waving his arms…man that was annoying.

Another road loss tonight….still no offense. The Cubs need a home game in the worse way. As of press time, the Cubs are a little more than 42 hours away from the Marlins series at Wrigley. That puts the Cubs at 1-4 since the All Star Break while Milwaukee hasnt lost. Lead in NL Central is down to one game.

Hopefully Soriano back in the lineup tomorrow helps remedy some things and help the team avoid the sweep.

I will post recap links when they become available.


No Preview Tonight for Game Two

July 22, 2008

Well…in an attempt to change the luck of he Cubs offense I am going baseball player superstitious on you. I am offering no match ups, no OPS, no stats, nothing. This isn’t the end of the projections….just trying to change the mojo…this lack of offense has been ridiculous and I will do my part to change those fortunes.

If it works I will do recaps only tonight….I will keep doing recaps only until we win again…or at least until the Cubs can get home and get back on track.

WGN game tonight…everyone gets to watch…

If you are dieing for a preview click here. I wil be there for the first time chatting up the Cubs game.


Off to the Desert / Cubs v. D-Backs Game One Preview

July 21, 2008

From Chase Field
9:40 p Eastern

Rich Harden v. Randy Johnson

At their healthiest (Harden) and in their prime (Johnson), this would be quite the matchup of pitching studs. However, Johnson at 44 years old is here collecting $15 million a year to ride off into the sunset…his vest years clearly behind him. Harden (5-1) is the easy pick on paper against Johnson (6-7). But until yesterday the Cubs bats have been frozen stiff. Hopefully the short flight from Huston to the desert didn’t do anything to cool them  off from yesterdays output.

Harden should be solid on nine days rest. Marmol hopes to rebound to his former self when he blew what should have been Harden’s sixth victory back on July 12.

To the pitching outlook…

Johnson has not faced the Cubs this year…here are his lifetime numbers against the team

Randy Johnson 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
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+
 Jim Edmonds          30    25   6  2  0  2   3   4   7  .240  .367  .560  .927   0   0   0   1   1                
 Derrek Lee           24    22   4  0  0  0   0   1  13  .182  .250  .182  .432   0   0   0   1   0                
 Aramis Ramirez       19    17   3  0  0  1   1   1  12  .176  .263  .353  .616   0   0   0   1   0                
 Reed Johnson         18    12   5  1  0  0   0   2   5  .417  .611  .500 1.111   0   0   0   4   0                
 Henry Blanco         15    14   4  0  0  1   1   1   3  .286  .333  .500  .833   0   0   0   0   1                
 Mark DeRosa          10    10   1  0  0  0   0   0   2  .100  .100  .100  .200   0   0   0   0   0                
 Ryan Dempster         9     8   0  0  0  0   0   0   5  .000  .000  .000  .000   1   0   0   0   0                
 Daryle Ward           4     4   1  0  0  0   0   0   2  .250  .250  .250  .500   0   0   0   0   0                
 Jason Marquis         3     2   0  0  0  0   1   0   1  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   1   0   0   0                
 Carlos Zambrano       3     3   1  0  0  0   0   0   2  .333  .333  .333  .666   0   0   0   0   0                
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+
 Total               135   117  25  3  0  4   6   9  52  .214  .306  .342  .648   1   1   0   7   2                

Has not faced: Ronny Cedeno, Mike Fontenot, Kosuke Fukudome, Micah Hoffpauir, Geovany Soto, and Ryan Theriot & Has not faced pitchers: Neal Cotts, Chad Gaudin, Rich Harden, Kevin Hart, Bobby Howry, Ted Lilly, Carlos Marmol, Sean Marshall, and Kerry Wood

 

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).

Harden has only faced two current D-Backs in his career

Rich Harden vs. Batters, for Career, Min. 0 PA’s, Sorted by PA DESC, Then by Name, vs. players for ARI
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
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+
 Orlando Hudson        8     8   2  0  0  0   1   0   1  .250  .250  .250  .500   0   0   0   0   0                
 Tony Clark            3     3   1  1  0  0   0   0   1  .333  .333  .667 1.000   0   0   0   0   0                
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+
 Total                11    11   3  1  0  0   1   0   2  .273  .273  .364  .637   0   0   0   0   0                

Has not faced: Emilio Bonifacio, Chris Burke, Stephen Drew, Conor Jackson, Miguel Montero, Augie Ojeda, Mark Reynolds, Alex Romero, Chris Snyder, Chad Tracy, and Chris Young & Has not faced pitchers: Billy Buckner, Doug Davis, Danny Haren, Randy Johnson, Brandon Lyon, Micah Owings, Tony Pena, Yusmeiro Petit, Chad Qualls, Connor Robertson, Leo Rosales, and Brandon Webb

Not much to go off to determine or project anything….alot of rest for both pitchers…D-Backs are at home but like the entire NL West have a losing record v. the team with the best record in the NL…

Accuscore Predictions available by clicking here…

The information used here was obtained free of charge from and is copyrighted by Retrosheet.  Interested  parties may contact Retrosheet at “www.retrosheet.org“.



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