Astros @ Cubs Game Three Preview.

August 6, 2008

The Cubs should be riding high after yesterday’s thrilling come from behind win,They have won eight out of their last ten games and in all those games almost all cub hitters contributed with the occasional hero from time to time like yesterday with soriano but mainly its been a real team effort for the most part to get where the cubs are today.Where are they today?Well currently they are the hottest team in baseball once again,this has been said many times this year and by the stats,all the all-stars and their record among other stuff its hard to argue to say this team has not played hot for many periods of time this year.

The Cubs enter today’s game 68-46,that is the best record in the national league,not only do they have the best record in the league they are also currently tied with the Tamba Bay Rays for the best record in the bigs,Now that we got Soriano,Reed Johnson and Kerry Wood back from injuries in the last week along with pinch-hit specialist Daryl Ward the Cubs are all healthy so for me to say this team could start to run away with this division wouldn’t be way off base,i know there is still two months of baseball left and as us cub fans know ANYTHING can happen!

Looking ahead to today’s match ups:

Jason Marquis

  • #21 RHP
  • (6-7) 4.68 ERA 64 SO

Cubs: Marquis took the loss in his last outing, against the Pirates. The right-hander gave up three runs on eight hits over six innings and struck out two, but he didn’t get any run support, as the Cubs were shut out at home for the first time this season. Marquis did post his ninth quality start, but he has lost his past four decisions. The Cubs have scored one run or fewer when he’s on the mound in five of his past six starts.

Jason Marquis 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
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+
 Michael Bourn         3     3   1  0  0  0   0   0   0  .333  .333  .333  .666   0   0   0   0   0
 Carlos Lee            3     3   2  1  0  1   2   0   1  .667  .667 2.000 2.667   0   0   0   0   0
 Hunter Pence          3     3   1  0  0  0   0   0   1  .333  .333  .333  .666   0   0   0   0   0
 Miguel Tejada         3     2   0  0  0  0   0   1   0  .000  .333  .000  .333   0   0   0   0   0
 Brad Ausmus           2     2   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   1
 Lance Berkman         2     2   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   1
 Mark Loretta          2     2   1  0  0  0   1   0   0  .500  .500  .500 1.000   0   0   0   0   1
 Roy Oswalt            2     2   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Ty Wigginton          2     2   2  0  0  0   0   0   0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000   0   0   0   0   0
 Darin Erstad          1     1   1  1  0  0   1   0   0 1.000 1.000 2.000 3.000   0   0   0   0   0
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+

Has not faced: Geoff Blum, Kazuo Matsui, David Newhan, and Humberto Quintero & Has not faced pitchers: Brandon Backe, Doug Brocail, Tim Byrdak, Geoff Geary, LaTroy Hawkins, Brian Moehler, Wandy Rodriguez, Chris Sampson, Jose Valverde, Randy Wolf, and Wesley Wright

Well most cub fans would agree that Marquis is the weakest link in the starting rotation,He is just one of those pitchers that you don’t know what he is gonna bring on any given day,He also has showed over the years he either pitches a very solid game or a very awful game,Lets hope for the best.

Brandon Backe

  • #41 RHP
  • (6-10) 4.72 ERA 100 SO

Astros: Backe took a no-decision in his last outing but pitched well enough to win, allowing three runs over six-plus innings to the Mets in a game later won on Mark Loretta’s pinch-hit homer. Backe last faced the Cubs on June 20 at Minute Maid Park and yielded four runs over 6 2/3 innings, striking out eight. Backe is 3-6 with a 4.50 ERA over 13 games on the road this year. He has allowed 35 runs over 70 innings.

Brandon Backe 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
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+
 Ryan Theriot          7     7   2  0  0  0   1   0   1  .286  .286  .286  .572   0   0   0   0   0
 Mark DeRosa           6     6   1  0  0  0   0   0   2  .167  .167  .167  .334   0   0   0   0   0
 Jim Edmonds           6     5   2  0  0  0   1   1   1  .400  .500  .400  .900   0   0   0   0   0
 Kosuke Fukudome       6     5   1  1  0  0   0   1   2  .200  .333  .400  .733   0   0   0   0   0
 Derrek Lee            6     5   2  2  0  0   1   1   2  .400  .500  .800 1.300   0   0   0   0   0
 Aramis Ramirez        6     5   2  0  0  0   0   1   1  .400  .500  .400  .900   0   0   0   0   0
 Alfonso Soriano       4     4   1  0  0  1   1   0   1  .250  .250 1.000 1.250   0   0   0   0   0
 Henry Blanco          3     3   1  0  0  0   0   0   0  .333  .333  .333  .666   0   0   0   0   0
 Ryan Dempster         3     2   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   1   0   0   0   0
 Mike Fontenot         3     3   2  0  0  1   1   0   0  .667  .667 1.667 2.334   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
 Geovany Soto          3     3   0  0  0  0   0   0   2  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Carlos Zambrano       3     3   0  0  0  0   0   0   2  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   1
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+

Has not faced: Ronny Cedeno and Daryle Ward & Has not faced pitchers: Neal Cotts, Chad Gaudin, Rich Harden, Bobby Howry, Ted Lilly, Carlos Marmol, Jason Marquis, Sean Marshall, Jeff Samardzija, and Kerry Wood

Few Notes and things to look for in today’s game:

D.Lee is eight hits and three games away from 1,500 for his career in both categories,so he has a good chance to reach this milestone today.

Aramis Ramirez is one double and one home run shy of becoming the first Cubs player since Hack Wilson to tally 20 homers and 30 doubles in five straight seasons.Another player to watch for today to reach a great accomplishment.

With the 20th anniversary of the first night game at Wrigley on Friday, one might expect that game to be played under the lights, but like Wednesday’s finale, it will be held in daylight hours.


Pirates @ Cubs Game One Preview

August 1, 2008

After acquiring hurler Jeff Karstens from the Yankees on Saturday, the Pirates will get to see what he is made of when he makes his National League debut Friday against the first place Cubs.

Pirates: Karstens could flip-flop with Paul Maholm and pitch on Saturday, but while management makes that determination, let’s slot him in for Friday. Karstens came to Pittsburgh as part of the six-player trade that sent Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte to the Yankees on Saturday. This will be the right-hander’s first Major League appearance this season. In 2006-07, Karstens combined to make 15 appearances (nine starts) with New York, going 3-5 with a 5.65 ERA. He was 6-4 with a 3.80 ERA in 12 Triple-A starts this year.

Cubs: Marquis did not get a decision in his last start against the Marlins. He gave up six runs on nine hits and three walks over six innings, but did gut it out. Florida had opened a 5-0 lead after three innings and Marquis was able to stay in the game to save the Cubs bullpen. He made some mistakes — walking the leadoff man in the first and second innings isn’t a good idea — but was aided by a late inning rally from his teammates. He’s 2-0 with a no-decision in three starts this year against the Pirates.

Well after coming off one of the best sweeps all year the Cubs should be riding high with a ton of confidence going into this three game set against the Buccos. On paper this series would suggest the Cubs dominate the Pirates, their recent trades have left them with a much depleted offense losing Xavier Nady and slugger Jason Bay along with a few others. With tha being said, this is just coming from a twenty plus year Cub fan, it always seems the Cubs have more problems with the “not so good” teams then the ones with real talent. Like always its anybody’s game.

Jason Marquis vs. Batters, for 2008, Min. 0 PA’s, Sorted by PA DESC, Then by Name, vs. players for PIT
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
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+
 Nate McLouth          9     6   1  1  0  0   0   2   0  .167  .444  .333  .777   0   0   0   1   0
 Freddy Sanchez        9     9   4  2  0  0   1   0   0  .444  .444  .667 1.111   0   0   0   0   0
 Jose Bautista         5     4   1  0  0  0   0   1   1  .250  .400  .250  .650   0   0   0   0   1
 Ryan Doumit           3     3   0  0  0  0   0   0   3  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Jason Michaels        3     2   2  0  0  0   1   1   0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000   0   0   0   0   0
 Luis Rivas            3     3   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   1
 Raul Chavez           2     2   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Doug Mientkiewicz     2     1   0  0  0  0   0   1   0  .000  .500  .000  .500   0   0   0   0   0
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+

Has not faced: Chris Gomez, Steven Pearce, and Jack Wilson & Has not faced pitchers: Denny Bautista, T.J. Beam, Sean Burnett, Jason Davis, Zach Duke, John Grabow, Craig Hansen, Yoslan Herrera, Jeff Karstens, Paul Maholm, Ian Snell, and Tyler Yates

Jeff Karstens vs. Batters, for 2007, 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

I had to go back to 2007 cause  Jeff Karstens has not pitched in the majors this year,but as you can see there are very little stats to go off of what the Cubs have done against him. He has not faced most of the Cub hitters so it should be a interesting debut for the man.


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