Pirates @ Cubs Game Three Preview

The Cubs’ starting pitchers continue to one-up each other. Carlos Zambrano is next in line for today’s series finale.

Chicago starters have tossed six quality starts in a row, starting with Ted Lilly in the series opener against Milwaukee on Monday. Zambrano, the staff ace, looks to make it a week’s worth of strong outings in today’s finale against Pittsburgh.

Well it’s worth saying the Cubs offense came back to life, not as much as what they are capable of but none the less we will take it after being shutout the first game of the series, one hitter Ive noticed in the Cubs lineup that is not “breaking out”or to put it simple, not hitting, I’m talking about D.Lee. He has just been awful since the All-Star break, according to baseballreference.com D.Lee has had eight hitless games since the break. He is a main guy in this Cub lineup and like Aramis Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano, he can carry a team on his shoulders when he gets hot, but D.Lee still takes his walks and brings that gold glove so even though he is not “on fire” at the plate he is still doing a decent job.

Looking ahead to today’s game:

Carlos Zambrano

  • #38 RHP
  • (12-4) 2.80 ERA 96 SO

Cubs: Zambrano struck out a season-high nine batters in a win over the Brewers in his last start. Big Z threw eight scoreless innings, giving up five hits and two walks. He also hit an RBI single. Zambrano now is batting .349 — and ranks among the NL leaders with a 2.80 ERA. He is 1-0 in two starts against the Pirates this year, facing them in back-to-back starts in late May. He went 4-1 in July, giving up seven runs over 35 1/3 innings.


Ian Snell

  • #45 RHP
  • (4-8) 6.04 ERA 90 SO

Pirates: Snell had arguably his best outing of 2008 against the Rockies at PNC Park his last time out. He struck out eight and walked only one on his way to a quality seven-inning performance. Manager John Russell said he hoped the start is a turning point for Snell. The right-hander hadn’t won a game since June 11. Snell is 1-5 with a 5.26 ERA against the Cubs in his career.


Carlos Zambrano 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          6     6   2  0  1  0   3   0   2  .333  .333  .667 1.000   0   0   0   0   0
 Freddy Sanchez        6     6   3  1  0  0   0   0   0  .500  .500  .667 1.167   0   0   0   0   0
 Doug Mientkiewicz     5     3   1  0  0  0   1   2   0  .333  .600  .333  .933   0   0   0   0   0
 Zach Duke             3     2   0  0  0  0   0   1   0  .000  .333  .000  .333   0   0   0   0   0
 Chris Gomez           3     3   1  0  0  0   0   0   1  .333  .333  .333  .666   0   0   0   0   0
 Jose Bautista         1     1   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Sean Burnett          1     1   0  0  0  0   0   0   1  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Luis Rivas            1     1   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0

Has not faced: Raul Chavez, Ryan Doumit, Andy LaRoche, Jason Michaels, Brandon Moss, Steven Pearce, and Jack Wilson & Has not faced pitchers: Denny Bautista, T.J. Beam, Jason Davis, John Grabow, Craig Hansen, Yoslan Herrera, Jeff Karstens, Paul Maholm, Ian Snell, and Tyler Yates

Ian Snell 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
 Mark DeRosa           3     3   2  1  0  0   1   0   0  .667  .667 1.000 1.667   0   0   0   0   0
 Kosuke Fukudome       3     3   1  0  1  0   0   0   1  .333  .333 1.000 1.333   0   0   0   0   0
 Reed Johnson          3     3   2  0  0  0   1   0   0  .667  .667  .667 1.334   0   0   0   0   0
 Derrek Lee            3     3   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Aramis Ramirez        3     3   1  0  0  0   0   0   1  .333  .333  .333  .666   0   0   0   0   0
 Geovany Soto          3     2   1  1  0  0   0   1   0  .500  .667 1.000 1.667   0   0   0   0   0
 Ryan Theriot          3     3   2  0  1  0   0   0   0  .667  .667 1.333 2.000   0   0   0   0   0
 Daryle Ward           1     1   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0

Has not faced: Henry Blanco, Ronny Cedeno, Jim Edmonds, Mike Fontenot, and Alfonso Soriano & 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

Ian snell has not faced the red hot Jim Edmonds this year but in his career against snell he has had 17 at bats against snell,out of his 17 at at bats he only has four hits but two of the four have been homeruns,so he might remain hot and crack a HR against snell today if he is in the lineup,another player who snell has not faced this year is Alfonso Soriano but in Soriano’s career against Snell he has lit him up in limited at bats against him going 6-12 with 3 homeruns and 5 RBI’s so look for him to remain hot and spark the Cubs offense today.

 Another game that on paper with are Ace going would suggest a blowout,but as we saw in game one of this series,its anybody’s game for the taking,Carlos Zambrano will look to improve to 13-4 and continue his Cy Young like year.


63 Responses to Pirates @ Cubs Game Three Preview

  1. mikeychx says:

    Man all of these early games just make working it for me a bit harder…so thanks for knocking out the preview..that was prettty cool with the game thread yesterday…i wish i was in front of a tv instead of at that shower…oh well…thanks for holding down the fort

  2. mikeychx says:

    ill be back at game time…maybe we can get wisdom cube and a few espn dudes over here….whatcha think?

  3. boze says:

    sounds good to me,i was gonna go to the game today again but a few things come up that i have to take care of(fixing my bike,and my moms car is here cause its not running)so i will be in and out on this thread,but i will be at the card series so we will see what we can get going for a live blog,we need some damn people over here for it.

  4. mikeychx says:





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  6. mikeychx says:

    alright here we go boys …Big Z on the bump….should be fun…Go Cubs!

    Pick to Click – Alfonso Soraiano

  7. mikeychx says:

    zambrano looks like hes pressing….he needs to calm his ass down

  8. mikeychx says:

    ill keep checking back so I am not talking to myself….so if you show up, i am here, just not self chatting…i dont need a keyboard to talk to myself

  9. bozecubbies says:

    ok im done fixing my bike and my moms car,what did i miss??i see its 2-2

  10. bozecubbies says:

    oh i will be a tomorrow nights game and i might take off work and go to wed day game,then off course a few at the cub-card series on the weekend,not sure how many yet,gonna try and get wisdomcube some tix to at least one game to the cub-card series this upcoming weekend.

  11. bozecubbies says:

    my late p to click is edmonds and im gonna say he hits the game winning run with a hr

  12. bozecubbies says:

    just as i said that edmonds just hit a double,ye hah

  13. mikeychx says:

    soriano let a run score in the fist inning by misplaying a ball…got the tv on low…cant tell you if it was an error or not

    big z gave up a HR

    but i like where this inning is going…back to back doubles 3-2 good guys

  14. mikeychx says:

    wow…three straight dubs!

  15. mikeychx says:

    wo…that was a ball….but still D Lee had plenty of chances there to get a hit when it mattered most…

  16. mikeychx says:

    can count on Rammy

  17. bozecubbies says:

    yup rammy is hot,always good for 30 plus homers and over 100 rbi’s

  18. bozecubbies says:

    WTF????why he coming out so early??

  19. bozecubbies says:

    somin is gotta be up,injury???god i hope not!!!!

  20. mikeychx says:

    i turned it up…did they say anything?

  21. mikeychx says:

    ok…theyre saying just to shorten him up

  22. mikeychx says:

    gotta love samrdzija….and wtf is that chick doing soduko for? I can see in between innings but…maybe she doesnt give a shit about pirates ABs….nice snag Rosa!

  23. bozecubbies says:

    i dunno wtf she was/is doing soduko for?

  24. bozecubbies says:

    yeah i dropped joel zumaya froma few of my espn fantasy teams and replaced him with samrdzija

  25. mikeychx says:

    what is your schedule like over the next few days? I am going to be in Salt Lake City

  26. bozecubbies says:

    uhhhh………i work but im not working long hours,usally 8 hour days now,things are slowing down for me at work which is great,for awhile i was working 16 hour days for about a month or so!!what are you going to salt lake city for??

  27. mikeychx says:

    i just purchased a home automayion dealership…have to go for training

    cubs games are during the day so…ill be in and out during games

  28. bozecubbies says:

    you want me to handle things here till you get back

  29. bozecubbies says:

    only thing is,doing recaps might be a prob,i will have to do em while trying to work and be in and out of the truck so i will miss some stuff,but i can handle it if need be,not really a huge issue

  30. mikeychx says:

    wow…youve gotta be fucking kidding me…why put cotts in to begin with….and then a 3-2 slider up?

    gaudin = godamn

  31. bozecubbies says:

    DAMMITT!!!!!SURE THAT AINT HOWRY IN THERE,dqamn,damn,damn..tie game!

  32. bozecubbies says:

    go-dan,means godamn your right.

  33. mikeychx says:

    all three runs with two out….for the pirates…thats very cublike

  34. bozecubbies says:

    ok that shouldnt be a problem at all.(recaps)

  35. bozecubbies says:

    was my preview ok today,i mean the stats from baseballreference,did it turn out right or did you have to edit it??

  36. mikeychx says:

    had to edit it….cut and paste from the top down….not bottom up…thats what “effs” it up

  37. bozecubbies says:


    GO REED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. mikeychx says:

    what a fucking stud this guy has been all year

  39. bozecubbies says:

    that is how i do it,so what else am i doing wrong???you might need to walk me through it again then over the phone after the game or when you get time??


  40. mikeychx says:

    little braun like though out of the box…but he was running hard….cant fault him for the “go ahead” not tie

    and sorian-oh my

    good day to be a cubs fan!

  41. bozecubbies says:

    yeah reed has really been somin else,what a great pickup,and he was cut from the jays,dumbasses!!well not really cause its great for us.

  42. mikeychx says:

    ill do it tomorrow night…ill be in a hotel room in SLC tomorrow night…youre doing it all fine

    wow thrree runs w 2 outs…see my previous post…very cub like!

  43. mikeychx says:

    between him and edmonds….

  44. bozecubbies says:

    sori has some braunn like moments at times,remember when he moonwalked backwards after hitting a hr of chris young of the padres last year??

  45. mikeychx says:

    yeah…but braun is second year…i guess, i am being a homer but – like i said u dont curtain call after a game tying HR

  46. bozecubbies says:

    whats odd is when i finished the preview for todays game,i saved it then went back and hit preview post and it looked just like it does now??like i said when u can call me and walk me through it again,then i will do a test one and you can see if it comes out ok.

  47. mikeychx says:

    we gonna hear it?

  48. bozecubbies says:

    yeah that was dumb curtain call.

  49. bozecubbies says:

    go cubs go

  50. mikeychx says:

    the only diference i ahve seen, because i have done it backwards too…just cut and paste starting at the top of the stats instead of at the bottom up…you are doing fine….what kind of feed back did you get at cubbie bear nad at the game?

  51. mikeychx says:

    ok lets listen in for a minute!

  52. mikeychx says:

    i invited like 8 espn guys…no one showed…wierd

  53. mikeychx says:

    back up to FIVE games

  54. bozecubbies says:

    yup 5 alive!!!

  55. mikeychx says:

    allright…ill recap…or do you wanna parlay the excitement?

  56. bozecubbies says:

    have at it!!

  57. bozecubbies says:

    remember we gotta figure out why my stats are coming up all goofy,no biggie just when u get the time gimmie a call or whatever.

  58. mikeychx says:

    and in a side note…the white sox are OUT of first place

  59. mikeychx says:

    all right…im out…ill get the recap…and try to call you in a bit

  60. bozecubbies says:

    huh.didnt even know that,griffey must be doing well,hahaha

  61. bozecubbies says:

    cool call me in a bit

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