After a odd and somewhat strange current of events along with some late inning drama and heroics at the ballpark yesterday begs the question… what will tonight bring as the Cubs open up a three game series against the Houston Astros? Hopefully it will bring more of the same…well without the drama of course. The Cubs are 5-4 against the Astros this year, the Astros don’t show it by their record but they have a lineup that can pack quite a punch at times with Lance Berkman, Carlos Lee, and Miguel Tejada just to name a few. We already know what the All-Star stacked Cubs are capable of.
Looking ahead to tonight’s matchup:
- #46 RHP
- (12-4) 2.90 ERA 126 SO
Cubs: Dempster held the Brewers to one run on five hits and struck out nine over seven innings in his most recent start. The right-hander picked up his second straight win on the road, so that’s not a problem any more. He was able to hide his delivery so well, the Brewers couldn’t tell when he was throwing his fastball and when it was his split. His approach was to get ahead in the count, and it worked. He is 1-1 vs. Houston this year, with a win July 20.
- #38 RHP
- (6-4) 4.23 ERA 50 SO
Astros: Moehler fell one out shy of his 11th career complete game and his first in eight years during his last start against the Reds, but the right-hander still walked away with his sixth win of the year. Moehler pitched well in his last outing against the Cubs, allowing one run over seven innings while taking a no-decision on July 18 at Minute Maid Park. He also faced them on May 19, allowing three runs over five innings in a losing effort.
Nobody on the Cubs has really beat up on Brian Moehler this year,career wise though Jim Edmonds has done some damage,In 41 plate appearances Edmonds has had 13 hits,6 of those hits left the yard along with 4 doubles and 11 RBI’S so it wouldn’t be “out of left field “for me to say he might he be in the lineup tonight.