Astros @ Cubs Game Two Preview.

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.

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3 Responses to Astros @ Cubs Game Two Preview.

  1. boze says:

    well overall it looks fine,there are a few mis spells in there but i was in a hurry for fear of losing the damn connection again……….

  2. bozecubbies says:

    nevermind i edited the mispells,its all good!

  3. boze says:

    SORIANO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YES 10-7,WHAT A BOMB

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