Cubs v. Birds….Review / Preview

Let’s play Jeopardy….Here are the Answers…

  1. Cautious
  2. Optimistic
  3. Both

Question – What are Cubs Fans?

I hate to always be that Cubs fan who gets ignored on some comment boards. Why do I get ignored? Usually because I am trying my best to inject statistics and I actually make relevant arguements against the Cubs nay sayers….it’s usually not alot of fun….becuase when someone say the Cub’s are chokers, cursed, etc. I throw stats at them….I get ignored….It is easier not to believe…Bullshit trumps reality in everyday life – Who knew that  Internet blog forums were a reflection of society? Spineless bastards. 

So in writing this preview / review, I sit in front of my computer as a cautiously optimistic Cubs fan. If I were to type 24 games over over .500, it doesn’t seem too big of a deal because the sentence itself doesn’t make too much of an impact. So let me sum it up this way…the last time a team in Chicago had the best record in baseball on August 8th, it was the Chicago White Sox in 2005. We know that the Sox went on to break a curse of thier own that year…..

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So Jim Edmonds kicked ass yesterday against his former team. We all know the Cubs won so I don’t have to go over the play by play so much, as I would like to point out the ancillary aspects of the game…

  • Since the All Star Break the Cubs Pitching Staff has allowed an average of 3.47 runs per game…and thats not adjusted for errors…those are just raw numbers….an unadjusted 3.47 era????
  • The Cubs are 13-8 Since the Break
  • Alfonso Soriano has been the best second half acquisition for any team in 2008…yeah I know…It was actually Reed Johnson
  • Since the All Star Break the Cubs have scored 131 runs….or 6.23 RPG……that is basically DOUBLING up the other team on average!
  • Jeff Samardzija…I have some numbers here that wanted to say something…
 Year Ag Tm  Lg  W   L   G   GS  CG SHO  GF SV   IP     H    R   ER   HR  BB   SO  HBP  WP  BFP  IBB  BK  ERA *lgERA *ERA+ WHIP
+--------------+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+------+----+----+----+---+----+----+---+---+-----+---+---+-----+-----+----+-----+
 2008 23 CHC NL   0   0   6   0   0   0   3  1    9.3    4    2    2   0    3   10   0   0    35   0   0  1.93  4.50  233 0.750
+--------------+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+------+----+----+----+---+----+----+---+---+-----+---+---+-----+-----+----+-----+
  1 Yr WL undef   0   0   6   0   0   0   3  1    9.3    4    2    2   0    3   10   0   0    35   0   0  1.93  4.50  233 0.750
+--------------+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+--+------+----+----+----+---+----+----+---+---+-----+---+---+-----+-----+----+-----+
 162 Game Avg     0   0  68   0   0   0  34 11  105.3   45   22   22   0   34  113   0   0   396   0   0  1.93  4.50  233 0.750
  • Well…as much as blogs have their limitations, that Samardzija line missed the point

1.93 ERA
4 Hits
2 Runs

  • I don’t know where they found this Harden guy, but he has been quite the gem too. 47 Strikeouts in 5 games?? Is that right?
  • 8-2 in their last 10…
  • 10 of their last 12
  • I am going to shut up before I jinx the whole season

Yeah, I know I say all of this in jest, but when it comes to arguing, it is best to have some ammo….I like the Cubs chances this year….even though I know this boasting will probably cost us a game today, I had to say it.

So on to game two….what’s the deal?

Well  – 100 Year Itch Contibutors are gonna be at the game….BozeCubbies, WisdomCube, and Man In The Box will be attending, which to me is a bigger story than the game itself, but we are a Cubs Blog so…

Here is the scoop

Todd Wellemeyer v. Carlos Zambrano

Here are Wellemeyer’s stats v. the Cubs this year…

Todd Wellemeyer 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
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+
 Derrek Lee            6     6   1  0  0  0   0   0   1  .167  .167  .167  .334   0   0   0   0   0
 Ryan Theriot          6     4   2  0  0  0   0   2   0  .500  .667  .500 1.167   0   0   0   0   0
 Reed Johnson          5     5   3  1  0  0   1   0   1  .600  .600  .800 1.400   0   0   0   0   0
 Geovany Soto          5     5   1  1  0  0   0   0   1  .200  .200  .400  .600   0   0   0   0   1
 Mark DeRosa           4     4   2  0  0  0   1   0   1  .500  .500  .500 1.000   0   0   0   0   0
 Mike Fontenot         4     3   1  1  0  0   0   1   0  .333  .500  .667 1.167   0   0   0   0   0
 Kosuke Fukudome       3     2   0  0  0  0   0   1   0  .000  .333  .000  .333   0   0   0   0   0
 Aramis Ramirez        3     2   2  1  0  0   2   0   0 1.000  .667 1.500 2.167   0   1   0   0   0
 Alfonso Soriano       3     2   0  0  0  0   1   0   2  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   1   0   0   0
 Jason Marquis         2     2   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Sean Marshall         2     2   0  0  0  0   0   0   1  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+

Has not faced: Henry Blanco, Ronny Cedeno, Jim Edmonds, and Daryle Ward & Has not faced pitchers: Neal Cotts, Ryan Dempster, Chad Gaudin, Rich Harden, Bobby Howry, Ted Lilly, Carlos Marmol, Jeff Samardzija, Kerry Wood, and Carlos Zambrano

But Zambrano’s Slightly better…Slightly is a nice way to say NO RBIs…but there I go cursing the Cubs again!

Carlos Zambrano vs. Batters, for 2008, Min. 0 PA’s, Sorted by PA DESC, Then by Name, vs. players for STL
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
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+
 Felipe Lopez          4     3   2  0  0  0   0   1   0  .667  .750  .667 1.417   0   0   0   0   0
 Rick Ankiel           3     2   0  0  0  0   0   1   0  .000  .333  .000  .333   0   0   0   0   0
 Troy Glaus            3     3   0  0  0  0   0   0   1  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Aaron Miles           3     3   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Albert Pujols         3     3   1  0  0  0   0   0   1  .333  .333  .333  .666   0   0   0   0   0
 Skip Schumaker        3     3   1  0  0  0   0   0   0  .333  .333  .333  .666   0   0   0   0   0
 Adam Kennedy          2     2   1  0  0  0   0   0   0  .500  .500  .500 1.000   0   0   0   0   0
 Braden Looper         2     2   0  0  0  0   0   0   2  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Yadier Molina         2     2   1  0  0  0   0   0   0  .500  .500  .500 1.000   0   0   0   0   0
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+

Has not faced: Cesar Izturis, Jason LaRue, Ryan Ludwick, and Joe Mather & Has not faced pitchers: Chris Carpenter, Ryan Franklin, Jaime Garcia, Jason Isringhausen, Kyle Lohse, Kyle McClellan, Chris Perez, Joel Pineiro, Russ Springer, Brad Thompson, Ron Villone, and Todd Wellemeyer

I keep fucking the Cubs with my predictions…so I will leave it to Accuscore to handle it for me. Click here for the complete forecast, but the Cubs are a 66% favorite tomorrow. West winds tomorrow…I think that means its blowing out –  right??? If not…Remember, I am not a weather guy – which gives me just as good of a chance to be right … 50 -50

To me the real story is my online buds getting to meet face to face tomorrow…take some pictures together to post ’em up on 100 Year Itch….some scratching picture preferably! I will be watching you from my outerspace web cam…..

I expect a full report, including pics from Cubbie Bear and / or Harry Caray’s…

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12 Responses to Cubs v. Birds….Review / Preview

  1. MikeyCHX says:

    Seriously yo….i want to see some pictures in my email box at the end of the day, or in your posts…if you do not know how to do this…ask me..ill tell you how

  2. boze says:

    ok i dunno wtf is going here……………..im at Wrigley and cube is not in my seats??????????nobody is stting in my seats,i had given my tix to a friend this morning b/c i could not meet cube today like me and him talked about lastnight,so i sent my friend and he has my fucking cell phone so he could get a hold of cube to find out where to meet him to give him the tickets……….im here with another friend sitting in some shitty seats today………i keep calling my damn cell and im not getting a answer……….mb cube and whoever he is with is just running late or mb they went to get some food,i asked a few people that i sit next to all the time up here,”has anybody been in my seats today” and they said no…..so either he’s not here yet or he had some problems,shitty thing is i gave the tix to my friend to give him,so if for some reason he don’t come i cant even sit in my own fucking seats!!!!!!!

  3. boze says:

    do u have ANY idea how to get a hold of cube,the only way i can is with my cell phone cause the number is programmed into it which i don’t fucking have

  4. MikeyCHX says:

    have you met anyone yet?

  5. MikeyCHX says:

    no…ive never talked to cube…but i ALWAYS have my cell phone with me…dumb ass….

    / kidding…you guys will hook up Im sure

  6. boze says:

    UNREAL bro……………no cube,he just aint here,i have NO idea wtf is going on……….as far as man in the box,well i can’t find him either,is he here today or is he gonna be here tomorrow???……………….on another note THESE FUCKING SEATS IM SITTING IN SUCK!!!!!!

    also i wouls have my phone but i had to give it to my friend john so he could talk with cube to meet up with him to give him the tickets,i have no idea were the fuck john is either……….this is starting to really piss me off!!!!

  7. MikeyCHX says:

    mna this si bullshit, becuse this is a nationall televised game…icant watch it…so we are both fucked…ill probably miss a big come back

  8. MikeyCHX says:

    so im stuck watching yankees angels…this is bullshit

  9. boze says:

    i agree today was TOTAL FUCKING BULLSHIT,i still aint heard from anyone……..im on my way home to try to find out were my stupid ass friend john is and wtf happened to cube???

  10. boze says:

    we got are ass kicked 12-3 anyway,i was so pissed off about everything,i left the game in the 8th and went to the cubbie bear.

  11. MikeyCHX says:

    i say we mail it in on this one….

    we will win the series tomorrow, so no bggie

  12. AlexM says:

    I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

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