Cubs “@” Astros Game Two Chat

September 15, 2008 is Monday..getting back into the swing of things.

Ted Lilly on the bump today taking on Brian Mohler. Talk about an unfair advantage…how in the world is the Astros lineup not shifted to get Oswalt in this series? Anyways…we will be here chatting the game. Congrats again to Carlos Zambrano for the no-no.

Magic number is at 7.


Baseball @ Wrigley North

September 14, 2008

The Cubs return to action tonight after hurricane ike displaced thier series wth the Houston Astros to Milwaukee, WI….just 90 miles north of Wrigley Field. Though the Astros will bat as the “home team” the decided advantage lies with the Cubs. The Cubs have won their last five at Miller Park including a four game sweep of the Brewers to close out the month of July. The Astros however are going for their seventh straight aginst the Cubs.

Hurricane Ike may have been a momentum killer for the Astros who were on a tear and won 14 out their last 15 games, while the Cubs had been struggling.  One Cub in particular, Carlos Zambrano had issues as of late including a missed start with shoulder tendenitis. Zambrano has had a 12 day layoff and should be rested and ready to take on Randy Wolf.

The Brewers will find themselves in an unfamiliar position of rooting for the Cubs in their own stadium. What ever you want to call what the Cubs have been doing lately with your choice of one of the “c” words, you have to classify what the Brewers have been doing as “c”  squared. They have let everyone including the Astros back into the Wild Card race in the NL. The Astros sit just two back, whereas they were 11 games back on August 27…just 18 days ago.

The Cubs magic number is down to 10 for the division and 8 for the wild card. As we have said before…Sunday is a tough day for us to chat, but we will try to check in later on the PDA to see if anyone is here. But, between flipping between football, baseball, and NASCAR and juggling family responsibilities (today is my daughter Sarhah’s first birthday…Happy Birthday Sarah!) we are more inclined to say enjoy your weekend…hopefully the game on Monday is actually shown on WGN.

Go Cubs.

Astros @ Cubs Game Two Chat

September 2, 2008

All right…two links for you tonight to follow during the game…

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Astros v. Cubs Game Review / Preview

September 2, 2008

Okay, we wont pretend the three losses in a row didnt happen. We just have no real reason here at 100 Year Itch to highlight it..let alone headline it. we know that the trolls are out there….bringing up September pasts and all of the bullshit that comes along with it….again – a loss is not something to dwell on. I dont have to go through the entire seasons slate of game to tell you that the Cubs are not the only team to lose three in a row at home…but I can also tell you it took nearly an entire year for it to happen twice at Wrigley….again, this is something that any fan, any team, any manager, any organization would take.

Besdies…Roy Oswalt was dealing…the Cubs never had a chance to get to the Astros bullpen yesterday…You gotta get the pitch count higher than 83 through seven….the Cubs clearly were not as patient as in days past. 3-o shut out to the Astros….tip of the cap to Oswalt. Read the rest of this entry »

So We Split….Big Deal

September 1, 2008

Today is the final day of the holiday weekend. All of my various sources of entertainment on the internet are basically mailing it in today…much like we have this weekend here at 100 Year Itch.

Cubs lost. To the Phillies I think. We split the series. Click on the Major Media links or go somewhere else if you want a real recap…We had to – We missed the game…first one in a month.

Everyone needs to recharge everynow and then…We needed it now more than ever.

I started the day off yesterday shitting the bed in my Club Championship…three OBs on one hole kind of took me out of the game….a 12 will do that to you. The pain that the 12 caused me was remedied by a healing six pack of Coors Light on the back nine. Eight Coronas were follwed by Five Natty Ice Lites…I felt like I was back in college. Then I remembered that I didn’t go to college. This is when I sat down and woke up seven hours later….thirsty as ever.

So…we didn’t catch the loss yesterday. Not going to pretend we know what happened. We can report with some degree of confidence that since the All Star Break that the Cubs are 9-2-2 in series played. I dont think that ANY team in baseball would not take that kind of a stretch. We have the Astros coming to town today…we are going to try to avoid our first three game home slide of the year.

Becuase it is a holiday weekend, we are on holiday and will be enjoying the game with a recovery beer or two in our hand. Watching…no preview today. We will try to be here chatting the game later. But if we arent  – you are welcome to hang out. Don’t worry about picking up after yourself….we will get the cleaning lady here later. Just turn off the lights when you leave if we are not here.

Enjoy your Labor Day. Thread is under this post for the game.

Cubs Third Inning Rout Paves The Way To Series Win.

August 6, 2008

The Cubs really flexed their muscles today at the plate with a offensive show,and a offensive explosion in the third inning scoring 8 runs.

Mark Derosa got the scoring going early who doubled in the second inning scoring Jim Edmonds,Im sure at the time Derosa didn’t know what was about to happen in the next inning.

Ryan Theriot singled,Aramis Ramirez and Jim Edmonds both walked to juice the bases for Mark Derosa in the third who launched a grand slam followed by Kosuke Fukudome who doubled,Then Geovany Soto was intentionally walked ,Next up was starting pitcher Jason Marquis who doubled to deep right field scoring Fukudome.

Then in steps Soriano who was the hero yesterday and didnt wait long to send the Cub fans into a frenzy again launching a three run shot,All though it was Derosa today that got the curtain-call,All eight runs came with two outs making the score 9-4 Cubs.

Then the Cubs didnt wait long to tack on two more runs,the very next inning Fukudome singled in D.Lee followed by Soto who hit a sacrafice fly scoring Ramirez.

This one was essentially over after three, with Mark DeRosa slugging a grand slam and Alfonso Soriano socking a three-run shot in the inning to back starter Jason Marquis, who tossed 6 1/3 solid frames to win for the first time since June 21.

Nobody in today’s Cub lineup had more then 2 hits,by looking at the score you would think just the opposite same could be said for hits,Looking at the score would lead you to believe the cubs banged out 15 to 20 hits,But they had as many hits as they did runs which was 11,Today was a case of Timely hitting and clutch hitting with the majority of runs being scored with two outs.

All though Mark Derosa was the man of the day today going 2-3 with a double and a grand slam along with 5 R.B.I.’s,Soriano continues to stay red hot as he went 2-5 with a 3 run homer giving him 3 R.B.I’s on the day.

The Cubs took the series with today’s 11-4 win over the Astros putting the Cubs at 69-46 and pushing the Astros back to 54-59,The Cubs stay 5 games ahead of the brewers as the brew crew defeated the Reds today 6-3.Tomorrow is a off day and a well- deserved one for this Cub team who has now won 9 out of their last 11 games.

After tomorrows off-day The St.Louis Cardinals come in for a big three game weekend series at Wrigley field.We will have a series preview posted sometime tomorrow.

One quick note: Cubs shortstop Ryan Theriot is day-to-day after bruising his left foot on a foul ball which caused him to leave today’s game in the fifth inning.

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.