Lightning Prevents Cubs Charge

August 5, 2008

Well…we will never know if the Cubs would have mounted a comeback against the Astros last night. The lightning prevented a complete standard game, but by rules, the game was called in the 8th inning with the Astros leading 2-0.

Not to much to be upset about as the Brewers implosion continues. I am sure you have seen the video by now of Prince Fileder bitch slapping and shoving Manny Parra…With the Brew Crew losing the CUbs advantage remains at five games in the division.

Afternoon game today…not sure if we will get to a preview…if not check back for a recap later in the day.


Cubs v. Brewers Game Three Preview

July 30, 2008

The “homers” says Cubs sweep. The analysts say the Brewers should win. The Brewers are pretending it doesn’t matter. The Cubs are just focusing on what is going right. The statistics, which is the only thing that really matters tell the tale. The Cubs, no matter what happens for the rest of the series will leave Wisconsin in first place in the NL Central. That’s enough hyperbole for one post.

The big news is that Erin Andrews is covering the game tonight for ESPN. Actually, the big news is that ESPN isn’t airing another Yankees or Red Sox game.

Ryan Dempster is facing Manny Parra tonight.

Ryan Dempster vs. Batters, for 2008, Min. 0 PA’s, Sorted by PA DESC, Then by Name, vs. players for MIL
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 Braun            6     6   2  1  0  0   3   0   1  .333  .333  .500  .833   0   0   0   0   0
 Ray Durham            6     6   4  1  0  0   2   0   0  .667  .667  .833 1.500   0   0   0   0   0
 Prince Fielder        6     5   1  0  0  0   1   0   1  .200  .167  .200  .367   0   1   0   0   0
 Bill Hall             6     6   0  0  0  0   0   0   2  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   1
 Rickie Weeks          6     4   2  0  0  0   0   2   0  .500  .667  .500 1.167   0   0   0   0   0
 J.J. Hardy            5     4   0  0  0  0   0   1   0  .000  .200  .000  .200   0   0   0   0   0
 Corey Hart            5     3   0  0  0  0   0   2   0  .000  .400  .000  .400   0   0   0   0   0
 Jason Kendall         4     3   1  0  0  0   0   1   0  .333  .500  .333  .833   0   0   0   0   0
 Mike Cameron          3     2   0  0  0  0   0   1   0  .000  .333  .000  .333   0   0   0   0   0
 David Bush            2     2   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Jeff Suppan           1     1   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+

Has not faced: Russell Branyan, Craig Counsell, Gabe Kapler, and Mike Rivera & Has not faced pitchers: Eric Gagne, Seth McClung, Guillermo Mota, Manny Parra, David Riske, C.C. Sabathia, Ben Sheets, Brian Shouse, Salomon Torres, and Carlos Villanueva

Parra has not faced the Cubs this year so we are left to put up his career numbers…

Manny Parra vs. Batters, for Career, 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           2     2   1  0  0  0   2   0   0  .500  .500  .500 1.000   0   0   0   0   0
 Derrek Lee            2     2   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Aramis Ramirez        2     0   0  0  0  0   0   2   0       1.000               0   0   0   0   0
 Alfonso Soriano       2     2   0  0  0  0   0   0   2  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Ryan Theriot          2     2   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Jim Edmonds           1     1   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Ted Lilly             1     1   0  0  0  0   0   0   1  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+
 Total                12    10   1  0  0  0   2   2   3  .100  .250  .100  .350   0   0   0   0   0

Has not faced: Henry Blanco, Ronny Cedeno, Mike Fontenot, Kosuke Fukudome, Reed Johnson, Geovany Soto, and Daryle Ward & Has not faced pitchers: Neal Cotts, Ryan Dempster, Scott Eyre, Chad Gaudin, Rich Harden, Bobby Howry, Carlos Marmol, Jason Marquis, Sean Marshall, Jeff Samardzija, and Carlos Zambrano

As far as the analysis, It is a stretch to think that the Cubs are going to sweep the second best team in the NL, but when the Cubs started the year 0-2 v. the Brewers, it was Dempster who got the Cubs ship righted to begin the year. Also, Dempster has only one win on the road which was at Huston…do you bet on Dempster evening out his statistics and getting his road record closer to his home record, or do you bet the Brewers won’t get swept. It is such a 50 / 50 proposition that we are going to keep away form any sort of jinx and just enjoy watching the Cubs on national television.

Check back for the wrap up later.