|SP *Glendon Rusch||SP *Wandy Rodriguez|
|CF Willy Taveras||2B Jerry Hairston|
|LF *Todd Self||SS #Neifi Perez|
|2B Craig Biggio||1B Derrek Lee|
|1B #Lance Berkman||3B Aramis Ramirez|
|3B Morgan Ensberg||RF *Jeromy Burnitz|
|RF Jason Lane||LF Jason Dubois|
|SS Adam Everett||CF *Corey Patterson|
|C Brad Ausmus||C Michael Barrett|
|Pitcher's spot||Pitcher's spot|
|Last start||L||6.0||3.00||1||1||9||at Tucson (hitter's park)|
|2005||4-2||46.1||3.69||7||16||48||8 starts, all AAA|
|Career vs Cubs||Major league debut today, on 3 days' rest too|
|Last game||ND||6.0||3.00||0||6||7||at Pirates|
|Career vs Astros||4-5||87.0||3.83||11||35||63||14 starts|
|Last start||L||6.0||3.00||0||2||3||vs Dbax|
|Career vs Cubs||2-3||39.1||3.89||3||12||31||6 starts|
|Last game||W||6.0||0.00||0||2||8||vs Fresno (beat Matt Cain)|
|Career vs Astros||Never faced Astros before|
|Last start||L||7.0||6.43||1||3||3||at Rangers|
|Career vs Cubs||1-1||17.0||5.82||3||8||16||3 starts|
|Last game||L||7.0||3.86||1||0||1||vs WSox|
|Career vs Astros||25-9||313.0||2.53||18||70||179||42 starts|
|Derrek Lee||18||353||429||765||Lee? Hot? Never!|
|Jerry Hairston||21||381||409||524||New ball magnet|
|Craig Biggio||22||318||348||545||Old ball magnet|
|*Corey Patterson||20||263||300||316||7 K, ew!|
|Jason Dubois||14||154||214||386||HR Sunday|
|Aramis Ramirez||18||133||278||133||One day he'll hit|
|Just about every Astro besides Biggio|
|Aramis Ramirez||Roger Clemens||15||538||600||769||HR, 2 BB, just 1 K|
|Derrek Lee||Roger Clemens||18||412||444||706||5 2B, just 2 K|
|#Lance Berkman||Greg Maddux||15||400||400||867||2 HR|
|*Jeromy Burnitz||Roger Clemens||22||381||409||762||2 HR|
|Morgan Ensberg||*Glendon Rusch||19||421||421||632||2 2B, 3B|
|Brad Ausmus||Greg Maddux||39||371||436||400||4 BB, just 3 K|
|*Ben Grieve||Roger Clemens||69||300||391||467||2 HR, 9 BB, 18 K|
|Craig Biggio||Greg Maddux||116||294||347||367||1 HR|
|#Lance Berkman||*Glendon Rusch||28||217||357||391||HR, 5 BB, 3 K|
|#Jose Vizcaino||*Glendon Rusch||22||300||364||300||2 BB, 2 K|
|Jerry Hairston||Roger Clemens||27||250||357||292||3 BB|
|#Jose Macias||Roger Clemens||16||200||294||400||HR!|
|Craig Biggio||*Glendon Rusch||41||243||333||297||3B, 4 BB, 2 K|
|Brad Ausmus||*Glendon Rusch||24||208||240||375||HR|
|*Corey Patterson||Roger Clemens||19||167||211||167||1 BB, 5 K|
|Michael Barrett||Roger Clemens||15||133||133||133||2 H|
|#Jose Vizcaino||Greg Maddux||30||103||129||103||3 H, 1 BB, 7 K|
|#Lance Berkman||Ryan Dempster||33||375||545||875||4 HR, 9 BB, 4 K !!!|
|Craig Biggio||*Mike Remlinger||15||231||333||538||HR|
|Craig Biggio||Ryan Dempster||33||233||303||467||2 HR|
|#Jose Vizcaino||*Mike Remlinger||15||308||375||308||2 BB, 3 K|
|Brad Ausmus||Ryan Dempster||23||261||261||391||3 2B, 0 BB, 6 K|
|Brad Ausmus||LaTroy Hawkins||17||188||222||188|
|Old Neifi--------------------------------------------------------------Babe Ruth|
Thank goodness for Jansen's 2 WP on Friday -- otherwise this would have been a sweep.
There seems to be a direct correlation with overconfidence in the Cubs offense against mediocre/young pitchers and really poor offense against mediocre/young pitchers. So, let's fear the Pirate pitchers!
Rizzo due for a power surge -- one HR in August so far. He truly does hit them in bunches.
Sometimes I'm not as supportive of Cahill as maybe I should be. There, I said it.
Rough 8th inning all around -- HBP, Cahill error, Javy's poor decision.
Oh well - given that the Cubs didn't look like they were going to score, it's better to lose in 9 innings, save the bullpen and get changed for the PJ trip home.
Baez still learning
heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.
he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.
stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.
that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.
brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.
Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.
video of Maddon.
always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.
#Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs
Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.
Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.
Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.
I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.
If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?
#Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.
Fun with FIP
- J. Hammel 3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
- J. Arrieta 2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
- J. Lester 2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
- K. Hendricks 2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
- J. Lackey 3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)