Game 5 Thread / Astros @ Cubs (2 of 3)

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SP Roy Oswalt SP Jason Marquis
(2008) 0-1, 5.06, 6 K, 1 BB (2007) 12-9, 4.60
CF *Michael Bourn LF Alfonso Soriano
RF Hunter Pence CF Reed Johnson
1B #Lance Berkman 1B Derrek Lee
LF Carlos Lee 3B Aramis Ramirez
SS Miguel Tejada RF *Kosuke Fukudome
3B Ty Wigginton 2B Mark DeRosa
2B Mark Loretta C Geovany Soto
C Brad Ausmus SS Ryan Theriot
Roy Oswalt P *Jason Marquis












So here's where we are:

The Cubs need to win a game started by Roy Oswalt or be assured of having lost the season's first two series, at home, to division rivals Milwaukee and Houston.


The good news is, the Cubs have had at least a few productive offensive games against Oswalt (11-10, 3.97 lifetime v. Cubs), which is more than they can say about their encounters with Chris Sampson.

Cubs Record After The Season's First 4 Games

Year Record
2007 2-2
2006 3-1
2005 1-3
2004 2-2
2003 2-2
2002 1-3
2001 2-2
2000 1-3
1999 2-2
1998 3-1


For all you kiddies panning Pie's performance so far, this is your first chance to measure up his competition for the CF role.

Either way, I hope Johnson sparks something...we need the offense today.

Anyone else think Soriano and Ramirez will play well today because it's warm outside?

I have no problem with Lou shaking things up a bit. But I'm not sure why Soriano continues to get a free pass. He's looked absolutely clueless so far. Soriano batting in the leadoff spot makes no sense to me whatsoever. I would bat Soriano fifth behind Aramis and put Fuku in 2 spot.

Loving Theriot getting moved down in the lineup.

I like the new lineup. Lou's just not going to mess with Soriano's lineup spot this early in the season - except for moving from the #2 spot, which was a mistake to begin with.

Yeah, solo homers!

I'm sort of afraid to come into parachat.

The good news in all this mess, and I'm really annoyed that this team just can't get off to a good start, like, ever, is that D Lee has two homers already and is hitting .300, and this new kid in right field looks pretty good.

the Fukudome at bat in the 7th was a thing of beauty...8th pitch (3-2 count) in the sequence outside belt high lined to left with CLee doing a belly flop.

But the whole inning was terrific...just what the doctor ordered (according to Len it was 28 minutes long)

Lahey designated for assignment by the Phillies. We'll see if someone else grabs him.

that didn't take long....

They just signed Seanez, no room anymore.

Zeus with thunderbolts to Howry's rescue.

Howry/early '08 reminds me a lot of Howry/early '07, i.e., not so good.

I'd be okay with Wurtz and Howry switching bullpen roles thru May assuming Howry gets hot again like last year from June on ...

I like this new lineup. When Pie is in, put DeRosa or Fuku at 2nd, and let's stick with this one for a while. Until we (hopefully) trade for a SS later in the season.'s like better than losing.

Boo!!! Gagne nails down the save....

Lou in postgame
Johnson and Blanco to play tomorrow

For shits and giggles, what does Fukudome project out for the whole season at this pace?

From BR's page, if Fuku stays at his current pace for all 162 games:

486 AB
162 runs scored
243 hits
81 doubles
41 HRs
122 RBI
41 SB
0 CS
162 BBs
122 Ks
.500 BA
.625 OBP
.917 SLG (1.542 OPS)
301 OPS+
446 TB

Uh huh. Get him more ABs.

Thanks, Andrew.

Now I can have a happy dream when I go to sleep tonite.

cedeno had a good spring did he not? Why not just put him at SS. If you are gonna say cuz of his defense, then lets just let Theriot play.

I'd say at this point, lets give Cedeno one last shot. What do we have to lose really.

I breathed one big sigh of relief tho at seeing Lee's day. His first few games combined with spring training really had me a bit worried about him. Now time for Soriano to wake up and remember its baseball season. Anyone tell him spring training is over and the games count now?

give theriot a week or two more of "this" level of performance and cedeno might get SS.

theriot can multi-position-sub, pinch run, and as far as weak-hitting guys off the bench go...he's a decent enough early option. he does work the pitcher even if the outcome is rarely more than a 1-base performance.

to me personally, as long as cedeno can actually field SS without his arm playing him out of the position i could care less which guy (theriot/cedeno) gets the start.

Work the pitcher?

Even Soriano sees more pitches per at-bat than Theriot.

lets face it though lou likes theriot does not like cedeno

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  • The Tim Federowicz DFA expires today (Monday 6/27) .

    Arizona Phil 9 min 8 sec ago view
  • Unfortunately, Peralta is indeed an extreme flyball pitcher. Even when he was at his best (2011-14) he surrendered a lot of HR.

    He has had significantly better success versus LH hitters than versus RH hitters, thanks to a plus-splitter. So he will probably be used like a LHRP (even though he is a RHP).  

    Arizona Phil 10 min 20 sec ago view
  • "is the wind blowing out or in?"


    "get peralta up."

    crunch 46 min 40 sec ago view
  • Joel Peralta was one of Maddon's bullpen guys in Tampa Bay.

    Arizona Phil 52 min 44 sec ago view
  • Well there is no "You go, we go" without Fowler. The last week has showed how important he is to the Cubs.

    I imagine the Cubs getting back on track once we get some DL players back, but hopefully sooner rather than later.

    chitownmvp01 1 hour 15 min ago view
  • Well, there you have it. Bullpen fixed. Time to move onto the World Series.

    Eric S 1 hour 32 min ago view
  • I hope it is Jack Leathersich.

    James Watkins 1 hour 32 min ago view
  • Hearing its Peralta....Joel Peralta? Ugh.

    Dusty Baylor 1 hour 39 min ago view
  • ERIC S: The way it was done (with no immediate corresponding roster move) makes it look disciplinary. 

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 54 min ago view
  • I guess Joe and Jedstein did not much care for Concepcion's bases clearing double yesterday - he's on his way back to Iowa per twitterverse. No corresponding call up announced yet.

    Eric S 2 hours 8 min ago view
  • Other than the NL East (Dusty!), not much cookin' on division races. I am fine with that.

    billybucks 3 hours 45 min ago view
  • I love winning! It's, like, better than losing?

    billybucks 15 hours 53 min ago view

    Dusty Baylor 17 hours 17 min ago view
  • You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Larry!

    Jackstraw 20 hours 1 min ago view
  • Its too bad Warren didnt get to pitch. He would have saved us.

    The E-Man 20 hours 18 min ago view
  • Whoa -- that Contreras play in the 8th looked too much like a "Schwarber" -- nearly crashed into the wall going full speed, with Heyward doing the same.

    New rule: if you are a catcher playing LF, and find yourself sprinting after a fly ball in the gap -- stop, let the CF go after it and get ready to play it off the wall.

    billybucks 20 hours 30 min ago view