Game 46 Thread / Cubs @ Astros (2 of 3)
|SP||Ryan Dempster||SP||Chris Sampson|
|5-1, 2.35, 48 K, 24 BB, 57.1 IP||2-3, 6.46, 18 K, 9 BB, 39 IP|
|LF||Alfonso Soriano||CF||*Michael Bourn|
|SS||Ryan Theriot||2B||#Kaz Matsui|
|1B||Derrek Lee||SS||Miguel Tejada|
|3B||Aramis Ramirez||1B||#Lance Berkman|
|RF||*Kosuke Fukudome||LF||Carlos Lee|
|C||Geovany Soto||3B||#Geoff Blum|
|CF||*Jim Edmonds||RF||Hunter Pence|
|2B||Mark DeRosa||C||JR Towles|
|P||Ryan Dempster||P||Chris Sampson|
It appears that the Cubs have the edge in tonight's pitching matchup as Dempster continues his march to free agency. The Astros counter with Chris Sampson, who has fallen on some hard times since we last left him . He's given up five or more earned runs in four of
his last seven starts and his 6.46 ERA is enough to make
Jason Marquis blush.
But it seems the 30-year old saves his best against the Cubs...
In three starts, one each in the last 3 seasons, he has a 0.96 ERA against the Cubs in 18.2 IP and a 2-0 record. If he can get a few more innings like that under his belt, he may very well earn a spot in the Cubs Killers Hall of Fame.
The Cubs win last night puts them a half game behind the Diamondbacks for the best record in baseball and already possess the best run differential in baseball. Yet that's not good enough to put them atop the Fox Power Rankings. At least Baseball Prospectus got it right.