Game 46 Thread / Cubs @ Astros (2 of 3)

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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.


How oh how could Lou have sat Reed Johnson two days in a row?

We might as well forfeit. Without him we can't navigate our way to victory!

Forgive me Trans. Forgive me.

I don't want to speculate how relevant this is to the Cubs but the Bulls just beat 1.7% odds to get the #1 pick in the NBA draft. Is the city of Chicago now playing with house karma...?

Hunter Pence is the certified Cub Killer. I have no data to back this up, but it seems like he always comes up with huge hits against us.

Bad game. Soriano is back cold again, offense didn't do much. Edmonds double play hurt alot. Dempster has been good but he was a little too wild to deserve a win in this game. Ah well get em tomorrow.

This may be 3/44, but what the hell is that thing Dempster does with his glove during his windup? Timing mechanism? Trying to distract the batter? It's ridiculous.

We believe that he has been doing it all year... it came up in a thread last week.

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  • Rosenthal does it again! Comes in with a 3-1 lead in the 9th -- double, BB, HR...ballgame.

    Very nice win last nice -- could have caved in after the bottom of the first. It would be OK if guys stopped getting hurt, and if SF would lose a few.

    billybucks 1 hour 18 min ago view
  • Awesome. It wasn't long ago that he was kind of the best prospect coming through the system.

    Old and Blue 3 hours 13 min ago view
  • QuietMan 14 hours 25 min ago view
  • Javy's grunge dive into the stands for the popup was awesome - the hitting into the double play not so much

    Eric S 14 hours 54 min ago view
  • Third time I've tried to post this (forgive me if it winds up appearing three times)

    Junior Lake, batting 9th and playing RF for the Blue Jays...

    Transmission 15 hours 6 min ago view
  • *That was a fun HALF inning.

    Brick 16 hours 10 min ago view
  • this game is no longer awesome.

    crunch 16 hours 10 min ago view
  • he was awesome.

    crunch 16 hours 20 min ago view
  • I'm pretty sure that Len called Bryant's home run a Brexit.

    Old and Blue 16 hours 21 min ago view
  • everyone but heyward with a hit and a 3 run lead with coghlan on 3rd through 5 batters. hell yeah.

    okay, this is just silly. 19 pitches in, 1 out, 4 runs in, men on 1st and 2nd...hendricks up to bunt.

    ...and almora contributes the final out. that was a fun inning.

    crunch 16 hours 23 min ago view
  • this game is awesome already.

    also, there's a lot of cubs fans in the park tonight.

    crunch 16 hours 31 min ago view
  • Clearly, Joe Maddon is a Lineup Wizzard.

    Transmission 16 hours 32 min ago view
  • "Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Friday that Anthony Rizzo (back) is feeling better and it's "possible" the first baseman could return to the lineup Saturday."

    crunch 17 hours 54 min ago view
  • Maddon shore isn't afraid to bat a rookie 4th in the order.

    Old and Blue 19 hours 10 min ago view
  • how many pairs of dice did dusty leave hidden around the park when he left the cubs?

    crunch 20 hours 5 min ago view
  • Line-up shakeup, going all-2015 with pitcher batting 8th, Bryant 2nd

    J-Hey, Bryant 1B, Zobrist, Willson, Coghlan, Baez 3B, Russell, Hendricks, Almora

    Eric S 20 hours 29 min ago view