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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  • bored...looking at stats for the hell of it...

    felix pena (26yo) moving to the pen in AAA is looking like an insanely good fit so far in a smallish sample size

    13ip 4h 3bb 20K

    remembering back to spring training he was regularly hitting mid-90s (though he didn't have a good spring stats-wise). as a starter in the minors he usually worked low-90s.

    this could be an arm worth keeping an eye on even if he's only a 1-inning guy who was "demoted" to the pen to start the year.

  • Phil, historically this front office has been patient with their prep pitchers keeping their IP low and moving them one level at a time. I know I'm getting ahead of myself, and you may not be able to formulate an opinion on this, but you've seen a lot of pitchers over the years, so...

  • nice.

    also, after tonight's loss, STL is 13-14.

    also also, the wsox are 19-8.

  • Win tomorrow, and the Cubs would have a 6-game lead. On May 4.

  • Fully agree on Addy -- hope he is our SS for a long time. I'm just surprised he has 4 errors already -- the last 2 on routine plays.

  • Guess how many Carlos Correa has?


    I would still rather have Russell, right now, than any shortstop the team has had in many years. The future is bright enough to wear shades.

    EDIT: Gonzo WOULD have been my favorite, 'cepting a certain error of a double-play ball...

  • Hi Phil, made it home tonight safely. Looks like Cease is getting better each outing. I see Crow did ok today too. I will be reading your write_ups everyday. Great seeing you while there!

  • tomorrow's game is a 12:35pm EST game for some ungodly stupid reason...then it's back to wrigley field for a night game on the 5th.

  • The best part of tonight's game was 6 different players with RBIs. Truly a lineup that doesn't give up top to bottom.

  • excubs [email protected]_NEWS

    Jake Arrieta first Cub to go 6-0 in first six starts since Three Finger Brown in 1908.

  • Russell now with 4 errors -- that's a big (unpleasant) surprise.

  • Thanks Phil!

  • Throwing error to 2nd on a possible double play ball.

  • 19-6...unf.

  • Can someone tell me what happened on Russell's error?

  • BILLY BUCKS: As things stand right now, Dylan Cease will be in the Eugene starting rotation when the NWL season begins play in June, and if he peforms well there he could perhaps move up to South Bend toward the end of the minor league season or for the MWL playoffs (if South Bend qualifies).