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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