Game 47 Thread / Cubs @ Astros (3 of 3)
|SP||Sean Gallagher||SP||Shawn Chacon|
|1-0, 4.40, 10 K, 7 BB, 14.1 IP||0-0, 4.14, 35 K, 27 BB, 54.1 IP|
|SS||Ryan Theriot||CF||*Michael Bourn|
|RF||*Kosuke Fukudome||2B||#Kaz Matsui|
|1B||Derrek Lee||SS||Miguel Tejada|
|3B||Aramis Ramirez||1B||#Lance Berkman|
|LF||*Micah Hoffpauir||LF||Carlos Lee|
|C||Geovany Soto||3B||#Geoff Blum|
|CF||*Jim Edmonds||RF||Hunter Pence|
|2B||Mark DeRosa||C||J.R. Towles|
|P||Sean Gallagher||P||Shawn Chacon|
After going five consecutive series without a series win, the Cubs will snag their fourth series in a row if they can upend the Houstons.
Lineup changes galore this evening--Theriot hits leadoff, Fukudome moves up to second, and Hoffpauir gets his first MLB start (in left, not as a replacement for Lee at first, as we expected).
In putting together this post, I did a double-take when I saw that the veteran Chacon had started 9 games, pitched 54 1/3 innings and somehow had no decisions, but Baseball-Reference.com doesn't lie. Turns out Chacon has set a Major League record for starting pitchers by recording nine consecutive no-decisions to start a season. Why, he's the Switzerland of Major League starting pitchers!
Continuing on this international theme, if I could quickly think of a country that's been overrun numerous times in wars, I would say that's who Chacon is, vis a vis Aramis Ramirez, who is 10-for-17 lifetime against him with 5 HR, 13 RBI and a 2306 OPS. Ramirez, who was all but silent this past weekend against Pittsburgh, has been the biggest bat since the Cubs landed in Houston, raising his average 16 points with five hits, including a pair of longballs.
Young Gallagher beat the Pirates last time out for his first Major League win, allowing just 1 ER over 6 innings.
For Gallagher, that's two starts, one decision.
Shawn Chacon, take note.