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.
SF continues their kickass losing streak (6 games). WAS is suddenly back in the WC competition mix via SF's suck. SF 7.0 games back and WAS 7.5 games back is a hell of a distance for either team to climb at this point in the season.
Nice stuff tonight... Brewers sweep Pirates, 5-3 Giants losing to Rockies 9-2, 5th Dodgers losing 2-0 to SD, early. Corey Seager strikes out in 1st MLB at-bat.
Still taking quite a bit of time
I was running something that probably slowed it down. Should be much better now
Is it me, or is the site taking fo-r-ev-er to load?
Trying to make comments dynamic such that one displays to everyone in the comments section as well as in the recent comments blocks immediately after it's posted (i.e. no refresh required). Second test
It's Magic. http://tinyurl.com/osa2pm2
"never been a fan of using closers in non-save situations." Tie game at home in the ninth, there can never be a save situation. So you're saying, don't use your best reliever today.
Sorry if this was covered in a different thread, but while I overall like this new design, the white type on the dark background is a killer. I may be in the minority on that. But again, nice job.
It was almost like Javy was saying, "see, O&B, same old Javy here." Guy's gotta learn you don't need to swing hard to knock a Chapman ball out of the park. Choke up, dude, follow Rizzo's lead.
The magic number is now 24.
Kershaw uses his 132nd pitch for his 15th K (Marlon Juice Byrd, with the tying run at 2nd), and the Dodgers sweep the Giants. Also, Pirates lose to the Brewers for the 5th straight time. So...with 30 to play, we are 6.5 up on SF (7 in loss column) and 8 up on the Nats, and still in contact (4.5 back) of the Pirates. Man, what a roller coaster the last 2 days -- fantastic stuff.
Schlitter still pitching for Iowa? Guess nobody wanted him?
JOHN B: Pierce Johnson and Rob Zastryzny were likely 2015 AFL candidates (I mentioned them as likely candidates to get assigned to the AFL in an article about the AFL last month) because they are starting pitchers who missed part of the season due to injuries and they need to accrue more innings.
I personally don't think managers use closers enough in tie games in the 9th. The mindset and adrenaline should be just like a save situation. You get the outs, you have a great chance of winning. You don't your team is screwed.