Game 55 Thread / Rockies @ Cubs (2 of 4)
|SP||Aaron Cook||SP||*Ted Lilly|
|7-3, 2.82, 35 K, 22 BB, 76.2 IP||5-4, 5.23, 58 K, 21 BB, 62 IP|
|CF||Willy Taveras||LF||Alfonso Soriano|
|RF||#Jonathan Herrera||2B||*Mike Fontenot|
|LF||Ryan Spilborghs||1B||Derrek Lee|
|3B||Garrett Atkins||C||Geovany Soto|
|1B||*Todd Helton||RF||*Kosuke Fukudome|
|C||Chris Iannetta||CF||*Jim Edmonds|
|RF||Jeff Baker||3B||Mark DeRosa|
|SS||*Omar Quintanilla||SS||Ronny Cedeño|
|P||Aaron Cook||P||*Ted Lilly|
With rain falling and plenty of those intimidating orange and red spots on the weather radar, we could well be looking at a rainout. That being the case, I'm going to save all of my good Omar Quintanilla material for another occasion.
This is the Rockies' only visit to Wrigley this season, and the Cubs have already made the trip to Denver, so a washout would presumably create a doubleheader. I imagine Saturday would be the DH day, so as not to complicate the teams' travel plans. (The Rockies play in Los Angeles Monday night, while the Cubs will be in San Diego.)
IF the game is played, the team with MLB's best record (Cubs at 33-21, .611) will be matched with one of the teams carrying MLB's worst record: the Rox and Seattle are both 20-34, .370.
Aaron Cook, who was very tough on the Cubs in an April start at Coors (8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) is scheduled to make his first-ever appearance at Wrigley Field. Scheduled Cubs starter Ted Lilly, who beat Colorado twice in '07, walked away from his last start, at Pittsburgh on Sunday, with an ND. He was tagged for 10 H and 4 ER in 6 innings.
Today's random positive thought: while the Cubs have won 33 games, they're actually underperforming against their Pythagorean record, which, thanks to the team's +88 run differential (far and away, the best in MLB), is 35-19. The Cardinals are 2 wins better than projected; the Astros are one better.
Today's random negative thought: the Cubs are hardly the first professional
sports team to attach some sort of cheerleading anthem to the at-game
experience, but I'll bet they ARE the first professional sports team to
feature an anthem that is, in fact, an extended jingle on behalf of the
television station that broadcasts their games. (From Go Cubs Go:
"...you can catch it all on WGN.")
Embarrassing isn't the word. I'll bet even as the late, great Steve Goodman, a huge Cubs fan, is enjoying each of these home victories from his La-Z-Boy in the Great Beyond, he's also thinking about how he might contact his agent so he can pull the usage rights to the song.