Game 2 NLDS / Dodgers @ Cubs
|SP||Chad Billingsley||SP||Carlos Zambrano|
|16-10, 3.14, 201 K, 80 BB, 200.2 IP||2008||14-6, 3.91, 130 K, 72 BB, 188.2 IP|
|0-0, 0.00, 3 K, 0 BB, 2 IP||Post||0-1, 4.37, 20 K, 6 BB, 22.2 IP|
|SS||#Rafael Furcal||LF||Alfonso Soriano|
|C||Russell Martin||SS||Ryan Theriot|
|LF||Manny Ramirez||1B||Derrek Lee|
|RF||*Andre Ethier||3B||Aramis Ramirez|
|1B||*James Loney||2B||Mark DeRosa|
|CF||Matt Kemp||CF||*Jim Edmonds|
|2B||*Blake DeWitt||C||Geovany Soto|
|3B||Casey Blake||RF||*Kosuke Fukudome|
|P||Chad Billingsley||P||#Carlos Zambrano|
It has taken a good 21 hours of self pity and a bracing White Sox defeat to clear my head and even let me think about previewing Game Two.
Yes, last night went down harsh, but from reading Rob's post and many of the ensuing comments earlier this afternoon, it is clear that there are still some optimistic souls in Cubdom. All I can say is, God bless you all.
Starters' Records Since 8/1/08
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Billingsley pitched twice against the Cubs this season. On both occasions, he matched up with Ryan Dempster. Once, Billingsley threw well (7 K, 2 ER in 6 IP); the other time, he threw not as well. The Cubs won both contests.
Among Cub hitters, only Jim Edmonds has more than 10 career plate appearances against the 23-year-old Billingsley, though Fukudome, Lee, and DeRosa have all tagged him for homers.
pitched twice against the Dodgers in 2008. In the series the Cubs swept at Wrigley, he held L.A. to a single run over eight innings, but was only spared a loss when the Cubs pushed across a run in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game, 1-1, before winning 2-1 in ten innings. Then in June, in L.A., Z was rocked for 7 runs and 13 hits in 6.2 IP as he took what was then just his second loss of the season. Five Dodgers had two or more hits that day, but Russell Martin was the chief trouble-maker, connecting for three hits, including a long homer.
Career-wise, Martin (8-for-13, 1513 OPS) and Andre Ethier (1038 OPS in 14 PA's) have battered Zambrano in limited exposure. Manny Ramirez faced Zambrano in 3 AB's when the Red Sox visited Wrigley in '05, and Carlos fanned him twice.
Do I need to point out that the Cubs have now lost seven post-season games in a row—a new franchise post-season futility record— and are 0-4 in post-season play under Piniella? No, I didn't think I did.
Finally, if it has ever occurred to you that divine intervention might get the Cubs to a World Series, you can forget it. Turns out this is all a big joke to Him.