Game 32 Thread/Astros @ Cubs (Game 3 of 3)

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Game Time: 9 PM CST

SP Shane Reynolds SP Kerry Wood
4.33 ERA, 32K, 14 BB, 43.2 IP
  2-2, 5.89 ERA, 25K, 12 BB, 18.1 IP
2B Craig Biggio CF *Brant Brown
RF Derrek Bell 2B *Mickey Morandini
1B Jeff Bagwell RF Sammy Sosa
3B *Jack Howell 1B *Mark Grace
CF Moises Alou LF *Henry Rodriguez
LF *Dave Clark SS Jeff Blauser
SS Ricky Guiterrez C *Sandy Martinez
C Brad Ausmus 3B Kevin Orie
P Shane Reynolds P Kerry Wood


Kid K takes the mound today and will try and prevent the first place Astros from sweeping the series after Mark Clark's 7th inning meltdown last night. He'll also try to find some consistency after a string of good start, bad start in his first four games and lower that 5.89 ERA.

Riggleman changes up the lineup a bit, giving Martinez and Orie the starts today with the night game last night. I mean, it's just one game, what could possibly happen? Blauser is spared a benching despite the the 3-week slump he's currently making us witness. Sammy Sosa's offseason training regiment has paid off well to this point , a nearly 1.000 OPS to this point and now the home runs are coming in bunches.

Go Cubs!



Can we get Kevin Orie out of there, please? His 496 OPS is fucking killing us. Jeez, and you give Servais a day off, too?

The bottom of our order is terrible. Henry's struggling. Blauser's miserable. Martinez has NEVER been good.

God, I hope Kerry pitches well today. Need to get this long homestand going here.

amazing what doubling your payroll 10 years later can buy.

You got your pitchers reversed.

Speaking on ITunes, whatever that is, check out this new computer:

That's gotta be bad luck. Smooth move, Rob.


it wouldn't be a game preview if I didn't screw up the lineups or something...

19.0MB of 1.5GB - 3 hours remaining

All that, and it's the Houston broadcast? Grrr...

"the sandberg game" is on MLB Network.

The killer B's are going to eat the rookie's lunch.

He sucked last week when I saw in L.A.

Gave up a cheap grand slam to Piazza.

noticed something 10th, Lee Smith on the mound vs Ozzie Smith, 0-2 count

Ozzie hits a foul fly to the LF bullpen area where a fan reaches out for the ball and Sarge Matthews just misses it reaching into the stands as the fan reaches and deflects it. Matthews pounded his fist into his glove afterward which was demonstrative of frustration although not quite as intensely as Alou was. Tony Kubek said when Matthews reached into the stands it was "fair game" as long as the fan didn't reach onto the field (appropriate commentary for national tv).

It wasn't Steve Bartman who deflected it but there was a sense of deja vu (is there pre-deja vu?)

that lead to a 2 run inning, 11-9 cardinals going into the bottom 10th.

bottom 10th, Bowa and Hebner ground out...Costas giving the credits to wrap it up

Dernier up, 3-2 count

This was about the time when my kids said, "But I thought the Cubs won."

"Just keep watching," I said. "Just keep watching."

Ricky Guiterrez.... never liked that dude.

In non-baseball news, I'm already sick of this Monica Lewinsky thing.

Also, there are rumors that George W. Bush is thinking about running for president. After two terms of peace and prosperity under the Democrats, there's no way he'd ever beat Al Gore.

Anyone ever use this "amazon" company to buy anything?  Is this just some con?  Is it safe?

That's gold, Jerry. Gold.

Looking forward to a sea lion in the bottom of the second tonight.

Costas: our game today was produced by Ken Edmonson, directed by Bucky Guntz, Mike Weisman is the executive producer of NBC sports, coordination producer of baseball, Harry Coyle. 1-1 pitch...

Kubek (shouting in background): OH, BOY...

Costas: He hits it to deep left center...LOOK OUT, DO YOU BELIEVE IT? IT'S GONE!

11-11...on to the 11th.

Anyone start building their shelter for Y2K?

No, but I did go see the Blair Witch Project last night.

Scary stuff.

The way things are shaking out in next month's draft, I think we should take Corey Patterson.

That guy... he's going to be a superstar.

I don't know...JD Drew looks like a good college hitter. I always worry about those toolsy high schoolers.

5 tool center fielder, cannon arm, hits for power, runs like a gazelle, GREAT plate discipline he's a guarantee.

Sounds like a can't miss.

Sega is coming out with that Dreamcast September of 99, it'll put Sony and Nintendo out of business

Anyone catch that TV Nation show? Airdropping TVs over Afghanistan. HA! Funny.

I've never heard of that Taliban, but that Moore fellow is probably just looking for nothing to make something over. His show is pretty good, though...taking world events and social issues on with comedy. He should make another movie.

Damnit, I thought it was 9 Eastern, 8 central. I was racing to finish everything up and got into parachat, and didn't see anyone!

My bad. See ya in an hour.

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Q: How many historians does it take to tell time?

A: No good will come of this.

It's been a long winter.

Hmm, do I want to go out and play a round of Golf with my friend Dave? It's kind of cold and looks like it might rain. But hey, being a junior in college is tough, and it's not every day that you have a chance to go golfing... And it's not like I'll miss anything that I can't catch on Sportscenter.... Screw this, I'm going to go golf.

Garrett Anderson signs with Braves.

McGwire may already have 12 HR, but he's gonna choke down the stretch. I say he doesn't break 55. Griffey will probably be close to him, but Sosa will be lucky to hit 45.

I wonder what kind of nutritional supplements these guys are taking. They sure seem to be in great shape!

on oscar night? really?

f all of you. i would have loved to be part of this.

fyi have you heard of this Ricky Martin guy.

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  • "Like the Chapman deal for Cubs from on-field POV, wish I didn't now have to feel lousy following an otherwise likable Cubs team." @jonahkeri

    pretty much sums up my feelings

    Rob G. 1 hour 47 min ago view
  • You mean Yankees?

    QuietMan 1 hour 51 min ago view
  • Cards lose!

    billybucks 1 hour 58 min ago view
  • You do have a point. The TheoJed certainly would need to address this in a transparent way. Milton Bradley was no help to the team.

    The E-Man 2 hours 11 min ago view
  • FWIW, the Cubs would get a compensation draft pick between the 1st & 2nd rounds (around #35) if they extend a Qualifying Offer to Chapman post-2016 (probably about $17M), Chapman declines, and then he signs with another MLB club before next year's draft. 

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 17 min ago view
  • This all assumes Chapman doesn't want to be a free agent and possibly sign a $20MM+/year deal. We all know free agents get overpaid, sometimes dramatically (Hello, JayHey!). Not sure why Chapman would agree to the extension. If i'm is agent, I would tell him I could get I'm a $100M deal as a FA.

    billybucks 2 hours 24 min ago view
  • I'll root for the uniform and imagine it's left-handed Rod Beck or Randy Myers out there I suppose.

    Rob G. 2 hours 48 min ago view
  • Amen to this. I guess it's gonna happen and I'm gonna have to suck it up but I really despise domestic abusers with every bone in my body and cannot stand them on any team I root for.

    johann 2 hours 56 min ago view
  • I just prefer they don't  acquire players that choke their wives/girlfriends.

    Rob G. 3 hours 6 sec ago view
  • So you'd rather go with Blown Save guy, when you can trade a prospect who is blocked for one piece that could get you over the top to the Big Dance? That is pretty old thinking. This is not a move that they cannot recover from if it goes south. But the upside is potentially historic.

    The E-Man 3 hours 9 min ago view
  • I'd prefer it not happen too.

    Rob G. 3 hours 36 min ago view
  • it's a hell of a blockbuster, but it's for a guy who pitches 1/3rd of a season at an extreme premium considering the guy being traded and if the early extension $$$ rumors are true.

    it's one of those things that is bringing a guy at the top his game, but something is nagging me that this trade piece could have been put to better use.

    a huge part of me is all "hell yeah, top of the line producer"...another part of me is "hmm, that for that?"

    crunch 3 hours 39 min ago view
  • Still don't want. Kinda hope they can't work out the extension.

    Charlie 3 hours 51 min ago view
  • obviously not, and I'm sure they did their homework...just hope they have some better answers than the Yankees

    Rob G. 3 hours 51 min ago view
  • Chapman 12+ Career WAR. Currently 4.7:1 k-BB. With Rondon/Chapman/Strop/Nathan/Montgomery/Wood...Its the best pen I can recall other than Sutter or Lee Smith handling things themselves.

    Its gonna suck if he gets injured, and it appears he's not the greatest of characters.

    But, he'll have another Cuban to hang out with on the team.

    The E-Man 4 hours 13 min ago view
  • I agree with the names you mention but there are lots of names being tossed around still and there's that small matter of Chapman agreeing to the extension.

    Old and Blue 4 hours 19 min ago view