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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  • If my math is correct, if the Cubs play .500 baseball for the rest of the season, they will finish with 99 wins. I only just confirmed through Baseball Reference that 97 wins last year (and 2008) were the most Cubs wins in my lifetime. I think that last year while Arrieta was pitching better than Cy F. Young I didn't really get or appreciate what he was doing. I'm trying to try to grasp in the moment just how fucking remarkable this season is.

    Jackstraw 9 sec ago view
  • This is awesome.

    (CSN Chicago will air Vin Scully's call of the Sunday Cubs vs. Dodgers game...well for an inning at least)


    Rob G. 59 min 8 sec ago view
  • I figured this was going to be the most meaningless regular season in Cubs history...and it is pretty much on point, although I certainly didn't think we'd have close to a 14 game lead.

    But, one bad hop in game 1 in October could change absolutely everything we will remember about this year.

    blockhead25 1 hour 36 min ago view
  • oh he's great, there's like 10 great pitchers in the NL right now that can flat out dominate though. Picking #2 (behind Kershaw) doesn't matter much to me right now. Much like whom the Cubs will play in the playoffs won't matter much, they're gonna be good teams.

    Rob G. 1 hour 49 min ago view
  • The Cubs great pitching has a lot more to do with their great defense this year and plenty of good luck  (#1 in ERA, #4 in FIP behind Nats, Mets and Dodgers with a rather ridiculous .258 BABIP against Cubs' pitchers).

    Cubs pitchers do strike out more hitters than Giants pitchers and do walk more hitters than Giants pitchers so that's a few more balls in play. Cubs' pitchers actually have a higher groundball rate though. Crawford is just really good and baseball happens.

    Rob G. 1 hour 51 min ago view
  • i do what i want.

    i run with 12 gangs and we only commit hate crimes.

    i do what i want.

    crunch 2 hours 56 min ago view
  • I was asking how well Scherzer holds on runners.


    BTW, your used underwear remark sounds rather specific. Please don't project. Thanks.

    Tito 3 hours 24 min ago view
  • nothing gets you going like someone talking about lester, eh?

    i hope you're on his payroll or he sends you used underwear or whatever you're into.

    btw, he holds runners like shit. he does things with runners i've never seen another pitcher do in my life...even going back before i was born as far as i can tell. would you like to discuss it? that sounds like it could be educational and fun. hit me up, bruh.

    crunch 3 hours 27 min ago view
  • last year they won 97...and came in 3rd in the division. crazy game on a year-to-year basis.

    this year it's likely no one else in the division will win 90, though it's technically possible at this point.

    no matter what, this is a special team, though...very well rounded...and should be mostly intact next year with a bonus schwarber. chapman may not be around, but whatever...rondon and crew are capable even if not on chapman's level.

    crunch 3 hours 28 min ago view
  • How well does he hold on runners?


    Tito 5 hours 23 min ago view
  • It's August 26. Cubs with 14 game lead. And not for #1 draft pick.

    Words I never thought I would type together.

    Jackstraw 5 hours 38 min ago view
  • One more victory to ensure a winning season!

    billybucks 7 hours 55 min ago view
  • If I were a betting man

    Give me the Dodgers tonite, not just because of
    Monty on mound.

    Two nights in LA for the kids? Woooo

    /Prove me wrong

    jacos 7 hours 55 min ago view
  • When Scherzer is on his game, he might the the most dominant and intimidating pitcher. A couple of games he has pitched against the Cubs when he had his stuff, and his mound presence was just powerful.

    billybucks 7 hours 56 min ago view
  • So are lack of chances due to the great pitching?

    jacos 7 hours 59 min ago view
  • TLS watch: 0-4 with Iowa last night. Saving his pinch hits for September.

    Cubster 8 hours 49 min ago view