Game Thread: Cubs (45-54) @ Astros (40-58)

A couple items from the rumor mill...

Ken Rosenthal says the Cubs are running a Kosuke Sale. And Bruce Levine is apparently reporting that Ryan Theriot's stock went up over the weekend and that he is now on the radars of the Rockies, Padres, and Tigers. Tip o' the hat to @TheCCO, who passed along Levine's report, and also to Tim McGinnis of Aisle 424 (@Aisle424) who wrote so eloquently of Theriot:

Wonder what scouts valued more about Theriot this wkend? Lost ball in the sun, botched routine DP ball, his lack of range, or his TOOTBLANs.

Here are the lineups for tonight's series opener in Houston. No word on whether or not Bobby Valentine was consulted on the Cubs' order.

Cubs lineup v. Wesley Wright (0-0, 4.40; 2-0, 4.11 all-time vs. Cubs)
Colvin 9, Castro 6, Lee 3, Ramirez 5, Byrd 8, Soriano 7, Soto 2, Theriot 4, Silva 1

Astros lineup vs. Carlos Silva (9-4, 3.86; 2-1, 5.40 all-time vs. Astros)
Bourn 8, Sanchez 6, Berkman 3, Pence 9, C. Lee 7, Keppinger 4, Johnson 5, J. Castro 2, Wright 1

Comments

"Dodgers minor league outfielder Prentice Redman has been suspended for 100 games due to a second positive test for a banned amphetamine."

1- this dude is still out there trying?

2- non-pitchers on amphetamines is just sad...heh

Theriot is nothing more than Ryan Freel. Which begs the question... if you are looking for a cheap, weak middle infielder, why not just go get Ryan Freel?

aww...he's not that bad...nor does he pound a bottle of vodka a day. =p

hell, at this point i wouldn't be surprised to see riot as the 2nd baseman next year on a 2yr/5m deal or similar.

also, i don't think his 2nd is that bad...nor his range...

I think Theriot is better than Freel, especially at this point in time. But what concerns me is the comment you made about pounding a bottle of vodka a day. You said it like it's a bad thing.

Does MLB do random testing for vodka?

i think he was more of a whiskey dude anyway...hehe...wonder what he's up to these days

Theriot solves his running the bases issue for the first time this season.

Not to bag too heavily on Theriot... but how did anyone watching him play second base over the weekend come back favorably impressed?

His second base defense has been pretty solid, but he was really a butcher that one inning (Sunday night?).

About a month ago I heard Freel was playing in the Independent league, I think. One of those fringe minor league teams that signs all the retreads. I think Al Davis secretly owns the team.

Oh, yeah—Carlos Zambrano apologized for something or other.

http://es.pn/91JUeF

oh...this almost HR pulled (he dont pull shit) by m.bourne was interesting.

double.

go silva.

silva is hitting 88-90mph on his fastball, fwiw. he's throwing his slider, too.

seems he's healthy.

seems HOU also has a lead off a berkman single.

not bad through 5...awesomes.

Garza TB vs Detroit

he's faced the minimum thru 7
walked one

and it's done...no hittah...

They probably can't trade for enough offense to save their season. It's officially a two-team race in the AL central.

Yup. Had him on my bench. Sweet.

thank god.

I hate you, Garza and fantasy baseball.

Theriot goes yard.

Home run #1 and XBH #13 on the year (in 375 AB)

First hr in 700 ab's, was longest current streak.

Somewhere Rick Tellander is writing a new article accusing Riot of juicing.

Every starting position player gets a hit, and Cashner-Marshall-Marmol nail down the game. Good to see, but too bad they are 9.5 games back.

Cubs Win! Theriot Hits a dinger!

Chicago can't contain itself.

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/multiM...

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  • heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.

    he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.

    crunch 5 min 36 sec ago view
  • stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.

    that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.

    crunch 1 hour 11 min ago view
  • brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.

    crunch 2 hours 34 sec ago view
  • Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 30 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 21 hours 41 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 21 hours 47 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 21 hours 52 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 22 hours 3 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 22 hours 15 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 22 hours 40 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 23 hours 20 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 1 day 32 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 1 day 49 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 1 day 53 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 1 day 6 hours ago view