Archive - May 5, 2006

GAME TWENTY-EIGHT IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT] CHICAGO CUBS (14-13, 5th, 4 GB) AT SAN DIEGO PADRES (13-15, 4th, 2.5 GB) Puppy Park, 9:05 PM CDT Weather: 65 degrees, cloudy TV: CLTV, DirecTV 745 Radio: WGN, XM 189
Chan Ho Park, RHP 1-1, 5.34 ERA, 30.1 IP 24 K, 6 BB, 2 HRCarlos Zambrano, RHP 0-2, 5.35 ERA, 33.2 IP 38 K, 25 BB, 4 HR
*Juan Pierre, CF *Freddie Bynum, LF *Todd Walker, 1B Aramis Ramirez, 3B Michael Barrett, C *Jacque Jones, RF Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B #Neifi Perez, SS #Carlos Zambrano, P*Dave Roberts, LF Mike Cameron, CF *Brian Giles, RF #Mark Bellhorn, 1B Khalil Greene, SS Vinny Castilla, 3B Josh Barfield, 2B #Josh Bard, C Chan-Ho Park, P

Cubs vs. Park: Neifi Perez: 14-41 341/391/439 4 BB, 7 K, 4 2B &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp John Mabry: 5-24 208/345/250 8 K Juan Pierre: 12-22 545/583/727 Todd Walker: 5-13 385/467/462 Aramis Ramirez: 4-13 308/308/385 Michael Barrett: 4-13 308/400/385 Jacque Jones: 3-12 250/357/583 Padres vs. Zambrano: Geoff Blum: 5-19 263/300/316 1 BB, 6 K Vinny Castilla: 7-15 467/529/533 2 BB, 1 K

I promise to never make fun of another team's lineup after the historic futility that the Cubs have managed to reap upon us the last 6 or so games. It's been ugly, almost as ugly as the bulk of Z's starts this year. Here's Zambrano's numbers extrapolated for a full 33 starts so far: 0-11, 5.35 ERA, 185 IP, 33 HR, 137 BB, 209 K It's seems pretty obvious what his problem has been so far and from the games I've watched it appears Z is attempting to strike out every single batter. Go back to serving up groundball after groundball Z, cause this team is in desperate need of a dominant starting pitching performance, especially one where we don't give up any runs early in the game. The Padres offense is pretty sad too, not quite as sad as ours so far, and certainly not as sad as the lineup Dusty decided to pencil in today, but pretty darn close. Normally seeing Chan Ho Park in the rotation would be a welcome sight, but Park's peripheral numbers are actually pretty good and I'm not sure our offense would fare to well if the Padres decided to resurrect Eric Show from the grave. Score some runs...somehow!!!

GAME 27 REVIEW
DIAMONDBACKS 6 CUBS 0
Recap | Box Score | Play-by-play | Game Chart | Photos
W: Jose Cruz (1-0) L: Rich Hill (0-1)
The Cubs probably couldn't wait to get out of the desert and head over to America's Finest City. They've scored a total of five runs in their last six games, a level of offensive futility the Cubs have achieved only eight times in the last 105 years. Truly, this is historic -- the last time it happened was in 1992, and you have to go back to 1968 (The Year Of The Pitcher) for a more anemic offensive display. The good news? Hmmm...Mark Prior appears to be over his food poisioning and back on track, Todd Walker is getting on base, Michael Barrett and Ronny Cedeno are still hitting well, and Glendon Rusch didn't stink up the joint in his first bullpen appearance. Other than that, well, criticism without offering solutions is just bitching, and I'm too jet-lagged to be much more coherent than that.
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