Submitted by John Hill on Mon, 05/23/2005 - 3:16pm
GAME 42 PREVIEW HOUSTON ASTROS (15-28) at CHICAGO CUBS (19-22) Wrigley Field, 7.05pm CT, TV: CSN, Fox Sports SW
They're like buses - you wait ages for one, and then two come along at once. Rookie opposition starters that is. Yesterday the Cubs got Brandon McCarthy, but they didn't manage to actually get to him. In fact, McCarthy was very impressive, striking out the first ever major league batter he faced (Hairston) and pitching a very solid five and a third innings before Guillen very cautiously lifted him. Today the Cubs get Wandy (yes, Wandy) Rodriguez, who starts in place of Andy Pettitte, and hopefully they'll at least give one of these two rookies a major league welcome to make them wish they'd never been promoted. Rodriguez doesn't have the same prospect calibre of McCarthy though, nowhere near - he's a
21, no, 25, er 26 year-old soft-tossing lefty out of Venezuela with a fastball, changeup, curveball arsenal that he throws for strikes, and at best he projects as the lefty out of the 'pen that makes up the numbers. He's going on just three days of rest and will be looking to end a five-game Houston losing streak.
[Update] According to Bruce Levine at least, the Cubs are about to pull off a big trade, but that's all he's saying! Talk about keeping us on tenterhooks! Anyway, speculate away amongst yourselves. All I have to say is that I hope that Corey Patterson, whose name seems to be getting bandied around quite a bit, isn't involved. This is no time to give up on him.
It's pretty staggering that Clemens can have a 1.29 ERA and his record only read 3-2. I just guess he doesn't know how to win games, always pitches just bad enough to lose.
Back to the eight-man pen it is.
HITTERS (LAST 7 DAYS)
TRACK RECORDS (min. 15 AB + BB)
LAST AND LEAST, THE NEIFI-O-METER!
* denotes left-hander, # denotes switch-hitter throughout
|SP *Glendon Rusch||SP *Wandy Rodriguez|
|CF Willy Taveras||2B Jerry Hairston|
|LF *Todd Self||SS #Neifi Perez|
|2B Craig Biggio||1B Derrek Lee|
|1B #Lance Berkman||3B Aramis Ramirez|
|3B Morgan Ensberg||RF *Jeromy Burnitz|
|RF Jason Lane||LF Jason Dubois|
|SS Adam Everett||CF *Corey Patterson|
|C Brad Ausmus||C Michael Barrett|
|Pitcher's spot||Pitcher's spot|
|Last start||L||6.0||3.00||1||1||9||at Tucson (hitter's park)|
|2005||4-2||46.1||3.69||7||16||48||8 starts, all AAA|
|Career vs Cubs||Major league debut today, on 3 days' rest too|
|Last game||ND||6.0||3.00||0||6||7||at Pirates|
|Career vs Astros||4-5||87.0||3.83||11||35||63||14 starts|
|Last start||L||6.0||3.00||0||2||3||vs Dbax|
|Career vs Cubs||2-3||39.1||3.89||3||12||31||6 starts|
|Last game||W||6.0||0.00||0||2||8||vs Fresno (beat Matt Cain)|
|Career vs Astros||Never faced Astros before|
|Last start||L||7.0||6.43||1||3||3||at Rangers|
|Career vs Cubs||1-1||17.0||5.82||3||8||16||3 starts|
|Last game||L||7.0||3.86||1||0||1||vs WSox|
|Career vs Astros||25-9||313.0||2.53||18||70||179||42 starts|
|Derrek Lee||18||353||429||765||Lee? Hot? Never!|
|Jerry Hairston||21||381||409||524||New ball magnet|
|Craig Biggio||22||318||348||545||Old ball magnet|
|*Corey Patterson||20||263||300||316||7 K, ew!|
|Jason Dubois||14||154||214||386||HR Sunday|
|Aramis Ramirez||18||133||278||133||One day he'll hit|
|Just about every Astro besides Biggio|
|Aramis Ramirez||Roger Clemens||15||538||600||769||HR, 2 BB, just 1 K|
|Derrek Lee||Roger Clemens||18||412||444||706||5 2B, just 2 K|
|#Lance Berkman||Greg Maddux||15||400||400||867||2 HR|
|*Jeromy Burnitz||Roger Clemens||22||381||409||762||2 HR|
|Morgan Ensberg||*Glendon Rusch||19||421||421||632||2 2B, 3B|
|Brad Ausmus||Greg Maddux||39||371||436||400||4 BB, just 3 K|
|*Ben Grieve||Roger Clemens||69||300||391||467||2 HR, 9 BB, 18 K|
|Craig Biggio||Greg Maddux||116||294||347||367||1 HR|
|#Lance Berkman||*Glendon Rusch||28||217||357||391||HR, 5 BB, 3 K|
|#Jose Vizcaino||*Glendon Rusch||22||300||364||300||2 BB, 2 K|
|Jerry Hairston||Roger Clemens||27||250||357||292||3 BB|
|#Jose Macias||Roger Clemens||16||200||294||400||HR!|
|Craig Biggio||*Glendon Rusch||41||243||333||297||3B, 4 BB, 2 K|
|Brad Ausmus||*Glendon Rusch||24||208||240||375||HR|
|*Corey Patterson||Roger Clemens||19||167||211||167||1 BB, 5 K|
|Michael Barrett||Roger Clemens||15||133||133||133||2 H|
|#Jose Vizcaino||Greg Maddux||30||103||129||103||3 H, 1 BB, 7 K|
|#Lance Berkman||Ryan Dempster||33||375||545||875||4 HR, 9 BB, 4 K !!!|
|Craig Biggio||*Mike Remlinger||15||231||333||538||HR|
|Craig Biggio||Ryan Dempster||33||233||303||467||2 HR|
|#Jose Vizcaino||*Mike Remlinger||15||308||375||308||2 BB, 3 K|
|Brad Ausmus||Ryan Dempster||23||261||261||391||3 2B, 0 BB, 6 K|
|Brad Ausmus||LaTroy Hawkins||17||188||222||188|
|Old Neifi--------------------------------------------------------------Babe Ruth|
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Also - what did Bosio say when we went to talk to Rondon? "OK, Hector, tie game, 9th inning, 2 outs, 2-0 count on the hottest hitter in the game. Let's try the ol' fastball right down the middle and see how that works, hmmm?" Terrible pitch. I've never been a fan of using closers in non-save situations -- they are used to pitching with adrenaline pumping and celebrating the last out of the inning. I realize it was a a swinging bunt and an error that caused the problem, but that may have been the worst pitch I have seen Rondon throw in a long time.
Ugly series save a few clutch Homeruns. 2 first inning Homeruns allowed. 2 complete innings (out of 27) with a lead (8th and 9th game 2). 6 Leads/Ties given up top half of the inning after scoring. 9 9th inning unearned runs. Brutal roadtrip coming up while SF plays 22 straight against teams with losing records. Like the Cubs odds, obviously, but long way to go.
No more f'n Pajama Parties, Joe! Losing a series at home to the Reds (who have a worse record than the Brewers) in September is not what we are looking for, gentlemen. 3 series losses in a row -- let's get that fixed immediately. Bad error by KB as Crunch describes -- almost like he was surprised the ball was hit to him. I think if he makes that play we win the game.
solid smack to him...right through his legs. he wasn't even in motion, totally stationary. no bad bounce, either. it was hit very hard, but also squarely wiffed...not even any glove contact. it happens...not a good time for it to happen with 2 outs, though. that was the inning ender, easy.
Can someone tell me about Bryant's error who saw the play? You cannot give the Reds (or most teams) 4 outs. In this case with Joey Votto coming up.
un...fucking...believable... tie a game in the bottom 8th, give up 3 runs in the top 9th...why the hell not. awesome.
DAT TIE THO.
Ugh Hammel...the new Haren. The 3-5 starters have imploded and killed yet another series.
Just about to type the same thing.....Augh!
5 times in the last 3 games, Cubs have taken the lead or tied the game in the bottom half, only to give up runs in the top half.
<p>I'd like to see stats on opposing pitcher batting average. It's probably not real, but seems like we give up hits all the time to f-ing pitchers. </p>
Tony Four Sacks # 27
Hammel has k'd Votto twice. /baseball
Sore Ribs doesn't worry me too much. Getting a "precautionary MRI" has me assuming he is going to be out at least a few days, possibly more.
Maybe he got injured diving for the ball in LF? I really hope it's not code for a "strained oblique"....