GAME 120 IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT]
CHICAGO CUBS (57-62) @ HOUSTON ASTROS (64-54)
MINUTE MAID PARK, 7:05 pm CDT, TV: WGN, Fox Sports SouthWest
|Andy Pettitte LHP
10-8, 2.62 ERA
116/31 K/BB, 11 HR in 154.2 IP
|Greg Maddux, RHP|
9-9, 4.54 ERA
96/26 K/BB, 21 HR in 156.2 IP
|RF *Matt Lawton
||CF Wily Taveras|
|2B #Neifi Perez
||2B Craig Biggio|
|1B Derrek Lee
||1B #Lance Berkman|
|3B Aramis Ramirez
||3B Morgan Ensberg|
|SS Nomar Garciaparra
||RF Jason Lane|
|LF Matt Murton
||LF *Orlando Palmeiro|
|CF *Corey Patterson
||SS Adam Everett|
|C Henry Blanco
||C Brad Ausmus|
|P Greg Maddux
||P *Andy Pettitte|
In the back of my mind and locked in a box high upon a shelf
, I hold out hope that the Cubs will make some mad dash toward the playoffs in these last 42 games. In reality, we have a 1.08% chance
right now. The Giants have better odds right now to make the playoffs as do the Dodgers and every team in the NL East.
So, for the rest of the season I have come up with a cheat sheet for my rooting interests, in order of importance.
1. Fantasy Baseball Stats (I have Aramis, Prior and Z on my team)
2. Derrek Lee's Quest for The Triple Crown
3. Greg Maddux winning 15 games
4. Matt Murton getting playing time and doing well
5. Hendry sees enough to realize that Bakerschild (Baker/Rothschild) are not the right coaches for this team.
6. The Astros don't make the playoffs
The item above takes precedence over the item below and if the Cubs do make some remarkable run, they will of course take over precedence to all other items.
Today Maddux goes for win #10 and he's only got about 8 to 9 more starts to win 6 more games this season. I hope good old Maddog does it once again, just for the novelty and more proof that showing up everyday is almost as important as playing well when you do play.
We'll see if the Cubs can recover from yesterday's butt-whoopin'. At least with Maddux on the mound we're unlikely to be witness to a parade of walks. The long ball is another story though. Go Cubs!