Game 45 Thread / Cubs @ Astros (1 of 3)
|SP||*Ted Lilly||SP||Brian Moehler|
|4-4, 5.33, 50 K, 17 BB, 50.2 IP||1-0, 4.58, 10 K, 4 BB, 17.2 IP|
|LF||Alfonso Soriano||CF||*Michael Bourn|
|SS||Ryan Theriot||2B||#Kaz Matsui|
|1B||Derrek Lee||SS||Miguel Tejada|
|3B||Aramis Ramirez||1B||#Lance Berkman|
|RF||*Kosuke Fukudome||LF||Carlos Lee|
|C||Geovany Soto||RF||Hunter Pence|
|CF||*Jim Edmonds||3B||Ty Wigginton|
|2B||Mark DeRosa||C||Brad Ausmus|
|P||*Ted Lilly||P||Brian Moehler|
The Cubs, winners of eight of ten, all at home, meet the Astros, winners of seven of ten, all on the road.
The contest, marking the Cubs' first visit this season to the former Kenneth Lay Field, will match two of the game's hottest hitters, the Cubs' Soriano, whose average on May 1st was .164 and is now .296, and the Astros' Berkman, who has gone a ridiculous 36-for-66 (.545) with 8 HR and 21 RBI in the course of a 17-game hitting streak. (By comparison, Houston's Hunter Pence, who has gone 23-for-64, .359, while hitting in a mere 16 straight, has been a sluggard.)
Lilly has won three decisions in a row and four of his last five. In his last two outings, against the Padres and Diamondbacks, he whiffed 21 while walking just three.
Moehler joined the Houston rotation about a week-and-a-half ago, replacing the injured Wandy Rodriguez, and threw a pair of five-inning outings, one good, one less good, on the Astros' just-finished West Coast trip. Tonight Moehler will be making his first start against the Cubs since '06 and is 1-0, 3.91 lifetime against our side.
It looks like the Cubs "post-season clinch number" is 25 right now: http://lyle.smu.edu/~olinick/riot/national_league.html
Is the magic number 25 or 26?
Agreed, to my untrained eyes he does look better than last season. Not a finished product yet and hopefully he will continue to improve, but if he plays solid middle infield defense he will stick in the majors.
Phillips smiled at Strop and gave him a thumbs up.
That pitch Schwarber hit is the kind he's been missing a lot of lately. When Schwarber struggles it reminds me of how hard it is to hit baseballs at that level. It doesn't seem like they've found a weakness, just that he isn't seeing the ball that great and just missing. Same with Rizzo the last few days.
I missed it. What did he do?
JOHN B: Pierce Johnson and Rob Zastryzny were likely 2015 AFL candidates ( I mentioned them as likely candidates to get assigned to the AFL in an article about the AFL last month) because they are starting pitchers who missed part of the season due to injuries and they need to accrue more innings. Guys who have been pitching regularly as starters have thrown too many innings to be considered, so it probably came down to Johnson, Zastryzny, and Duane Underwood Jr, with Underwood odd man out because he hasn't pitched above Hi-A.
extremely classy. i didn't see his reaction until the replay after the break. baseball needs more fun in some areas and less of some 'unwritten rules' violations leading to angst.
Nice bounce back game for Grimm, and "well done" Dan Haren. We'll take that (almost) every time.
I have never been a Brandon Phillips fan, but that was a very classy way to handle Strop yelling at him after the K.
go cubs go
You know you like it
AZ Phil: Any thoughts on the AFL Cubs? Some names on the list caught me by surprise.
"woo." - pedro strop