Game 45 Thread / Cubs @ Astros (1 of 3)

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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.

Comments

I think Lou should take a page from Tony's book. put somebody on for Fonzie.

Soriano
Fukudome
Lee
Aram
Soto
Edmonds
DeRosa
Lilly
Theriot

I think hitting Edmonds behind Soto is crazy talk.

Wow, an inside the park home run from Soto and a beautiful over-the-shoulder basket catch from Edmonds. This game has been fun so far...

Zeus is a badass. Carlos Lee looked scared as hell on that breaking ball right after the chin music. Not that I blame him.

marmolaaaaaade
lady marmolaaaaade

all star game!

how about ESPN with this one: gary thorne says "carlos lee 2-7 career vs. marmol"
immediately followed by a graphic that says "lee 1-9 vs. marmol"
good job, guys.

I think they also set a record for most minutes discussing topics not related to the game they were announcing. The 5-minute discussion about eating rice and beans with Orestes Destrade in Puerto Rico and how poor Steve was not invited was particularly stupid.

Why did Lou start Wuertz out there in the 8th? I would have given Eyre a chance against the lefty Bourne.

why does it feel as if wuertz has failed to demonstrate he can be counted on to hold leads...

he's going to be the main reason Marmol's arm falls off.

It was awkward to watch Edmonds do the hop/bump thing with Soriano after the game was over. Nice catch earlier.

Just checking in now--

Why was Lilly pulled after striking out the leadoff hitter in the 6th??

Ted kind of struggled in the 5th. Threw 96 pitches.

I imagine Lou only sent him out there to make Berkman bat right-handed.

.000 Pie 0/4 again tonite, 0/16 since being sent to Iowa.

The Jason Dubois, formerly? an IronPig but back in the Cubs system?, played 1B for Iowa and made two errors. Got a hit though.

And Matt Murton with his 1st dinger of the season last night ... along with his 8th RBI ... which is pretty abysmal for hitting at the 3rd in the lineup for most of his time while down at Iowa.

Pretty terrible umpiring -- Soto's ball was clearly out, and the Astro basestealer was clearly out in the 8th. MLB needs to implement some sort of fitness testing for umps -- it seemed like Joe West blew both plays, in part because he is too damn fat to get into posiiton to see the play properly.

BILLYBUCKS: Just getting home now - and did not see it - BUT, I thought Cowboy Joe West retired after last season ended!!

He was really bad last year and blew TWO HR's of the Cubs - one in particular was Soriano's, I think in Cinci.

I completely concur that MLB has let these arrogant prick umpires screw up for too long.

Unless it's another "Joe West" -- Box Score says he was the 2B ump (as did Len and Bob).

Exactly.

That was his call to make on Soto's HR to left-center. It turned out the 3rd base ump had to make the call from a crappy angle because West couldn't get out there. He also blew the CS call at 2nd.

Watching highlights, now. The Edmonds catch. WOW!

And, he was 1-5. Certainly saved a run, as there was a runner on 1B.

We have been getting some absolutely killer defense in CF this year. Eat it, Jacque Jones!!

You know, a sustained season of .622 would be good for 100 wins. Just sayin'...

/nojinxhere

Hey I just realized I had Soriano/Edmonds/Fukudome in TCR's "What will be the starting outfield for the cubs in 2008" contest back in 2004. What do I win?

Ha!

Excellent...

Wasn't it Joe West who made that call during that Sunday afternoon game at U.S. Cellular Field last year? I forget the particulars, but it caused Hawk Harrelson to have a coronary in the booth, and Ozzie got ejected, so Joe West is alright by me.

I wonder what Pence's sluggard percentage is?

when the nl rookie of the year is catching granted this probally
changes with who is pitching but whaat % of the pitches does
he actually call and what comes from the bench?

also has brad ausmas been catching for 20 years god it seems
that long.

fox out

ascaino up

Ascanio, but yes.

Fox getting injured is no surprised.

I don't know what you guys think, but I like the pick. I have a feeling some people might say Cotts should've been called up, but I was a big fan of Ascanio in Spring Training- he's only 23. By the way, this is the guy we traded Will Ohman for, remember.

roberto novoa...damn, i mean jose ascanio isn't a bad guy.

hard thrower...hopefully has control of his secondary pitch. what's his secondary pitch dujour this year? slider?

in all seriousness...i did/do like the trade...if you're trading for young kids with raw tools a 95+mph fastball is a nice start. even nicer when you dump a little loot off the payroll to obtain the guy.

hill to minor league DL, 15-day...also s.marshall seems to be in line to take someone's rotation slot soon (probably gallagher).

http://blogs.chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/spor...

Like the call up for Ascanio, at least he's a young guy with room to improve. The whole Fox episode was kind of weird, be interesting to see if we ever see him again.

Theriot .333 BA/.410 OBP
DeRosa .306 BA/.408 OBP
Cedeno .324 BA/.410 OBP

B. Roberts .274 BA/.355 OBP

Cubs lead the MAJORS in runs scored -- more than any o' them ersatz DH teams, even.

Keep it up, fellows.

and the Cubs lead the major leagues in OBP base-clogging as well.

Clearly our homegrown talent is capable of patience at the plate. Soto leads the team in OBP, Theriot and Cedeno are over .400 right now as you point out, and Fontenot is at .375 which hints that the Cubs system, which traditionally emphasized "hitting" and sneered at OBP, is one reason the Cubs have had a problem with the winning thing.

Joe West is this year's version of Bruce Froemming.

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  • Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.

    The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.

    Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.

    Old and Blue 1 hour 10 min ago view
  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 10 hours 13 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 10 hours 56 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 11 hours 6 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 11 hours 13 min ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 11 hours 16 min ago view
  • new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 11 hours 28 min ago view
  • Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.

    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 11 hours 33 min ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 11 hours 49 min ago view
  • I'm liking this rookie Nathan.

    CTSteve 11 hours 50 min ago view
  • Richard DFA'd. Meh...

    The E-Man 14 hours 41 min ago view
  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 17 hours 13 min ago view
  • The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.

    chitownmvp01 17 hours 46 min ago view
  • If the ball didn't deflect off the pitcher's mound, the game wouldn't have ended. Montgomery did miss his location though, but if that same contact was made and went in any of direction, good chance of ground out if it doesn't get through.

    If it was 1 night later, Chapman would be out there and we probably would be going to extras.

    Also, If KB wasn't robbed of a HR, perhaps we would have won. We will never know. Nice play by Melky though.

    chitownmvp01 17 hours 48 min ago view
  • The comparison isn't Chapman replacing Rondon. It's Chapman replacing Richard (hopefully) in the pen. Chapman's better.

    billybucks 19 hours 45 min ago view
  • I'm with you, Rob. You pretty much summed up how I feel about it.

    JoePepitone 22 hours 4 min ago view