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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  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 2 hours 53 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 3 hours 5 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 3 hours 14 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 3 hours 19 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 3 hours 38 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 4 hours 14 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 4 hours 31 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 4 hours 33 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 4 hours 51 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 4 hours 58 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 5 hours 54 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 6 hours 12 min ago view
  • 9 pitches in and this game already rules.

    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 6 hours 16 min ago view
  • First time I saw Herrera was yesterday. He took like 100 pitches, fouled off a ton off Lester.

    Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.

    The E-Man 7 hours 26 min ago view
  • Obviously not Phil. But he mentioned this on Wednesday.

    "Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."

    In the comments here: http://www.thecubreporter.com/05242016/cub-power-d...

    QuietMan 8 hours 5 min ago view
  • Per FanGraphs, Cubs have a 72.5% chance of winning today. Jinx! Next highest percentage on today's games is D-backs with a 64.7% chance (Greinke vs. Cesar Vargas, in Arizona.)

    Transmission 8 hours 5 min ago view