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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  • It'll be interesting to see if Baez is still a whirling dervish at the plate. He's rocking it good in AAA, and I've read some good stuff, so fingers crossed.

  • More bitching about him being traded than Archer

  • good...he's been stinking up the durham bulls for a couple years now.

  • Rays DFA Hak-Ju Lee.

    Olt for Lee and the circle of life is complete

  • obviously....

    dusty would have to start baez because both lastella + castro would be pitching because all the other pitcher's arms would have fallen off months ago. it would piss dusty off because baez is a rookie and theo couldn't go out and get him a 39 year old DH to play 2nd. i imagine it would be a 2-box-of-toothpicks night.

    lou would have quit his job already, so that's irrelevant and a trick question.

  • just a theoretical thought...if Dusty was manager (WWDD) or if Lou (WWLD) was manager...

    would Javy Baez be in tonight's lineup?

    my thought is:

    Dusty... Bonifacio would have been brought up and started at 2B
    Lou..."I like playing the kids, really I do, but but but Jonathan Herrera really needs to play to stay sharp."

  • He was replying to tweet who said error should have been hit

  • Added a 'recent comments' block to the bottom of every 'story' page. Thought it might be helpful. Comments welcome

  • Jeff Russell and Rafael Soriano DFA's to make room for the callups (Berry and Cahill)

  • The next 4 weeks should answer this for us. If Castro starts hitting again and neither Baez or La Stella perform, he'd be on a playoff roster. If not, and one of those other two guys does well, I wouldn't be surprised if he was left off. A key error or mental lapse in a one game playoff would be killer and he is too prone to them.

  • To put a finer point on it, Baez playing second and hitting 7th tonight.

  • "This is the show. We have certain expectations here. That's why you don't play." from a Tweet from Arrieta. I who do you think he is talking about.

  • "This is the show. We have certain expectations here. That's why you don't play." --Jake Arrieta on Twitter.

    Whoa!

  • I'll check back in on a day that Starlin doesn't make three errors. But for now I would say him not making the playoff roster is a stretch. Who do you trust more than Starlin to be a RH backup middle infielder? Herrera has no bat at all, and Baez has been in AAA all season and may be as error prone as Castro and may strike out a giant proportion of the time he's at the plate. I'm also less than convinced that La Stella will step in and be a significant contributor. Starlin is at least a big part of the 2B picture for the remainder of the year.

  • Sadly, nothing is sticking to the wall. The only thing still lingering is the smell from their pitching outings.

  • i think they were just throwing shit at the wall to see what sticks.

    they wanted to push for the post-season without giving up anything. thank gawd for the cubs winning tear and SF's failure tear...hopefully that holds up until the season ends.

    once we're into the post-season (if that happens) then it doesn't matter about the 4-5 slot pitchers. arguably, the pen is much more important at that point when it comes to anyone but the top-3 starters.