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.


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


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.

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).


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'...


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?



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).

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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  • Yes, cheers to me! I've noticed a fairly strong correlation between my tenure and Cubbie victories. 

    And thanks to Michael for our new diggs--and to y'all for sticking around! 

  • CHEERS to CT Steve for keeping this alive in 2015. Who would have thought that the season would have been so successful to this point? Thank you CT STEVE!

    I think I may be too nervous to watch the entire game. I will probably watch in bits and pieces - and constantly check MLB App. I will be like Blockhead: Nervous Nellie.

  • You can't prove the performance is because he played the OF. You just can't. Sorry.

    BTW, Bryant hit .168 in July playing 3B exclusively.

  • oh man, early on it seems like he made at least 1 stupid baserunning blunder per game and almost every single one turned into a positive for the cubs. it was magical.

  • Not surprised about Lester but bit surprised about Hendricks. Guessing that if something happens to Arietta right away they go to Lester but if they've burned relievers and are in extra innings they go to Hendricks.

  • My kids' 8:30pm (ET) bed time will be waived tonight (They are Rizzo & Castro fans). We'll get geared up in our Cubs apparel and will watch this as a family. I am stoked. Go Cubs!

  • Bryant: Base running adventures.

  • Remember Bryant's home-away splits, too.

    Wrigley: 21 HR, 59 RBI, .311/.408/.629
    Road: 5 HR, 40 RBI, .243/.333/.360

  • Good Lord this season has flown by so far. I need more Cubs gifs--the four on the article today are not enough. I need a 100 best moments of the season listicle of gifs.
    Rizzo: The slide, the catch.
    Russell: All the defense.
    Bryant: Pelting the video board.
    Soler: 125 MPH ground balls.
    Schwarber: DINGERS, surprising LF catches.
    Fowler: Walks, the many walks he should have had on 3-2 BS strike calls.
    Baez: That 3B play.
    Ross: Walk-up music? Bullpen appearance?
    Denorfia: Walk-off.
    Castro: Walk-offs.

  • No evidence other than 8 hits and 0 HR in 45 AB....

    I just think hitters like their routines -- think Boggs or Ted Williams -- and messing with that routine adds an element of change. I want my best hitters in their normal routines.

  • evidently i was busy burying context and meaning.

    i was excited about this playoff season kicking up in the drama of that environment, but it was stated insanely muddled.

  • Woke up early and couldn't get back to sleep in excitement/anticipation. Go Cubs Go!

  • The only issue with this dead horse is that there's no evidence that his performance during those games is solely due to playing the OF. I would tend to agree that I'd rather see him play 3B, though.

  • What do you mean by new format in this instance? The second wildcard team with a one-game playoff has been around since 2012.

  • Doubled over with anxiety today. GO CUBS.

  • Illuminati.