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Game 52 Thread / Dodgers @ Cubs (2 of 3)

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SP Hiroki Kuroda SP Sean Gallagher
  2-3, 3.48, 34 K, 18 BB, 62 IP
1-1, 5.68, 14 K, 8 BB, 19 IP
       
LF *Juan Pierre LF Alfonso Soriano
SS Luis Maza 2B *Mike Fontenot
RF *Andre Ethier 1B Derrek Lee
2B Jeff Kent 3B Aramis Ramirez
1B *James Loney RF *Kosuke Fukudome
CF Matt Kemp CF *Jim Edmonds
3B *Blake DeWitt C Geovany Soto
C Danny Ardoin SS Ronny Cedeno
P Hiroki Kuroda P Sean Gallagher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you've probably heard by now, the Cubs are pretty good at home. 20-8 which seems like the best record, but is actually third behind the Red Sox and Braves and tied with the Rays. One of the many reasons for that 20-8 record, is the collective 308/390/498 batting line by the team at Wrigley.

But that isn't stopping Lou from tinkering with the Cubs lineup today. Ryan Theriot (.154 batting average over the last 7 days) and Mark DeRosa (.381 BA over the last 7 games) sit in favor of Mike Fontenot and Ronny Cedeno. And Geovany Soto (.182 BA over the last 7 days) and Jim Edmonds (.150 as a Cub) flip spots. What does it all mean? Probably nothing more than giving some of the bench players a few at-bats and some time off with the day game following the night game tomorrow. (Of course that theory only holds true if tomorrow was a day game...nuts!)

Game 50 Thread / Cubs @ Pirates (3 of 3)

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SP *Ted Lilly SP *Paul Maholm
  5-4, 5.14, 56 K, 19 BB, 56 IP
2-5, 5.03, 38 K, 20 BB, 53.2 IP
       
LF Alfonso Soriano 2B Freddy Sanchez
SS Ryan Theriot SS Luis Rivas
1B Derrek Lee CF *Nate McLouth
3B Aramis Ramirez LF Jason Bay
CF Reed Johnson RF Xavier Nady
RF *Kosuke Fukudome 1B *Adam LaRoche
2B Mark DeRosa 3B Jose Bautista
C Henry Blanco C Ronny Paulino
P *Ted Lilly P *Paul Maholm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The residue from last night's 14-inning loss:

  • The Cubs need to win today to take the series and finish with a .500 road trip
  • After pitching 8 innings last night, the bullpen is all beat to hell, with a Memorial Day home game on tap tomorrow
  • The Wood-to-setup-man and Marmol-to-closer discussion can begin anew
  • Alfonso Soriano got to play a 4-hour and 21-minute game on that calf muscle which isn't "injured" but sure looks like it when Soriano runs
  • Any Cub fan who stayed up until the bitter end will be haunted the sight of Henry Blanco playing first base

Game 49 Thread / Cubs @ Pirates (2 of 3)

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SP Jason Marquis SP *Phil Dumatrait
  2-3, 4.96, 27 K, 17 BB, 45.1 IP
1-2, 4.39, 28 K, 25 BB, 41 IP
       
LF Alfonso Soriano 2B Freddy Sanchez
SS Ryan Theriot SS Luis Rivas
1B Derrek Lee CF *Nate McLouth
3B Aramis Ramirez LF Jason Bay
C Geovany Soto 1B *Adam LaRoche
RF *Kosuke Fukudome RF Jason Michaels
2B Mark DeRosa 3B Jose Bautista
CF Reed Johnson C Raul Chavez
P *Jason Marquis P Phil Dumatrait

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

His leg doesn't hurt. His leg doesn't hurt. His leg doesn't hurt. Just keep repeating it to yourself as you watch Alfonso Soriano run the bases and man leftfield tonight. The guy says his leg is fine despite what your eyes and the television cameras may tell you.

Game 48 Thread / Cubs @ Pirates (1 of 3)

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SP Carlos Zambrano SP *Zach Duke
  6-1, 2.45, 46 K, 19 BB, 66 IP
2-2, 4.23, 20 K, 19 BB, 55.1 IP
       
LF Alfonso Soriano 2B Freddy Sanchez
SS Ryan Theriot CF *Nate McLouth
1B Derrek Lee LF Jason Bay
3B Aramis Ramirez 1B *Adam LaRoche
C Geovany Soto RF Xavier Nady
2B Ronny Cedeño 3B *Doug Mientkiewicz
RF Mark DeRosa C Ronny Paulino
CF Reed Johnson SS Chris Gomez
P #Carlos Zambrano P *Zach Duke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, the Washington Generals host the Harlem Globetrotters yet again.

The Cubs enter the game with an 8-1 record and 69-38 run differential this season against the Pirates. The lone loss occurred last Saturday at Wrigley Field, when these same two pitchers hooked up, and Zambrano, who has been so stellar in the first couple months of the campaign, went completely mental. Neither pitcher figured in the final decision, a 7-6 Pittsburgh win.

Tonight, Fukudome gets the night off, DeRosa moves to right, and Cedeño, who has hit Duke well (8-for-21), gets a start and gets to hit in front of DeRosa, who can't seem to hit at all on the road this year (11-for-62, .172, 530 OPS).

Game 47 Thread / Cubs @ Astros (3 of 3)

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SP Sean Gallagher SP Shawn Chacon
  1-0, 4.40, 10 K, 7 BB, 14.1 IP
0-0, 4.14, 35 K, 27 BB, 54.1 IP
       
SS Ryan Theriot CF *Michael Bourn
RF *Kosuke Fukudome 2B #Kaz Matsui
1B Derrek Lee SS Miguel Tejada
3B Aramis Ramirez 1B #Lance Berkman
LF *Micah Hoffpauir LF Carlos Lee
C Geovany Soto 3B #Geoff Blum
CF *Jim Edmonds RF Hunter Pence
2B Mark DeRosa C J.R. Towles
P Sean Gallagher P Shawn Chacon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After going five consecutive series without a series win, the Cubs will snag their fourth series in a row if they can upend the Houstons.

Lineup changes galore this evening--Theriot hits leadoff, Fukudome moves up to second, and Hoffpauir gets his first MLB start (in left, not as a replacement for Lee at first, as we expected).

Game 46 Thread / Cubs @ Astros (2 of 3)

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SP Ryan Dempster SP Chris Sampson
  5-1, 2.35, 48 K, 24 BB, 57.1 IP
2-3, 6.46, 18 K, 9 BB, 39 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 3B #Geoff Blum
CF *Jim Edmonds RF Hunter Pence
2B Mark DeRosa C JR Towles
P Ryan Dempster P Chris Sampson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It appears that the Cubs have the edge in tonight's pitching matchup as Dempster continues his march to free agency. The Astros counter with Chris Sampson, who has fallen on some hard times since we last left him . He's given up five or more earned runs in four of
his last seven starts and his 6.46 ERA is enough to make
Jason Marquis blush.

But it seems the 30-year old saves his best against the Cubs... 

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.

Game 44 Thread / Pirates @ Cubs (3 of 3)

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SP *Phil Dumatrait SP Jason Marquis
  1-1, 3.96, 26 K, 18 BB, 36.1 IP
1-3, 5.26, 24 K, 16 BB, 39.1 IP
       
2B Freddy Sancez LF Alfonso Soriano
CF Nate McLouth SS Ronny Cedeño
LF Jason Bay 1B Derrek Lee
1B *Adam LaRoche 3B Aramis Ramirez
RF Xavier Nady RF *Kosuke Fukudome
3B *Doug Mientkiewicz C Geovany Soto
C Ronny Paulino 2B Mark DeRosa
SS Brian Bixler CF Reed Johnson
P Phil Dumatrait P *Jason Marquis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the heels of Saturday's loss to the Bucs and the unexpected appearance by Bad Carlos, the Cubs need a win to take this series from the Pirates and finish the homestand 8-2. Cedeño gets a start at shortstop and The Riot sits.

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