Gameday Open Thread

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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).

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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... 

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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.

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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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SP *Zach Duke SP Carlos Zambrano
  2-2, 4.04, 16 K, 18 BB, 49 IP
6-1, 2.03, 31 K, 15 BB, 62 IP
       
2B Freddy Sanchez LF Alfonso Soriano
CF *Nate McLouth SS Ryan Theriot
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 *Zach Duke P #Carlos Zambrano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Z's quest for the Cy Young continues as does the Cubs quest for the best record in baseball, just a game behind the Diamondbacks. They'll have to battle known Cub killer Zach Duke (10 GS, 4-3, 2.56 ERA, 36 K, 16 BB). They seemed to start solving that Rubik's Cube in the last start when they got to Duke for five earned runs in four innings.

Go Cubs! 

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SP *Tom Gorzelanny SP Sean Gallagher
  3-3, 5.97, 21 K, 29 BB, 34.2 IP
0-0, 6.48, 7 K, 4 BB, 8.1 IP
       
2B Freddy Sanchez LF Alfonso Soriano
CF *Nate McLouth SS Ryan Theriot
LF Jason Bay 1B Derrek Lee
1B *Adam LaRoche 3B Aramis Ramirez
RF Xavier Nady C Geovany Soto
3B *Doug Mientkiewicz 2B Ronny Cedeño
C Ronny Paulino RF Mark DeRosa
SS Brian Bixler CF Reed Johnson
P *Tom Gorzelanny P Sean Gallagher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few interesting things about today's game. First, there's Sean Gallagher's gameday photo.

Demand a retake Sean, you're a big-leaguer now.

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SP Greg Maddux SP Ryan Dempster
  3-3, 3.60, 26 K, 8 BB, 50 IP
4-1, 2.76, 36 K, 23 BB, 49 IP
       
CF *Jody Gerut LF Alfonso Soriano
2B Tadahito Iguchi SS Ryan Theriot
RF *Brian Giles 1B Derrek Lee
1B *Adrian Gonzalez 3B Aramis Ramirez
3B Kevin Kouzmanoff RF *Kosuke Fukudome
SS Khalil Greene CF *Jim Edmonds
LF *Paul McAnulty 2B Ronny Cedeño
C #Luke Carlin C Henry Blanco
P Greg Maddux P Ryan Dempster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If the Cubs can overcome old friend Greg Maddux--perhaps making his last start ever at Wrigley Field--and the negative energy surrounding the addition of our new centerfielder, they'll take three of four from the Padres and improve their record on the homestand to a dandy 6-1, with three against the Pirates yet to go.

This, by the way, would be the first Wrigley Field series the Cubs had captured from San DIego since 1999. I'm sure the Mickey Morandini, Quilvio Veras references will be all over the broadcast.

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SP Jake Peavy SP *Ted Lilly
  4-2, 2.47, 52 K, 18 BB, 54.2 IP
3-4, 5.24, 39 K, 16 BB, 44.2 IP
       
CF Scott Hairston LF Alfonso Soriano
2B Tadahito Iguchi SS Ryan Theriot
RF *Brian Giles 1B Derrek Lee
1B *Adrian Gonzalez 3B Aramis Ramirez
3B Kevin Kouzmanoff RF *Kosuke Fukudome
SS Khalil Greene C Geovany Soto
LF Justin Huber 2B Mark DeRosa
C #Josh Bard CF Reed Johnson
P Jake Peavy P *Ted Lilly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pepsi has merged with Coca-Cola. Batman has given the Joker the passcode to the Bat Cave. The Corleones have entered into a business partnership with Virgil "The Turk" Sollozzo.

And the Cubs are going to sign Jim Edmonds.

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SP *Shawn Estes SP Jason Marquis
  0-0, 0.00, 2 K, 1 BB, 1.2 IP
1-2, 5.08, 21 K, 15 BB, 33.2 IP
       
CF *Jody Gerut LF Alfonso Soriano
2B Tadahito Iguchi SS Ryan Theriot
RF *Brian Giles 1B Derrek Lee
1B *Adrian Gonzalez 3B Aramis Ramirez
LF Scott Hairtson RF *Kosuke Fukudome
SS Khalil Greene C Geovany Soto
3B Edgar Gonzalez 2B Mark DeRosa
C #Luke Carlin CF Reed Johnson
P #Shawn Estes P *Jason Marquis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every once in awhile, a player that holds a special place in the hearts of Cubs fan comes back to Wrigley. And although they're wearing a different uniform, you can't help but root for them...

Oh wait, that's the beginning of Thursday's thread when Greg Maddux starts for the Padres. Today, it's Shawn Estes which most Cubs fans remember try to forget as the player who did his best to ruin the 2003 season. And just in case anyone thinks it wasn't that bad, here are his 2003 numbers:

8-11, 152.1 IP, 28 GS, 117 K, 105 BB, 5.73 ERA, 76 ERA+

But speaking of ugly numbers, the Cubs have Jason Marquis going.

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SP *Randy Wolf SP Carlos Zambrano
  2-2, 4.14, 38 K, 15 BB
5-1, 1.80, 38 K, 14 BB
       
CF *Jody Gerut LF Alfonso Soriano
2B Tadahito Iguchi SS Ryan Theriot
RF *Brian Giles 1B Derrek Lee
1B *Adrian Gonzalez 3B Aramis Ramirez
3B Kevin Kouzmanoff RF *Kosuke Fukudome
SS Khalil Greene C Geovany Soto
LF Scott Hairtson 2B Mark DeRosa
C #Josh Bard CF Reed Johnson
P *Randy Wolf P #Carlos Zambrano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The struggling Padres roll into town, their league-worst offense versus the league's best. Yes, the Cubs do have the best offense in the league. Repeat. Enjoy. Savor. A look at the game notes that are chocked full of offensive goodness, shows that the Cubs lead the NL in OBP, 2nd in walks, first in runs scored (in the majors), and first in pitches seen per plate appearance. The Cubs are also tied for third in the NL with 10 come-from-behind victories. It's rather unique in my lifetime to have a good Cubs team and then look at the underlying numbers and realize that this is indeed a good Cubs team, and not a fluke. I'm not saying that the wheels might not come off at some point, I mean, they're one Carlos Zambrano arm injury from that happening, but I'll enjoy it while I can.

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SP Edgar Gonzalez SP Sean Gallagher
1-2, 7.20, 11 K, 12 BB
0-0, 4.50, 1 K, 1 BB
2B #Augie Ojeda LF Reed Johnson
LF Eric Byrnes SS Ryan Theriot
CF Chris Young 1B Derrek Lee
1B Conor Jackson 3B Aramis Ramirez
RF Justin Upton RF *Kosuke Fukudome
SS *Stephen Drew C Geovany Soto
3B Mark Reynolds 2B Mark DeRosa
C *Miguel Montero CF *Felix Pie
P Edgar Gonzalez P Sean Gallagher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The weather is bleak enough in Chicago to force both managers to change their starting pitchers for the game. Instead of the Big Unit vs Big Z, it's going to be Gallagher vs. Gonzalez. That is, if they get this in. The radar map actually looks like it should clear up relatively soon.

Either way, Z will be pushed back tomorrow. Let's hope he still breaks out the pink shoes and pink batting gloves when he does pitch.

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SP Max Scherzer SP Ryan Dempster
  0-1, 5.40, 12 K, 2 BB
4-1, 2.72, 29 K, 20 BB
       
2B #Augie Ojeda LF Alfonso Soriano
SS *Stephen Drew SS Ryan Theriot
CF Chris Young 1B Derrek Lee
1B Conor Jackson 3B Aramis Ramirez
RF Justin Upton RF *Kosuke Fukudome
3B Mark Reynolds C Geovany Soto
C Chris Snyder 2B Mark DeRosa
LF Jeff Salazar CF Reed Johnson
P Max Scherzer P Ryan Dempster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cubs go for their first series win in a few weeks and have already bucked their recent trend of dropping the first game, winning the second and then losing the rubber game. I look forward to the new trend of sweeping a couple series in a row.

Felix Pie must be on his way to Iowa as he's out of the lineup again versus a righty, losing playing time to a suddenly mortal Reed Johnson.

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SP Dan Haren SP *Ted Lilly
  4-1, 3.12, 36 K, 8 BB
2-4, 5.97, 29 K, 14 BB
       
LF Eric Byrnes LF Alfonso Soriano
SS *Stephen Drew SS Ryan Theriot
CF Chris Young 1B Derrek Lee
1B Conor Jackson 3B Aramis Ramirez
RF Justin Upton RF *Kosuke Fukudome
3B Mark Reynolds C Geovany Soto
C Chris Snyder 2B Mark DeRosa
2B Chris Burke CF Reed Johnson
P Dan Haren P *Ted Lilly

 

 

 








 

"Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue."

— Steve McCroskey (Lloyd Bridges) in Airplane

 

Timing is everything, and for the Cubs to be playing like hell when the 23-12 Diamondbacks show up at their door, well, the timing could be better.

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SP Jon Lieber SP Edinson Volquez
  2-1, 1.86, 9 K, 2 BB
4-1, 1.27, 42 K, 18 BB
       
LF Reed Johnson CF *Corey Patterson
SS Ryan Theriot SS Jerry Hairston Jr.
1B Derrek Lee RF Ken Griffey Jr.
3B Aramis Ramirez 2B Brandon Phillips
RF *Kosuke Fukudome 1B *Joey Votto
C Geovany Soto LF *Adam Dunn
2B Ronny Cedeño 3B Edwin Encarnacion
CF *Felix Pie C *Paul Bako
P *Jon Lieber P Edinson Volquez

 

 

 








 

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SP Carlos Zambrano SP Aaron Harang
  4-1, 2.11, 35 K, 11 BB
1-4, 2.98, 41 K, 11 BB
       
LF Alfonso Soriano CF Ryan Freel
SS Ryan Theriot RF *Ken Griffey Jr.
1B Derrek Lee 2B Brandon Phillips
3B Aramis Ramirez 1B *Joey Votto
RF *Kosuke Fukudome 3B Edwin Encarnacion
C Geovany Soto LF *Adam Dunn
2B Ronny Cedeño SS Jeff Keppinger
CF *Felix Pie C *Paul Bako
P #Carlos Zambrano P Aaron Harang

 

 

 








Aramis Ramirez returns to the Cub lineup, and Ronny Cedeño gets a start at second base.

In the pitching matchup, Carlos Zambrano, who was one horrendous Kerry Wood inning away from winning his fifth game of the season last time out against Milwaukee, goes up against curveball-flingin' Aaron Harang, Zambrano beat the Reds in the middle contest of their three-game visit to Wrigley Field a few weeks back; Harang started the series opener and got smacked around (6 IP, 8 H, 5 ER) en route to a 9-5 Cubs win.

"Cubs win"...those are two words that haven't been used very often around here lately.

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