GAME 160 IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT] CHICAGO CUBS (78-81) @ HOUSTON ASTROS (87-72) @ THE JUICE BOX 7:05 pm CDT, TV: WCIU, Fox Sports Southwest
I really had no idea that Andy Pettitte was having THAT good of a year. Z's quest for .300 will have to come from the right side. A hit in one or two at-bats will put him above .300, if he gets three or four at-bats and manages only a single hit, he'll stay below .300. 2 hits off Pettitte and he's a lock. Also, with 6 more K's, Z will top 200 K's for the first time in his career, plus help out my fantasy team.
Macias's earth-shattering walk and solid throw last night weren't enough to get him in the lineup tonight. What's a guy have to do? Joking aside, good to see Theriot has recovered from his bout of food poisoning. I wonder if the Astros clinch before Sunday if Geovany Soto will get a start sometime this weekend? I don't believe he's gotten into a game yet since being called up.
The Cubs can take the season series tonight as well, so far they're 8-5 against the 'Stros. They'll have to do it against their top 3, Pettitte tonight, Clemens tomorrow, and Oswalt on Sunday (assuming they haven't clinched by then). Puts the 'Stros in an awful spot if they end up tied with the Phils for the Wild Card as Brandon Backe will have to start a playoff death match. Of course having those guys pitching the next 3 games, where 2 wins clinch the playoffs is a good recipe for avoiding said death match.
And be sure to come by Monday as we'll being posted our year end round-table discussion starting with the TCR writers.
For the rest of the week, I'll try and keep the other playoff race summaries up-to-date after the jump.
|Andy Pettitte, LHP
17-9 2.42 ERA
165/41 K/BB, 17 HR in 215.1 IP
|Carlos Zambrano, RHP|
14-6 3.33 ERA
194/83 K/BB, 20 HR in 216.1 IP
|2B Ryan Theriot||2B Craig Biggio|
|SS #Neifi Perez||CF Wily Taveras|
|1B Derrek Lee||3B Morgan Ensberg|
|3B Nomar Garciaparra||LF #Lance Berkman|
|LF Matt Murton||1B Mike Lamb|
|RF *Jeromy Burnitz||LF Jason Lane|
|C Michael Barrett||SS Adam Everett|
|CF *Corey Patterson||C Brad Ausmus|
|P #Carlos Zambrano||P *Andy Pettitte|