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July 2011



Game 100 – Does it Count as a Full Win When You Beat the Astros?

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Cubs 4, Astros 2

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game


  • Carlos Zambrano – My first thought when I turned on the game, seeing that I don’t live in Chicago, is that I hoped it wasn’t hot during the game. I had talked with my brother the other day and he told me about how hot it had been this week so I immediately feared dehydration for Zambrano, which would lead to an early exit due to cramps. Instead, we got an ugly looking quality start that was just enough to net the Cubs a win. He flirted with danger in the early innings on a regular basis and usually you get burned when you flirt with the whore that is walks and wildness. He got out of it each time and when the dust settled, exited with a two run lead, only surrendering two runs. He also contributed at the plate, as is usually the case, with a nice bunt that he beat out at first base.
  • Bud Norris Baserunning Brain Fart – Not that it would have made a difference in the final result, but in the 3rd inning, Bud Norris should have scored from third base on a line drive out by Hunter Pence. With one out, Pence ripped a line drive that had the looks of a hard hit single that was going to drop in front of Soriano. Instead, because of how hard it was hit, it hung up for Soriano to catch waste high. It’s hard to hard on a guy that doesn’t get on base on a regular basis, but you can blame the third base coach for not informing him what to do. He was positive that ball was going to fall so he started for home only to see it be caught. The better plan of action would have been to hold your ground at third, watch it drop and then sprint home, or see it get caught and be ready to tag. Either way you’re scoring.
  • Soriano Power – Coming into the game, Soriano was hitting .048 since the All Star break. With his name littered all over the trade rumors these days, it’s imperative for him to show some power and so some presence at the plate. Please Sori, hit your way out of town. Today he did his job with a double and a home run.
  • Bullpen Effectiveness – I’ll be honest with you. The bullpen these days scares the ever lovin’ crap out of me. Thankfully it was a blemish free bullpen day.


  • Geovany Soto was hitless in four at bats with a pair of strikeouts. On a positive note, he looked dreamy doing it, right Liz?
  • It took five pitchers to get through three innings at the end of the game. This drives me batty and I think it borderlines on over thinking the concept of being a manager.
  • I try not to pay attention to the guest in the booth with Len and Bob in the bottom half of the 7th, but Jeff Garland just annoyed the piss out of me. He was too loud, talked too much, and wasn’t very funny. Ironically, he made the comment that he gets a kick out of it when Len and Bob give the guest the early hook before the inning ends and I kept hoping today would be the day that happened, with two pitching changes in the inning. No such luck.

Stars of the Game
Base on Win Probability Added (WPA)

1st Star – Aramis Ramirez (.289 WPA)

2nd Star – Michael Bourn (.204 WPA)

3rd Star – Alfonso Soriano (.180 WPA)

  • Jedi

    Nice Joe, you’ve inspired me to start calling walks by their real name now. I bet dreamy Soto would be much more interested in drawing a whore the next time he’s up.

  • I try

  • I guess a win is a win. I am always happy when they win a game I am actually watching.

    I, too, was not impressed with Garland. But I give him credit for actually being a Cubs fan. Not everyone they have sing actually gives a rat’s ass about the team, which I think is kind of stupid.

    Nobody traded today? Oh well. Still eight more days to get something done.

  • “I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way.”

  • Eddie Von White

    @ Rich – You’re right a win is a win. Every win now is one less chance of finishing with the worst record in the majors – if that even matters.

  • Katie

    @Joe – funny comment about walks and wildness :).

    I didn’t get the game on TV today, but I looked at the score now and then, and boy, I was disheartened to see that we were losing to the ‘Stros. I’m glad we pulled it out, but I’m not impressed with Z lately. Or pretty much anyone on the team for that matter. One of my friends said that we could have a team of him, me, and 7 toddlers and beat Houston. I think he’s right. I breathed a huge sigh of relief when I saw the final score. Also, I’m surprised that Sorryano caught that ball. He usually lets those drop.

    Side note: Soto does not look dreamy doing anything. The only dreamy players we’ve had the past couple seasons were Rich Harden and Ryan Theriot.

    • Thanks Katie

      • Joe, I like this reply format, thanks.

      • Eddie Von White

        Joe – I’m liking this format as well. Good job.

      • Norm

        Yes, much better! Now me and Jedi can argue in one confined space 🙂

  • Sam

    Well, they sure counted as full loses when you were swept by the Astros earlier this year…

  • Buddy

    39,000 fans turned out on a miserably hot day to watch these two sorry squads.

  • PackerCubBull

    It wasn’t as hot yesterday as it was on Thursday. Thursday was the hottest day of the year, and I had to life-guard 16 hours in it. I bet Zambrano would have suffered in that. I drank 5 gallons of water and a gallon of Gatorade to avoid water intoxication that day.

    • Doc Raker

      Drinking five gallons of water sounds like that would give you water intoxication, not save you from it.

      • Buddy

        The other thing that doesn’t work is light beer. I had 10 of them last night and didn’t lose a pound!

      • PackerCubBull

        I meant I drank the gallon of Gatorade to avoid intoxication.

  • Doc Raker

    Jeff Garland is a guest way to often, he isn’t funny, just annoying. Len and Bob should treat him like his obnoxious wife does in his TV life and call him a “fat f*@$” over and over again.

    • Lizzie

      Susie is the best isn’t she?

      • Doc Raker

        That show is one obnoxious annoying transplanted New Yorker after the next. Do you know which Sienfeld character was created to be Larry David?

      • lizzie

        Doc it seems to me he’s got characteristics of all of them but if I had to pick one I’d say George. If not Elaine. Heh.

      • Doc Raker

        Correct, George Constanza is the Larry David character. Of course they gave him an Italian name to throw people off but David/Constanza are about annoying as you get.

  • Buddy

    Annoying? Not funny? Sounds like the perfect fit for Len and Bob!

  • Eddie Von White

    @Sam – 100% correct. It wasn’t so long ago the Cubs and the ‘Stros were fighting it out for a playoff spot. Both teams have fallen fast.

  • Buddy

    The Cubs only have to rattle off 20 wins in a row to get back to .500. Order those playoff tickets now!

    • PackerCubBull

      Oakland won 20 games in a row in 2002. It can happen

  • Buddy

    Here’s hoping!

  • Doc Raker

    The Cubs Astro series at least is competitive, kinda like the consolation game at the youth tournament were the 2 last seeds play eachother in the “BB Championship” which is below the B, A, AA, AAA and Major division championships.

  • Talking with a baseball fan yesterday. I mentioned the Cubs were 20 games below .500 at 40-60. He corrected me saying that’s 10 games below .500
    What am I missing?

    • Doc Raker

      He must be part of the Obama budget team.

    • Lizzie

      Technically if all things remained equal and they had ten more wins, that would also mean they’d have ten fewer losses. Hence 50-50 = .500
      But no matter how you look at it, it doesn’t make us any closer to good!

    • Eddie Von White

      Doug – “What am I missing?” Sounds like you’re missing intelligent friends. They must think you’re a genius.

    • Doug S.

      Thanks for the answers on this.
      Thought I was losing basic arithmetic skills.

  • Buddy

    He’s from Mars?

  • Norm

    @doug, some people (communists maybe?) see it as ‘if they won 10 of the games played instead of lost, they’d be .500’.
    *Normal* people look at it like ‘they need to win 20 games to be .500’.

    • Lizzie

      I’m sorry Norm, I didn’t see your reply before I wrote mine. Spot on!!

  • Lizzie

    Next time Geo walks I’ll make sure I’m the one standing on the corner!

    • Katie

      HAHAHAHAHA oh lizzie. 🙂

  • Larry Sproul

    It was a W and yes it counts . I wont throw stones at the Houston pitchers baserunning . I also wondered what the hell the third base coach was doing …..

    This foremat is fine with me . Go Cubs !