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May 2006



Game 24 Preview

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Starting Pitchers
    Record ERA WHIP Last Start Compare
Marshall 2-0 4.22 0.94 ND Splits
Santos 1-4 6.48 1.68 L Splits
Game Information
Game Time Television 2006 Cubs 2006 Pirates Series
8:05 EDT Comcast 13-10 7-19 Cubs 2-1

NOTE: – I linked the last decision result to the box score for that game. Enjoy that!!!

Scouting Report on Victor Santos
Santos dropped his third consecutive decision Tuesday night in a 6-3 loss to the Cardinals. The right-hander was charged with five runs in five innings, marking the third time in five starts in which he was unable to pitch past the fifth inning. Santos is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA in four career appearances at Wrigley Field. (

Santos is a finesse pitcher with good mechanics and excellent control. Like Wes Obermueller, he pitched exclusively to Gary Bennett and had the best season of his career. The matchup worked well, as Bennett usually calls for a curve on one of the first two pitches, and Santos’ overhand curveball is his best pitch. Santos also throws two- and four-seam fastballs, a slider, split-finger pitch and changeup. In most games, he will use the changeup or the splitter, but not both. Lefthanded hitters tend to hit the ball in the air, while his outs from righthanders come about equally on groundballs and flyballs.

As you can tell from his hitting, Santos has spent most of his major league career in the American League. In 2004, he went 2-for-39 with six sacrifice bunts. He’s no bargain on defense, either, committing three errors in only 20 chances. Opposing baserunners were successful in 15 of 18 steal attempts. (Fox Sports)

“Santos is the love of my life. He’s a sure hall of famer.” ~ Tommy Marker

Weather Report

Temperature: 59o
Wind: 14 mph out to LF

Cub Notes

  • Thank God I was at the beach during that terrible weekend of Cub baseball!!!
  • David Aardsma has been sent down to AAA and Rich Hill has been recalled to take Glendon Rusch’s spot in the rotation.
  • Carlos Pena may be an option in the next day or so for a bat the Cubs could acquire to play 1b. The Yankees have until today to promote him or lose him.

Down on the Farm
Luis Montanez (RF) went 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI on two doubles in AA West Tenn last night. He’s hitting .304 on the young season.

Over / Under

0.5 minutes of rain delay tonight