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Monthly Archive: April 2006

Tuesday

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April 2006

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Game 19: Marshall and smartball stop the Marlins

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BOX SCORE – Again, another enjoyable win for Cubbie fans everywhere! Marshall threw seven innings of two-hit scoreless baseball, fanning seven batters in the process. He had his big bender spot-on, he was able to throw it for strikes at will and set the curve up beautifully with his fastball. I almost jumped out of my couch when the Cubs executed a perfect squeeze (thanks Hairston) and Michael Barrett did a great job of bunting a runner over. Hopefully Barrett didn’t hurt his left hand too bad on the headfirst slide into second, it looked like he got spiked. Look […]

Tuesday

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April 2006

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Game 19 Preview

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Starting Pitchers     Record ERA WHIP Last Start Compare Marshall 1-0 6.28 1.12 ND No Data Willis 1-0 2.92 1.26 ND Splits Game Information Game Time Television 2006 Cubs 2006 Marlins Series 8:05 EDT Comcast 11-7 5-12 Cubs 1-0 Scouting Report on Dontrelle Willis While the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field might scare most pitchers, Willis has no problem there. He is 2-0 with a 1.01 ERA in four career appearances in Chicago. He logged both wins last season, including a 2-1 nail-biter in which he allowed six hits and one run in 7 1/3 innings. (MLB.com) Many predicted […]

Monday

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April 2006

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Game 18: Sometimes you just get lucky!!!

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BOX SCORE – There are times when you just need to take a win where you can get it and realize you didn’t deserve it. That was the case tonight against the fish. I almost turned the game off in the 7th. We were just getting taken to school by the Marlins in all aspects of the game. Vargas was pitching a gem and the hits we were getting, while right on the button, seemed to be right at someone or robbed by a great defensive play. It was getting frustrating. I came into the game fully expecting the Cubs […]

Monday

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April 2006

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Game 18 Preview

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Starting Pitchers     Record ERA WHIP Last Start Compare Zambrano 0-1 3.97 1.59 ND Splits Vargas 1-1 7.20 2.00 ND Splits Game Information Game Time Television 2006 Cubs 2006 Marlins Series 7:05 EDT ESPN 10-7 5-11 N/A Scouting Report on Jason Vargas Because of Saturday’s rainout in Philadelphia, Jason Vargas had his start pushed back from Sunday to Monday. The Marlins are skipping Brian Moehler in their rotation and going with the left-handed Vargas, who has had his struggles this season. Mainly, Vargas has had a problem with walks. He has issued 13 bases on balls in 15 innings. […]

Sunday

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April 2006

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Game 17: Maestro does it again

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BOX SCORE .99 Any guesses what that is? That, my friends, is Greg Maddux’ earned run average after four quality starts in 2006. Go ahead, Chris, be my guest. Burn me and good on how insignificant I thought such statistics mattered a year ago when Greg’s era was over 5 but still pitching rather well. This year all cylinders are clicking. This 7-3 win over St. Louis was big. The Cubs prevented a sweep in their nemesis’ new digs. They finish a road trip 5-4 before coming home to face the Marlins, Brewers and Pirates. In 2005 the problem wasn’t […]