I just really don't know what to say after last night's loss, so here are some random facts about the two teams in this afternoon's game:
- The magic number for eliminating the Astros from the postseason (both division and wild card) is seven.
- Speaking of which, that number for the Cubs is 22.
- The Astros have won five games against two teams: the Cubs and Reds. They have a winning record against two teams: the Blue Jays and Nationals (with one series left vs. Washington).
- Since June 3, the Astros are 16-50. Over a full season, that percentage would translate to 39 wins.
- The Astros are one of six teams against whom the Cubs have a winning record (the other five: Diamondbacks, Pirates, Braves, Mets and Padres; Cubs have series remaining against the last four of those).
- Cubs are third in the NL in BA but 10th in OBP. Result: ninth in runs scored. Second in most runs allowed (first: Astros).
I think that's enough. Onward.
Castro SS, Barney 2B, Ramirez 3B, Peña 1B, Soto C, Byrd CF, Soriano LF, Colvin RF, Coleman P
Shuck cf, Altuve 2b, Martinez lf, Downs 1b, Paredes 3b, Bogusevic 3b, Barmes ss, Corporan c, Norris p
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
|2011 - Casey Coleman||2-4||11||9||0||0||0||0||42.1||54||35||34||5||28||31||7.23||1.94|
|2011 - Bud Norris||5-8||24||24||0||0||0||0||147.0||137||70||58||17||56||140||3.55||1.31|
Casey Coleman last faced the Astros on October 1, 2010 in Houston; he threw seven shutout innings and the Cubs won. A repeat of that would be nice. Coleman faced the Astros twice last year, but Houston has turned over its roster to the point that current Astros have only 22 at-bats against him, with just three hits (two from Jason Michaels, one from Matt Downs).
The Cubs defeated Bud Norris at Wrigley Field on July 22 mainly because a Jose Altuve error led to three unearned runs. Sounds pretty Cub-like, actually. Two current Cubs have homered off Norris: Aramis Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano. Apropos of nothing, Norris' actual first name is David.
Today's game is on WGN and my20 in Houston. Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.
Today's first pitch thread will be up at 1:05 p.m. CDT and the overflow threads will post at 2 pm, 3 pm and 3:45 pm CDT. If you need more overflows due to extra innings or rain delays, post them in the fanshot section.
Discuss amongst yourselves.