@ Chicago Cubs
Saturday, Aug 23, 2008, 12:05 PM CDT
Odalis Perez vs Ryan Dempster
Partly cloudy with a 40-percent chance of rain. Winds blowing out to center field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 80.
There isn't a whole lot, I suppose, that anyone here wants to remember about yesterday's disaster. I will, however, point out that yesterday appeared to have been "Beat The Heck Out Of First-Place Teams Day", as the White Sox and the Angels both also lost blowouts on Friday.
Here are a few photos worth seeing from yesterday:
Chicago native Chris Chelios shows off the Stanley Cup before the game
Alfonso Soriano is safe at home on a double steal, the Cubs' first steal of home in two years
A more pronounced hop than usual for Soriano in catching Ryan Langerhans' fly ball in the fourth inning
I sent my friend Jim in search of Nats fans. He found a busload:
Click on photos to open a larger version in a new browser window. First three photos by David Sameshima; last photo by Jim McArdle
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
|2008 - Ryan Dempster||14-5||26||26||1||0||0||0||163.1||126||60||53||11||64||149||2.92||1.16|
|2008 - Odalis Perez||5-9||23||23||0||0||0||0||124.0||136||62||56||18||44||83||4.06||1.45|
Odalis Perez has had some success vs. the Cubs -- and has never lost at Wrigley Field (3-0, 2.45 in three starts). Far past time to change that. Aramis Ramirez is 5-for-11, 2 HR vs. Perez and Reed Johnson, who should get the start again in CF, is 6-for-10.
Ryan Dempster can counter Perez's record with a 6-0, 3.33 career mark in 11 starts and eight relief appearances. He left trailing 3-2 on April 25, a game which the Cubs tied up and then lost when Bob Howry allowed a two-run walkoff HR to Wil Nieves. Dempster has handled the current Nats lineup pretty well -- no Nats player who will appear today has ever homered off him.
Today's game is on CSN and MASN -- which means, thanks to the ridiculous Fox blackout rules, EI viewers won't get it. It should be on MLB.TV -- for details see the MLB.com Mediacenter.
Baseball-reference.com game preview
Once again, a reminder that you can find the overflow comment threads, including the first pitch thread, on the right sidebar of both the front page and any interior page in the box headed "RECENT STORIES IN GAME THREADS". Today's first pitch thread posts at noon CT, and the overflow comment threads will post at 1 pm, 2 pm and 2:45 pm CT.
Discuss amongst yourselves.