3 game series vs Cubs @ Minute Maid Park
|Mon 09/15|| |
Jason Marquis vs Brian Moehler
|1:05 PM CDT|
Alright, I think we've all got our 2 cents in about how we disagree with the Astros playing their "home" game in Milwaukee, so I'll just get past that and on to what really matters... the game.
|2008 - Carlos Zambrano||13-5||27||27||0||0||0||0||173.1||163||72||69||16||64||117||3.58||1.31|
|2008 - Randy Wolf||4-1||9||9||1||1||0||0||54.1||51||25||23||5||20||41||3.81||1.31|
Zambrano will be making his 1st start since he last faced the Astros on 9/2/08 in which he gave up 3 earned runs through 5 innings and left the game pretty early(86 pitches) with a "tired arm". The Evil Z as we like to call him has sit on the pine for 12 straight days in an attempt to rest what was eventually diagnosed as rotator cuff tendinitis in his right shoulder.
Randy Wolf has been pretty good in his 9 starts as an Astros pitcher this season going 4-1 with a 3.81 ERA. Overall this season he has a 10-11 record and a 4.45 ERA(split between San Diego and Houston). Wolf has been much better than many of us expected and has been a welcome addition to the Astros injured rotation.
The Astros and Cubs appear to be teams going in opposite directions... despite all of the recent Astros injuries(Carlos Lee, Ty Wigginton, Wandy Rodriguez, Brandon Backet etc), the Astros have managed to win 9 of their last 10 games and are currently on a 6 game winning streak. The Cubs on the other hand have only won 3 of their last 10 and are quickly watching their lead in the NL Central diminish. The Astros have played very well and watched what at one time look to be an impossible deficit in the NL Wild Card rankings, drop to just 2 games (as of 5:00 PM CST) with the Brewers losing the 1st game of a double header with the Phillies.
09/14/08 7:05 PM CDT
|Chicago Cubs||Houston Astros|
|Alfonso Soriano - LF||Darin Erstad - LF|
|Ryan Theriot - SS||Michael Bourn - CF|
|Derrek Lee - 1B||Miguel Tejada - SS|
|Aramis Ramirez - 3B||Lance Berkman - 1B|
|Geovany Soto - C||Geoff Blum - 3B|
|Mark DeRosa - RF||Hunter Pence - RF|
|Reed Johnson - CF||David Newhan - 2B|
|Ronny Cedeno - 2B||Humberto Quintero - C|
|Carlos Zambrano - P||Randy Wolf - P|