- Tuesday September 2nd – Wrigley Field
- Game (139): Astros 9 – Cubs 7
- Record (85-54) – 1st place NL Central
The skinny: How do you lose a game scoring 7 runs on 15 hits?
Try three errors and Bob Howry (4-R, 4-H & no outs).
Howry (5.63 ERA) shouldn’t throw another pitch for the Cubs this season.
And, as you well know, I’ve been calling for Howry’s dismissal for months now.
With the roster expanded Lou has to find a viable replacement for Howry to setup Marmol and Wood.
This is imperative people!!!
So, let’s hope Angle Guzman works out, but it shouldn’t have come to this in the first place.
Jim Hendry should have pulled the plug on Howry in July and swung a trade for middle relief…and I don’t care what prospects he needed to give up to complete that trade.
Tonight, Derek Lee missed on two chances for game-winning hits, left 6 men on base and sure enough, grounded into another twin killing.
Why not move Lee out of the three hole?
Not only does Derek lead the world in GIDPs, but he has just 3 HR in his last 62 games.
Furthermore, of Lee’s 18 HRs this season only four have come with men on base.
Sorry, but that’s not three hole material.
Move Lee into the two spot and bat Ramirez third and Soto cleanup.
Plus, why haven’t the Cubs’ hitting coaches changed Lee’s swing???
I’m still concerned about Zambrano too.
By the fifth his velocity dropped into the upper 80’s and he threw just 63 percent of his pitches for strikes overall.
Again, I’d have no problem pushing Z’s next start back another day or two.
Tomorrow is a big game for this club; the seven game homestand comes to a close and the Cubs play 16 of the next 22 games on the road.
Better go get’em on getaway day.
W – Wright (4-3) – Valverde (39)
L – Wood (4-3)
Notes: The last time Chicago dropped a series was July 21-23 at Arizona.
- The last time the Cubs fell in a series at home was June 24-26 vs. Baltimore.
- At Wrigley the Cubs are (51-23).
- Chicago has held first place in the Central Division for 99 straight days.
- Soriano’s leadoff homerun is his fourth of the season and 48th of his career.
- Mark DeRosa has 25 RBIs in his last 26 games and is batting (.323 avg.) at home.
- Derek Lee has not registered a multi-homerun game since September 11th, 2006.
- Zambrano’s 0-for-2 night snaps his 13-game hitting streak; the second longest streak for a MLB pitcher ever: Wilbur Cooper managed 15-games in 1924.
- Z also failed to extend his Major League record of eight straight games with an RBI by a pitcher.
- Vote for Pat Hughes & Ron Santo here.