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Game Preview: HOU @ CHC, 2:20pm, Wednesday, August 6, 2008 @Wrigley Field

Houston Astros, 54-58, 4th, 13 GB, 8 GB in WC

SP: Brandon Backe (30, RHP, 6-10, 4.72)

   2008 Gamelogs / 2008 Splits / vs. CHC Current Lineup
 Split         Opp Dec   IP   H   R   ER  BB  SO HR ERA/Pit GmSc
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 2008 (6-10)           129.2 146  70  68  56 100 23    4.72      
 2007 (3-1)             28.2  27  13  12  11  11  4    3.77      
 2006 (3-2)             43    43  18  18  18  19  4    3.77      
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 7 GS         1-2  40    46  20  20  15  38  3    4.50   49 
 2008-08-01    NYM  ND   6    10   3   3   2   4  0      96   42 
 2008-07-26   @MIL  ND   5.1   4   2   2   4   5  0      91   53 
 2008-07-20    CHC   L   6.2   8   4   4   0   8  1      93   50 
 2008-07-13   @WSN   W   7     5   0   0   4   5  0     107   68 
 2008-07-08   @PIT  ND   3     3   0   0   0   3  0      48   56 
 2008-07-03    LAD   L   6.2   7   5   5   2   8  2     102   46 
 2008-06-28    BOS  ND   5.1   9   6   6   3   5  0     108   28 
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 5 v.CHC      2-1  31.2  33  15  15  10  28  4    4.26   52 
 2008-07-20    CHC   L   6.2   8   4   4   0   8  1      93   50 
 2008-04-06   @CHC  ND   6     6   2   2   3   7  1     100   56 
 2007-09-11    CHC  ND   5     6   4   4   4   3  1      97   38 
 2005-05-25   @CHC   W   7     7   1   1   1   2  0      81   60 
 2005-04-30    CHC   W   7     6   4   4   2   8  1     105   55 
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   29-26   Road:   25-32   ExtrInn: 2-3 
 vsRHP:  37-43   vsLHP:  17-15   1-Run:  17-19
 vsEast: 13-9    vsCntrl:22-27   vsWest: 12-11 IL: 7-11

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
112 Tue, Aug  5  @CHC  L   7-11      54-58  4th 13.0 gb
111 Mon, Aug  4  @CHC  W   2-0  (8)  54-57  4th 12.0 gb
110 Sun, Aug  3   NYM  W   4-0       53-57  4th 13.0 gb
109 Sat, Aug  2   NYM  W   5-4 (10)  52-57  4th 13.0 gb
108 Fri, Aug  1   NYM  W   7-3       51-57  4th 13.0 gb
107 Wed, Jul 30   CIN  L   5-9       50-57  4th 13.5 gb
106 Tue, Jul 29   CIN  W   6-2       50-56  4th 12.5 gb
105 Mon, Jul 28   CIN  W   5-4       49-56  4th 12.5 gb
104 Sun, Jul 27  @MIL  W  11-6       48-56  5th 12.5 gb
103 Sat, Jul 26  @MIL  L   4-6       47-56  6th 12.5 gb
 Last 10: 7-3    Last 20:12-8    Last 30:15-15
Chicago Cubs, 68-46, 1st, 5 up

SP: Jason Marquis (29, RHP, 6-7, 4.68)

   2008 Gamelogs / 2008 Splits / vs. HOU Current Lineup
 Split         Opp Dec   IP   H   R   ER  BB  SO HR ERA/Pit GmSc
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 2008 (6-7)            117.1 125  64  61  45  64 13    4.68      
 2007 (12-9)           191.2 190 111  98  76 109 22    4.60      
 2006 (14-16)          194.1 221 136 130  75  96 35    6.02      
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 7 GS         1-4  43    44  26  26  15  27  7    5.44   47 
 2008-08-01    PIT   L   6     8   3   3   1   2  1     102   45 
 2008-07-27    FLA  ND   6     9   6   6   3   6  3     103   33 
 2008-07-22   @ARI   L   6     5   3   3   2   3  1      89   51 
 2008-07-11    SFG  ND   7     3   0   0   2   4  0      81   73 
 2008-07-01   @SFG   L   7     4   2   2   3   5  0      98   63 
 2008-06-26    BAL   L   4     7   7   7   3   3  0      86   20 
 2008-06-21    CHW   W   7     8   5   5   1   4  2      93   44 
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 5 v.HOU      1-1  26    33  21  18   9  13  3    6.23   40 
 2008-04-05    HOU  ND   5.1   8   5   4   1   2  1      81   35 
 2007-09-11   @HOU  ND   5     8   4   3   0   1  0      62   38 
 2007-09-01    HOU   W   6.2   5   2   2   1   5  1      81   60 
 2007-07-15    HOU  ND   4     8   6   6   3   2  1      82   21 
 2007-04-10    HOU   L   5     4   4   3   4   3  0      91   44 
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   42-16   Road:   26-30   ExtrInn: 7-5 
 vsRHP:  45-35   vsLHP:  23-11   1-Run:  15-17
 vsEast:  9-6    vsCntrl:30-21   vsWest: 23-10 IL: 6-9 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
114 Tue, Aug  5   HOU  W  11-7       68-46  1st  5.0 up
113 Mon, Aug  4   HOU  L   0-2  (8)  67-46  1st  5.0 up
112 Sun, Aug  3   PIT  W   8-5       67-45  1st  5.0 up
111 Sat, Aug  2   PIT  W   5-1       66-45  1st  4.0 up
110 Fri, Aug  1   PIT  L   0-3       65-45  1st  4.0 up
109 Thu, Jul 31  @MIL  W  11-4       65-44  1st  5.0 up
108 Wed, Jul 30  @MIL  W   7-2       64-44  1st  4.0 up
107 Tue, Jul 29  @MIL  W   7-1       63-44  1st  3.0 up
106 Mon, Jul 28  @MIL  W   6-4       62-44  1st  2.0 up
105 Sun, Jul 27   FLA  W   9-6       61-44  1st  1.0 up
 Last 10: 8-2    Last 20:11-9    Last 30:18-12
Last 10 games for these teams head-to-head
Tue, Aug 05, 2008 CHC 11  HOU  7        W:Bobby Howry (4-4), L: Chris Sampson (5-4), S: none
Mon, Aug 04, 2008 HOU  2 @CHC  0  (8)   W:Brian Moehler (7-4), L: Ryan Dempster (12-5), S: LaTroy Hawkins (1)
Sun, Jul 20, 2008 CHC  9 @HOU  0        W:Ryan Dempster (11-4), L: Brandon Backe (6-10), S: none
Sat, Jul 19, 2008 HOU  4  CHC  1        W:Wandy Rodriguez (5-3), L: Carlos Zambrano (10-4), S: Jose Valverde (25)
Fri, Jul 18, 2008 HOU  2  CHC  1        W:Geoff Geary (2-1), L: Bobby Howry (3-3), S: none
Wed, May 21, 2008 HOU  5  CHC  3        W:Shawn Chacon (1-0), L: Sean Gallagher (1-1), S: Jose Valverde (14)
Tue, May 20, 2008 HOU  4  CHC  2        W:Chris Sampson (3-3), L: Ryan Dempster (5-2), S: Jose Valverde (13)
Mon, May 19, 2008 CHC  7 @HOU  2        W:Ted Lilly (5-4), L: Brian Moehler (1-1), S: none
Sun, Apr 06, 2008 CHC  3  HOU  2        W:Carlos Zambrano (1-0), L: Oscar Villarreal (0-2), S: Kerry Wood (3)
Sat, Apr 05, 2008 CHC  9  HOU  7        W:Kevin Hart (1-0), L: Roy Oswalt (0-2), S: Kerry Wood (2)
Season Series: 2008 - HOU leads 6-5; 2007 - CHC won 8-7; 2006 - HOU won 8-7; All-Time - HOU leads 342-292

Key for Batter vs. Pitcher Grids on the next pageKey for Batter vs. Pitcher Grids Below

Batter vs. Pitcher totals are career totals. All others are year-to-date.

PA - Plate Appearances (AB+BB+HBP+SH+SF+CI)
BF - Batters Faced
BA - Batting Average
OBP - On-Base Percentage
SLG - Slugging Percentage
Last 28d - PA and OPS in the last 28 days.
SB/CS - Stolen Bases and Caught Stealing
HR/E - Home Runs and Errors Made
ERA-K/9 - Earned Run Average and SO per 9 IP
Total - Team totals for those categories.
Usage - See the note below the grid.
OPS - On-Base Percentage + Slugging Percentage (a good single number for measuring a player's hitting, avg. is .750 or so)
RA/G & RS/G - Runs scored and allowed per game.
PA/vRH - Plate Appearances overall/PA's vs. Right-handed Pitchers
Catcher Def. - Catcher Defense with each catcher's Stolen Bases, Caught Stealings, and Passed Balls allowed.
G/S/vB or G/S/vP - Links to the player's 2008 gamelogs, splits, or career batter vs. pitcher results
vLH/vRH - OPS vs. left-handed pitchers and vs. right-handed pitchers
Hm or Rd, Home or Road - OPS or OPS allowed in home or road games.
OF G: LF / CF / RF - A - Outfielders with the games played by position and their total number of assists
vs LHB - Batters faced and OPS allowed against left-handed batters
vs RHB - Batters faced and OPS allowed against right-handed batters
HR/SB/CS - Pitcher's Home Runs, Stolen Bases and Caught Stealings allowed

MLB Best, Middle, Worst

Stat

Best

Middle

Worst

RS/G

TEX  5.68

MIL  4.64

SDP  3.76

RA/G

OAK  3.90

CLE  4.63

TEX  5.90

BA

C. Jones  .369

R. Ibanez  .288

J. Towles  .143

OBP

C. Jones  .466

D. DeJesus  .361

T. Pena  .169

SLG

R. Ludwick  .615

M. Olivo  .477

T. Pena  .196

OPS

C. Jones  1.062

M. Reynolds  .823

T. Pena  .365

ERA

J. Duchscherer  2.33

O. Perez  4.12

I. Snell  6.14

K/9IP

T. Lincecum  10.04

A. Galarraga  6.17

L. Hernandez  3.48

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Houston Astros Batters (4.38 RS/G) vs. Chicago Cubs Pitchers (4.11 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 21.Marquis
G/S/vB
48.Cotts*
G/S/vB
57.Gaudin
G/S/vB
62.Howry
G/S/vB
49.Marmol
G/S/vB
45.Marshall*
G/S/vB
29.Samardzija
G/S/vB
34.Wood
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHRdLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
11.Ausmus G/S/vP 34/.491 ··· 1/.000 11/.875 6/.900 12/.833 ··· 28/.706 185/135 .239/.306/.307/.612 .747/.564 .626 35/.855 0/1 1/
17.Berkman# G/S/vP 50/1.344 4/.000 3/1.667 6/.900 11/1.402 16/.804 ··· 37/1.000 466/340 .332/.433/.601/1.034 .843/1.110 1.002 87/.726 15/2 22/
27.Blum# G/S/vP 16/.913 2/.000 1/no AB 5/.800 1/.000 1/.000 ··· 26/.863 203/174 .230/.266/.408/.674 .406/.711 .632 44/.930 1/1 10/
14.Bourn* G/S/vP 3/.666 ··· ··· 2/.000 1/.000 ··· ··· 1/.000 379/275 .233/.290/.305/.595 .591/.596 .502 32/.911 33/8 4/
2.Erstad* G/S/vP 4/.750 7/.858 7/.286 9/.708 2/.000 ··· ··· 2/1.000 203/167 .284/.322/.379/.701 .538/.734 .741 62/.555 1/2 2/
45.Lee G/S/vP 33/1.148 1/.000 8/.625 11/.909 10/.633 4/.833 ··· 28/1.118 464/351 .304/.353/.547/.901 .949/.885 .861 89/.935 4/1 26/
8.Loretta G/S/vP 19/.474 1/.000 10/.550 7/.334 4/.500 5/.400 ··· 32/.652 210/143 .275/.338/.402/.740 .969/.640 .647 19/1.068 0/0 4/
3.Matsui# G/S/vP 15/.498 ··· 1/.000 2/1.000 2/1.000 3/.000 ··· 8/1.196 350/250 .282/.344/.404/.748 .852/.711 .716 96/.928 18/4 4/
31.Newhan* G/S/vP ··· 3/.333 2/.500 1/.000 1/no AB ··· ··· 4/.833 35/32 .212/.257/.333/.590 .000/.648 .413 13/.404 0/0 0/
9.Pence G/S/vP 12/1.200 ··· 5/.800 5/1.000 5/.000 3/2.667 ··· 3/.000 452/336 .276/.314/.446/.760 .759/.760 .746 88/.876 7/8 14/
55.Quintero G/S/vP 5/1.000 ··· 1/.000 2/.000 1/.000 ··· ··· 1/.000 72/55 .194/.217/.239/.456 .438/.462 .481 31/.332 0/0 0/
10.Tejada G/S/vP 3/.333 7/.572 6/.833 15/.553 3/.000 ··· ··· 1/.000 466/345 .278/.313/.412/.726 .715/.729 .658 83/.622 7/5 11/
21.Wigginton G/S/vP 18/1.063 ··· 5/.400 2/.000 1/2.000 4/.250 ··· 12/.432 272/189 .269/.357/.475/.831 1.063/.735 .773 54/.875 4/4 11/
IP 117.1 21.2 77.1 54.1 62.1 32.2 8.1 45.2 TOTAL .262/.323/.413/.736 .774/.722 .689 .769 90/37 116/53
ERA-K/9 4.68/4.9 3.32/11.2 3.26/7.2 5.30/7.1 3.47/12.4 4.13/8.0 2.16/9.8 2.96/10.8 3.80/7.8

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Ausmus (16-4-3)
 Quintero (10-7-0)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 517/.276 94/.247 318/.247 236/.303 252/.146 141/.244 32/.138 186/.202 .243  Pence
 Bourn
 Lee
 Erstad
0/0/108/9
0/91/0/7
106/0/0/4
30/26/4/2
OPS .767 .749 .670 .884 .548 .782 .426 .595 .719
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 225/.778 44/.867 155/.650 95/.867 106/.740 42/.928 13/.077 85/.639 .770
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 292/.759 50/.655 163/.690 141/.896 146/.410 99/.722 19/.669 101/.559 .684
Home 284/.855 41/.841 167/.625 129/.921 149/.475 47/.619 27/.345 99/.535 .697
Last 28d days 108/.790 31/.817 55/.564 45/1.095 54/.584 25/.720 32/.426 11/.764
HR/SB/CS 13/8/1 4/1/0 8/1/3 11/2/0 7/3/1 7/2/0 0/1/0 1/1/0 122/57/27
Usage ····X··· ·oo·X·X· ·XXo··o· X··X·X·· o·oXX··· ·····o·· ··X·X··X o·······
Chicago Cubs Batters (5.30 RS/G) vs. Houston Astros Pitchers (4.82 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 41.Backe
G/S/vB
26.Brocail
G/S/vB
48.Byrdak*
G/S/vB
29.Geary
G/S/vB
22.Hawkins
G/S/vB
43.Sampson
G/S/vB
47.Valverde
G/S/vB
53.Wright*
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHHmLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
24.Blanco G/S/vP 3/.666 1/.000 ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· ··· 84/44 .291/.325/.392/.718 .871/.582 .836 20/.789 0/0 2/
5.Cedeno G/S/vP 1/.000 2/1.000 ··· 2/.000 ··· 2/.000 2/.000 1/no AB 168/83 .281/.341/.373/.714 .697/.732 .816 24/.792 4/1 2/
7.DeRosa G/S/vP 9/.778 2/.000 2/.500 8/1.000 3/.000 11/1.091 6/1.133 1/2.000 430/306 .275/.371/.429/.799 .850/.779 .867 89/.650 4/0 11/
15.Edmonds* G/S/vP 19/.707 6/.000 6/.333 4/.750 22/.938 9/.722 5/1.800 1/.000 293/252 .242/.339/.460/.799 .502/.852 .856 50/1.121 2/1 13/
17.Fontenot* G/S/vP 3/2.334 1/.000 1/.000 1/no AB 3/.000 2/1.500 4/.500 ··· 202/184 .289/.382/.532/.914 .508/.950 .861 51/1.134 2/0 8/
1.Fukudome* G/S/vP 6/.733 3/.000 1/3.000 2/.000 ··· 7/.619 2/.000 2/1.500 456/343 .274/.374/.406/.780 .717/.801 .898 88/.658 10/4 8/
9.Johnson G/S/vP 5/1.000 4/1.000 1/no AB 1/.000 1/.000 2/2.500 ··· ··· 276/159 .296/.360/.438/.798 .928/.706 .797 54/1.090 5/5 6/
25.Lee G/S/vP 20/.633 5/1.200 ··· 5/.650 4/.833 11/1.091 5/.000 ··· 510/387 .295/.359/.485/.844 .951/.811 .881 107/.699 6/2 17/
16.Ramirez G/S/vP 21/.955 4/.000 1/no AB 7/.715 2/.000 14/.928 6/.333 ··· 471/359 .275/.376/.495/.871 .675/.934 1.083 108/.817 2/2 19/
12.Soriano G/S/vP 21/.688 6/1.500 2/.000 13/.641 6/.000 12/.523 ··· ··· 299/208 .297/.344/.575/.920 1.233/.784 1.027 67/1.060 11/1 20/
18.Soto G/S/vP 3/.000 1/.000 ··· 3/.666 ··· 7/.572 3/.000 1/.000 424/319 .278/.354/.492/.846 .897/.829 .857 81/.596 0/0 17/
2.Theriot G/S/vP 10/.650 7/.762 ··· 4/.500 1/.000 11/.364 2/2.000 ··· 474/350 .315/.393/.375/.768 .772/.766 .813 107/.823 17/11 1/
33.Ward* G/S/vP 9/.347 1/.000 1/.000 4/.500 5/.800 5/.650 3/1.167 ··· 77/70 .231/.351/.400/.751 .762/.750 .869 21/.506 0/0 2/
IP 129.2 52.1 37.1 50.1 42.0 92.1 51.1 39.1 TOTAL .280/.357/.446/.802 .811/.799 .872 .791 67/27 129/66
ERA-K/9 4.72/6.9 4.13/7.9 2.65/6.3 2.50/7.2 5.57/5.6 4.48/4.5 4.38/10.4 4.35/7.8 4.55/6.6

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Blanco (9-6-2)
 Soto (48-21-4)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 578/.285 218/.246 163/.216 206/.196 176/.269 378/.271 225/.246 173/.212 .273  Soriano
 Fukudome
 Johnson
 Edmonds
 Cedeno
 DeRosa
 Ward
64/0/0/5
0/11/99/4
22/54/0/3
0/75/0/1
0/1/0/0
27/0/23/0
5/0/3/0
OPS .852 .666 .743 .552 .715 .704 .774 .729 .799
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 268/.897 90/.840 72/.565 89/.600 78/.990 156/.691 104/.663 72/.530 .804
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 310/.814 128/.546 91/.895 117/.514 98/.510 222/.713 121/.861 101/.880 .795
Road 315/.858 106/.719 78/.784 92/.489 78/.737 208/.576 99/.814 77/.720 .791
Last 28d days 107/.750 36/.785 27/.899 54/.481 22/.465 75/.522 35/.740 21/.243
HR/SB/CS 23/3/5 5/3/1 5/3/1 2/0/0 3/2/2 6/2/1 10/6/0 5/5/0 150/39/18
Usage ····X··· X·X·o·X· ·X·oo·o· ·o·X···· ·o·X···· X·X·o·X· ··XoX··· o·o·o·oo

Usage -- each character represents the number of pitches thrown by the pitcher for yesterday, two days ago, three days ago, ...., up to eight days ago:
· - did not pitch; o - less than 16 pitches; X - at least 16 pitches (the median relief outing)
An Example ( ·X···o·X ): Yesterday off, 16 or more pitches, three days off, less than 16 pitches, day off, 16 or more pitches (8 days ago). Yesterday is in bold for improved scanning.

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