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Game Preview: HOU @ CHC, 8:05pm, Wednesday, September 3, 2008 @Wrigley Field

Houston Astros, 73-66, 4th, 12 GB, 7½ GB in WC

SP: Randy Wolf (31, LHP, 8-11, 4.73)

   2008 Gamelogs / 2008 Splits / vs. CHC Current Lineup
 Split         Opp Dec   IP   H   R   ER  BB  SO HR ERA/Pit GmSc
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 2008 (8-11)           158   164  91  83  64 134 18    4.73      
 2007 (9-6)            102.2 110  55  54  39  94 10    4.73      
 2006 (4-0)             56.2  63  37  35  33  44 13    5.56      
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 7 GS         2-1  38.1  41  22  20  17  29  4    4.70   47 
 2008-08-29    STL  ND   6     3   2   1   1   1  0      93   60 
 2008-08-24   @NYM  ND   6     7   4   4   3   4  2     101   43 
 2008-08-18   @MIL   L   4     5   6   6   3   5  0      86   30 
 2008-08-13    SFG   W   7     6   2   2   2   3  0     110   58 
 2008-08-08   @CIN  ND   6     7   4   4   2   6  1      93   46 
 2008-08-03    NYM   W   5     6   0   0   3   7  0      92   59 
 2008-07-27   @MIL  ND   4.1   7   4   3   3   3  1     105   35 
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 5 v.CHC      1-2  31.1  28  15  15  12  19  4    4.31   51 
 2008-05-12   @CHC   L   4     8   7   7   5   2  1      95   15 
 2007-05-27    CHC  ND   6     3   0   0   2   5  0      98   69 
 2004-08-01   @CHC   L   6.1   6   5   5   1   1  2      76   41 
 2003-07-23   @CHC   W   9     4   0   0   3   4  0     135   80 
 2003-07-01    CHC  ND   6     7   3   3   1   7  1     103   52 
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   39-29   Road:   34-37   ExtrInn: 5-3 
 vsRHP:  52-48   vsLHP:  21-18   1-Run:  19-20
 vsEast: 15-11   vsCntrl:34-31   vsWest: 17-13 IL: 7-11

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
139 Tue, Sep  2  @CHC  W   9-7 (11)  73-66  4th 12.0 gb
138 Mon, Sep  1  @CHC  W   3-0       72-66  4th 13.0 gb
137 Sun, Aug 31   STL  W   3-0       71-66  4th 14.0 gb
136 Sat, Aug 30   STL  W   8-5       70-66  4th 15.0 gb
135 Fri, Aug 29   STL  W   3-2       69-66  4th 16.0 gb
134 Thu, Aug 28   CIN  W   3-2       68-66  4th 16.0 gb
133 Wed, Aug 27   CIN  W   4-1       67-66  4th 16.0 gb
132 Tue, Aug 26   CIN  L   1-2       66-66  4th 16.0 gb
131 Mon, Aug 25  @NYM  L   1-9       66-65  4th 15.0 gb
130 Sun, Aug 24  @NYM  W   6-4 (10)  66-64  4th 14.0 gb
 Last 10: 8-2    Last 20:13-7    Last 30:21-9 
Chicago Cubs, 85-54, 1st, 4½ up

SP: Ryan Dempster (31, RHP, 15-5, 2.95)

   2008 Gamelogs / 2008 Splits / vs. HOU Current Lineup
 Split         Opp Dec   IP   H   R   ER  BB  SO HR ERA/Pit GmSc
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 2008 (15-5)           176.2 142  65  58  69 160 11    2.95      
 2007 (2-7)             66.2  59  36  35  30  55  8    4.73      
 2006 (1-9)             75    77  47  40  36  67  5    4.80      
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 7 GS         4-1  44    39  13  13  18  49  0    2.66   59 
 2008-08-28    PHI  ND   6     8   4   4   4   7  0     114   43 
 2008-08-23    WSN   W   7.1   8   1   1   1   4  0     111   61 
 2008-08-17   @FLA   W   6     5   2   2   2  10  0      96   62 
 2008-08-10    STL   W   6.2   6   2   2   3   6  0     113   57 
 2008-08-04    HOU   L   5     5   2   2   1   7  0      75   55 
 2008-07-30   @MIL   W   7     5   1   1   1   9  0     111   71 
 2008-07-25    FLA  ND   6     2   1   1   6   6  0     110   64 
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 5 v.HOU      1-4  29    32  17  17   7  28  5    5.28   49 
 2008-08-04    HOU   L   5     5   2   2   1   7  0      75   55 
 2008-07-20   @HOU   W   8     6   0   0   1   7  0     104   76 
 2008-05-20   @HOU   L   6     6   4   4   2   5  1     109   47 
 2003-07-18    HOU   L   6     8   5   5   1   4  3     102   39 
 2003-07-07   @HOU   L   4     7   6   6   2   5  1      84   27 
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   51-23   Road:   34-31   ExtrInn: 8-6 
 vsRHP:  58-41   vsLHP:  27-13   1-Run:  19-19
 vsEast: 18-10   vsCntrl:38-25   vsWest: 23-10 IL: 6-9 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
139 Tue, Sep  2   HOU  L   7-9 (11)  85-54  1st  4.5 up
138 Mon, Sep  1   HOU  L   0-3       85-53  1st  4.5 up
137 Sun, Aug 31   PHI  L   3-5       85-52  1st  4.5 up
136 Sat, Aug 30   PHI  L   2-5       85-51  1st  5.5 up
135 Fri, Aug 29   PHI  W   3-2       85-50  1st  6.5 up
134 Thu, Aug 28   PHI  W   6-4       84-50  1st  6.5 up
133 Wed, Aug 27  @PIT  W   2-0       83-50  1st  6.0 up
132 Tue, Aug 26  @PIT  W  14-9       82-50  1st  5.0 up
131 Mon, Aug 25  @PIT  W  12-3       81-50  1st  5.0 up
130 Sun, Aug 24   WSN  W   6-1       80-50  1st  4.5 up
 Last 10: 6-4    Last 20:13-7    Last 30:20-10
Last 10 games for these teams head-to-head
Tue, Sep 02, 2008 HOU  9 @CHC  7 (11)   W:Wesley Wright (4-3), L: Kerry Wood (4-3), S: Jose Valverde (39)
Mon, Sep 01, 2008 HOU  3 @CHC  0        W:Roy Oswalt (13-9), L: Jason Marquis (9-8), S: Jose Valverde (38)
Wed, Aug 06, 2008 CHC 11  HOU  4        W:Jason Marquis (7-7), L: Brandon Backe (6-11), S: none
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)
Season Series: 2008 - HOU leads 8-6; 2007 - CHC won 8-7; 2006 - HOU won 8-7; All-Time - HOU leads 344-293

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  5.49

FLA  4.65

SFG  3.84

RA/G

TOR  3.88

CLE  4.59

TEX  5.97

BA

A. Pujols  .361

M. DeRosa  .292

J. Towles  .143

OBP

A. Pujols  .469

J. Reyes  .365

T. Pena  .188

SLG

A. Pujols  .643

J. Reyes  .487

T. Pena  .213

OPS

A. Pujols  1.112

V. Wells  .839

T. Pena  .400

ERA

C. Lee  2.32

O. Perez  3.90

C. Silva  6.53

K/9IP

T. Lincecum  10.22

M. Mussina  6.42

L. Hernandez  3.35

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Houston Astros Batters (4.49 RS/G) vs. Chicago Cubs Pitchers (4.07 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 46.Dempster
G/S/vB
48.Cotts*
G/S/vB
57.Gaudin
G/S/vB
37.Guzman
G/S/vB
62.Howry
G/S/vB
32.Lieber
G/S/vB
49.Marmol
G/S/vB
45.Marshall*
G/S/vB
29.Samardzija
G/S/vB
34.Wood
G/S/vB
43.Wuertz
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHRdLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
1.Abercrombie G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· 1/no AB 2/2.000 7/1.000 ··· 8/1.089 ··· 2/.000 1/no AB 33/14 .200/.242/.433/.676 .874/.381 .521 16/.679 0/1 2/
11.Ausmus G/S/vP 28/.681 ··· 1/.000 5/1.200 11/.875 35/.629 6/.900 12/.833 ··· 28/.706 9/1.333 219/155 .220/.296/.293/.589 .783/.512 .599 34/.457 0/1 2/
17.Berkman# G/S/vP 54/.984 4/.000 3/1.667 3/.000 6/.900 32/1.054 12/1.250 17/.753 1/2.000 38/1.018 12/.633 576/420 .334/.434/.606/1.040 .858/1.112 1.002 110/1.064 16/3 27/
27.Blum# G/S/vP 41/.723 2/.000 1/no AB 2/.000 5/.800 15/.220 2/.000 2/.000 1/.000 27/1.032 1/.000 291/238 .239/.282/.433/.715 .577/.740 .722 88/.812 1/1 14/
14.Bourn* G/S/vP 3/.000 ··· ··· ··· 3/.666 1/.000 2/.000 ··· ··· 2/.000 2/1.000 440/323 .221/.279/.296/.575 .544/.586 .517 61/.453 35/8 5/
13.Castillo G/S/vP 12/.717 1/.000 2/1.000 5/.800 3/.666 5/.200 3/.000 8/.250 1/.000 8/2.000 6/.833 428/300 .239/.285/.373/.658 .662/.657 .663 22/.091 2/2 6/
2.Erstad* G/S/vP 6/.000 7/.858 7/.286 1/.000 9/.708 5/.000 2/.000 1/.000 1/.000 2/1.000 2/.000 297/236 .286/.319/.371/.690 .744/.677 .745 94/.667 2/2 3/
8.Loretta G/S/vP 19/1.045 1/.000 10/.550 ··· 7/.334 31/.400 4/.500 5/.400 ··· 33/.629 4/1.500 261/165 .265/.337/.374/.711 .914/.601 .639 51/.577 0/0 4/
3.Matsui# G/S/vP 12/.258 ··· 1/.000 ··· 2/1.000 8/.250 2/1.000 3/.000 1/.000 8/1.196 2/1.000 380/273 .285/.348/.415/.763 .791/.752 .763 30/.953 19/4 5/
31.Newhan* G/S/vP 6/.334 3/.333 2/.500 3/1.334 2/1.000 12/1.136 2/.500 ··· 1/.000 4/.833 1/no AB 81/76 .260/.296/.429/.725 .600/.733 .671 46/.826 0/0 2/
9.Pence G/S/vP 11/1.000 ··· 5/.800 1/.000 6/1.500 3/.000 6/.000 3/2.667 1/no AB 4/.500 4/1.833 554/412 .270/.312/.458/.770 .724/.786 .756 102/.815 8/9 20/
55.Quintero G/S/vP 2/.500 ··· 1/.000 1/no AB 3/.666 ··· 1/.000 ··· 1/.000 3/.000 1/.000 140/108 .238/.267/.323/.590 .713/.555 .648 68/.731 0/0 2/
10.Tejada G/S/vP 9/.777 7/.572 6/.833 ··· 15/.553 9/.666 4/.000 ··· 1/2.000 2/.000 1/.000 576/425 .283/.314/.419/.733 .787/.714 .711 110/.763 7/7 12/
46.Towles G/S/vP 6/.167 ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 2/.500 164/132 .143/.255/.264/.519 .767/.464 .417 / 0/0 4/
21.Wigginton G/S/vP 11/.364 ··· 5/.400 ··· 2/.000 2/.000 2/1.000 5/.650 1/.000 13/.398 5/.400 376/265 .296/.367/.554/.921 1.108/.844 .731 104/1.144 4/6 21/
IP 176.2 29.2 86.0 1.0 64.0 44.2 76.2 51.1 21.0 57.2 40.1 TOTAL .264/.323/.422/.745 .786/.731 .709 .785 96/43 153/58
ERA-K/9 2.95/8.1 3.94/10.6 3.87/7.3 0.00/0.0 5.63/7.2 3.43/5.2 2.58/12.0 4.03/7.9 1.29/9.0 2.81/11.2 3.35/5.8 3.77/7.8

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Ausmus (17-5-4)
 Quintero (14-9-1)
 Towles (13-7-2)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 733/.218 132/.256 359/.256 5/.250 280/.312 194/.303 303/.124 217/.251 85/.197 235/.201 170/.260 .242  Pence
 Bourn
 Erstad
 Abercrombie
 Wigginton
 Newhan
0/0/134/15
0/113/0/7
44/39/6/2
9/6/0/2
18/0/0/1
1/0/0/0
OPS .624 .804 .704 .650 .884 .858 .484 .775 .507 .586 .725 .713
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 347/.667 63/.865 168/.675 3/.667 113/.911 70/1.082 136/.651 62/.854 36/.260 110/.605 62/.722 .741
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 386/.585 69/.752 191/.731 2/.500 167/.866 124/.732 167/.349 155/.745 49/.688 125/.569 108/.725 .693
Home 465/.607 61/.949 196/.729 5/.650 156/.899 72/.892 182/.427 95/.696 65/.486 123/.531 91/.713 .695
Last 28d days 115/.703 38/.927 41/.974 5/.650 44/.886 / 51/.224 76/.761 53/.557 49/.549 6/.167
HR/SB/CS 11/10/4 7/1/0 10/1/3 0/0/0 12/4/0 9/0/0 8/3/1 9/4/2 0/3/1 2/1/0 4/4/3 145/73/34
Usage ·····X·· ··XX···X ····X··o o······· X·XX·o·· ········ X···X·Xo ··X··o·o ·Xo·X··o X····XoX oo······
Chicago Cubs Batters (5.40 RS/G) vs. Houston Astros Pitchers (4.70 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 39.Wolf*
G/S/vB
50.Arias
G/S/vB
26.Brocail
G/S/vB
48.Byrdak*
G/S/vB
20.Cassel
G/S/vB
29.Geary
G/S/vB
22.Hawkins
G/S/vB
64.Nieve
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 10/.597 ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 111/59 .282/.321/.398/.719 .807/.645 .824 27/.724 0/0 3/
5.Cedeno G/S/vP ··· ··· 2/1.000 1/.000 ··· 2/.000 ··· 4/.500 2/.000 2/.000 1/no AB 190/90 .272/.333/.358/.692 .664/.723 .778 22/.523 4/1 2/
7.DeRosa G/S/vP 27/.414 1/.000 3/.000 3/.333 ··· 8/1.000 3/.000 1/.000 11/1.091 7/1.262 2/1.000 531/380 .292/.384/.490/.874 .892/.866 .949 101/1.193 6/0 19/
15.Edmonds* G/S/vP 10/.200 ··· 7/.714 8/.375 ··· 4/.750 22/.938 ··· 9/.722 5/1.800 1/.000 360/313 .232/.340/.471/.810 .490/.861 .819 67/.862 2/1 17/
17.Fontenot* G/S/vP ··· 1/3.000 2/.500 1/.000 ··· 1/no AB 4/.000 ··· 3/1.667 4/.500 ··· 239/218 .295/.381/.527/.908 .703/.926 .861 37/.878 2/0 9/
1.Fukudome* G/S/vP 3/.667 ··· 4/.250 2/1.500 ··· 2/.000 ··· 1/2.000 7/.619 3/.000 3/1.667 544/403 .265/.365/.386/.751 .732/.758 .832 88/.602 11/4 9/
55.Hill# G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· / /// / / / /
6.Hoffpauir* G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 1/no AB 1/.000 ··· 39/37 .378/.410/.541/.951 .000/1.004 1.000 / 1/0 0/
9.Johnson G/S/vP 2/.000 1/.000 4/1.000 2/3.000 ··· 1/.000 1/.000 ··· 3/1.667 ··· ··· 327/181 .307/.362/.441/.804 .894/.732 .772 51/.833 5/6 6/
25.Lee G/S/vP 35/.689 1/.000 6/1.000 1/.000 ··· 5/.650 5/.650 2/1.000 12/1.000 6/.000 1/.000 615/466 .292/.363/.462/.824 .968/.780 .844 105/.725 8/2 18/
16.Ramirez G/S/vP 17/.794 1/.000 5/.000 2/.500 ··· 7/.715 2/.000 6/.334 14/.928 7/.286 1/no AB 571/435 .278/.377/.506/.883 .710/.938 1.023 100/.938 2/2 24/
12.Soriano G/S/vP 14/.741 1/.000 7/1.571 4/.500 ··· 13/.641 6/.000 4/.000 13/.481 ··· 1/.000 418/297 .287/.342/.539/.882 1.180/.762 .932 119/.785 17/2 24/
18.Soto G/S/vP 3/1.167 ··· 2/.000 3/1.333 ··· 3/.666 ··· 1/.000 7/.572 4/.000 2/.000 508/377 .294/.372/.517/.889 .932/.874 .893 84/1.112 0/0 21/
2.Theriot G/S/vP 6/.900 2/.500 8/.661 2/1.500 ··· 4/.500 1/.000 1/3.000 11/.364 2/2.000 1/no AB 580/434 .313/.392/.368/.760 .791/.750 .787 106/.727 21/13 1/
33.Ward* G/S/vP 2/.000 ··· 1/.000 1/.000 ··· 4/.500 6/.666 ··· 5/.650 4/.833 ··· 98/89 .229/.337/.398/.734 .583/.750 .766 21/.675 0/0 3/
IP 158.0 13.2 61.2 49.2 19.0 58.0 52.0 3.2 107.2 64.0 49.0 TOTAL .281/.358/.449/.807 .820/.802 .852 .827 82/31 161/87
ERA-K/9 4.73/7.6 2.63/3.3 4.38/8.2 4.35/7.6 7.11/3.8 2.48/6.8 4.50/6.9 14.73/4.9 4.10/4.7 3.66/10.4 4.78/8.4 4.46/6.8

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Blanco (10-10-3)
 Soto (63-24-5)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 694/.270 56/.235 260/.251 217/.234 85/.342 238/.195 211/.238 20/.526 437/.268 270/.224 214/.201 .267  Soriano
 Fukudome
 Johnson
 Edmonds
 Hoffpauir
 Cedeno
 Ward
 DeRosa
89/0/0/6
0/12/122/5
24/68/3/3
0/93/0/1
4/0/0/0
0/1/0/0
5/0/3/0
27/0/28/0
OPS .769 .696 .717 .823 1.027 .567 .638 1.339 .690 .696 .726 .783
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 149/.801 19/.927 108/.894 88/.471 34/1.007 100/.644 94/.864 5/1.600 179/.727 127/.595 84/.559 .780
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 545/.761 37/.570 152/.593 129/1.078 51/1.040 138/.511 117/.464 15/1.252 258/.664 143/.779 130/.841 .785
Road 344/.886 32/.388 132/.800 105/.831 63/.924 106/.500 91/.662 7/.571 236/.552 120/.749 112/.749 .784
Last 28d days 126/.772 / 42/.992 54/1.035 / 32/.669 35/.264 1/.000 59/.595 45/.318 41/.717
HR/SB/CS 18/8/5 1/1/0 8/3/1 10/4/1 5/0/1 3/0/0 3/2/2 1/0/0 6/2/2 10/7/0 8/5/0 180/44/21
Usage ····X··· ········ X··ooo·· o··o···o ········ ·······X ··oo·oo· o······· o·X·X··· XoXo·oo· X·······

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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