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Game Preview: CHC @ HOU, 2:05pm, Sunday, July 20, 2008 @Minute Maid Park

Chicago Cubs, 57-40, 1st, 2 up

SP: Ryan Dempster (31, RHP, 10-4, 3.25)

   2008 Gamelogs / 2008 Splits / vs. HOU Current Lineup
 Split         Opp Dec   IP   H   R   ER  BB  SO HR ERA/Pit GmSc
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 2008 (10-4)           124.2  97  52  45  50 104 11    3.25      
 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         3-2  44    41  19  19  15  40  4    3.89   55 
 2008-07-13    SFG   L   6.2   7   4   4   3   6  0     118   47 
 2008-07-08    CIN   W   7     2   1   1   4   5  0     103   70 
 2008-07-02   @SFG  ND   6     5   2   2   2   7  1      91   59 
 2008-06-27   @CHW   L   2.1   7   8   8   3   1  1      71    9 
 2008-06-22    CHW   W   8    10   1   1   1   4  0     103   61 
 2008-06-17   @TBR  ND   5     6   1   1   2   6  1     104   55 
 2008-06-11    ATL   W   9     4   2   2   0  11  1     119   82 
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 5 v.HOU      1-4  32    30  17  17  11  20  6    4.78   50 
 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 
 2003-04-08   @HOU   W   9     7   1   1   2   3  0      97   70 
 2002-08-25   @HOU   L   7     2   1   1   4   3  1      95   68 
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   37-12   Road:   20-28   ExtrInn: 7-4 
 vsRHP:  40-30   vsLHP:  17-10   1-Run:  15-15
 vsEast:  7-4    vsCntrl:22-19   vsWest: 22-8  IL: 6-9 

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
 97 Sat, Jul 19  @HOU  L   1-4       57-40  1st  2.0 up
 96 Fri, Jul 18  @HOU  L   1-2       57-39  1st  3.0 up
 95 Sun, Jul 13   SFG  L   2-4       57-38  1st  4.5 up
 94 Sat, Jul 12   SFG  W   8-7 (11)  57-37  1st  5.5 up
 93 Fri, Jul 11   SFG  W   3-1       56-37  1st  4.5 up
 92 Thu, Jul 10   CIN  L   7-12      55-37  1st  4.0 up
 91 Wed, Jul  9   CIN  W   5-1       55-36  1st  4.5 up
 90 Tue, Jul  8   CIN  W   7-3       54-36  1st  3.5 up
 89 Sun, Jul  6  @STL  W   7-1       53-36  1st  3.5 up
 88 Sat, Jul  5  @STL  L   4-5       52-36  1st  2.5 up
 Last 10: 5-5    Last 20: 9-11   Last 30:14-16
Houston Astros, 46-51, 5th, 11 GB, 9 GB in WC

SP: Brandon Backe (30, RHP, 6-9, 4.76)

   2008 Gamelogs / 2008 Splits / vs. CHC Current Lineup
 Split         Opp Dec   IP   H   R   ER  BB  SO HR ERA/Pit GmSc
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 2008 (6-9)            111.2 124  61  59  50  83 22    4.76      
 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         2-2  38.1  45  21  21  17  29  7    4.93   46 
 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 
 2008-06-22   @TBR   W   6.2   6   2   2   4   5  1      82   55 
 2008-06-17   @BAL  ND   5.2   8   3   3   2   1  1      97   40 
 2008-06-11    MIL   L   4     7   5   5   2   2  3      76   28 
+------------+----+---+-----+---+---+---+---+---+--+-------+----+
 Last 5 v.CHC      2-1  28    34  18  18  11  24  5    5.79   45 
 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 
 2004-08-26   @CHC   L   3     9   7   7   1   4  2      69   16 
Lineups / Orders / Splits: Bat / Pitch / GL: Bat / Pitch
 Home:   24-21   Road:   22-30   ExtrInn: 1-3 
 vsRHP:  32-37   vsLHP:  14-14   1-Run:  15-18
 vsEast: 10-9    vsCntrl:17-20   vsWest: 12-11 IL: 7-11

Last 10 Games
Gm# Date & Box   Opp W/L Score      Record   Place/GB
 97 Sat, Jul 19   CHC  W   4-1       46-51  5th 11.0 gb
 96 Fri, Jul 18   CHC  W   2-1       45-51  5th 12.0 gb
 95 Sun, Jul 13  @WSN  W   5-0       44-51  6th 13.0 gb
 94 Sat, Jul 12  @WSN  W   6-4       43-51  6th 14.0 gb
 93 Fri, Jul 11  @WSN  L   0-10      42-51  6th 14.0 gb
 92 Wed, Jul  9  @PIT  W   6-4       42-50  6th 13.5 gb
 91 Tue, Jul  8  @PIT  L   3-4       41-50  6th 13.5 gb
 90 Mon, Jul  7  @PIT  L   7-10      41-49  6th 12.5 gb
 89 Sun, Jul  6  @ATL  L   6-7 (17)  41-48  5th 12.0 gb
 88 Sat, Jul  5  @ATL  W   6-1       41-47  5th 11.0 gb
 Last 10: 6-4    Last 20:10-10   Last 30:13-17
Last 10 games for these teams head-to-head
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)
Fri, Apr 04, 2008 HOU  4 @CHC  3        W:Wesley Wright (1-0), L: Jon Lieber (0-1), S: Jose Valverde (1)

Thu, Sep 13, 2007 CHC  6 @HOU  2        W:Steve Trachsel (7-10), L: Woody Williams (8-15), S: none
Wed, Sep 12, 2007 CHC  3 @HOU  2        W:Rich Hill (9-8), L: Matt Albers (4-8), S: Ryan Dempster (26)
Season Series: 2008 - HOU leads 5-3; 2007 - CHC won 8-7; 2006 - HOU won 8-7; All-Time - HOU leads 341-290

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  5.51

CLE  4.55

WSN  3.71

RA/G

OAK  3.67

CLE  4.50

TEX  5.91

BA

C. Jones  .374

A. Pierzynski  .283

T. Pena  .154

OBP

A. Pujols  .471

F. Catalanotto  .356

T. Pena  .176

SLG

L. Berkman  .642

D. DeJesus  .467

O. Vizquel  .192

OPS

A. Pujols  1.082

M. DeRosa  .818

T. Pena  .379

ERA

J. Duchscherer  1.82

J. Sanchez  4.10

M. Hendrickson  6.09

K/9IP

C. Billingsley  9.81

G. Floyd  6.19

L. Hernandez  3.31

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Chicago Cubs Batters (5.25 RS/G) vs. Houston Astros Pitchers (4.74 RA/G) -- OPS ranges: bad - ≤.650; avg: .750; good: ≥.850
PA/OPS 41.Backe
G/S/vB
58.Borkowski
G/S/vB
26.Brocail
G/S/vB
48.Byrdak*
G/S/vB
29.Geary
G/S/vB
54.Paronto
G/S/vB
43.Sampson
G/S/vB
47.Valverde
G/S/vB
53.Wright*
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHRdLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
24.Blanco G/S/vP 3/.666 2/.000 1/.000 ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· ··· ··· 67/40 .286/.328/.333/.662 .767/.591 .613 9/.583 0/0 1/
5.Cedeno G/S/vP 1/.000 5/.000 2/1.000 ··· 1/.000 1/2.000 2/.000 2/.000 1/no AB 148/77 .271/.340/.353/.694 .618/.765 .648 26/.599 3/1 1/
7.DeRosa G/S/vP 6/1.166 5/.000 1/.000 2/.500 7/1.171 3/1.334 9/.666 6/1.133 1/2.000 369/271 .280/.372/.446/.818 .890/.793 .736 88/.800 3/0 11/
15.Edmonds* G/S/vP 16/.557 6/1.500 6/.000 5/.400 4/.750 1/2.000 8/.821 5/1.800 1/.000 263/227 .233/.328/.436/.764 .516/.806 .703 79/.935 2/1 11/
17.Fontenot* G/S/vP ··· 2/.000 1/.000 ··· 1/no AB 1/.000 1/.000 4/.500 ··· 173/157 .265/.365/.497/.861 .583/.886 .878 58/1.088 2/0 7/
1.Fukudome* G/S/vP 3/.333 1/.000 2/.000 ··· 1/.000 ··· 6/.666 2/.000 1/3.000 394/299 .275/.378/.401/.779 .718/.798 .597 84/.561 8/4 7/
6.Hoffpauir* G/S/vP ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· ··· 1/no AB 1/.000 ··· 37/35 .400/.432/.571/1.004 .000/1.063 1.006 / 1/0 0/
9.Johnson G/S/vP 5/1.000 1/.000 3/1.334 1/no AB 1/.000 1/.000 1/3.000 ··· ··· 239/147 .269/.336/.375/.711 .854/.625 .723 30/.582 4/4 3/
25.Lee G/S/vP 17/.561 7/.429 4/1.000 ··· 5/.650 6/.733 9/1.333 5/.000 ··· 435/335 .303/.368/.500/.868 .902/.858 .851 99/.880 5/2 15/
16.Ramirez G/S/vP 18/1.125 11/1.273 3/.000 ··· 7/.715 2/1.000 12/1.084 6/.333 ··· 394/305 .278/.378/.503/.881 .709/.933 .672 82/.750 1/1 17/
18.Soto G/S/vP ··· 1/.000 1/.000 ··· 2/.000 ··· 6/.666 3/.000 ··· 371/282 .284/.364/.512/.876 1.005/.835 .891 90/.884 0/0 16/
2.Theriot G/S/vP 6/.333 8/1.464 6/.666 ··· 4/.500 2/1.000 9/.000 2/2.000 ··· 400/301 .325/.398/.379/.777 .827/.761 .689 90/.864 15/9 1/
33.Ward* G/S/vP 9/.347 2/1.000 1/.000 ··· 4/.500 1/.000 4/.500 3/1.167 ··· 64/58 .259/.375/.407/.782 .900/.770 .584 30/.747 0/0 1/
IP 111.2 29.0 45.1 31.2 40.1 6.1 78.1 46.0 34.0 TOTAL .280/.357/.441/.798 .806/.795 .719 .774 53/23 109/58
ERA-K/9 4.76/6.7 7.45/6.2 3.77/7.5 1.71/5.1 2.23/7.1 4.26/2.9 4.48/4.5 3.72/10.6 5.03/8.5 4.46/6.6

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Blanco (9-3-2)
 Soto (43-17-4)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 499/.279 138/.360 185/.231 138/.214 164/.191 26/.304 320/.271 200/.239 155/.225 .269  Fukudome
 Johnson
 Edmonds
 Cedeno
 DeRosa
 Ward
 Hoffpauir
0/7/85/4
20/45/0/2
0/67/0/1
0/1/0/0
25/0/16/0
5/0/2/0
3/0/0/0
OPS .858 1.031 .631 .710 .545 .925 .713 .749 .785 .796
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 232/.853 59/.860 82/.812 60/.633 70/.657 11/.573 137/.653 92/.681 62/.565 .802
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 267/.863 79/1.155 103/.487 78/.772 94/.461 15/1.198 183/.757 108/.801 93/.943 .792
Home 207/.850 56/1.080 91/.598 64/.588 84/.649 / 136/.941 105/.681 80/.823 .799
Last 28d days 125/.787 40/1.039 35/.676 39/.610 47/.425 26/.925 60/.390 41/.485 42/.775
HR/SB/CS 22/3/3 8/0/0 4/1/1 3/3/1 1/0/0 1/0/0 6/2/1 8/6/0 5/5/0 133/35/12
Usage ······X· ········ o······· ········ ·X·····o ········ o·····Xo X······o ········
Houston Astros Batters (4.33 RS/G) vs. Chicago Cubs Pitchers (4.20 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
22.Hart
G/S/vB
62.Howry
G/S/vB
49.Marmol
G/S/vB
34.Wood
G/S/vB
PA/vRHBA/OBP/SLG/OPSvLH/RHHmLast 28dSB/CSHR/E
11.Ausmus G/S/vP 28/.681 ··· 1/.000 1/.000 11/.875 6/.900 28/.706 167/123 .218/.284/.279/.563 .742/.499 .563 44/.563 0/1 1/
17.Berkman# G/S/vP 47/1.107 3/.000 3/1.667 ··· 6/.900 11/1.402 36/1.030 405/297 .343/.440/.642/1.082 .925/1.142 1.154 92/.883 15/2 22/
27.Blum# G/S/vP 38/.728 2/.000 1/no AB ··· 4/1.000 ··· 26/.863 170/144 .213/.253/.350/.603 .326/.645 .714 40/.531 1/0 6/
14.Bourn* G/S/vP 3/.000 ··· ··· 1/4.000 2/.000 1/.000 1/.000 356/262 .218/.273/.291/.564 .551/.569 .658 67/.432 32/7 4/
2.Erstad* G/S/vP ··· 7/.858 6/.334 ··· 9/.708 2/.000 1/.000 161/135 .280/.325/.400/.725 .613/.746 .739 48/.565 1/2 2/
45.Lee G/S/vP 13/.975 ··· 7/.715 ··· 10/.500 9/.708 28/1.118 401/304 .301/.352/.551/.902 .989/.874 .952 98/1.100 4/1 22/
8.Loretta G/S/vP 19/1.045 1/.000 10/.550 1/.000 6/.400 4/.500 32/.652 193/134 .259/.326/.374/.700 1.029/.565 .785 58/.699 0/0 3/
3.Matsui# G/S/vP 5/.650 ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 1/2.000 8/1.196 282/200 .281/.349/.369/.718 .823/.677 .679 31/1.151 15/4 1/
31.Newhan* G/S/vP 5/.400 3/.333 1/no AB ··· 1/.000 1/no AB 4/.833 25/23 .292/.320/.458/.778 .000/.848 .938 24/.812 0/0 0/
9.Pence G/S/vP 6/1.166 ··· 4/1.000 1/.000 4/1.250 4/.000 3/.000 390/292 .266/.305/.430/.735 .715/.742 .762 96/.666 5/8 12/
10.Tejada G/S/vP 3/1.000 6/.666 6/.833 ··· 14/.594 1/.000 1/.000 404/302 .282/.322/.430/.752 .814/.731 .855 89/.573 7/3 10/
46.Towles G/S/vP 3/.000 ··· ··· ··· 1/.000 ··· ··· 161/129 .145/.253/.268/.521 .767/.466 .659 23/.333 0/0 4/
21.Wigginton G/S/vP 9/.222 ··· 4/.250 1/.000 2/.000 1/2.000 11/.473 238/166 .273/.357/.455/.812 1.038/.719 .858 73/.886 4/4 8/
IP 124.2 16.2 69.0 18.2 46.1 52.1 44.2 TOTAL .260/.322/.409/.730 .796/.709 .795 .727 84/33 97/47
ERA-K/9 3.25/7.5 2.70/11.9 3.39/6.3 7.23/6.7 4.66/6.8 4.13/12.0 3.02/11.1 3.89/7.4

 Catcher Def.
 (SB-CS-PB)
 Ausmus (14-4-3)
 Towles (13-7-2)

OF G: LF / CF / RF - A

BF/BA 515/.212 73/.242 285/.252 96/.317 199/.299 213/.161 182/.201 .246  Bourn
 Pence
 Lee
 Erstad
0/86/0/7
0/0/93/7
91/0/0/4
28/15/4/2
OPS .625 .741 .670 .892 .831 .589 .598 .721
vs LHB (BF-OPS) 254/.682 36/.793 144/.646 33/1.330 79/.787 92/.795 83/.629 .774
vs RHB (BF-OPS) 261/.571 37/.690 141/.695 63/.674 120/.858 121/.434 99/.571 .684
Road 187/.692 45/.687 143/.753 47/.926 88/.767 91/.689 87/.667 .748
Last 28d days 128/.755 38/.569 47/.541 6/1.167 37/.568 41/1.057 30/.880
HR/SB/CS 11/7/2 3/1/0 7/1/3 2/3/0 7/2/0 7/3/1 1/1/0 99/52/20
Usage ······X· ·o····oo X·····Xo ·······X ·o·····o ·······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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