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Home again home again, jiggety-jig.  –Mother Goose

Indeed.  It’s four against the Marlins (Actual W-L: 53-47, Pythagorean W-L: 48-52) at Wrigley, starting tomorrow.  7:05, 1:20, 12:05, and 1:20 Central are the respective start times.  This is our first encounter with the Fish this year.  What’s good for the Goose is good for a gander at some match-ups:

  • Thu. July 24th, Zambrano (2.98 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) vs. Olsen (3.84, 1.29)
  • Fri. July 25th, Dempster (3.05, 1.16) vs. Johnson (3.86, 1.37, 11 2/3 IP)
  • Sat. July 26th, Harden (2.12, 1.11) vs. Volstad (2.16, 1.14, 16 2/3 IP)
  • Sun. July 27th, Marquis (4.44, 1.41) vs. VandenHurk (6.10, 1.94, 10 1/3 IP)

Speaking of Henricus “Rick” VandenHurk, he’s the only current major leaguer from the Netherlands (Eindhoven to be precise) and one of only seven Nederlanders ever in MLB.  Notable among those, possible future Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven, who hails from Zeist.  VandenHurk is also quite high on the list of “most capital letters in a MLB player’s last name.”  But I digress.

Statistical summation:

    G   AB    R    H   2B  3B  HR  RBI  BB  SO   BA    OBP   SLG   SB
CHC 100 3482  520  968 201 13 111  491 393  736  .278  .355  .439  53
FLA 100 3432  480  870 174 16 141  463 310  838  .253  .320  .437  49

    G    ERA   W   L  SV  GS  GF   IP     H    R   ER   HR  BB   SO
CHC 100  3.87  58  42 29 100  99  898.3  836  418  386 102  337  739
FLA 100  4.58  53  47 20 100 100  895.3  895  505  456 107  393  678

The Cubs really should take 3 or 4 here.  After this series, we head to Milwaukee (one game back) for four games, in what will definitely be the most significant series thus far.  After that, it’s home for nine against other Central foes, including the Cards (three games back).

The Cubs have 61 (regular season) games remaining: 10 against the Brewers and 9 against the Cardinals, 32 home games and 29 away games, and the rest of our opponents have a collective .509 winning percentage.

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Written by ollie

24 July 2008 at 3:24 am

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