Goatriders of the Apocalypse

GameCast: Cubs at Houston

GameCast
Rich Harden (2-1, 5.11 ERA) vs. Mike Hampton (1-2, 4.88 ERA)
Story-Lines

Apologies because this one will be short.  Pitching for the Cubs is Rich Harden, a guy with million-dollar stuff and a 10 cent arm.  As Jason noted, Harden has been psyching himself up for this match-up against Mike Hampton by listening to - among others - Bitter Sweet Sympathy by the Verve and by watching reruns of the first season of Dawson's Creek. 

Their first match-up of the season resulted in a Cubs series victory.  Since then Houston has rocketed to the basement while the Cubs have sipped the sweet nectar of mediocrity. 

Who's Hot
Mike Fontenot, Derrek Lee, and Ryan Theriot have combined for 8 homeruns and 21 RBI over the last 7 games.  Lee's AVG has still been down, but you'll be shocked to know that he hasn't hit into a double play yet this year.  (Then again, his neck is still bothering him and he's not playing tonight.  So, er, nevermind)

Who's Not
Kosuke Fukudome - batting .182 in the past 7 games, Alfonso Soriano is also hitting weakly, batting .200.  Maybe May is the new April for the Fonz and the new September for Fuku. 

Conclusions
Mike Hampton?  Pitching?  Filed in the "Kurt is epically wrong" department, I was soooo pissed when the Cubs didn't sign Hampton back in the day.  Anyway, if the Cubs can't destroy Houston and their attempts at a 90's revival, then I've got nothing for them.

And I promise.  I swear.  Zambra-0-Meter to be updated immediately following tonight's game.

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