GameCast: May 7th - Cubs at Houston
Ted Lilly (3-2, 3.13 ERA) vs. Russ Ortiz (2-0, 5.21 ERA)
The Cubs continue their rock-out to Ben Folds and the Barenaked Ladies tonight in a contest against Russ Ortiz, who remembers the 90's as a decade of promise and opportunity ... until the bubble burst. (Double entente. Genius)
I've yet to see if Lee will start tonight, but he's trying to get better from a stiff neck that may or may not be a part of his hitting problems so far in '09. Or he could be a steroid user. I'm not sure how putting up really crappy numbers make one an alleged steroid user, except I am pretty sure that those who were using steroids probably still are - see Manny Ramirez. Lee, meanwhile, is getting older and broke his freaking hand a few years ago. It sort of reminds me of how Joe Borwoski had a career year with the Cubs in 2003, returned ineffective in '04, and was painted a steroid user despite the intense likelihood that he never consumed an illegal substance that wasn't a derrivative of moonshine. But I digress.
Reed Johnson - went 1 for 3 with 1 walk yesterday, drove in 3 with his one hit and scored twice off of passed balls. He's gotta be juicing.
Aramis Ramirez - the sole Cub to collect 2 hits yesterday, A-Ram blasted his 4th of the year as well. He must be juicing.
Geo Soto - After an 0 for 3 night Soto's AVG remains at .159. He shouldn't have quit steroids.
I'm sorry, but Russ Ortiz? 2004 was a long time ago, and he hasn't exactly been effective since then (what with his 9 wins since then). Lord knows that Ted Lilly got his butt kicked in the first game he faced the Astros this season, but I'd really be shocked if Chicago doesn't beat them easily tonight.
Then agian, they play the games for a reason...