Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Gamecast: July 19, 2010- Astros at Cubs

Carlos Silva (9-3, 3.45 ERA) vs. Wandy Rodriguez (6-11, 4.97 ERA)

Overview
Well, that was a phun time (see what I did there?  I know, I know!).  The Cubs showed the Phillies the way to I-55 and now welcome the AAA version of the Astros to town.  The Astros would likely have more turnover from their opening day roster to now if they actually had any sort of depth in their farm system.  For now, that depth is being showcased by a cast led by Chris Johnson and Juan Castro (the lighter-hitting, catching brother of Starlin). 

Carlos Silva looks to continue his quest of hiding a horseshoe up his... jersey.  If the cloud cover holds up into the evening, it would be a benefit to the big man and keep him a little bit cooler in this high humidity, high-temperature front and hopefully allow him to go a bit longer in the game.

On the other hand, Wandy Rodriguez tries to stop being an epic failure (guess who drafted him in 3 fantasy leagues this year!).  At home, the Magic Wandy has been serviceable.  On the road, Wandy has been attrocious.  On the road, he is 2-6 with a 5.79 ERA and WHIP of 1.636.  Moreover, his K/9 is drastically lower on the road (8.6 at home, 5.1 on the road).  I expect this trend to continue when he toes the rubber at Wrigley.

Who's Hot- I'm going to go with Starlin Castro.  Watching him recently, I have been quite impressed with his approach at the plate, his ability to inside out a pitch, and his blazing speed (ok, maybe I really liked that "steal" of home).  Gents, I think we are looking at our leadoff hitter.  He's fast, he gets on base at a decent clip (.350) and he just LOOKS like a leadoff guy (yep, the good old eyeball test reigns supreme).  (Runner Up: Geo Soto)

Who's Not- Cubs relievers.  The past two days have not been pretty for the Cubs relief corps.  First, there was the Marmol Fiasco.  Last night, I wasn't very happy with what I saw out of Cashner and Russell.  I get it, there was a big lead.  Still, I'd like to see cleaner appearances.  I'm picky.  Plus, the nature of the "who's not" column is to pick something I don't like.

Conclusion
The Astros are coming to town at the right time for a somewhat hot Cubs ballclub.  It'd be nice to have even more momentum built up before the weekend series against the Redbirds.  Outlook is positive considering the Cubs avoid Roy O this series.

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