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Friday, June 29, 2012

Astros (32-44) @ Cubs (26-49), Friday, June 29, 2012, 2:20pm

HOU:Bud Norris (27, RHP, 5-4, 4.81)
CHC:Paul Maholm (30, LHP, 4-6, 5.38)

The Primer Chimp Posted: June 29, 2012 at 10:00 AM | 7 comment(s)
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   1. Brian C Posted: June 29, 2012 at 01:08 PM (#4169514)
Cubs season HR pace: 127
Darwin Barney NL WAR rank: t4
Starlin Castro NL dWAR rank: 2
Team defensive efficiency (NL rank): .696 (8)

By the way, Bryan LaHair is now 1 PA short of qualifying for the batting title. I know he's been slumping lately, but I still can't figure out that the point is of holding him out of the lineup so often, especially with Baker being pretty much worthless in his platoon role.
   2. Brian C Posted: June 29, 2012 at 02:13 PM (#4169602)
Late start today because of the rain. But at least it rained! That's good.
   3. Brian C Posted: June 29, 2012 at 04:06 PM (#4169697)
You know, so far Valbuena's been a considerable upgrade over what the Cubs were getting from 3B.
   4. Brian C Posted: June 29, 2012 at 04:14 PM (#4169706)
Clevenger's first big-league HR.
   5. McCoy Posted: June 29, 2012 at 05:15 PM (#4169751)
Joe Mather has put up a .392/.467 line at third in slightly more PA than Valbuena.
   6. Brian C Posted: June 29, 2012 at 05:36 PM (#4169763)
Then he's also a considerable upgrade over what they've been getting. Point is, their 3B production has been very poor.

Worth noting, though, that Valbuena looks cromulent defensively at 3B, and Mather looks like a terrible hatchet man.
   7. Brian C Posted: June 29, 2012 at 05:37 PM (#4169764)
Cubs win! That's 3 of 4 now. Baby steps.

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