Billy-Ball Daily: 2007-6-6

6/6/2007
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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Top of the 1st
THE LAST TIME – CHICAGO CUBS EDITION
“Well this could be the last time
This could be the last time
Maybe the last time
I don’t know. Oh no. Oh no.”
Mick Jagger/Keith Richards – Rolling Stones, 1965

* The last time the Cubs finished under .500 was in 2006 under Dusty Baker, finishing with a 66-96 record and a .407 percentage.
* The last time a Chicago Cub led the NL in at bats was in 2006 when Juan Pierre had 699.
* The last time a Chicago Cub led the NL in hits was in 2006 when Juan Pierre had 204.
* The last Chicago Cub pitcher to lead the NL in wins was Carlos Zambrano, 16, in 2006, tied with Aaron Harang of the Reds, Derek Lowe and Brad Penny of the Dodgers, John Smoltz of the Braves, and Brandon Webb of the Diamondbacks .
* The last time a Chicago Cub led the NL in hitting was in 2005 when Derrek Lee hit .335.
* The last time a Chicago Cub led the NL in doubles was in 2005 when Derrek Lee had 50.
* The last time the Cubs finished above .500 was in 2004 under Dusty Baker, finishing with a 89-73 record.
* The last time the Cubs finished first was in 2003 under Dusty Baker, finishing with a 88-74 record.
* The last time the Cubs won a post-season series was the 2003 NLDS when they defeated the Braves three games to two.
* The last time the Cubs lost a post-season series was the 2003 NLCS when they lost to the Marlins four games to three.
* The last time a Chicago Cub led the NL in homers was in 2002 when Sammy S*sa had 49.
* The last time the Cubs changed managers mid-season was in 2002 when Don Baylor, Rene Lachemann, and Bruce Kimm combined to produce a 67-95 record.
* The last time the Cubs finished last was in 2000 under Don Baylor, finishing with a 65-97 record.
* The last time a Chicago Cub led the NL in striking out was in 1999 when Sammy S*sa had 171.
* The last Chicago Cub pitcher to lead the NL in losses was Steve Trachsel, 18, in 1999.
* The last time a Chicago Cub won the NL MVP was in 1998 when Sammy S*sa won.
* The last time a Chicago Cub won the NL Rookie of the Year Award was in 1998 when Kerry Wood won.
* The last time the Cubs won 90 games was in 1998 under Jim Riggleman, finishing with a 90-73 record.
* The last time the Cubs were in a post-season playoff was September 28, 1998 when they defeated the San Francisco Giants, 5-3.
* The last and only time the Cubs were the NL Wild Card team was in 1998.
* The last Chicago Cub pitcher to lead the NL in home runs allowed was Steve Trachsel, 32, in 1997.
* The last Chicago Cub pitcher to lead the NL in saves was Randy Myers, 38, in 1995.
* The last time a Chicago Cub won the NL Cy Young Award was in 1992 when Greg Maddux won.
* The last time a non-chemically enhanced Chicago Cub led the NL in homers was in 1990 when Ryne Sandberg had 40.
* The last time a Chicago Cub led the NL in walks was in 1984 when Gary Mathews had 103.
* The last time a Chicago Cub led the NL in triples was in 1984 when Ryne Sandberg tied Juan Samuel of the Phillies with 19.
* The last time the Cubs had a winning percentage under .400 was in the strike shortened 1981 season under Joey Amalfitano when their combined record was 38-69, a .369 percentage.
* The last full-season the Cubs had a winning percentage under .400 was in 1980 under Preston Gomez and Joey Amalfitano when their record was 64-98, a .395 percentage.
* The last Chicago Cub pitcher to lead the NL in shutouts was Milt Pappas, 5, in 1970 tied with Steve Blass of the Pirates, Al Downing of the Dodgers, and Bob Gibson of the Cardinals.
* The last Chicago Cub pitcher to lead the NL in complete games was Fergie Jenkins, 24, in 1970.
* The last Chicago Cub pitcher to lead the NL in strikeouts was Fergie Jenkins, 273, in 1969.
* The last time the Cubs lost 100+ games was in 1966 under Leo Durocher when their record was 59-103.
* The last player/manager the Cubs had was El Tappe in 1962 whose managerial record was 4-16 and as a catcher, he hit .208 with no homers and six RBI in 53 at bats.
* The last Chicago Cub pitcher to lead the NL in ERA was Ray Prim, 2.40, in 1945.
* The last time the Cubs were the NL Champions was in 1945, finishing first under Charlie Grimm.
* The last time the Cubs lost the World Series was in 1945 to the Tigers, four games to three.
* The last time a Chicago Cub led the NL in stolen bases was in 1939 when Stan Hack tied Lee Handley of the Pirates with 17.
* The last time the Cubs won 100+ games was in 1935, under Charlie Grimm, when their record was 100-54.
* The last time the Cubs won the World Series was in 1908, under their “Peerless Leader”, player/manager Frank Chance. They defeated the Tigers, four games to one.

The Cubs all-time record is 9924-9414.

Top of the 2nd
THAT’S WHY THEY PLAY NINE
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays knocking around Roy Halladay and the Toronto Blue Jays last night. They led 8-1 deficit and 11-6 heading into the bottom of the 9th. Things looked grim for our Canadian cohorts or as manager John Gibbons put it: “You don’t expect to come back from that.”

But, Aaron Hill, who had opened the 9th with a walk, capped a six-run outburst in the inning with another a bases-loaded walk and the Blue Jays scored a 12-11 victory that matched the second-largest comeback and equalled the biggest ninth-inning rally in team history.

The Blue Jays also scored six runs in the 9th inning to beat Kansas City on April 27, 2003. The biggest comeback in team history was June 4, 1989, when they erased a 10-run deficit in Boston.

Top of the 3rd
SEE WHAT HE HAS DONE
My pick for pitcher most likely to throw a perfect game is Cleveland’s C.C. Sabathia.
The Indians ace pitched his fifth career shutout and the Indians kept rolling defeating the Kansas City Royals, 1-0. Sabathia (9-1), allowed five singles, struck out eight and walked none in joining John Lackey of the Los Angeles Angels as the majors’ only nine-game winners. Sabathia walked none for the second time this season. He has walked only eight in his last 70 innings. Sabathia improved to 4-0 in five starts since May 16, while the Indians increased baseball’s best home record to 20-6. Sabathia is 6-0 in eight starts at Jacobs Field.

The Royals have lost 10 of 12.

Top of the 4th
DAMON ON LETTERMAN
The video is low quality but here’s your chance to see Matt Damon, not Johnny Damon.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUgrYECiGPw&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ebostonist%2Ecom%2Farchives%2F2007%2F06%2F05%2Fyou%5Fshould%5Fhave%5Fsomebody%5Fwalk%5Fyou%5Fback%5Fto%5Fyour%5Fhotel%2Ephp
And outside the studio wearing #34:
http://www.tmz.com/tmz_main_video?titleid=959016384

Top of the 5th
SAVE THE DATE
The Jorge Posada Foundation provides support to families whose child is affected by craniosynostosis, a congenital or birth defect that causes an abnormally shaped skull. On Monday, June 11th, 2007, the Heroes for Hope Gala Benefiting Craniosynostosis Treatment & Research will take place at The Pierre, Fifth Avenue at 61st Street, in
New York City. For more information visit www.JorgePosada.com.

Top of the 6th
THE STATS ACCORDING TO JOHN DEWAN
Here are the teams with the worst relief ERAs in baseball May 7th to June 5th..
Team Relief ERA since 5/7
Chicago White Sox 9.11
Detroit Tigers 6.78
Baltimore Orioles 6.14
Houston Astros 5.83
Colorado Rockies 5.80

Top of the 7th
PROBABLE PITCHERS
As of June 5, 2007, at 04:46 PM ET

AL
Minnesota Twins at LA Angels of Anaheim, 3:35 pm
(R) Kevin Slowey (0-0) vs. (R) John Lackey (9-3)
Baltimore Orioles at Seattle Mariners, 4:35 pm
(R) Daniel Cabrera (4-6) vs. (L) Jarrod Washburn (5-4)
Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians, 7:05 pm
(R) Brian Bannister (1-3) vs. (R) Paul Byrd (6-1)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Toronto Blue Jays, 7:07 pm
(L) Scott Kazmir (3-3) vs. (R) Tomo Ohka (2-4)
New York Yankees at Chicago White Sox, 8:11 pm
(R) Chien-Ming Wang (4-4) vs. (R) Javier Vazquez (3-3)
Detroit Tigers at Texas Rangers, 8:35 pm
(R) Justin Verlander (5-2) vs. (R) Kevin Millwood (2-4)
Boston Red Sox at Oakland Athletics, 10:05 pm
(R) Tim Wakefield (5-6) vs. (L) Joe Kennedy (1-4)
NL
Florida Marlins at Atlanta Braves, 1:05 pm
(L) Scott Olsen (4-5) vs. (R) Kyle Davies (3-3)
Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers, 2:05 pm
(R) Carlos Zambrano (5-5) vs. (R) Jeff Suppan (7-5)
Pittsburgh Pirates at Washington Nationals, 7:05 pm
(L) Zach Duke (2-6) vs. (L) Micah Bowie (2-2)
Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets, 7:10 pm
(R) Adam Eaton (5-4) vs. (R) Orlando Hernandez (3-1)
Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals, 8:10 pm
(R) Bronson Arroyo (2-6) vs. (R) Brad Thompson (4-1)
Houston Astros at Colorado Rockies, 9:05 pm
(R) Woody Williams (2-7) vs. (R) Aaron Cook (4-2)
San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks, 9:40 pm
(R) Matt Morris (6-2) vs. (R) Brandon Webb (5-3)
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres, 10:05 pm
(L) Randy Wolf (7-3) vs. (R) Greg Maddux (4-3)

Top of the 8th
DID YOU KNOW?
Julio Lugo went 1-4 last night in the Red Sox 2-0 loss to the A’s. In his 905 at bats in Tampa Bay prior to being dealt to the Dodgers last season, Lugo hit .299 with a .366 OBP. With the Dodgers last season, Lugo hit .219 with a .278 OBP. With the Red Sox this season Lugo is hitting.225 with a .286 OBP.

Top of the 9th
WILL THE CUBS TRADE ZAMBRANO?
Carlos Zambrano will have seven more starts before the All-Star break, at which point the hapless Cubs may decide to trade him for some hap. “If the Cubs want to trade me, it’s a business, what can I do?” Zambrano told reporters on Saturday. “I’ve got to go somewhere else and pitch my game and do my job. Plus, I don’t have to see your faces anymore.”

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