Zee For Zambrano

GAME 50 PREVIEW CHICAGO CUBS (25-24) at LOS ANGELES DODGERS (26-24) Dodger Stadium, 9.10pm CT, TV: WGN, FSN2
SP Brad Penny SP Carlos Zambrano
SS #Neifi Perez SS #Cesar Izturis
2B *Todd Walker RF Jayson Werth
1B Derrek Lee CF *JD Drew
RF *Jeromy Burnitz 2B Jeff Kent
3B Aramis Ramirez LF *Ricky Ledee
CF *Corey Patterson
d>3B Antonio Perez LF Jason Dubois 1B *Hee Seop Choi C Henry Blanco C #Mike Rose Pitcher's spot Pitcher's spot The Cubs have seen the best and worst of Zambrano so far this year - he's been brilliant and unhittable in some starts, wild and certainly fallible in others. And throughout he's of course been ever emotional. Which Z will it be tonight though?

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radio rahim is dead

argh...blanco's three stooges impersonation and patterson/dubois both misplaying a single fly ball are all that separates carlos from having el perfecto through 4.

also, this ump's strike zone is TINY for both teams so far. anyone else agree? let's hope carlos doesn't blow a fuse at an ump on a key call later.

but don't get me wrong, i'm not a "carlos needs to chill out and act mature" guy. i wish more people were firey like him. ok now i'm officially rambling

I'll take the brilliant and unhittable Z for $500.

is there a more grim proposition in a situation where any kind of contact probably wins the game than patterson vs. gagne??

"is there a more grim proposition in a situation where any kind of contact probably wins the game than patterson vs. gagne??"

Sure. Having Jeromy Burnitz sac bunt.

Once again, Dusty aids the Cubs in their descent into stupidball.

this is the third time zambrano has gone at least 7in and allowed 1 hit, hes 1-0 with 2 no decisions

neife just singles in b-rat

ERic:
"Sure. Having Jeromy Burnitz sac bunt.

Once again, Dusty aids the Cubs in their descent into stupidball."

Say What?? A good bunt and the Cubs score in the 9th. And oh yeah...he bunts Holly in teh 10th in the exact same situation and guess what...he gets it down good and the Cubs score....

In Dusty We Trusty!!!!!!!

what I don't understand is why corey doesn't bunt with 1 out and a runner on third. he's fast enough to beat it out.

All's well that ends well but I would have loved to have gotten big Z the win. My most favorite tidbit from tonight's telecast: Michael Weurtz is tied for the team lead in wins.

That's ... not a good thing.

Back in 1966, Dodger reliever Phil Regan earned the nicknsame "The Vulture" because he went 16-1 by relieving Koufax, Drysdale or Osteen after one of them had pitched a great game, and then maybe the Dodgers push across the winning run in the bottom of the 9th and Regan gets the win and Koufax, Drysdale or Osteen get a no-decision.

Michael "The Vulture" Wuertz is on a pace to win 12 games this year.

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  • Lester is going to get one more start, right? It sure would be nice to see him get a shot at 20 wins.

    Charlie 17 min 33 sec ago view
  • Nicely done! I think in my 10-14 games I went .500 or a little over. Strangely, I went to the Cards games they mostly lost (incl Saturday) and the one SF game they lost, plus a couple Brewers games they lost, too. I should have gone to just Reds games. But still - saw mostly very good baseball on the North Side this year. Regardless of what happens come October - the Cubs are positioned for some good times in the next 3-5 years.

    The E-Man 1 hour 41 min ago view
  • Attaboy!

    billybucks 2 hours 34 min ago view
  • First Cub victory at home this year for me!
    1-3
    Saw all four starters this year

    jacos 3 hours 58 min ago view
  • RIP Arnie. We could use a lot more like you -- a man who succeeded and failed on his own terms, a true original, and, finally, a remarkable example of graciousness towards others.

    billybucks 11 hours 53 min ago view
  • Cubs finish 33 over at home. I was, personally, one game over at 3-2, which was one of my better years in a while.

    I do hope that's the last time we see the Cardinals this year. A lot of power, which is dangerous, particularly in a short series, and they have really shut down KB all year.

    Oh, and Jon Lester? Damn!

    billybucks 12 hours 5 min ago view
  • Yes. Boating accident at 3AM. Very sad, but stupid. Young men do stupid things.

    billybucks 13 hours 1 min ago view
  • lester puts 2 on and is taken out at 96 pitches. oh well.

    edwards in.

    crunch 13 hours 45 min ago view
  • 2 out in the 7th, lester at 84 pitches, ross taken out for the standing O.

    it's possible contreras will catch lester for another inning+.

    crunch 13 hours 52 min ago view
  • What a weird day.  Jose Fernandez and Arnold Palmer, but then Scully and, on a much more modest level, Ross....

    Transmission 14 hours 25 min ago view
  • d.ross gets his 2nd standing O on the night (last home game of the season)...hits HR #10...curtain call. baseball.

    crunch 14 hours 28 min ago view
  • as a fan, he only "owes" us the game on the field and not getting in the way of others on his team being ready to play (imo).

    it's exponentially worse to his family and friends, but this dude most likely had 15+ years of play left and even though he just turned 24 a couple months ago he had already established himself as a top guy in the game.

    crunch 17 hours 50 min ago view
  • Carrie Muskat [email protected]

    Updated #Cubs probs vs Pirates: Mon, Hendricks vs Kuhl; Tue, Lackey vs Vogelsong; Wed, Arrieta vs Taillon; Thu, Zastryzny vs Nova

    crunch 18 hours 12 min ago view
  • I know what you're trying to say, Charlie, that none of us feels what his loved ones must be feeling.

    On the other hand, what makes a death like this tragic is precisely the loss, based on Fernandez's youth and brilliance, to the baseball world.

    So, for example, we can say that Princess Diana's death meant more, in aggregate, to millions of admirers who didn't know her personally than to her loved ones.

    VirginiaPhil 18 hours 13 min ago view
  • boston pitching snags a couple of mlb team records...

    "Over nine innings of play, Boston's staff struck out 11 straight Tampa Bay Rays hitters Sunday, breaking the major-league record for most consecutive strikeouts in a game.

    The previous record was held by former New York Mets right-hander Tom Seaver, who struck out 10 straight hitters in 1970.

    Not only that, but with a strikeout to end the ninth, sending the game into extras, Boston's staff also struck out an MLB-record 21 batters over nine innings."

    crunch 18 hours 38 min ago view
  • What a loss to baseball, which I'm sure pales in comparison to the personal loss to his loved ones.

    Charlie 20 hours 22 min ago view