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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  • Ahhh...way to bring me down BB.

    Still - a win tomorrow will be an acheivement regardless.

    The E-Man 40 min 40 sec ago view
  • Don't mean to spoil your mood, but with tonight's win the are 3-5 on the trip with one to play.

    While I'm bringing the room down -- Richard comes in to pitch the 9th with a 12-1 lead...and can't finish the game. Woof.

    billybucks 1 hour 14 min ago view
  • jacos 1 hour 14 min ago view
  • It is remarkable how my mood has become uplifted with one game against the Cards.

    That is sick.

    But, I have been an addict for a long time.

    A W tomorrow and it will be a .500 road trip.

    Also, to keep the losses in perspective, if the Cubs were to lose 10 games a month - a lot at this current pace - they still end up 102-60. Six months of the ride!

    The E-Man 1 hour 24 min ago view
  • So, the Mesa Cubs should be solid this summer in the AZL Rookie League?

    And, I like the, "But did you know" lead in there. Something a little different.

    I can tell really like this group of hitters in AZ right now.

    What pitchers out there, other than Cease, should we be excited about?

    Thanks as always for the info.

    Childersb3 2 hours 3 min ago view
  • back on the Run Differential hunt... (aka The Hunt for Blue October)

    Cubster 2 hours 31 min ago view
  • These are the 2016 Cubs I know and love. Also digging that Cardinals OF (lack of) defense.

    Charlie 2 hours 48 min ago view
  • Another day, another eight runs

    jacos 3 hours 4 min ago view
  • I'm not sure there was another team in baseball that would flip a Dansby Swanson type of prospect (plus Inciarte, plus Toussaint) for Miller.  That trade was just comically bad from the start, and getting worse... 

    Transmission 3 hours 5 min ago view
  • Zobrist just keeps squaring up - and Soler goes yard!

    Eric S 3 hours 6 min ago view
  • Pirates jumping all over Shelby Miller tonight - so glad the Cubs didn't flip a Dansby Swanson type prospect to the Braves for him. Two years of Lackey looking like a good alternative.

    Eric S 3 hours 10 min ago view
  • 3rd inning...soler walked twice in the game...first time since aug 4th last year in the regular season (2 times in the playoffs, amazingly).

    crunch 3 hours 37 min ago view
  • Good gravy, was that a much-appreciated top of the first.

    Transmission 4 hours 5 min ago view
  • That's a good analogy, bb...  Nice to see tonight's game start with a 104 yard kickoff return TD.

    Transmission 4 hours 7 min ago view
  • Grichuk won the game last night but a decent CF would have caught that drive by Ross. Good Cubbery!

    Cubster 4 hours 7 min ago view
  • this game is WAY better than last night.

    6 run 1st for the cubs...

    crunch 4 hours 9 min ago view