Three Blind Mice

GAME 110 IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT] CHICAGO CUBS (54-55) @ NEW YORK METS (55-54) SHEA STADIUM, 12:20 pm CDT, TV: FOX
Jae Seo, RHP
2-1, 2.00 ERA
14/3 K/BB, 3 HR in 18.0 IP
Greg Maddux, RHP
8-8, 4.67 ERA
86/24 K/BB, 20 HR in 140.2 IP
LF *Matt Lawton SS #Jose Reyes
2B *Todd Walker 2B Miguel Cairo
B Derrek Lee CF #Carlos Beltran 3B Aramis Ramirez LF *Cliff Floyd RF *Jeromy Burnitz 3B David Wright SS #Neifi Perez RF Mike Cameron CF #Jose Macias 1B *Marlon Anderson C Henry Blanco C Ramon Castro P Greg Maddux P *Tom Glavine Perez, Macias and Blanco that is. When you include the pitcher in things, it really is almost laughable that there are so many days when we're fielding just five proper hitters. Still, that'd probably have been enough had the Mets sent out Kaz Ishii as scheduled. He's not a proper pitcher - he could probably walk the three blind mice to load the bases and give up a Greg Maddux grand slam. Sadly, the Mets came to their senses and so they sent him to the minors, and now the Cubs will have to face Jae Seo today...

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this club is run by people who replaced a system like that and took down every high-level job holder with it...there's not much incentive for hendry/mcphail to run this club or attach their names to it...just to put players on the field worth a damn and a guy to run them who wont bump heads too much and have the respect of their players and win...

...there's not much incentive for hendry/mcphail to run this club LIKE THAT or attach their names to it...

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i'll spell/flow check one day...maybe...hehe

Crunch,

Dusty is hardheaded, he was hardheaded in SF, and he's hardheaded in Chicago. Nothing's changed. Some of Dusty's moves could be considered insubordinate, but there's far too much at stake to get into a public pissing match with Baker, especially after what happened in SF.

SF management got tired of it, and let him go when he outlived his usefulness. I can't imagine Hendry is happy about Murton and Cedeno sitting on the bench for extended periods, but Hendry wanted Baker, believed the hype, and got what he asked for.

Just because it turns out that Dusty isn't all he was cracked up to be doesn't mean Hendry's not pissed at what Dusty does... or fails to do.

Yes, there seem to be deep PHILOSOPHICAL DIFFERENCES between Dusty and Hendry, but Hendry and McPhail want to do everything in their power to make sure their displeasure with Dusty doesn't go public. I'm sure they'd like to avoid what happened in SF ... that got ugly in a hurry...

Some new comments on Wood, Dempster, Patterson, and Pie...

http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sport...

August 7, 2005, 10:24 PM CDT

{...NEW YORK -- Kerry Wood's experiment as a middle reliever is contingent on the Cubs staying in the wild-card race.

Team sources said Wood is likely to be shut down by September if management believes the Cubs have little or no chance to overcome the sizable deficit they face. Wood would then have surgery to clean up debris in his rotator cuff and labrum and, the team hopes, be ready to go by the start of spring training.

It remains to be seen whether the Cubs will let Wood try to become a starter again next season. They're satisfied with Ryan Dempster as the closer and believe it will be no problem re-signing him when he becomes a free agent this off-season. Wood will make $11 million in 2006, about triple the salary of the best-paid setup men. There's also a mutual option for 2007 at $13.5 million that the Cubs would be unlikely to pick up.

Waiting in the wings

Corey Patterson's average is up to .273 after a slow start at Triple-A Iowa, and he may be called up to the Cubs in time for the four-game series against St. Louis at Wrigley Field, which opens Thursday.

"If he keeps doing it, there's a chance," manager Dusty Baker said. "That's all we wanted was for him to have a semi-extended period of good play. He's had two good games in a row. That's why we sent him down there, to get it together so he could come back here. We didn't send him down there to exile him to the Siberian front for 2 1/2 months."

Baker has used Jose Macias in the four games since Jerry Hairston's elbow injury in Philadelphia instead of moving Jeromy Burnitz from right to center. "Basically, you'd kind of have one guy out of position (Macias) vs. three guys," Baker said.

Though the Cubs faced right-hander Victor Zambrano on Sunday, Baker sat left-handed hitters Burnitz and Todd Walker, who have been slumping lately. The Cubs face a left-hander Monday night in Cincinnati's Brandon Claussen. "If I didn't give [a rest] to them today, it could have repercussions for three or four games," Baker said.

On the mend

Double-A West Tenn center fielder Felix Pie is slated to return from his ankle injury Tuesday. Pie, who would have been called up to the Cubs when Patterson was demoted July 7 if not for the injury, will need some at-bats before he's ready to get the call. He's certain to be brought up Sept. 1, when rosters expand...}

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  • Very bizarre game -- as you say, both Cubs pitchers were dominant until the one fatal pitch. It was like watching the Bears defense shut down a team, and then lose on 2 punt returns. Some better hitting with RISP would be a good idea, too.

    billybucks 44 min 48 sec ago view
  • Trouble Boys, the Replacements bio, is a great option. I'm sure Chad loved it.

    Tito 2 hours 6 sec ago view
  • Amen Brick. What's the point of following early-season games if you can't over-react to them? What, we should be reading books now?

    billybucks 2 hours 6 min ago view
  • "Weren't the National considered a near lock last year?"

    No, I think you're thinking of Radiohead, The 1975, or Bowie's last album.

    Although The National's Greatful Dead tribute is pretty cool.

    The E-Man 2 hours 16 min ago view
  • I don't think they're any kind of lock, though I do expect they'll make the playoffs.

    It's not like I'm glad they've gone 4-8. I just don't think it's time to be all that worried -- just like I didn't think they were going to keep playing .730 ball.

    Tito 2 hours 30 min ago view
  • vegas isn't a fan of the game because of how erratic and unpredictable it is.

    SF has recently won 3 world series many thought they weren't supposed to win...BOS won a world series recently that they weren't even supposed to be in the playoffs for...favored teams with huge wins have seen 1st round exists...fun times.

    crunch 2 hours 38 min ago view
  • I think they'll be ok too. But having watched this team since the mid-60s, I never think it's time to conclude, well, thank god the drought is over. I've seen/heard way too many people who follow the Cubs say glad we're finally going to win the Series this year. Please. Weren't the National considered a near lock last year?

    BobbyD 2 hours 50 min ago view
  • Best record in baseball and largest division lead.

    I'm jumping right now!

    Tito 3 hours 6 min ago view
  • Can we please stop pointing out how ridiculous it is to panic and start panicking in earnest?

    Brick 4 hours 30 min ago view
  • ,571 winning percentage in May.

    I think they're gonna be OK.

    Tito 5 hours 53 min ago view
  • RAISIN: All I know is that Oscar de la Cruz is still shut down, and I don't know what his prognosis is, or what the plan is going forward.   

    Arizona Phil 8 hours 12 min ago view
  • Remember just two weeks ago, when "all" they had to do was play .500 ball the rest of the season and coast into the playoffs?

    BobbyD 8 hours 14 min ago view
  • Well I guess if pitchers can keep working the edges of the plate to perfection it will be a long season. But that doesn't seem likely. Rizzo finally, fully, snapping out of it would help.

    Old and Blue 10 hours 20 min ago view
  • If I didn't believe in coincidences (or science), I would apologize to Gordon Downie--one of my favorites. Sad news about a great talent.

    CTSteve 10 hours 27 min ago view
  • Hi Arizona Phil,

    Has there been any news on Oscar de la Cruz' health?

    Raisin101 16 hours 58 min ago view
  • bruh...

    crunch 18 hours 13 min ago view