50 Games of Misery Left

GAME 113 IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT] CINCINNATI REDS (50-62) @ CHICAGO CUBS (54-58) WRIGLEY FIELD, 1:20 pm CDT, TV: WGN
Mark Prior, RHP
7-4, 3.64 ERA
112/35 K/BB, 17 HR in 106.1 IP
Aaron Harang, RHP
7-10, 3.90 ERA
118/41 K/BB, 12 HR in 145.1 IP
SS #Felipe Lopez LF *Matt Lawton
C Jason LaRue 2B *Todd Walker
F *Ken Griffey Jr. 1B Derrek Lee LF *Adam Dunn 3B Aramis Ramirez 1B *Sean Casey RF *Jeromy Burnitz RF Austin Kearns SS Nomar Garciaparra 3B Edwin Encarnacion CF *Corey Patterson 2B #Ray Olmedo C Henry Blanco P Aaron Harang P Mark Prior Looks like they're still playing games at Wrigley, I mean the Cubs stopped playing baseball about a week and a half ago, but they still dutifully put on the uniform and sleepwalk through 9 innings so as to pretend to make an effort. Well at least seeing Corey back up gives us something to watch for the remainder of the season. It would bring me great joy if he would return to being a useful part of this team. If we could only ship off Matt Lawton or Jeromy Burnitz and get Matt Murton some regular playing time and then find a way to get Sergio Mitre back in the rotation (I'm looking at you Maddux), we can start working on next year. In due time I suppose. And can we give Derrek Lee a day off? Is Dusty just waiting for him to actually collapse on the ballfield before he realizes he could use a day of rest? Because I would very much like for him to muster up one more hot streak and make a run at the Triple Crown. Harang made us look silly last time and a look at his peripherals say that he's a MUCH better pitcher then the ERA and win/loss record show. For you folks who play fantasy baseball, keep an eye out for him next year. Chances are that ERA is a result of a whole lot of bad luck and bad defense which tends to equal itself out in ensuing seasons. Prior tries not to suck as much as he did in Philly and maybe he's got another 16 K game in him like last Septemeber versus the Reds. Amusingly enough the opposing starter that day was Aaron Harang. Go Korey!!!

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"I'm confused, Dusty is an "IDIOT!!!" because CPAT is batting 8th instead of 7th?"

Adam,

The reason I called Dusty an idiot is because part of CP's problem is he has not had one spot in the lineup where he bats on most days. Two games up and two differnt spots in the lineup. He needs to pick one spot and keep him there. In Iowa he was the 2 hitter everyday I went to see a box score and he did a good job there. He needs to a 7th hitter in MLB.

The reason I called Dusty an idiot is because part of CP's problem is he has not had one spot in the lineup where he bats on most days

Umm...no, that was not his problem at all. His problem was that he swing at everything in sight. His approach at the plate was terrible. It has nothing to do with where he hit in the order.

Corey needs to swing at strikes and not swing a balls. He can do this in any spot in the order.

Well said Dave :)

Lineup is in...
Murton
Walker
Lee
ARam
Nomar
Burny
Barrett
CPat
Hill

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  • Phil, any updates on eight Oscar de la Cruz or Luis Hernandez?

    azbobbop 6 hours 30 min ago view
  • One miscommunication in outfield and the Cubs would have another no hitter

    jacos 7 hours 41 min ago view
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    Sex Fowler out with sore heel

    Pretty epic nickname

    johann 8 hours 13 min ago view
  • Mike Olt lives!

    The E-Man 8 hours 48 min ago view
  • Screw the closer.

    Old and Blue 10 hours 39 min ago view
  • He's had so few save opportunities that it might be difficult for him to get the All Star nod but Rondon has an absolutely ridiculous 1.05 ERA and 1.06 FIP after this game so far (and I think his worst outing was in the 10th inning non save situation) so I do absolutely think he is worth considering.

    johann 10 hours 42 min ago view
  • wood(4)/grimm/strop/rondon combine for 7ip 0h 0bb 8K

    nasty.

    crunch 10 hours 56 min ago view
  • 3ip 0h 0bb 3k for t.wood...nice.

    28 pitches.

    wonder if they'll let him go another.

    4ip 0h 0bb 4k...and probably done f'real this time. 43 pitches and in line for the win.

    crunch 11 hours 44 min ago view
  • And stay off the keyboard too

    Eric S 11 hours 53 min ago view
  • Depends how long he'd be gone but if not too long I would assume they'll use Wood or Cahill and limit them to 4 or 5 innings and call up a reliever to use in the bullpen.

    johann 12 hours 11 min ago view
  • hopefully it's a carlos-zambrano-special and he just needs to drink more water and less coffee+redbull before starts.

    crunch 12 hours 17 min ago view
  • Assuming Hammel needs some DL time for the hammy, who do the Cubs call up: Glasnow or Taillon? Too many starting pitching prospects at Iowa to choose from.

    Eric S 12 hours 20 min ago view
  • "cramping in right hamstring" according to the booth.

    btw, it was his left hamstring that was injured last year.

    crunch 12 hours 22 min ago view
  • hammel is injured and done..."leg cramp" or some other leg issue...was down behind the mound coming back from commercial and seemed to have injured himself warming up on the mound between innings.

    crunch 12 hours 43 min ago view
  • heyward with a bit of starlin castro disease...you're great D dude, but you can't range 200ft in all directions even if you're playing CF.

    that said, he almost had it...though zobrist or baez should have had it if heyward wasn't coming on at 100mph.

    hammel is quite wild today even if he got the first 2 outs on Ks that were result of swinging through stuff not in the zone.

    crunch 13 hours 27 min ago view
  • she did fine, fwiw.

    bombs were bursting in the air...ramparts were watched...all that stuff.

    zoobrest kissed her afterwards and got about 20lbs of the 100lbs of makeup she was wearing on him.

    crunch 13 hours 40 min ago view