The Week Ahead: Week Three

I have to admit, I'm feeling the pull of unrealistic hopes and dreams that Trans talked about last night. Maybe that's why I'm on my way toward three posts in one day. Of course, it could also be because The Lovely Wife and (Not So) Tiny Baby are out of town. Whatever the reason, my increased output is your theoretical gain -- before I post the lineups for tonight's game, here's a look at the next seven days. First up, a trip to Chavez Ravine, home of the mellifluous Vin Scully. One of the nice things about the Extra Innings package is getting to hear Vin call some game throughout the summer -- I'm hoping tonight is one of those nights. Maybe I'll watch the game on the tiny TV in the bedroom so I can drift off to Vin's dulcet tones. I'll keep my eye out for Rob G. in the stands -- I imagine he'll be the guy who's still there in the 8th inning. Know Your Enemy: Dodger Thoughts, 6-4-2 Monday: Greg Maddux vs. Brett Tomko Tuesday: Carlos Zambrano vs. Derek Lowe Wednesday: Sean Marshall vs. Brad Penny The Dodgers will be without Jeff Kent tonight and possibly longer. They're already without Nomar Garciaparra (shocking, I know) and Eric Gagne, but still have plenty of weapons, like Cub Nation's winter mancrush Rafael Furcal, the currently-uninjured D.J. "J.D." Drew, and Bill Mueller, who just keeps hitting. By the way, Tueday's matchup ought to be interesting, as two of the biggest grounball pitchers in the game (Derek Lowe was 33 in the majors last year, Zambrano #14) face off. Could be a nice tight game, as long as Z keeps his emotions in check and Lowe lays off the sauce. After L.A., it's on to St. Louis, and our first look at new Busch stadium. Know Your Enemy: Get Up Baby, Cardnilly Friday: Glendon Rusch vs. Sidney Ponson Saturday: Greg Maddux vs. Mark Mulder Sunday: Carlos Zambrano vs. Jason Marquis Cubs.com has Jerome Williams scheduled for Friday, but I'd say it's more likely Williams will be skipped so that the rest of the starters can stay on normal. By Friday Albert Pujols' consecutive at-bats-with-a-homer streak could be up to about 15, and Izzy's blown save streak should be just about as high. Jim Edmonds is sitting out the current Pirates series after getting cortisone injections, but he'll be kind enough to return in time for the Cubs series.

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7-2 going home might be nice. We got some tough matchups but we just have to keep hitting.

I haven't read the other threads yet but if it hasn't been mentioned yet Cubs.com has an article on Dusty about the '81 WS. It's a very interesting read about our fearless skipper. He's being honored by the Dodgers pre-game tonight.

And yes, I will be using my GameDay Audio to listen to Vin Scully instead of Ron Santo. Go imagine. Vin almost always only goes three innings anymore but it's worth it. He's STILL the best!

PS: Lineup construction by Ozzie Guillen...

Podsednik .119
Iguchi .326
Thome .342
Konerko .375
Dye .323
Pierzynski .300
Crede .342
Uribe .160
Anderson .129

Any question where the heart of the order is? LOL

I don't think there's a game on Thursday, and Cubs.com shows Williams v Ponson on Friday.

Yeah, If Marshall is pitching against the Dodgers on Wednesday and against the Cards on Thursday, we are in serious trouble.

And more importantly, we'd have to suffer through another debate on Dusty's overuse of young pitchers.

To clear things up, Thurs. is an off day on the schedule. Rusch/Williams pitches Friday vs. Cards, Maddux on Saturday, & Z on Sunday.

Through seven innings Marquis has allowed an infield single to Chris Duffy, a walk to Jason Bay and nothing else. Cards 2-0 with two to go.

i remember, about 15 years ago, driving across the utah desert, listening to the dulcet tones of vin scully calling a cubs dodgers game. it remains one of the best moments of my life. it was perfect.

There are few words I enjoy as much as "Mellifluous," and few voices I enjoy as much as Vin's.

See, this is the problem with high output - it usually correlates to low quality.

I've fixed the probables for the week.

Izzy in the process of blowing another save.

Izzy in the process of blowing another save.

Alas, he didn't blow it, you did.

J. Pierre cf
T. Walker 2b
D. Lee 1b
A. Ramirez 3b
M. Barrett c
J. Jones rf
M. Murton lf
R. Cedeno ss

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R. Furcal ss
K. Lofton cf
J. Cruz Jr. lf
J.D. Drew rf
O. Saenz 1b
B. Mueller 3b
O. Robles 2b
D. Navarro c

pierre
walker
lee
ramirez
barrett
jones
murton
cedeno
maddux

vs

furcal
lofton
cruz
drew
saenz
mueller
robles
navarro
tomko

i'll take this matchup every day.

damn you crunch....you even have punctuation and positions on yours...

i'm a 4th degree copy and paster with 10 international competition wins.

From the radio pregame show --

Prior threw 50+ total pitches today in three separate sessions and looked good according to Rothschild. He's going to face hitters on Friday.

Wood is going to throw BP on Thursday and Larry sounded optimistic about his progress.

More pregame fun -- Dusty mentioned how some of Pierre's early problems are due to his "working the count too much." Dusty said he's better when he just hits the ball.

Ugh.

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  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 5 min 41 sec ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 4 hours 51 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 4 hours 52 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 14 hours 33 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 17 hours 31 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 17 hours 43 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 17 hours 52 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 17 hours 57 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 18 hours 15 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 18 hours 52 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 19 hours 9 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 19 hours 11 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 19 hours 29 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 19 hours 36 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 20 hours 32 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 20 hours 50 min ago view