Game 28 Thread / Nationals @ Cubs (2 of 3)

Game Chat John Patterson vs. Rich Hill Lineups:
Lopez SS Soriano LF
Belliard 2B Theriot SS
Zimmerman 3B Lee 1B
Church CF Ramirez 3B
Kearns RF Jones CF
Young 1B Barrett C
Flores C Murton RF
Casto LF DeRosa 2B
Patterson P Hill P
Henry Blanco received an injection on his ailing back and will only be available in case of emergency.
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stupid game is blacked out even though Fox isn't carring anything for 3 hours...meh.

Anyone want to contribute to me watching the game, feel free to email me.

Wind in from CF at 13 mph....

Good day for Hill to pitch.

blacked out for me too, this is ridiculous. is this game on Fox anywhere?

Observations from yesterday's game:

1) Nice to see us actually be able to come back from a fairly large deficit to win a game.

2) DLEE is on fire and really in a groove. Is it possible he might flirt with .400 this year even longer than he did two years ago?

3) Soriano is not healthy. He looked injured between third and home while scoring on the hit by Floyd. And Soriano looked even worse on the ball that skipped by him for a double late in the game. He looks both injured and afraid. I know the guy wants to play but the best thing may be to sit him down for a week. He probably should have been put on the DL and given two weeks initially to heal. If this were August or September and we were in the race, ok, fine, play him. But there is too much of the season left to be risking an even more serious injury that could keep him out for months. Lou, it is time to sit this guy down. But I see he is in the starting line-up once again. Sigh. I have a bad feeling about this guys.

4. Z is not worth $15 to $17 million per year. I would hate to see him leave but if that is the kind of money he is demanding, well, let him go or trade him later this year. Okay, yeah, I know the stats. However, for me, that kind of money goes to a guy who has won at least one Cy Young award and who has shown he is consistently mentally tough. Carlos, gee, he does not get a call in the first inning on the outside corner and it blows his composure already in the first inning. He needs a good therapist or yoga or both.

5. Lou is a much more active manager than Dusty. The way Lou was moving pitchers in and out in the seventh inning you would have thought that it was the World Series. Lou knows how important each and every game at this time of the year can be at the end of the year. If Dusty had been in the dugout yesterday, we would have seen, at most, one pitching change in the seventh.

6. This team CAN compete. The pitching is there. The hitting is coming around. Lou can manage. Please Lou just give Soriano a week off or whatever he needs so he does not have to go out there looking as though he is in pain and afraid of an even worse injury.

Theriot looked safe to me. Throw beat him though.

Atta boy Jacque. Couple runs might be enough for Rich today.

I think Barrett outta bat a little further down the order.

Lou in the 7th threw his hands up in the air and yelled to the croud "There, are you happy now!" after the croud was booing Ohman mercessly and Lou took him out. Then everyone cheared...

Patterson just left the game in the 3rd with what appared to be suckitas of the right arm. As for Ohman if you look at his stats he is a Loogy and alot of the damage he has given up has been to Right handers. Also is Soto still the 3rd catcher if Blanco goes on the DL or is it Koyie Hill? Derosa gets a RBI on a walk.

The goofball that came in after him seemed to suckitas just as bad. Not that I'm complaining.

lots of base clogging today. dusty probably would have given hill the green light that inning.

fire DLee!

i agree that soriano just doesn't look 100%...he's still killing the ball tho. A bit of rest would be nice tho..it is still really early in the season.

I also was thinking the same damn thing about zambrano. While I love his competitiveness, he simply throws way way way to many pitches per batter. I gotta give him credit tho for pitching 5 innings of no run baseball. Hey, maybe his team bailing him out will relax him. But yes, 15-17 million for a guy that is infamous for melting down and really putting the team in a hole is just too much. I guess the question is will he mature. After all, he still is very young.

Finally, who is this Rich Hill guy? Didn't he do really awful his first call up? I love this guy so far this season. He simply throws strikes. He's not relying on 4 clever pitches.. He isn't relying on striking people out all the time. He's just pitching smartly. Who gets credit for his extreme turn around?

oh curious for you stat heads...when was the last cubs 4 game win streak?

My god batters taking pitches. Just amazing.

Also, Theriot just has to be played on a consistent basis. He's the only person on the Cubs I'd bat 2nd right now. With Izzy in, you have to put someone like Floyd or DeRosa up there who just doesn't belong.

Josh B:

The 2006 Cubs had two four game winning streaks.

July 27 -July 30 sweeping St. Louis at home.

Aug. 13 - Aug. 16 taking one on the road against Colorado and three on the road from Houston.

rich hill in his last 17 starts going back to last july 27 has an ERA of 2.48

that was before today......wow.

this looks like the larger-lead type game the cubs have been looking to get eyre a full inning of work, if they can tack another couple on late here.....which they should.

sweet jacob....how long since they've done 5, 6? Curious cuz this team is capable. Would put a smile on my face.

Josh:

In 2005 the cubs had their longest win streak from May 27 to June 2 winning 7 straight against Colorado (3), LA (3), and San Diego (1). This team also won five consecutive games from July 8 to July 15 taking three from Florida and two from Pittsburgh.

The 2004 Cubs had two six game win streaks, two five game win streaks, and two four game win streaks.

Carpenter to undergo elbow surgery.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-card...

Cubs have just won three series in a row - something they didn't do all last year.

sorry Redbirds and their fans, shouldn't have sold your souls for your WS title last year. :)

go cubs, back to .500

cubs go from tied for last to 2nd place in a week.

is it early or something? i was getting the feeling it was mid-sept for a while here.

missed the game...

- R. Fick hit for J. Rauch
- N. Cotts relieved R. Cherry
- R. Dempster relieved N. Cotts

what's up with that? or is that just yahoo weirdness putting management moves out of order?

this was a great win. i really thought after only getting 4 in that gift inning was going to bite us in the butt. just had a bad feeling. i am really starting to get confidence in this team.

also, anyone out there live in nyc or brooklyn and know of a bar that is good for cub games?

thanks

well that was the order, but there were some batters that Cotts faced before Dempster came in.

yahoo has him facing no one with no hits, outs, walks...but 16 pitches thrown

k, got it on mlb.com

henry -
also, anyone out there live in nyc or brooklyn and know of a bar that is good for cub games?

I don't know the name, but a place was mentioned in New York City on that HBO "Wait 'till next Year, the Saga of the Cubs" special. One of the guys that narrates says he goes to a bar in new York (where he lives) that has Cub fans and they show games there. Check out that show sometime.

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