Game 33 Thread/ Cubs @ Phillies (1 of 3)

Game Chat Rich Hill vs. Cole Hamels Lineups:
Soriano LF Rollins SS
Theriot SS Victorino RF
Lee 1b Rowand CF
Ramirez 3B Utley 2B
Barrett C Burrell LF
td>Murton RF Helms 1B DeRosa 2B Nunez 3b Pagan CF Barajas C Hill P Hamels P Back in the old country they call this a good pitching matchup.

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LOU SITS JJ AGAINST A LEFTY?!

Can Pagan get on against this strike-out pitcher?

Intrigue for tonight...

I like the lineup. Let's see if Murton can get going now that this is his third game in a row... It'd be good to see DeRosa do something, too...

Halladay to DL with acute appendicitis, expected to miss about a month.

"Halladay to DL with acute appendicitis, expected to miss about a month."

OWCH! Bummer...

Donnie Veal (1-4, ERA ~ 6.00) who thinks maybe he's been trying too hard in AA wrote this in his latest Journal entry:
"Apparently, as a pitcher, when you pitch ahead in the count, the hitters get themselves out. When you pitch behind in the count, you get hit... hard! I already knew that, I'm just finally starting to do it."

D V has walked 22 and struck out 31.

The riot. What a shit strike out after the steal of third.

DLee caught a bad case of the Jacque's. what a stretch...

you mean Jacque's Itch?

Well, nice to know we're back to hitting HRs with no one on base.

What a strange creature this Pat Burrell is. He hits home runs, with men on base, in his home ball park.

The Cubs should look into acquiring such a player.

PHILLIES BATS, Meet Mr. Hill on an of night. Better luck in August.

That's an "OFF" night. Geez...

Actually, E-Man, it's Philly BAT -- singular. They have 5 runs on 4 hits -- 2 HRs by Burrell.

Looking like it could be a loooong road trip -- the Cubs never hit Garcia or Lieber (not that they are hitting anyone right now), then 4 with the Mets.

Hendry needs to schedule more games against the Nats.

this team just looks more and more like a .500 club. all that money spent and still too many innings killed by automatic outs.

"Hendry needs to schedule more games against the Nats."

LOL!

Could we play them for an entire season?

My prediction was at .500 or a game below, I think, in our pool.

Objectively, I didn't (and don't) think they are much better than that. I really, really, hope I'm wrong.

And the problem with being a .500 team is if we don't win in the next couple years we are screwed with backloaded contracts.

I wish we would have gone into rebuilding mode, but eh well. Maybe we can pull of an amazing trade to get another bat. I'm not sure who out there is available at SS or 2B, but Izzy and DeRosa aren't going to cut it.

i think DeRosa is every bit as limited as Jones. seems to have a single-plane swing - and if the ball ain't on that plane, it's whiffin time.

just a shame that after some incredible FAs changed teams in the past several years that the big spending came in an off-year for FAs.

"ust a shame that after some incredible FAs changed teams in the past several years that the big spending came in an off-year for FAs."

Our FA pitchers are doing well.

The offense will get it going - but "when" it happens we're likely out of it for the Division.

*What a strange creature this Pat Burrell is. He hits home runs, with men on base, in his home ball park.

The Cubs should look into acquiring such a player. *

Or as he's called in my house now Pat "F*cking" Burrell.

This guy sucks. I live in PA, you can trust me.

"this team just looks more and more like a .500 club." #15

I couldn't agree more. I think that's exactly what they are- .500 at best. It's obviously a vast improvement from last season but not too much to be excited about.

As a big fan of the made up stat 'NP/PA' I happen to really like Burrell. I think he'll make believers out of many of you before the series is over.

FONTENOT hit another homerun tonight leading the Iowa Cubs to their 8th win in a row.
6HR, 24 RBI .// 348 .385 1.020

he'll be up soon enough...ronnie's gotta play somewhere and they gotta keep his bat in the lineup or move him up. maybe his next stop is some time in LF/CF or the bigs.

woops...seems like he should be up soon enough...ronnie's blah blah blah...i meant to say.

no talk of adding fontenot to the roster that ive heard of or a move to LF/CF...just speculation.

when's cedeno supposed to start again for iowa anyway?

how bad was his injury?

and man...vin scully can call a game.

just got back from Dodger Stadium, Randy Wolf sure can pitch a game too. :)

And Ken Griffey is as fat in person as he is on TV.

good news is every team in the NL Central lost tonight...

Fontenot can't be called up. He's not even on the 40 man. The only way for Fontenot to even be considered to be called up is 1) Cubs outright release Cedeno and put Fontenot on the 40 man and 2) The Cubs decide to go with 11 pitchers instead of 12.

The combination of the 2 moves makes entirely too much sense for the Chicago Cubs to do, thus would never happen.

Comments by people on this blog are hilarious. Back and forth like waves tossed by a fickle wind. Win or lose let's at least be consistent of where we stand. Geez.

Cubs dig Solo Home Runs — May 12, 2007 @ 4:06 am
Fontenot can’t be called up. He’s not even on the 40 man. The only way for Fontenot to even be considered to be called up is 1) Cubs outright release Cedeno and put Fontenot on the 40 man and 2) The Cubs decide to go with 11 pitchers instead of 12.

The combination of the 2 moves makes entirely too much sense for the Chicago Cubs to do, thus would never happen.

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SOLO HR: If the Cubs really wanted Fontenot, there are a whole bunch of ways he could be added to the 40-man roster.

Wood or Mateo could be transferred to the 60-day DL, or Prior could be recalled from his optional assignment and placed on 60-day DL, or Wade Miller could be DFA'd.

As for the 25-man roster, Lou Piniella wants to carry 12 pitchers, so Fontenot would have to replace one of the position players.

Pagan just got recalled and is platooning with J. Jones in CF, so I doubt that Pagan is going anywhere. Blanco is the back-up catcher. Izturis has too much service time (5+115) to be sent to the minors without his permission, and he's making too much money for the Cubs to consider releasing him. Floyd and Murton are platooning in RF, but even if Murton was the everyday RF, Floyd is making too much money for the Cubs to consider releasing him, and as a Type XX FA, he can't be traded until June 16th. Ward has been hitting well enough that it's unlikely that he would get released, and as a Type XX FA, he can't be traded until June 16th.

The more-likely scenario is that Fontenot's AAA hot streak catches gets the attention of at least one of the other 29 MLB clubs who previously had zero interest in him, and if that happens, the Cubs would probably be happy to trade Fontenot in a "Good Fella" courtesy deal, probably getting a similar-type lower-level (AA or A) position-player back in the trade.

Rosenthal opines on the Z stuff:

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/6798376

He says that letting him go would be a mistake and lists all of the major market teams being suitors for him.
Honestly, I have my doubts whether Z could last a 5 year deal and if come July, he is still our 4th starter I wouldnt mind dealing to a AL contender if it can get us a SS, CF, and a 4th starter to replace him. This would be a 3 team trade.
If were out of it come July he will be gone hopefully being LA bound because we can rake up the prospects. (of course knowing Hendry we would end up with Kelvim Escobar or Pierre)

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  • bryant's back!

    no-doubt HR towering to CF...tie game.

    crunch 1 min 52 sec ago view
  • This site is as dead as the team.

    The E-Man 6 min ago view
  • AL pitcher hits a home run for a 1-0 lead. There goes perspective

    billybucks 23 min 35 sec ago view
  • Here are the ERAs for the last five starting pitchers:
    3.40
    3.64
    4.28
    4.68
    9.45

    At what point does the manager note it's not the "other pitcher"?

    And why does he start Montero in the middle of a downturn?

    The E-Man 33 min 49 sec ago view
  • Some perspective (mostly for my own benefit): Dan Straily beat MadBum 2-1 today as the Reds took 2 of 3 in SF. Giants are 2-9 since the break and their lead over LA is down to 2.5 games. So, yeah...baseball. It'll drive ya nuts.

    billybucks 2 hours 4 min ago view
  • McNutt / Archer didn't work out well for us.

    QuietMan 2 hours 20 min ago view
  • The floor is more valuable than the ceiling. It's the same reason we drafted Kris Bryant instead of Jon Gray.

    John Beasley 3 hours 5 min ago view
  • Apparently the Yankees had the choice of either Gleyber Torres or Eloy Jimenez in the Chapman deal, and they chose Torres. 

    link 

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 59 min ago view
  • Chapman shouldn't be reserved anymore on 40 man.

    chitownmvp01 7 hours 50 min ago view
  • Interesting split on Heyward according to ESPN. As a CF, his slash line .292/.363/.375/.738. At RF: .212/.204/.300/.604. 21/72 as a CF, 58/273 as a RF.

    He's also been better when batting 2nd, but he had a nice start in the 6 hole, but has slumped ever since. He was heating up before the All Star break, but is only hitting .108 in the 2nd half.

    chitownmvp01 7 hours 58 min ago view
  • When we played the Reds with Chapman, I always thought of it as an eight-inning game. So now other teams have eight innings to try to get a lead against the Cubs. Should be a challenge, assuming three or four Cubs ever start hitting again.

    I don't really try to get to know and like these players personally. I'm rooting for laundry, for the most part. Exceptions might be when a player makes trouble in the clubhouse or in the dugout. (Zambrano and Bradley come to mind. Also Papelbon.) But I don't think Chapman is one of those jerks.

    VirginiaPhil 11 hours 31 min ago view
  • Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.

    The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.

    Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.

    Old and Blue 13 hours 34 min ago view
  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 22 hours 37 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 23 hours 19 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 23 hours 30 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 23 hours 37 min ago view