Game 73 Thread / Cubs @ White Sox (2 of 3)


GO Cubs! Let's win the season series against these guys!

Good deals on tickets for todays game at the Sux website, "TicketExchange" I got mine for $41.

no tipping pitches today, ok?

Is it a good deal because of the rain? Are they going to get the game in today?

Oh yeah, lol. Anybody need tickets!?

lol. If I didn't have to work today I would consider it even in spite of the rain!

If this game gets rained out, the only common off days both teams is August 13th and September 24 th. The game if not made up on a Sunday doubleheader (and MLB seems to be allergic to doubleheaders now of days) the most likely date is the 24th. It is a Monday and we will be coming off a weekend series Vs. Pit with a night game the next in Miami. They will coming back from Minnesota and play KC the next day. The 14th is unlikely because the Sux start a west coast swing the next day.

Couldn't help but notice that Tyler Colvin is now in AA with the Smokies. So far, that looks like a pretty good pick...

I agree w/ VA Phil from the last thread on Epat. Not sure I see Fontenot as a major league shortstop, however.

Would you trade big Z for Saltamachia? I would, but not sure the Braves would.

How about Izturis for Wily Mo Pena? Lugo is really struggling and I've read where (can't remember the source) Wily wants out.

Jones of Pagan today? Do we need to play jones to get him traded or do we hide him on the bench and hope someone sends us a reliever and a bag of baseballs while Pagan grows as a hitter?

Who (besides me) would have believed when the season began that MIKE FONTENOT would make IZTURIS expendable? But he's the reason (according to the Cubs) Izzy is on the block along with JJ right now.

Fontenot's first 50 major league AB's vs his I-Cubs stats this year:

.340 .385 .545 strikeout rate 14%
.340 .358 .620 strikeout rate 16%

Those minor league numbers sure translated purely to his major league debut.

Anyone got a weather update up there and a lineup?

Fontenot looks great up there and holding his own in the field as well. Between him and Pagan things are looking on the up and up no need for trading away talent for some washed up former talent. Someone mentioned earlier to trade Big Z for Salt. How do you replace a pitcher of Z's caliber and for the past couple years if it hasn't been for Z what do we have. You are crazy I believe in the comments of Stoney where he breaks the season into 3 parts and that is exactly what Pinella is got going on. HAVE FAITH YOUNG LADS!!!

We only trade Z if we think we're out of the race. I'd say the next two weeks will tell us alot, especially with Ramirez back.

Very overcast, steady light rain right now.

Would not be surprised if this turns into a night game.

You will be missing lee for 5 games too.

I wish he would start today, and come back against Brewers next week end.

Thanks Jacos


In case you missed it, Michael Barrett's debut with the Padres:

...struck out three times, had a passed ball and let a wild pitch on a strikeout get by him that set up two Orioles runs in the eighth inning

colvin in AA? neat. that project is coming along nicely. hitters. good stuff. =p

And WHY would we miss any BARRETT activity from two days ago?

On this site?

Game is supposed to start at 12:30 after a slight delay. What's up with Derossa?

Per yahoo stattracker:


Oops, I mean Derosa....I guess I was trying to make him sound like a Ferrari! He was a late scratch from the lineup, Theriot is playing 3B today.

looks like the link for the Chat room got entered incorrectly, but I've fixed it, now. And remember, can always get into chat by using any one of the "Chat" links undernead the names of "The Authors" on the right of the screen.

Anyone have any idea what the "ugliness in the bleachers" was that the Trib was making reference to?


Yer right E-Man, what was I thinking?!


Maybe they were referring to the fisticuffs that broke out between the fans yesterday?

Do Hill look shaky today? Looks like he's one "oops" away from a big inning....

Does Hill look shaky I should have typed....

Yeah, Hill does look shaky. His FB is coming in at 89, according to the CSN gun. The Sox are whacking away pretty good.

As I type that, he strikes out the side...

Hawk and DJ are such dicks...

Must we make a shitty pitcher in Vazquez look this good?

when will Theriovermatched go back to the bench?

Sure-handed Izzy with another spectacular play. That could end up wiping out his unusually good day at the plate (he has half of the team's hits to this point).

Woo Hoo! Let's get the sweep!!!!

Excellent bunt by Theriot. Didn't square till the last second, to the right, bounced a couple steps then went dead. Exactly what you want to see there.

For being so overrated, that sure was an excellent bunt.

Anyone know why Dempster didn't pitch the 9th?

Excellent bunt by Theriot

I'd be interested to read Eli18's take on it.

"Anyone know why Dempster didn’t pitch the 9th?"

According to Lou, "he tweaked his side (oblique)." "He'll be out a few days, and we knew this..."

On CSN Post GAme

Dempster "tweaked" oblique.

According to Lou at post game- "Howry will be closer for next couple of games."

Derosa was "out of it" due to medicine he was taking.

Ozzie"Put in papers tomorrow that Lou outmanaged Ozzie."

No problem.

Is there a more pompous non star ex-player in Chicago than "Felchin' " Bill Melton?

Get the brooms out!!!

Sorry if I missed this somewhere on TCR...

Orioles interested in Dusty Baker and Don Baylor among others for manager job.

MacPhail's been chatting with Dusty, apparently.

Ah! Found the Baker/Baylor stuff just now in the Gallagher/Ramirez thread. Nevermind.

This has been a very strange year all around. 0/2 Andruw Jones just broke through the .200 barrier.


Any news on Kerry Wood lately?

Who is Kerry Wood?

Excellent bunt by Theriot

I’d be interested to read Eli18’s take on it.

>>i think it was a good bunt. hopefully he bats with men on 3rd and less than 2 outs every AB for the rest of the season...

Kerry Wood joined the Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field and was going to play catch, but that's it. Wood, rehabbing from tendinitis in his right shoulder, is on a conservative rehab program.

"This kid is trying," Piniella said of Wood. "He's doing everything that's humanely possible to get him back on the playing field. Let's hope it works out for him. He's a good kid, he really is."

I am watching the CWS right now and Darwin Barney is a player. Sign him Jimbo!!!!

Like I said Jason Schmidt will be back before Kerry Wood.

I just noticed that's "XWL" (Expected won-loss record) "based on runs scored and runs allowed, using this formula: RS^1.82/((RS^1.82)+(RA^1.82))" has Milwaukee and Chicago tied for first in the NLC at 39-34. The next best is STL with 29-42. We're 8 or so games back but we 'should' be tied for first. Don't know if that makes me feel better or not, though...

The next best is Cincinatti 34-40, Houston 33-41, Pittsburgh 30-43, THEN St. Louis 29-42.

...we also have the worst record in baseball in extra innings at 1-6. Maybe those are linked? We score a lot of runs, but not when the count?

I'm sure somewhere out there unknown to all of us is an X-dimension where the X-Cubs are actually tied for first in the XL-Central and the X-Cub Fans are posting happily on the X-Cub Reporter.

yes. they are in first place, but only when listening to XM.

when is the the last time your lead off hitter has
14 homeruns and i think if i heard right 12 are
solo blasts.
then he doesnt do much for power rest of game.
no wonder he wants to bat 1st he gets a bunch
of fastballs later in the game he needs to adjust
and has a hard time .
i would like to subtract stats from first at bats in
one hole then what are fonzies numbers?

Mel Hall anyone?

How far the mighty have fallen..what a waste.

Yet they are still dogged by the X-Cub factor.

"Theriovermatched" is the worst nickname for a player ever; sorry, Eli18. It's awful.

we also have the worst record in baseball in extra innings at 1-6.

No doubt due to the fact (I posted the numbers earlier) that our offense disappears after the 8th inning.

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  • Cubs have no spark and no life. Pretty boring to watch these days.

    billybucks 11 min 12 sec ago view
  • I thought trips to Miami were supposed to be fun. This one sucked.

    The bottom half of the bullpen now turns close games into blowout losses. Not good.

    Once Fowler went to the DL, the team went into the tank. Wonder if he'll get any love this offseason? Probably not.

    billybucks 15 min 12 sec ago view
  • 6IP, 2ER. The last one scored because of another botched Zobrist DP turn.

    And now, a bad throw by KB. Sloppy.

    billybucks 57 min 23 sec ago view
  • What is it with Hammel always starting well and sucking after a couple months?

    The E-Man 2 hours 31 min ago view
  • Ahhh...sad. Lke a few of you here, I saw him play during the '69-'71 seasons. He was the "hot Zobrist" for the club in August/September of '69 while everyone else was fizzling out...

    The E-Man 3 hours 10 min ago view
  • I predict: "They will play hard and if they give the same effort every day, they'll win a lot of games."

    The E-Man 3 hours 13 min ago view
  • OK, boys -- find a way to win today.

    billybucks 4 hours 6 min ago view
  • There's some BA is missing too, here's all signing bonus BA doesn't have some:

    -6 Hockin $241,000 (slot price), 7 Cruz $75,000 (saved $110,00), 8 Ridlings $120,000 (saved $53,800), 9 Robinson $30,000 (saved $132,300), so far the Cubs have saved an extra $297,100

    cubbies.4ever 5 hours 57 min ago view
  • per Muscat...
    Zobrist (2B), Hayward (CF), Bryant (3B), Rizzo, Contreras (LF), Montero, Russell, Coghlan (RF), Hammel

    Cubster 6 hours 6 min ago view
  • Also -- despite losing 6 of their last 10, the Cubs picked up a game on both STL and PIT during that period. Weird, given that they swept PIT and were swept by STL.

    billybucks 6 hours 6 min ago view
  • Also, I'd like to know if there are numbers to back up my suspicion that there are a lot more fast starts than late June romps. This seems like a time where everybody not named Willson Contreras is looking a little tired and/or banged up a bit.

    For once, the Cubs got off to a fast start. Seems like I've been waiting for that for 50 years.Everybody is really gunning for this team, too. It's their playoffs.

    Old and Blue 7 hours 31 min ago view
  • He reminds me of a little of a young guy currently on the Cubs' DL, who is also tank-like in appearance.

    Old and Blue 7 hours 46 min ago view
  • draft signings are trickling in...rounds 6-9 are signed + a random slew of others.

    filter by team.

    crunch 16 hours 33 min ago view
  • Former Major League All-Star Jim Hickman dies at 79

    QuietMan 17 hours 37 min ago view
  • Yep...sort of. Matheny says Rosenthal will no longer pitch the 9th, and they will mix/match Oh, Siegrist and Broxton.

    billybucks 17 hours 56 min ago view
  • Duane Underwood now 0-5 with a 5.44 ERA for Tenn. Urp. Warren not sharp at Iowa tonight. When will Cease and Hudson be ready?

    On a positive note, Jiminez with his 10th HR tonight. He has a .924 OPS -- the only player in the league with an OPS over .900. Leads the lead in 2B, SLG and OPS, tied for the league lead in HR and 3rd in Avg. Nice!

    billybucks 18 hours 2 min ago view