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

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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:

I-Cubs
.340 .385 .545 strikeout rate 14%
Cubs
.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.

Jerome-
Very overcast, steady light rain right now.

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

Carmen-
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

GO CUBS

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. ah...college 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:

Soriano
Fontenot
Lee
Ramirez
Floyd
DeRosa
Bowen
Pie
Izturis

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?

re:#20

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

re:25

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.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19381772/

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.

.198

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 MLB.com'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...

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/standings/index.jsp

*Correction*
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?
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/basebal...

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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  • lulz, MIA with a 5-0 lead after 2 innings.

    crunch 7 min 29 sec ago view
  • d.gordon leads off MIA inning with a HR...came up to bat wearing j.fernandez's helmet.

    he barely made it back into the dugout after crying his way around the bases.

    i can't watch this game anymore. it's too much...too real.

    crunch 28 min 55 sec ago view
  • FLA really doesn't look like they're mentally/physically prepared for this game. never seen anything like this...it's not just a few people in the dugout still feeling it large, it's pretty much everyone.

    i doubt it will lead to some kinda error-filled little league quality game, but everyone looks drained and still draining.

    ...and onto the cubs game. go #100.

    crunch 35 min 55 sec ago view
  • The Marlins organization is obviously affected deeply by this. I feel for the people there. And I understand circumstances have changed.

    But retiring his number. Wow. Literally a week ago the rumor mill was fast and furious about how Fernandez was going to be traded this winter, with the front office in response doing almost nothing to deny it. And to turn around and retire his number, just like that, when they obviously felt the organization would have been better long-term without him, just reeks of insincerity.

    John Beasley 1 hour 13 min ago view
  • jose fernandez's number is going to be retired by FLA.

    there's custom jerseys on their way to tonight's game (and hopefully will make it on time). all the marlins are going to wear #16 tonight.

    this still sucks.

    crunch 2 hours 44 min ago view
  • probably saturday depending on what they do with hammel (assuming friday for ham).

    crunch 7 hours 41 min ago view
  • Lester is going to get one more start, right? It sure would be nice to see him get a shot at 20 wins.

    Charlie 8 hours 12 min ago view
  • Nicely done! I think in my 10-14 games I went .500 or a little over. Strangely, I went to the Cards games they mostly lost (incl Saturday) and the one SF game they lost, plus a couple Brewers games they lost, too. I should have gone to just Reds games. But still - saw mostly very good baseball on the North Side this year. Regardless of what happens come October - the Cubs are positioned for some good times in the next 3-5 years.

    The E-Man 9 hours 36 min ago view
  • Attaboy!

    billybucks 10 hours 29 min ago view
  • First Cub victory at home this year for me!
    1-3
    Saw all four starters this year

    jacos 11 hours 53 min ago view
  • RIP Arnie. We could use a lot more like you -- a man who succeeded and failed on his own terms, a true original, and, finally, a remarkable example of graciousness towards others.

    billybucks 19 hours 48 min ago view
  • Cubs finish 33 over at home. I was, personally, one game over at 3-2, which was one of my better years in a while.

    I do hope that's the last time we see the Cardinals this year. A lot of power, which is dangerous, particularly in a short series, and they have really shut down KB all year.

    Oh, and Jon Lester? Damn!

    billybucks 20 hours 46 sec ago view
  • Yes. Boating accident at 3AM. Very sad, but stupid. Young men do stupid things.

    billybucks 20 hours 56 min ago view
  • lester puts 2 on and is taken out at 96 pitches. oh well.

    edwards in.

    crunch 21 hours 40 min ago view
  • 2 out in the 7th, lester at 84 pitches, ross taken out for the standing O.

    it's possible contreras will catch lester for another inning+.

    crunch 21 hours 47 min ago view
  • What a weird day.  Jose Fernandez and Arnold Palmer, but then Scully and, on a much more modest level, Ross....

    Transmission 22 hours 20 min ago view