Tale of the Tape

cubs_brewers.jpg This is as exciting as it's gotten around these parts in awhile. The Cubs are riding a hot streak winning their last six games and seven of their last ten games as they head into their most crucial series of the season. The Brew Crew are even hotter though, winning three straight and eight of their last ten. And while the Brewers stand seven and a half games ahead and probably look at us like a bug on the windshield in their drive towards the NL Central crown, a third straight series sweep by the Cubs might get them to drive off the road. Two of three will at least get them to start swerving a bit. I'll put up the game thread in just a few, but let's take a look at how the "top" 2 teams in the Central rank against each other. The Cubs lead the season series 5-4.
Category Brewers Cubs
Runs Scored 381 (3rd) 354 (6th)
Runs Allowed 339 (6th) 323 (5th)
Team Defensive Efficiency .700 (7th) .721 (2nd)
Starters ERA 4.24 (7th) 3.80 (3rd)
Relievers ERA 3.47 (3rd) 4.11 (9th)
Batting Average .267 (5th) .270 (1st)
On-Base Percentage .333 (5th) .330 (7th)
Slugging Percentage .455 (1st) .421 (5th)

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We have better pitching and defense (?!).

The key seems to be the bullpen, but we knew that.

GO CUBBIES!

This is a big, big game and series.

No, here's the real key.

vs. NL Central
MIL 21-10 (17-5 against not the Cubs)
CHC 14-15 (9-11 agaainst not MIL)

Lets go Cubs!!! This is a big series and I can say without hyperbole that this is a million times more important than any other series they have played this year.

The key, We can lose two of these games and still be in the Division race, but we can't lose three. We just don't have enough head-to-head matches left with Milwaukee to overcome a sweep. And, as easy as the Cubs schedule is the rest of the year, the Brewers schedule is actually easier.

But these games look to be even matches. The Brewers play about as well on the road as the Cubs do at home and both teams are red hot at the moment.

Go Cubs! (right on track now for an 87-75 finish)

lineups are in but I want this to be up for a bit so I'll post the game thread about 20 minutes before-hand...

Hart, Hardy, Braun, Fielder, Hall, Estrada, Mench, Weeks, Gallardo

Soriano, Fontenot, Lee, Ramirez, Floyd, DeRosa, Bowen, Pie, Hill

The Cubs are playing hot and putting it all together. We've got the best chance of beating the Brewers now more than anytime this season so far.

We're set up well, lets just get it done. Go Cubbies!

http://www.madison.com/wsj/home/sports/brewer...

Brewers going with a 6-man rotation until the all-star break

Sun-Times reporting (and by the way they broke the Buehrle signing, not the Score) that Buehrle 4/56 deal and it'll be announced by Monday.

I heard Buehrle 3/44...

heh.

Good for Mark, getting his family set for life. Good for the Sox, keeping a quality pitcher and human and also keeping him out of the NL. And good for the too-influential Players Union - go sit on a dick, assholes.

We’ve got the best chance of beating the Brewers now more than anytime this season so far.

Hmm... I might agree with you, except for the fact that the Brewers are one of, if not the, only teams playing better than the Cubs right now.

And its not like the Cubs have struggled against the Brewers up to this point (5-4).

Gallardo has the good ERA but it's only a solid debut against KC and then a shakier second go against SF. Today he sees a real ML lineup and it's time to crack this egg.

I hope Gallardo isn't a soft-tossing lefty.

http://deadspin.com/sports/mark-cuban-might-b...

completely off-topic but Mark Cuban is suing Don Nelson for having confidential information and using it to beat the Mavericks.

Uncle Lou,

Great lineup today, skipper. Wouldn't have drawn it up any different if I would have done it myself. I like Bowen 7 and Felix 8 because it's much easier for Felix to score from second after Richard bunts him over than it is for Bowen.

That's assuming that Felix gets on base sometime today. He's not good at that lately.

well one thing Pie has going for him today is he's probably seen Gallardo before in the minors. Or maybe that's bad. I guess we'll see.

Well it was in theory, of course. Kinda what you have to do when you make out the lineup card isn't it?

completely off-topic but Mark Cuban is suing Don Nelson for having confidential information and using it to beat the Mavericks.

WTF? Seriously?

I like Cuban, but the guy gets crazier and crazier every day.

btw... any word on a roster move to bring up a 12th pitcher?

no trade of JJ yet?

dave:
I like Cuban, but the guy gets crazier and crazier every day.

No doubt...
http://www.theonion.com/content/from_print/ma...

no word on a roster move but Hoffpauir and E-Pat made the AAA All-Star Team

I read that Milton Bradley was traded to Padres so i guess we can cross that off the list of potential destinations for JJ.

losing is not fun

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  • Mine has been really slow to load -- on different computers from different locations.

    JoePepitone 1 hour 14 min ago view
  • Anybody else have issues accessing the site this afternoon/evening?

    Eric S 2 hours 15 min ago view
  • Boras is 63, maybe he'll be retired or dead by the time Bryant, Russell, Almora, Albertos all hit free agency. Doubt he will be before Jake hits there though.

    cubbies.4ever 5 hours 36 min ago view
  • Interesting choices when guys get healthy.

    LaStella, Fowler & Soler replace Coghlan, Almora and Sczcur? I assume they don't want Almora to sit.

    Despite MIggy's demise, I assume they keep him around to mentor Contreras?

    billybucks 6 hours 49 min ago view
  • I believe Willson now has more CS than MIggy. The kid has an arm. Also, Russell is amazingly good on those plays at 2nd.

    billybucks 8 hours 53 sec ago view
  • oh yeah...thanks joe/billy.

    poor outing, still got the win, go cubs.

    crunch 8 hours 39 min ago view
  • Although it felt like it, Jake didn't lose to them -- he got the W. (Assuming you are referring to Monday's game)

    billybucks 10 hours 19 min ago view
  • Arrieta didn't lose to the Reds. He got the win -- he just didn't pitch like we expect him to.

    JoePepitone 10 hours 20 min ago view
  • almora's 1st HR!

    crunch 10 hours 28 min ago view
  • it's not like this CIN team is lost-cause horrible, but aside from defense and power this is a truly horrible team.

    kinda crazy arrieta lost to them and yesterday's game had to go 15 innings for the cubs win.

    crunch 10 hours 44 min ago view
  • It looked like Hamilton got screened by Duvall and that Duvall just barely deflected the ball off of his glove--redirecting it slightly without taking away much of its momentum.

    At least it didn't turn into a Schwarber/Fowler situation. Hamilton and Duvall are both pretty important youngish players for the Reds.

    Charlie 10 hours 52 min ago view
  • he walked off the field on his own. aside from a concussion watch and some attention to his leg/knee that buckled a bit under him, the biggest thing hurt was probably his pride after the ball knocked off his skull.

    crunch 11 hours 10 min ago view
  • After last night, an inside-the-park HR seems kind of run-of-the-mill somehow.

    Sounds bad for Hamilton. Hope he's okay--listening on the radio.

    Brick 11 hours 27 min ago view
  • SHOW ME THE MONEY: Jose Albertos has signed with Mega-Agent Scott Boras.

    Albertos has already received his signing bonus and won't see any additional significant money until he reaches the big leagues, so this is a long-term investment for the Boras Corporation.  

    Other Cubs represented by Boras include Jake Arrieta, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, and Albert Almora Jr. 

    Arizona Phil 11 hours 34 min ago view
  • I am glad Joe is managing this team and not Old and Blue!

    Hagsag 13 hours 56 min ago view
  • Baez had Maddon's ass last night. I didn't hear the reason for taking Contreras out last night but whatever game management thingy it was, you don't take out your second hottest hitter. Or is he third? Anyway, you don't take him out. The guy can probably play anywhere in the field, anyway. Did anybody see that nice catch in left he made? I don't think he got a late start on that, just tracked it damn well for a catcher.

    Old and Blue 15 hours 51 min ago view