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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  • Don't want.

    Charlie 14 min 47 sec ago view
  • Ken Davidoff, NY Post...

    An industry source told The Post that the Yankees had asked serious Chapman suitors — a list believed to include the Nationals, the Cubs and the Indians, as well as a mystery team — for their best and final offers. While that doesn’t clinch a trade of Chapman, the impending free agent, it makes such a transaction darn likely. The Yankees intend to hold onto Miller, who is signed through 2018.

    I'm thinking mystery team is the Tigers or Giants

    Cubster 15 min 47 sec ago view
  • from Iowa yesterday in extended inning starts, Cahill was bad/Matusz was pretty good. Soler (0-3, walk), Coghlan (1-3, double, walk) did play in AA.

    Cubster 20 min 12 sec ago view
  • That's a hell of a first impression by Montgomery. Brian Cashman having a good laugh on that debut.

    Eric S 12 hours 30 min ago view
  • ...and it's a 3 run homer.

    hey, vogelbomb had a HR on his 1st game with SEA AAA, too!

    crunch 12 hours 50 min ago view
  • montgomery comes on with men on 1st/2nd, 2 out, in the 8th.

    crunch 12 hours 52 min ago view
  • from rotoworld...

    "Tommy Stokke of FanRag Sports reports Chris Sale was sent home from U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday after cutting up throwback jerseys that he did not want to wear.

    crunch 12 hours 59 min ago view
  • I thought the same. It'd be great luck to face these non-contenders after the trade deadline.

    Charlie 14 hours 42 min ago view
  • ...why isn't j.lucroy playing for TEX yet?

    :(

    2r HR on a 12-pitch AB.

    crunch 15 hours 16 min ago view
  • nathan to join the cubs tomorrow.

    crunch 15 hours 50 min ago view
  • Wow in deed.

    Rob Richardson 15 hours 54 min ago view
  • FOX Sports @MLBONFOX
    Chris Sale was scratched from tonight's scheduled start due to a clubhouse incident before the game

    ...wow

    he was sent home by the team, too. the wsox released a press statement and everything. they stated it was non-physical in nature.

    crunch 15 hours 59 min ago view
  • He was scratched from his start today. No reason given.

    Rob Richardson 16 hours 4 min ago view
  • At the start of the season the book was that he was trying to pitch to more contact so he could stay in the game longer and it seems to be working so far. Contact against is 77.5% this year and it was 70.2% the year before. He averaged 6.7 IP/game last year and so far it's 7 IP/game. His actual pitches per game are only down to 106.1/game from 107.2/game last year but if he's able to go a bit farther into games without throwing more pitches and without giving up more runs that is a good thing.

    johann 17 hours 8 min ago view
  • sale's skills and insane value makes it almost too hard to have a market for the guy...he's got 3/38m owed to him over 3 seasons (2 team options). he could easily pull in 30m/yr if he was on the market as a FA.

    he's throwing a bit differently this season, especially with more sliders and less changeups like earlier in his career, but all his stuff still looks great even if the HRs are a little elevated and the Ks are down.

    crunch 19 hours 2 min ago view
  • Torres, Happ, McKinney, Jimenez, and Candelario for Sale. Deal or no deal?

    "The White Sox are reportedly asking for “five top prospects” for Chris Sale, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports."

    John Beasley 19 hours 16 min ago view