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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  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 3 hours 4 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 6 hours 2 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 6 hours 14 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 6 hours 23 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 6 hours 28 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 6 hours 47 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 7 hours 23 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 7 hours 40 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 7 hours 42 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 8 hours 36 sec ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 8 hours 7 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 9 hours 3 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 9 hours 21 min ago view
  • 9 pitches in and this game already rules.

    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 9 hours 25 min ago view
  • First time I saw Herrera was yesterday. He took like 100 pitches, fouled off a ton off Lester.

    Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.

    The E-Man 10 hours 35 min ago view
  • Obviously not Phil. But he mentioned this on Wednesday.

    "Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."

    In the comments here: http://www.thecubreporter.com/05242016/cub-power-d...

    QuietMan 11 hours 14 min ago view