Game 116 Thread / Cubs @ Rockies (3 of 4)

Game Chat Rich Hill vs. Josh Fogg Lineups:
Theriot SS Mastui 2B
Jones RF Tulowitzki SS
Lee 1B Holliday LF
Murton LF Atkins 1B
DeRosa 3B Spilborghs CF
Fontenot 2B Hawpe RF
Kendall C Torrealba C
Pie CF Stewart 3B
Hill P Fogg P
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Third game in a row with this lineup. I think it's the first time this year that that has happened.

Hmmm... Bear game? Or Cubs game?

I don't like to make decisions...

No contest. It's not even a choice, really.

Preseason Bears game, so no go for me.

Same line-up?

Lou is getting lazy...

MICHAEL BARRETT (concussion) on the 15 Day DL after being hit in the head the second time this week.

San Diego's record since the trade 21-25
Cub's record since the trade 28-17

Michael Barrett batting since the trade June 20:

July .250 .250 .339
Aug .150 .190 .150
Post All-Star Game .186 .200 .237 / 0 HR / 3 RBI

Oh yeah, Michael Barrett will be replaced on the roster by this catcher:

296 AB, 29 HR, 72 RBI, 54 BB

from AAA.

and the cubs let another sub-par pitcher off the hook in the first inning.

and that was the highlight of the evening.

i'm sure looking ahead to the rich hill playoff starts. the ones where he drives in his own runs.

good thing this is only 1 game; bad thing is the brew-has finally won a game the same day the cubs were losing one. seems like a month since the gap was more than a game.

DAMN I'm glad my coworkers talked me out of going to this game!

Howry will close at times but Demp will still get the bulk of the closing opportunities.

Tim Harikkala got the call up for the Rox. We better rock this guy today.

the voice of reason among Chicago's press corps with this bit...

Deal unlikely: Despite breathless reports out of the electronic media Friday, it seems highly unlikely the Cubs will swing a waiver trade with the White Sox for outfielder Scott Podsednik.

Gosh, didn't Matt Murton save us today?

Nope, no, Derrek Lee didn't save us today.

Sorry I missed all the fun last night. Ugly.

Time to get after Harikkala today.

What about Melvin Mora?

JAKE FOX hit (3)three(3) home runs last night. Drove in 6. GEO. SOTO hit his 20th!.

Bring 'em up.

i’m sure looking ahead to the rich hill playoff starts. the ones where he drives in his own runs.

You do know that before last night, Hill has an ERA under 3 in the second half, right?

Gosh, didn’t Matt Murton save us today?

Neither did Lee, DeRosa, Theriot, Fontenot, etc. No one thinks that Murton will win every game for the Cubs. Stop being silly.

Hey, I just talked to that straw man No is always complaining about. He couldn't post because he was too busy making a diorama of Murton's most recent home run for his Murton shrine, but he wanted me to make sure to mention to you all that Murton is the greatest outfielder of all time, and that he should be given a 15-year, $380B contract with a $400M signing bonus.

Mr Az Phil, was just wondering if you attended the Mesa game last evening, because I heard our 12 th rounder Ryan Acosta made his debut, if you did, wondered what you thought? Also have you seen anymore of Guyer and it looks like our 14th rounder Russell will be there soon.

anyone figure out why Lou was yelling at Sinatro on that infield single that Murton got called out on?

yelled at him when he went out to argue and in the dugout said something like "do your job" to Sinatro.

another Wood comeback story...
http://www.dailysouthtown.com/sports/507267,1...

It was a Monday morning. The Friday before, Wood had a bad pitching session. More pain than he would have liked growled in the shoulder. He spent the weekend at Wrigley Field and was ready to head back to Phoenix to get back to his rehab work at the Fischer Sports Medicine facility. In the back of his mind, he thought his career was over.

"I had a horrible Friday, and I came up (to Wrigley) to pick up my stuff and said goodbye to the guys," Wood said. "I wasn't expecting anything good."

That Monday in Phoenix, Wood was all set to hang it up. There was just this little business of throwing one more session to take care of, then he could call it a career.

"I went in that Monday morning, I went in thinking this was it -- I was probably going to have surgery at the end of the week," Wood said. "I went in to go throw and see how it felt. Give it one more shot. I honestly expected (it was over) that day. I was ready to call (general manager Jim Hendry) and let him know what was going on."

#19-
You do know that before last night, Hill has an ERA under 3 in the second half, right?

the gist of my comment, dave, is that for whatever reason, starts by rich hill do not lead to chicago cubs victories. whether he pitches well or poorly, with or without soriano, with or without aram, with or without barrett and bowen and hill and kendall, the result is negative for the club.

his most recent 10 starts, as per espn.com, show a team record of 4-6 with a personal record for hill of 1-3 with 6 no decisions. for the entire year, the cubs are 9-14 when hill starts.

this, for me, inspires little confidence. in the team, not solely rich hill. team success is the standard and the goal, at least in my eyes.

you may have a different take on things. these are merely one man's observations. make of them what you wish.

#22 rob-
lou was pissed that sinatro did not make a big stink about the out call on murton, as per sunday trib. lou also said "that's not why we lost; we lost because they put up 13 runs in 3 innings".

Nice to see Murton has Pinhead on his side, at least for three games.

I wouldn't be at all surprised if Lou doesn't start stretching out Dempster in hopes of eventually starting him. I think we'll see some 2, maybe 3 inning appearances from him. I'm more surprised that the media isn't making a bigger deal out of this.

I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Lou doesn’t start stretching out Dempster in hopes of eventually starting him.

We need a long man, not another starter.

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/...

Lou suggesting Felix still isn't ready for the majors although he likes the adjustments he made.

Podsednik deal is dead, never really alive.

Dempster and Marmol have been our 2 best relievers this year, doesn't really matter what inning they're used to me. I really think they're just trying to give Dempster more work and without a lefty anymore, going to play matchups a little differently i.e, in need of a groundball or K, Dempster would come in - in need of getting a lefty, use Howry, etc.

Dempster does need more work though.

the gist of my comment, dave, is that for whatever reason, starts by rich hill do not lead to chicago cubs victories.

And it has little to do with Rich Hill. For some reason the Cubs give Rich Hill terrible run support (2nd worst in the league). That is hardly Hill's fault.

Even last night, Rich Hill pitched pretty well and things got away from him in the 6th.

I really am not worried about him.

Again, we need a long reliever. Isn't "stretching Dempster out" a nice way to say "long reliever"...

Same lineup for us.

No Hawpe, Taveras, and Yorvit for them.

game thread up....

RE #24

Oh DC, you done did it now. You brought up the idea that perhaps a team doesn't respond well to a certain pitcher. But there is no stat for that so no one here will believe it exists. I do. But there aren't many more.

Also Rich Hill shows why he's s freaking frustrating. He just can't get that last out. I think he'll figure it out but he doesn't have it this year.

Chad, the lone hero among a sea of infidels.

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