Cubs @ Giants Series Preview

spcubsgiants Hopefully the Giants bring another fine defensive effort as they did at Wrigley. Is that Rodriguez catcher still around?
Category Cubs Giants
Runs Scored 575 (8th) 535 (13th)
Runs Allowed 529 (2nd) 551 (5th)
eam Defensive Efficiency .716 (2nd) .702(6th) Starters ERA 4.07 (2nd) 4.16 (4th) Relievers ERA 4.02 (10th) 3.95 (7th) Batting Average .270 (7th) .253 (13th) On-Base Percentage .331 (9th) .324 (12th) Slugging Percentage .412 (8th) .386 (15th) The Matchups
J. Marquis 10 7 4.25 146 80 59 18 5.13
T. Lincecum 7 3 3.95 116.3 125 52 11 3.62
R. Hill 7 7 3.73 147.3 135 50 24 4.68
B. Zito 9 11 4.48 145.7 100 68 19 4.97
C. Zambrano 14 9 3.86 168 139 77 20 4.66
M. Cain 5 13 3.78 157.3 124 70 10 3.87



Rory, here's a quick explanation of FIP, DIPS and DICE.

If Rich Hill faces Barry Zito are we risking an implosion of the universe, like if Young Marty McFly accidentally crossed paths with Old Marty McFly in Back to the Future II?

On another note, with a sweep of the Giants, the Cubs would equal their 2006 win total.

In case this wasn't posted last thread - Cubs/Cards make up game: 9/10/07, 2:20 start

2:20? CST or EST?

Eesh, we drew some tough SP matchups.

Go Cubs!

2:20 CST.

Cards play at D-Backs the afternoon before. Cubs are at Pitt for a 1:30 hit.

I think the FIP question comes up just about every time you use it, doesn't it Rob G.?

just the last two...

Yes, I too don't like these pitching matchups at all.

Glad to see you posting Carlos.

Glad to see you posting Carlos.

Yes, indeed.

I pictured Carlos standing on some shoreline in Mexico as a cat-5 hurricane slowly rolls in... Carlos holds up his Fontenot bobblehead and the cat-5 dwindles to a cat-1 out of fear of the Godenot.


Pujols hits into a bases loaded double play 6-4-3, end 3rd, Fish 1-0

not much impact on the Cubs but Cole Hamels injures his elbow and will miss a start or more

will carlos ever get his 15????

Cabrera goes yard, 2-0 Marlins

game thread up

Miggy the Fish hooks one, 2-0

I thought FIP, DIPS and DICE were the three cons in The Grifters.

Cincy beats Atlanta 8-7. They are on a bit of a roll.

Fish 8 LOB through 6.

Pujols Homer - Solo in 4 straight games

No offense but I don't think 1 or 2 Rocky Cherry appearances are worth losing Marshall for the playoffs.

carmenfanzone — August 22, 2007 @ 6:55 am
No offense but I don’t think 1 or 2 Rocky Cherry appearances are worth losing Marshall for the playoffs.


CARMEN F: But you understand that Sean Marshall wouldn't be lost for the playoffs even if he's not on the 25-man roster as of 8/31, right? He can replace any Cubs player on the 15-day or 60-day DL (Prior, Guzman, Novoa, or Pagan). In fact, because they have four players on the DL, the Cubs could add as many as four players to their post-season roster who were not on the 25-man roster as of 8/31. That's why it's called "roster shenagians."

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  • Yes. That is something up with which we will not put.

    fullykräusened 50 min 14 sec ago view
  • Right, then. Moving forward lets focus on simple declarative sentences, subject-verb agreement, and watch out for punctuation. Avoid prepositions at the end of sentences.

    Jackstraw 1 hour 27 min ago view
  • I love sabremetrics and think FIP and WAR can definitely predict future success. For the Cy though which is an award for current success I do think ERA and WHIP have a place. Also while Hendricks doesn't have the strikeouts he does have the highest soft hit contact and second lowest hard hit contact which does a lot to take fielding skill out of it.

    To me if the ERA is close FIP and WAR should be used but right now its not. That said I agree with you Hendricks won't get it.

    johann 1 hour 38 min ago view
  • Can't get soft just because we have a big lead!

    billybucks 2 hours 42 min ago view
  • kershaw will be lucky to put in 160+ip. even though it projects to be an awesome 160+ip it's going to be extremely difficult for him to do much with that. he's still got minor league rehab game(s) to go through and he's only stretched out to 2ip with his last simulated may take another couple weeks before he returns.

    the numbers are awesome, but he's lost the equivalent of a good chunk of a top-tier pen arm's season in innings of work compared to the rest of the lot.

    crunch 2 hours 54 min ago view
  • Kershaw, Fernandez and Syndergaard are your current leaders and all will be pitching meaningful games down the stretch that could make or break them. Hendricks will not be and his saber-numbers aren't anywhere close to those 3 and he'd split votes with Arrieta and Lester whom all are basically neck-and-neck for  WAR and FIP. If Kershaw pitches like just okay Kershaw in September he deserves to win in a landslide. Voters are pretty much saber-inclined now so it would take a crazy shutout streak or something for Hendricks to jump in the picture.

    Rob G. 11 hours 22 min ago view
  • AZ PHIL: With starters the likes of Edwin Jackson, even Chris Rusin or Michael Bowden could look good on their staff. At best, he is a #5-6. But as always, LH are at a premium.

    The E-Man 12 hours 52 min ago view
  • Sure we would all want consistency. He is not even 24, has played 5 (!) positions this year. Can you imagine what is in his head? He was only a part-time player at 2 spots last year. And THEN think about hitting?? Cut him some slack...You sure are picky lately. First wishing #6 NL RBI guy Russell have a better average, and now an "unncessarily fancy pick". Geez tough crowd!

    The E-Man 12 hours 56 min ago view
  • it's going to be hard to take down scherzer.

    kershaw is supposedly coming back soon, though he'll probably need a good amount of deep innings to match up with scherzer...probably too late at this point. tanner roark, bumgarner, and hendricks are probably going to steal some votes along with kershaw.

    crunch 13 hours 25 min ago view
  • I absolutely love Javy's game, and I love the way Maddon changed the perception of him as a ballplayer, but I really wish he would just make the routine plays routinely. On the ground ball in the 9th, he made an unnecessarily fancy pick. He made the play, but tried the same thing last night and made an error.

    billybucks 13 hours 46 min ago view
  • How many wins does Kyle need for serious Cy Young consideration? Would 17 be enough if he leads the league in ERA? My goodness, what a season -- makes a Dartmouth alum proud.

    billybucks 13 hours 49 min ago view
  • jacos 13 hours 52 min ago view
  • hendricks WHIP drops to 0.98 over 159 innings after throwing 7ip 3h 1bb 4k, 0r/er

    ERA down to 2.09 on the season.

    crazy good.

    crunch 14 hours 14 min ago view
  • I am pretty well fed up with the majority of home plate umps. Just terrible inconsistencies.

    The E-Man 14 hours 17 min ago view
  • Oh shit forgot about that
    Shark and Sczur right?

    jacos 14 hours 31 min ago view
  • Yes, football player?- check.

    The E-Man 14 hours 39 min ago view