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)
Team 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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  • BRADSBEARD: I haven't noticed any new rule or a change in the interpretation of an existing rule happening in Advanced Instructs, I don't know what rules will be tested in the AFL, although almost all recent rule changes and new interpretations of existing rules (the home plate collision rule, replay, time clock between innings, et al) do get their start in the AFL.  

  • Yep

  • AZ Phil: I've heard that the AFL will be testing out a new force out rule that would affect break-up plays (like the Utley play). Have you heard anything about this new rule and any details about it? Are they testing it out at the advanced instructs as well?

  • Pretty sure I already know the answer to this, but since I will be in NYC next week I want to confirm... If the Cubs were to advance to the NLCS, the winner of LAD/NYM would have home field based on being a division winner (as opposed to Cubs by virtue of better record), correct?

  • CUBSTER: This "hammy" is on the other leg I heard last night. See you at the ballyard today young man!

  • Lulz

  • Oh what do you know, Cubster? Go back to your day job.

    --- Ducks, puts on Cardinals cap, runs.

  • Russell had a severe hamstring last year while with the A's system, forcing him to miss the first half of 2014. I've even wondered if his injury last year was a component of Billy Beane putting him on the trade market. He was quoted saying that last year's injury was a 10 out of 10 when it happened. Last night he said his hamstring soreness was a 1/1.5 out of 10. Hamstring injuries are tricky though, so I'd expect the medical team to be overly cautious here.

  • ...I want to reinforce the observation that there was no sea of red in the crowd. The usual Cardinal fans roaming the stadium were few and far between.

    Also, almost every 2 strike pitch brought the fans to their feet. Good for those in knee rehab.

  • "1st team hit hit 6HR in a game in the postseason." rises above obvious...i checked it with the official fact-finding commission of Douche, Douche, and Douchestein. they agreed with you, but they're a bunch of f'n douches so who cares?

    btw, the cubs are 2-1 in the post-season series.

  • I should be able to watch the game on the NFL replay app, whatever that thing is called. I've got it on my iPad. This is the first year I haven't forced myself to somehow watch every game - no I take that back, last year was - in quite some time. Last year was so unbearable, no pun intended.

    You make some good points about Cutler, and I was a holdout defender of Cutler for a long time. I gave up on him a bit after one too many dumb interceptions, but last year doesn't count. Trestman was the worst coach in Bears history.

  • Nice little reportage there!. I think you're older than me. Considerably older. Maybe several generations. Working out is so essential, especially as age kicks in, isn't it? I still lift weights, and so I'm confident that when I get to be at the hip breaking age, mine won't be a statistic. But I have a ways to go for that to be a concern.

  • What was impressive to me is that the Cubs won despite poor base running, several defensive miscues, Russell leaving due to injury, Arrieta having an off game and getting knocked out early, and Rondon giving up 2 runs in the 9th. If they can win a game like that... 

  • I was there too. The crowd was absolutely electric. People were standing for every big and semi-big moment, from the first inning on. It felt incredibly strange and exhilarating to see the Cubs (the Chicago bleepin' Cubs!) score playoff insurance runs on the Cardinals. What a game. One to remember.

  • 14 in attendance. What's the record for attendance in the fall? I guess I should ask what the record attendance listed is in one of your recaps.

  • I was there too, with my grown son. This is my miracle year-- I rose to the top of the season ticket list after eight years, completely unexpectedly, and my wonderful wife agreed to put the ticket fee on the emergency credit card. The whole point of course was that the Cubs were going to be good this year, and then for a while, so to get season tickets with the guaranteed shot at the postseason was incredible timing. We got to the remote lot at 4:10 after stopping at Nhu Lan for our usual banh mi sandwiches, only to find the lot full, way earlier than normal.