Game 142 Thread/Cubs @ Pirates (3 of 3)

Game Chat : BR Preview : Game Notes Steve Trachsel vs. Matt Morris Lineups:
Soriano LF Morgan CF
Theriot SS McLouth LF
Lee 1B Sanchez 2B
Ramirez 3B LaRoche 1B
Murton RF Bautista 3B
Jones CF Pearce RF
DeRosa 2B Paulino C
Kendall C Wilson SS
Trachsel P Morris P
Notes: This is a match-up between veteran righties who started the season pitching for eventual bottom-dwellers. Trachsel left Baltimore to join a division leader; Morris left San Francisco only to land on a different part of the bottom...Morris is one of those pitchers I think of as a proverbial Cub-killer, and he has had his moments against us. Still, over his last five starts versus the Cubs, Morris is 0-5, 7.86, allowing 46 hits and 7 HR in just 26 1/3 innings, which sounds an awful lot like batting practice...Trachsel last pitched for the Cubs against the Bucs in July of '99, in a game the Pittsburghs would win 6-1. I'd say it's time for revenge. Let's win this one for Tyler Houston!


The Cub Reporter gets stiffed again.

"BCB is not the only game in town. The many other Cubs blogs, with names such as Agony and Ivy, Goat Riders of the Apocalypse, Cub Fan Nation, Bleacher Hideaway and View from the Bleachers, are testaments to the fact that everybody talks about the Cubs, but unlike the weather, everyone seems to know what to do about them."

Typical. Lists like that are dead giveaways that the writer doesn't know what he's talking about. Agony and Ivy, for example, has had two posts since May...
Cubs Fan Nation with a total of two posts all year is part of Goatriders which is also on the list...


Joe Sheehan from Baseball Prospectus' update on the NL East from Friday:

his interpretation of run differential discussion is interesting, I doubt if that is universally agreed up on though.
"Now, I’ll be the first one to tell you that run differential is both a better indicator of team quality and a better predictor of future performance than actual record is. Other than the impact of a particularly good or bad--or well-leveraged--bullpen, teams don’t show an ability to bunch their runs scored and allowed in ways that affect their won-loss record. At the same time, while a team’s run differential is a critical indicator of quality and long-term outlook, it’s less useful in predicting short-term performance.

In fact, you can take that idea one step further: a baseball team’s performance over its next 23 games is virtually unpredictable, by whatever means you'd try to make one."

and his conclusion...

"I liked the Cubs in February, April, June and August, and I’m sticking with them now. Sometimes, the best team wins, and the Cubs have the best team."

Love the Notes, cubnut. :)

Thanks for nothing CINC. First 3 batters for MIL gets HR's and the first 5 guys get hits. UGH!!!!!!!

And CWTP: thanks for the support. Speaking for myself, at least, I'll take a loyal core of TCR'ers over recognition from the Tribute. (And again speaking for myself, I really do wonder if we've just done enough to irk the Tribune that they're making a point of not referencing us.... That's sort of a cooler theory than the one that says they're not even aware of our existence.)

Thanks for nothing CINC. First 3 batters for MIL gets HR’s and the first 5 guys get hits. UGH!!!!!!

As it turned out I believe the Brewers went back to back HR-HR-HR-single-single-single in that inning. The starter Dumatrait was removed after pitching 0.0 innings.

I was pissed at the Reds for starting a batting practice pitcher against our rival in the pennant race until I remembered that he started against us too--- and tried his best to give us a win, lasting only 2.0 innings with 5 earned runs. Lilly stunk that day and the Reds won 11-9.

Just looked at his game log and he also started against St.Louis so it looks like Cincinnati has been fair to us all.

How can we not find a better 5th starter than Trachsel??? Bring back Marshall!!!

The trachsel experiment should be over. horrible performance.

It should of never even began. Thanks Hendry!!!!

It should of

Since you're back mannytrillo, could we have a moratorium on this malaprop---at least until the season is over (which may be today)?

it's a contraction: SHOULD'VE

Meanwhile, Kevin Hart (who was the Cubs MILB organization's suggestion to take over for Marshall) takes over for Trashel (Hendry and Lou's idea). And he strikes out two in the runs.

"Since you’re back mannytrillo, could we have a moratorium on this malaprop—at least until the season is over (which may be today)?

it’s a contraction: SHOULD’VE"

Thanks professor Pennant... I didn't realize the grammor police we're steel in full effect hear at TCR.

why didn't marshall come in directly after trachsel?

when is he going to start again? why was he removed? what the F is going on?

also, i drifted off for a little.....why is hart already out?

BUCK COATS playing RF for Cincinnati today.

Grammar police?? You're not making a grammatical or even a spelling error, mannytrillo. I could care less about grammar and spelling mistakes.

What you're doing is just stupid and annoying. "Should of" is a malapropism. It sounds like what you mean, but so does "should dove."

But I won't mention it again. It's just painful to read.

Murton has not gone 3 for 3 and hit 3 HRs, therefore he has no place on this team!

*“I liked the Cubs in February, April, June and August, and I’m sticking with them now. Sometimes, the best team wins, and the Cubs have the best team.”*

Right, because the best team is the one stupid enough to go add Monroe & Trachsel and think "Well, that'll do it!".

What you’re doing is just stupid and annoying.

[Insert joke about similarly colored cooking intruments here]


F Trachsel!!!

Lose 2 of 3 vs. PITT in September...UGH!!!!!!!

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    QuietMan 2 hours 1 min ago view
  • Oh my! Cards down 2-1 to Reds in the bottom of the 9th -- get a leadoff triple -- and don't score!

    billybucks 5 hours 14 min ago view
  • Gameday has stopped at the top of the 8th inning. Google tells me it ended up 8-4 Pirates but I can't get further detail. Guess I'll have to wait until the Cubs' website updates...

    JoePepitone 6 hours 18 min ago view
  • Attaboy!

    billybucks 6 hours 33 min ago view
  • Phil, thanks for posting. Where do find the schedule? I have a condo in Surprise, yet I drove to Mesa and Tempe looking for a game today! Thanks!

    rvimpeny 6 hours 34 min ago view
  • Dear Baseball Gods--
    My trip to Chicago has nothing whatsoever to do with the Cubs. In actuality, I am a Red Sox fan.

    CTSteve 6 hours 35 min ago view
  • Well, if Strop had to give up a least he hit Sean Rodriguez to do it.

    billybucks 6 hours 43 min ago view
  • strop...stawwwp.

    jaso has a cycle and 5 rbis...pit leads by 4.

    crunch 6 hours 55 min ago view
  • have a nice bowl of pizza soup deep dish pizza...or a leisurely walk around the notorious south-side (bring money) at one of the walmart supercenters...waiting in line to waste $20 at willis tower...

    seriously,'s chicago, a lot to do. have a dog for lunch, a great dinner, and catch some local comedy.

    crunch 7 hours 2 min ago view
  • Strange, because he really seemed to have the Pirates number last year.

    Bummer for Jake -- I think this is the first time all year his ERA has been over 3.00, and that will be his number for the year.

    billybucks 7 hours 6 min ago view
  • Jinx remover -- your trip doesn't have to be for a baseball game -- lots of stuff to do here in town.

    billybucks 7 hours 8 min ago view
  • Guess they could always try to White Sox (and Bears...sob) approach: Never Rebuild! Seems to work pretty well for them.

    billybucks 7 hours 10 min ago view
  • 3rd time this season he's given up 6+ runs to PIT...only team he's given up 6+ runs to this season.

    7 runs is the most he's given up since august 6th in 2014.

    crunch 7 hours 40 min ago view
  • Over 100 pitches, only the 5th.

    Brick 7 hours 42 min ago view
  • coghlan his cleats stuck in the wall attempting a play (failed, but looked great doing it). walking off on his own, precautionary/day-to-day looking stuff...hopefully not worse.

    also, jake arrieta is literally worse than hitler. 1-5, bottom 5. ...make that 1-6, bottom 5. ...make that 1-7, bottom 5.

    crunch 7 hours 43 min ago view
  • Coghlan crashes into wall and comes up limping, looks like left knee or ankle. Leaves game...

    Arrieta inspiring no confidence yet again.

    Rob G. 7 hours 49 min ago view