Game 150 Thread / Cubs @ Cards (4 of 4)

Game Chat : BR Preview : Game Notes Jason Marquis vs. Mark Mulder Lineups:
A. Soriano LF A. Miles 2B
M. DeRosa 2B R. Ankiel RF
D. Lee 1B A. Pujols 1B
A. Ramirez 3B J. Edmonds CF
M. Murton RF R. Ludwick LF
C. Monroe CF S. Spiezo 3B
G. Soto C Y. Molina C
R. Cedeno SS M. Mulder P
J. Marquis P B. Ryan 2B
Mulder is coming off two brutal starts following his return from the Disabled List. This past Tuesday, the Reds tagged him for seven hits and seven runs (two unearned) in just four innings...which was arguably better than his earlier start against the Pirates--eight hits and six runs allowed, also in four innings. Lifetime, the lefty is 2-3 against the Cubs, but has given up 54 hits in just 42 2/3 IP. Derrek Lee hasn't just hit Mulder hard, he has savaged him: 11-for-15 with a homer, five RBI and a 1.698 OPS. Cub starter Marquis, who has been better this year at Wrigley than on the road, is following a not-so-good no-decision against the Astros. Right before that, however, he had consecutive strong outings against Houston and the Dodgers. Marquis is 2-1 against his former teammates this season, including a sterling 7-inning, no-walk, no-runs-allowed start back in April. Jason, I think we'll take one of those, if you don't mind.


Yay!! All righty lineup.

YAY! All righty lineup.

Well, there's real hope that Cincy can win today in Milwaukee. It's Belisle vs Vilanueva. Matt Belisle has been significantly better on the road (5-1 4.40 away) than at home while Vilanueva (4.96 ERA at home) has done better on the road. Of course most of Vilanueva's stats come from relief appearances. He's been much better in his three starts. So, it's really a question of which Vilanueva shows up today.

Reds @ Brewers just about to start now. GO REDS!!

Oh yeah, a few minutes ago the Reds announcers said that Cincy BUSES the club up to Chicago. Is that right?? They don't fly? or were they just being flip.

pretty normal to bus it from Milwaukee to Chicago, an hour and a half to two hour trip.

Really, all the MLB teams bus between Milwaukee and Chicago? What's the mileage cutoff between flying and driving between cities?

Bases loaded, no outs = no runs. Why does it seem that the Cubs have the same killer instinct as PETA.

Agreed adrosen. That was a miserable performance by Ramirez who refused to walk. Soriano who just stood at third base watching the slow grounder. And Murton who went from a 3-0 count to hitting a double play ball to end the inning. Should have scored two at least.

it takes longer to deal with the airports and fly between Milwaukee and Chicago than to drive. It's a 90 minute drive.

3 for 3 so far

CLEARLY--the Biggest mistake the Cubs have made this year was not bringing Soto up a couple months ago and letting him play. Instead we got a College of Catchers this year.

Brewers pouring it on in the fifth. 5-0 now. This game is now another one of those "must-wins" for the Cubs.

End of 5

Brewers 5 Cubs 4 Cardinals and Reds 0

What, no double that inning?!

Marquis pitching in the 6th with very large stones.

Those deep fouls to LF corner from Pujols warrant an underwear change

Nice job. No runs.


Unfortunately, so did MIL. Still all tied up in the all important loss column and both team controls their own destiny with 14 days to go (or maybe 15 if things stay the same). Go Cubs!!!

College of catchers > College of coaches.

it takes longer to deal with the airports and fly between Milwaukee and Chicago than to drive. It’s a 90 minute drive.

I commute by air between Santa Barbara and Burbank.. 89 miles. It beats driving.

I commute by air between Santa Barbara and Burbank.. 89 miles. It beats driving.

I believe most MLB teams do not fly from LA to San Diego either.

cwtp...not sure what your point is. Apples and Orange Countys?

I commute by air between Santa Barbara and Burbank.. 89 miles. It beats driving.

First off... the drive from Burbank to Santa Barbara is different than the drive from Chicago to Milwaukee.

Second... there is a big difference between driving yourself 90 miles and taking a bus 90 miles where someone else drives.

never been to Santa Barbara airport but Burbank is a breeze to get in and out of...

On the other hand, O'Hare is not.

Another reason to hate Roy Oswalt. From yahoo sports:

Sep 17 Oswalt's scheduled start on Wednesday will be pushed back due to the pending birth of his second child, the Associated Press reports.
Recommendation: He's tentatively slated to go on Saturday in St. Louis.

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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.