Game 155 Thread / Pirates @ Cubs (2 of 3)

Game Chat : BR Preview : Game Notes Zach Duke vs. Rich HillLineups:
Morgan CF Soriano LF
Bautista 3B DeRosa 2B
Sanchez 2B Lee 1B
Phelps 1B Ramirez 3B
Nady LF Murton RF
/tr> Paulino C Soto C Pearce RF Monroe CF Kata SS Theriot SS Duke P Hill P The magic number is 8, just like every other division leader in the NL - spooky. Happy to see Lou take my advice and keep the same lineup versus a lefty.


That, right there, is a lineup that should be able to mash lefties.


Is that three in a row for Soto?

Ronny Cedeno is four for ten since being recalled at the beginning of the month.

His only XBH was a seventh-inning double that ruined Gorzelanny's bid for a shutout on September 7th (Pirates 6, Cubs 1).

The double was down the line in right. Cedeno hasn't shown any pop yet, but it's in there somewhere (six HRs in one week at Iowa).

Cedeno is demonstrating an improved ability to lay off pitches that are just outside with two strikes--a big deal for him.

Monroe in CF scares me. Hopefully he'll mash a little cause I don't see him getting it down in the field.

A-Ram!!! Again!

The Pirates are not very good.




With Sam Fuld making that catch to end the top of the seventh, they should have let AZ Phil sing Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

He's going to be Slammin' Sammy Fuld pretty soon. That's twice in a week he's slammed into a wall.

You gotta read this quote that Hendry said:

"In September 2007, the Chicago Cubs called up Fuld to the major league team.[8] "Fuld is a great baserunner, excellent defender, a tough kid," Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry said at the time of Fuld's call-up. "He's a run-through-the-wall-for-you guy."[9]"

Listening to the radio broadcast online, and looking forward to seeing these highlights later. Sounds like Fuld's play was something else.

It definitely was Rich.

Fkn Dempster.

Btw, Fuld, sir, that's brick underneath the ivy.


Fuld's catch gave me goosebumps...seriously.


MIL game on Fox? Sweet.

I am a diehard Cubs fan from Illinois here at Marquette University in Milwaukee, and I absolutely love rubbing it in the Brewer fan's faces!

Fox is showing Mets/Marlins where I'm at. Ugh.

Make that magic number 6 :)

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  • This might be old news but Hammel was on ESPN 1000 and said that he changed his diet and workout routine over the off season and tweaked his delivery so it'd be more repeatable so he'd have a better second half. So...some cause for optimism anyway.

    johann 5 min 49 sec ago view
  • CHILDERS: RHSP Dylan Cease and LHSP Bryan Hudson are probably the top two SP prospects in the organization right now. 

    LHSP Jose Paulino has electric stuff (91-94 MPH fastball with sinking action and a mid-80's slider), but he also has trouble commanding it.  

    RHP Jose Albertos (2015 IFA - Mexico - $1.5M bonus) just turned 17 in November, and his fastball already sits at 95-96. He also throws a curve and a change-up, and is fairly advanced for a kid his age.   

    Arizona Phil 14 min 32 sec ago view
  • AZBOBBOP: Most of 2016 draft picks will get assigned to either Eugene or AZL Cubs, but the Opening Day Eugune roster will probably be almost 100% from the Extended Spring Training squad roster (pending the arrival of draft picks).

    I think I can probably tell you which pitchers and players at EXST are in contention for roster slots at Eugene and which are in contention for slots with the AZL Cubs - AS THINGS STAND RIGHT NOW - (listed alphabetically):  

    * bats or throws left 
    # bats both

    Arizona Phil 42 min 36 sec ago view
  • Eloy Jimenez atop the leader board for minor-league home runs in the Cub system, with seven. Tied with Balaguert and Vogelbach, two 24-year-olds. Jimenez won't be 20 until late November. Leads the Midwest League in SLG and OPS. Maybe he'll get promoted to the Myrtle Beach squad that visits Woodbridge, VA, in June or Frederick, MD, in August.

    Watched two Pelican games at Frederick the other week. Was most impressed by Stinnett and Happ. Happ may swing harder than Javier Baez, though more compactly. (Also got to see Brockmeyer hit a bomb.)

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 4 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Jose Paniagua isn't a string-bean, but I wouldn't say he necessarily bulked-up during the 2015-16 off-season  either, He led the DSL Cubs in HR and doubles in 2014, and he showed XBH power when he arrived in Mesa last year, leading the AZL Cubs in HR, doubles, and RBI in 2015. It's just that he has taken his HR power to a new level this year.

    Paniagua displayed plus-HR power in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training games in March, and that got him a slot on the South Bend Opening Day roster. But he was sent to EXST after only six MWL games.  

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 10 min ago view
  • Rob Richardson 1 hour 39 min ago view
  • Martinez is one of my least favorite pitchers in baseball. I'd love to see a game like yesterday's against him.

    Send Soler down!

    Old and Blue 2 hours 33 min ago view
  • Awesome thanks AZ

    Old and Blue 2 hours 35 min ago view
  • Great report, Phil! This organization has so many hitters to be excited about.

    John Beasley 3 hours 25 min ago view
  • Ben Zobrist is very enjoyable to watch!!!!!!

    Hagsag 6 hours 13 min ago view
  • given that he seems to only be throwing low 90s these days rather than the 93-96mph he used to throw, along with his wildness issues this year, he may end up passing through.

    i dunno if something is wrong with him physically or his past shoulder issues has rendered him what he currently is, but he's been throwing a lot of sliders he can't control well and his fastball isn't as sharp. even when his slider wasn't working in a game he was still throwing a lot of them.

    crunch 7 hours 26 min ago view
  • Any scuttlebutt on where Neil Ramirez gets traded?

    He seems better than some of the relievers on competitive teams. He ought to bring more than the waiver fee.

    My guess? Toronto.

    tim815 7 hours 49 min ago view
  • PHIL: It seems as if Paniagua has always played 1B with the Cubs. At 6'2 and 180#, what is his frame like? String bean? Have you seen him bulk up? Where do you project him? Thanks.

    The E-Man 7 hours 54 min ago view
  • Phil, what's your thoughts on which position players are going to Eugene and who is staying in AZL?

    azbobbop 11 hours 54 min ago view
  • Ahhh...way to bring me down BB.

    Still - a win tomorrow will be an acheivement regardless.

    The E-Man 12 hours 42 min ago view
  • Don't mean to spoil your mood, but with tonight's win the are 3-5 on the trip with one to play.

    While I'm bringing the room down -- Richard comes in to pitch the 9th with a 12-1 lead...and can't finish the game. Woof.

    billybucks 13 hours 15 min ago view