Game 156 Thread / Pirates @ Cubs (3 of 3)

Game Chat : BR Preview : Game Notes Tom Gorzelanny vs. Carlos Zambrano Lineups:
Morgan CF Soriano LF
Bautista 3B DeRosa 2B
Sanchez 2B Lee 1B
LaRoche 1B Ramirez 3B
Nady RF Murton RF
Bay LF Soto C
Paulino C Monroe CF
Izturis SS Cedeno SS
Gorzelanny P Zambrano P


Cedeno auditioning today for a postseason role.

Soto is what Fontenot waw mid year-big boost...

Estrada hurt possibly.

Theriot was a late scratch due to back spasms...available to pinch hit according to wgn and Corey P.

Z ate his wheaties this morning.

Z's last pitch was absolutely Marmollian.

Why is Soriano doing that little "leap" on his fly ball catches? I'm afraid it's going to cost us at some point.

I hope Z is okay.

Injury delay? And Z is out? Anybody know more than what Gameday says?

Someone said Len said it was cramping re: Zambrano. If that's true, I can't fathom how the guy can't take care of himself like a normal human being...

They think it's forearm cramping again.

They think it's forearm cramping again.........Hey Z, four words.......Ice Moutain Spring Water

Thanks, S/C.

Pat reports the same. This has gotten beyond ridiculous with him, but he has no business staying in in a game like this this late in the season.

Ronny Cedeno just may have earned him a spot on the playoff roster. Certainly Monroe has shown nothing.

Cedeno needs to be on our post season roster. I think he might be our answer to lefty pitching.

I heart the Braves.

Braves win!! (may I never have to root for them again)

Brew crew drop 3 out of 4. Just awesome.

whole crowd doing the chop...classic...ha, ha.

whole crowd doing the chop…classic…ha, ha. ------------------------------------------- Reminds me of the 2003 NLDS. Of course, that was just a rare case of mass sarcasm.

Do any of you really think that Z really had cramps? Lou wanted to pull him once it got to 6-0 and put in Wood, but Kerry takes a long time to warm up. Voila! Z "cramps" again... It may be too early to stick a fork in the Brewers, but it's time to finally yank it out of the Cardinals' heart.

Jeez, the Cubs are acting like a juggernaut. If I'm dreaming, don't wake me up.

Nice to see the good guys whipe the floor with the non-contenders just like they should. Two out of three in Miami and Cincy and we're in, no matter what the Brewers do/

june 20th...8 games out of 1st july 1st...6.5 games out of 1st sept 23rd (happy bday to me)...3.5 games *IN* 1st :)

Cubs Playoff Roster (I predict): P -- Z, Lilly, Marquis, Hill, Dempster, Howry, Marmol, Eyre, Wuertz, Wood, Hart. C -- Kendall, Soto IF -- Lee, DeRosa, Ramirez, Theriot, Fontenot, Ward, Cedeno OF -- Soriano, Jones, Floyd, Murton, Pie Trachsel, Marshall and Gallagher are not as suited well to relief as Hart, Pignatiello too inexperienced, and Ohman not effective. Cedeno bat heating up and Soto has outplayed all catchers let alone Blanco since his recall. Also, I don't believe Blanco is still healthy. Monroe hasn't shown anything special with the bat, and Pie has been the late inning OF defensive specialist.

Some gems from the prediction contest: +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ mannytrillo says: April 2nd, 2007 at 7:57 am My official Cubs record prediction 83-79. A very nice improvement, but considering the Cubs spent $300+ million this offseason and have roughly a $120 million payroll this year and how weak the NL Central and NL overall is, not too good. Tiebreaker answer: Jim Hendry finally gets fired October 4th after again not making the playoffs. Bye Bye Jim……. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ST went ahead and predicted some things as well, a Batting Title for Rickie Weeks and a Cy Young award for Jason Schmidt.

"John Boccabella — September 23, 2007 @ 2:56 pm Jeez, the Cubs are acting like a juggernaut. If I’m dreaming, don’t wake me up." Boccabella? You got a purty mouth.

no offense, it had to be said.

<i>Why is Soriano doing that little “leap” on his fly ball catches? I’m afraid it’s going to cost us at some point.</i> He claims it forces him to "focus" on easy plays.

ST went ahead and predicted some things as well... a Cy Young award for Jason Schmidt. ======= ROFLMAOX3/44

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  • "never been a fan of using closers in non-save situations." Tie game at home in the ninth, there can never be a save situation. So you're saying, don't use your best reliever today.
  • Sorry if this was covered in a different thread, but while I overall like this new design, the white type on the dark background is a killer. I may be in the minority on that. But again, nice job.
  • It was almost like Javy was saying, "see, O&B, same old Javy here." Guy's gotta learn you don't need to swing hard to knock a Chapman ball out of the park. Choke up, dude, follow Rizzo's lead.
  • The magic number is now 24.
  • Kershaw uses his 132nd pitch for his 15th K (Marlon Juice Byrd, with the tying run at 2nd), and the Dodgers sweep the Giants. Also, Pirates lose to the Brewers for the 5th straight time. So...with 30 to play, we are 6.5 up on SF (7 in loss column) and 8 up on the Nats, and still in contact (4.5 back) of the Pirates. Man, what a roller coaster the last 2 days -- fantastic stuff.
  • Schlitter still pitching for Iowa? Guess nobody wanted him?
  • JOHN B: Pierce Johnson and Rob Zastryzny were likely 2015 AFL candidates (I mentioned them as likely candidates to get assigned to the AFL in an article about the AFL last month) because they are starting pitchers who missed part of the season due to injuries and they need to accrue more innings.
  • I personally don't think managers use closers enough in tie games in the 9th. The mindset and adrenaline should be just like a save situation. You get the outs, you have a great chance of winning. You don't your team is screwed.
  • Also - what did Bosio say when we went to talk to Rondon? "OK, Hector, tie game, 9th inning, 2 outs, 2-0 count on the hottest hitter in the game. Let's try the ol' fastball right down the middle and see how that works, hmmm?" Terrible pitch. I've never been a fan of using closers in non-save situations -- they are used to pitching with adrenaline pumping and celebrating the last out of the inning. I realize it was a a swinging bunt and an error that caused the problem, but that may have been the worst pitch I have seen Rondon throw in a long time.
  • Ugly series save a few clutch Homeruns. 2 first inning Homeruns allowed. 2 complete innings (out of 27) with a lead (8th and 9th game 2). 6 Leads/Ties given up top half of the inning after scoring. 9 9th inning unearned runs. Brutal roadtrip coming up while SF plays 22 straight against teams with losing records. Like the Cubs odds, obviously, but long way to go.
  • No more f'n Pajama Parties, Joe! Losing a series at home to the Reds (who have a worse record than the Brewers) in September is not what we are looking for, gentlemen. 3 series losses in a row -- let's get that fixed immediately. Bad error by KB as Crunch describes -- almost like he was surprised the ball was hit to him. I think if he makes that play we win the game.
  • solid smack to him...right through his legs. he wasn't even in motion, totally stationary. no bad bounce, either. it was hit very hard, but also squarely wiffed...not even any glove contact. it happens...not a good time for it to happen with 2 outs, though. that was the inning ender, easy.
  • Can someone tell me about Bryant's error who saw the play? You cannot give the Reds (or most teams) 4 outs. In this case with Joey Votto coming up.
  • un...fucking...believable... tie a game in the bottom 8th, give up 3 runs in the top 9th...why the hell not. awesome.
  • Ugh Hammel...the new Haren. The 3-5 starters have imploded and killed yet another series.