Game 157 Thread / Cubs @ Marlins (1 of 3)

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DeRosa 2B Uggla 2B Lee 1B Hermida RF Ramirez 3B Cabrera 3B Murton RF Jacobs 1B Soto C Olivo C Monroe CF Linden LF Theriot SS Carroll CF Lilly P Willis P Just 16 days short of four years ago, the Cubs hooked up with Willis in Miami, Aramis Ramirez clubbed a first-inning grand slam, and every Cub fan on the planet was scrambling to figure out who he would have to bribe, suck up to, or kill in order to get himself a World Series ticket. Now only Ramirez, Carlos Zambrano and Kerry Wood remain from that star-crossed Cub team, and the sights will be set a little lower for the moment, with the focus on getting the Cubs one step closer to locking up the NL Central. Willis was a winner in his only start against the Cubs back in May. Lilly lost to the Marlins in the finale of that same miserable series, a three-game Florida sweep in Wrigley that left the home team 22-29, six games behind the first-place Brewers, and looking almost completely hopeless. At cubs.com, Carrie Muskat points out that the 9-4 Cub loss on 5/29 was so bad, it prompted a players-only meeting before the game on 5/30...which the Cubs then went out and lost 9-0 behind Lilly. I'm glad it's now and not then. Among the current Cubs, Alfonso Soriano has had the most luck against the Florida lefty (8-for-17 with a home run). Overall, the Cubs have won 10 of 12; the Marlins have lost 7 of 8.

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How's the weather looking? Anyone actually in Florida?

I am going to hijack this thread like AZ Phil's got hijacked...

So back to the Instructional league game - nice to see Vitters take a couple of walks.

Mateo looked OK, pitching two innings of shutout ball and getting ground ball after ground ball with a hard-driving sinker, although he did surrender three ground singles along the way.

If I were to assume that groundballs in AZ in September to an infield of guys in there first year of professional ball is not the quickest way to success, would you agree with me, or is the field kept in close approximation of a ML diamond?

Let's kick some ass!!

Froggy went a courtin' he did ride, crambone...

She'll be comin' round that mountain when she comes...

I've been working on the railroad...

If you're ever down in Texas, look me up...

I love symmetry.

So earlier in the season, the Cubs were well under .500 and ran into a Marlin team that swept us. Now at the end of the season things are reversed and we are well over .500. Perhaps fate will allow us to return the favor and all but guaranteeing us a trip to the playoffs.

We just need StL to take one off them Brewers and I will feel so much better.

I LIKED THE FIRED UP CHAD BETTER!

WHERE'S THE ADRENALINE? WHERE'S THE IN-YOUR-FACE COCKINESS?

GO CUBS GO!!! LET'S KICK ASS!!

andy I am so jittery right now i can barely walk yet get fired up. I want to crawl under my bed and hide.

ok FUCK THAT...

I SAY WE HAVE OURSELVES AN OLD FASHIONED FISH-FRY!!!!!!!

WHO'S WITH ME!!!!??!???!!!!?!?!?!

I'm in. Hand me the seal ejaculate!

http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USFL0316...

currently cloudy, spotty patches of green, 60% chance of rain, "watch for lightning"

Radar map was about 3 hours ago though.

How's the weather lookin?

Here's the Biscayne Bay Cam looking at Miami ~~~live!~~~.

http://www.weatherusa.net/skycamnet/showcam.p...

http://www.local10.com/wxmap/11024606/detail....

latest image around 6:30 local time, small patch of green over Miami with larger patches of green possibly moving in..

HAHAHAHAHA Brick!

I'm in!

I remember thinking "Holy %$^&*, we're in the Series" after Ramirez's GS. Oops.

I hope this fish fry is an all-you-can-eat

Here's a live feed from the Centerfield camera at Prolphin stadium

http://www.markgracesslumpiestbusters.html

AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

WHY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT 2003???

It's bad juju!

I think it was a sweep in Miami last year that made me think the season was officially over.

"I think it was a sweep in Miami last year that made me think the season was officially over."

Maybe a Cubs sweep in Miami this year will make you realize that the post season is officially (almost) just starting?

Again, symmetry!

KICK SOME MARLIN ASS CUBS

Gorzelanny?

/buys Chad a Corona

Damnit. Can we stop seeing with Monroe in CF? His .220/.304/.317 ain't cuttin' it.

Well 3 wins puts us into what I consider the 'post season', though technically I guess it is considered part of the regular season.

I have trouble thinking of symmetry, I think more along the lines of 'man, it's been a long time since we beet the marlins and some of those HR's we pounded out against the Pirates would be warning track outs (or maybe doubles) in Prolphin Stadium.

Neal, I know that 3 wins does not clinch the division but I really doubt that the Brewers are going to sweep the Cards and Pad. So our 3 wins (almost - did you miss the almost last time?) puts us in the post season.

For the record a 1 game playoff counts as the regular season.

Ahh, but the almost could apply to the date (the post season starts on the 2nd) rather than on the clinchidness of the title.

Anyway it looks good for the Cubs and it seems like we have historically roughed up the D-Train pretty well so I like the chances to lop one off our magic number tonight.

I full expect the Brewers to win five of six. Really the only tough pitcher they face is Young, and the way the Pads are going they may have nothing to play for by Saturday.

Nice to see Pinhead is swinging back into his overmanaging mode. Intentional walks in the first inning? Genius! Hopefully the Cubs will start sacrifcing if they can get a runner on in the 2nd.

Rotoworld is saying Dunn will have knee surgery on Wednesday. So no Dunn and Griffey should equal Cubs sweep this weekend.

This doesn't look good.

We look like crap out there tonight.

meh

This looks like May all over again.

i can't recall a team more inclined to swing at the first pitch immediately following a walk.

hopefully, the decide to show up tomorrow night.

What a disgusting offensive effort thus far.

How could a team come flat on a game like today? It absolutely amazes me. Maybe Lou should get fiery.

..and LaRussa's "Look, I'm a genius!" move of batting the pitcher 8th backfires. 2nd and 3rd, 2 outs, #7 hitter up...and the Brewers intentionally walk him to get to Looper, who K's with the bat on his shoulder.

Gee, Tony, given how your team has crumbled --maybe go back to a normal batting order?

Looks like the Cubs will need to win 4 of their last 5 to win the division -- Brewers are taking no prisoners at home, and the Cards and Pods are dead.

Why can't the Cubs beat this team?

One lousy inning. Hits by the 7, 8 and 9 hitters. Why does this sound familiar?

Very queasy.....very, very queasy.

OH NO! WE SUCK AGAIN!

Yeah, now Chad has got me nervous. If MIL wins, which they are 4-1 right now thru 5, the magic number will still be 4 and the Cubs will be up 2 games with 5 to play. Still think the Cubs will do it, but doubt is definitely creeping in. Hold on for the ride...

"I hate myself and I want to die"

- Kurt Cobain

NOW ITS MY FAULT?!??!?!?!?!?!!?!?

Chad:
"NOW ITS MY FAULT?!??!?!?!?!?!!?!?"

HA HA. I gotta blame someone right now, maybe someone else will step up and be the scapegoat tomorrow...:)

Reason #1,099 to hate the Cardinals...

Cubs now 0-4 vs. the Fish.

Cue the ominous music.

Good thing they are on the road, so they can't feel the panic that has crept in since Sunday.

Cards load the bases with one out in the 6th, but don't score. There's your ballgame.

Two up with 5 to play.

Funny...a few days ago, that would sounded great...

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  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 1 hour 39 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 1 hour 51 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 2 hours 52 sec ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 2 hours 6 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 2 hours 24 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 3 hours 47 sec ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 3 hours 18 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 3 hours 20 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 3 hours 38 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 3 hours 45 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 4 hours 41 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 4 hours 58 min ago view
  • 9 pitches in and this game already rules.

    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 5 hours 3 min ago view
  • First time I saw Herrera was yesterday. He took like 100 pitches, fouled off a ton off Lester.

    Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.

    The E-Man 6 hours 13 min ago view
  • Obviously not Phil. But he mentioned this on Wednesday.

    "Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."

    In the comments here: http://www.thecubreporter.com/05242016/cub-power-d...

    QuietMan 6 hours 52 min ago view
  • Per FanGraphs, Cubs have a 72.5% chance of winning today. Jinx! Next highest percentage on today's games is D-backs with a 64.7% chance (Greinke vs. Cesar Vargas, in Arizona.)

    Transmission 6 hours 52 min ago view