Game 15 Thread / Reds @ Cubs (3 of 3)

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SP Edinson Volquez SP *Ted Lilly
  1-0, 0.87, 9 K, 5 BB
0-2, 9.95, 8 K, 4 BB
CF Norris Hopper 2B *Mike Fontenot
2B Ryan Freel SS Ryan Theriot
RF *Ken Griffey Jr. 1B Derrek Lee
LF *Adam Dunn 3B Aramis Ramirez
SS Jeff Keppinger RF *Kosuke Fukudome
3B Edwin Encarnacion LF Mark DeRosa
1B *Joey Votto CF Reed Johnson
C *Paul Bako C Henry Blanco
Edinson Volquez P *Ted Lilly












Oh, you didn't think this Lou vs. Dusty stuff was over? I mean, I made a graphic afterall, I need to get some mileage out of it. The Cubs go for the sweep and a win today means the Reds season is over.

(Rumbling from the crowd) say it's just April? Alright, well if the Cubs were about to get swept I'm fairly certain that at least one person in the comments would say that our season is over. But for all intent and purposes, as long as Dusty Baker believes that Corey Patterson is a legitimate major league lead-off hitter, the Reds season is over.

Step on their throats, Cubs!

The Cubs will have to go through Edinson Volquez though for the win and I hope they fare better than I did in MLB '08:The Show last night. Volquez dominated my ass to a tune of 6 IP and 10 K's and just two lone hits, a blooper by Rich Hill and a double high off the right field wall by (wait for it)....Matt Murton. Murton also singled later in the ninth off Cordero, but I still lost 1-0.

Be sure to vist Inside the Ivy's live blog from New Orleans tonight. A little more exciting matchup as Sean Gallagher takes the mound for the Iowa Cubs. I'll also be putting up a little Q&A with their main author Steve Holley after today's major league game.


This is funny:

Miguel Tejada told the Astros today that he's been lying about his age, and that he's actually 33, not 31. And he's telling the Astros this himself because he didn't want them to find it out from someone else.


Hopefully they will sour on him to the point that we can trade Ryan Theriot for him.

Edinson Volquez--member of Club of Professional Athletes Whose Names Appear To Be Typographical Errors.
See also:
Jhonny Peralta,
Georghe Murasan,
Ronn Reynolds,
Micheal Ray Richardson.

Robb Nen

David Jonathan "J.D." Drew

But for all intensive purposes, as long as Dusty Baker believes that Corey Patterson is a legitimate major league lead-off hitter, the Reds season is over.

The correct phrase is "for all intent and purposes". I'm not sure what purposes would be intensive, or how intensive they would get. Are intensive purposes kinda like the Grinder mentality the White Sox promote?

Hmm... don't the Cubs have a lh CF to play against RHP?

Maybe the Dodgers tank and we can get Furcal. *Dreaming*

There is no way that Edinson Volquez can maintain a LD% of 7.4 and a GB% of 48.1 combine with a 4.6BB/G and still have his ERA be under 1.00. His BABIP is on the fast track back to the mean and I'd expect the Cubs to have solid day against him, especialy given the new quick infield surface.

I think it's "intents and purposes".

While I'm being persnickety it looks like we have two second basements.

Surely Jim Hendry will make you an offer for one of them. On the assumption that he thought you said 2nd basemen.

two second basements

If that was intentional, it's very funny. If it wasn't intentional, it's flat-out hysterical.

I'll confess, I did it on porpoise.

Nice to be on the good end of a bases loaded walk to the pitcher for once.

When did MLB turn into And1 Streetball with big gold chains flowing and flat billed hats turned sideways?

I hate Theriot. I hate stolen bases. I hate hit and runs. I hate run and hits. I hate it all.

I hate strike outs when the runner is in motion.

What in the hell was that ab by Blanco?!

Wonder if Lou has ever heard of the Runs Expected Matrix.

What a shitty lineup - Fontenot, Theriot, Johnson, Blanco... bleck.

Fontenot is fine. But Theriot, in the freaking 2nd spot no less, Johnson and Blanco, yeah, um no. If I was Ted Lilly I tell Lou to stick it and that I wasnt pitching with a lineup that might get me 2 runs.

Fontenot is fine, but Theriot isn't?


its "BLECH" not blek.


English-challenged Russians or other Eastern Europeans use "blek" to describe a dark color.

Thanks! I enjoyed that. My ex's grandmother was from eastern Europe -- I can vouch for your description for usage of the term "blek".

Blanco and Fontenot are killing us today - 10 runners left on between the two of them.

Johnson and Theriot have three of the four Cub hits today. I don't think they are the problem.

The more Johnson and Theriot get hits the more playing time that Lou is going to give them and that will inevitably lead to a problem.

So your logic is, a player having sucess is a bad thing?

The only problem that this will be is for those fans who don't like Theriot or Johnson. If they are playing well, let them play. Lou has shown that he will not stick too long with a player who isn't producing.

Blanco has a career slg of .363 and anyone who has seen him play for the Cubs the last couple of years shouldnt be surprised by what he's done today and Fontenot is the definiition of replacement level player. *sigh

FYI, Soto can't catch 162 games.

Fontenot's had a bit of bad luck. He's been the victim of a couple of diving stops by Votto (who knew he could play "D"?) on hard hit balls. Blanco's last AB, though, had me wondering if Lou and Dusty switched dugouts for an inning. Doesn't really matter, however, as today is basically the Votto show. Lilly, meanwhile, is doing his best to remind the die-hards of Paul Kilgus.

boy did Kilgus suck

"Lilly, meanwhile, is doing his best to remind the die-hards of Paul Kilgus."

Damn you for reminding me of Paul Kilgus. I had successfully purged him from my conscious memory up until now.

I've seen enough of Votto for awhile. The kid can hit. A question for Dusty, for old times' sake: why is he hitting 7th?

Can we now officially declare the Cubs rotation "in shambles"?

At least Weurtz got through an inning without Lou pistol-whipping him on the mound.

Johnson keeps hitting (4-4), and Felix keeps sitting -- and the Pirates are scheduled to pitch Gorz and Duke this weekend.

stretched to reach the bag and came up limping...

Did Lou or anyone else mention Theriot's status in the post-game?

When he limped back into the dugout he remained standing and grimaced and put his head down. I just thought this was odd because if he had injured his leg or foot I would've expected him to sit down onto the bench immediately.

If theriot is hurt for a couple of days what does Lou do?

1. Put Epatt and 2nd and Derosa at Short
2. Plug Ronny Cedeno in at Short
3. Play Fontenot at 2nd Derosa in Left and Cedeno at Short

What's the TCR consensus on what Uncle Lou Will and SHOULD do?

He should play Cedeno at SS.

And I think he WILL play Cedeno at SS.

Of course, I am one who thinks that Cedeno should be playing every day at SS over Theriot, so what do I know?

Lilly has been searching for his mojo since the meltdown in the playoffs. He needs to find it, or a suitable replacement, soon.

Anybody seen or heard from the Ted Lilly Fan Club in the last week or so? Is somebody keeping an eye on him? Just want to make sure he's not hurting himself.

They won the series and have the Pirates coming in, so things look good for the weekend. I think Lilly was a 'little' better this outting than his others so far this year. Hopefully he will turn it around. A decent outing from Rich Hill and the roation should look a little better. I think this team is much stronger offensively than alot of people thought.

According to the pitch speed stats on Gameday, Lilly's fastball topped out at 89 mph today on at least five occaisions (if memory serves). That's an improvement over his last start when could only hit 87 twice and 86 only 2-3 times. However, it's considerably less than last year when he usually managed to go up to 92 mph on his fastball in most starts (at least in the 2nd half of the season).

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  • hammel is injured and done..."leg cramp" or some other leg issue...was down behind the mound coming back from commercial and seemed to have injured himself warming up on the mound between innings.

    crunch 15 min 35 sec ago view
  • heyward with a bit of starlin castro're great D dude, but you can't range 200ft in all directions even if you're playing CF.

    that said, he almost had it...though zobrist or baez should have had it if heyward wasn't coming on at 100mph.

    hammel is quite wild today even if he got the first 2 outs on Ks that were result of swinging through stuff not in the zone.

    crunch 59 min 41 sec ago view
  • she did fine, fwiw.

    bombs were bursting in the air...ramparts were watched...all that stuff.

    zoobrest kissed her afterwards and got about 20lbs of the 100lbs of makeup she was wearing on him.

    crunch 1 hour 12 min ago view
  • Cards still haven't been punished for hacking, "unlikely" to happen before June draft.

    CubbyBlue 1 hour 50 min ago view
  • i'd settle for him knocking it out the park...not settle, prefer...yeah.

    crunch 3 hours 8 min ago view
  • I'm sure she'll knock it out of the park.

    Old and Blue 6 hours 22 min ago view
  • Nice article on Willson Contreras in the DesMoines Register

    Cubster 6 hours 43 min ago view
  • Julianna Zobrist will sing national anthem (Memorial Day) at Wrigley today.

    Tribune interviews her...

    Cubster 6 hours 47 min ago view
  • Any word on Neil Ramirez?? Today is his 10th day where they have had to have done something with him, or are they not count today because it is a holiday??

    cubbies.4ever 8 hours 33 min ago view
  • if they dont win at least 130 games this season they can pack it all up, turn wrigley into a concert venue, and move the damn team to san jose.


    crunch 18 hours 5 min ago view
  • I see where catcher Cael Brockmeyer was promoted to Tennessee a couple of days ago, to fill a roster spot vacated by David Freitas, recently promoted to Iowa. Caratini is the other catcher at Tennessee.

    VirginiaPhil 18 hours 9 min ago view
  • They've already clinched a minimum winning percentage of .607 for the month, and that's only if they lose the last 2 games. If they win both, they can push that up to .679. So much for "stumbling" in May. When you're winning over 60% of your games, you're doing baseball well.

    John Beasley 19 hours 22 min ago view
  • If the best walk-off hit possible is a solo home run in a zero-zero game--Eloy did it tonight!

    (But maybe it's a grand slam when your team is down three? He didn't do that.)

    Number eight for Jimenez. His team is 31-17. Yesterday they scored 17 runs against Lansing. Two weeks ago it was 15 runs against the same team. This is a nice team, South Bend. The Cubs must have had a good draft last year.

    Tonight the pitchers were Sands, Brooks and Effross.

    VirginiaPhil 19 hours 29 min ago view
  • RIP Zoobrest.

    crunch 21 hours 3 min ago view
  • He'll be fine. He's not some wimpy young pup.

    Old and Blue 21 hours 33 min ago view
  • In all seriousness the Cubs have the fewest amount of games played in the NL which means they're gonna be facing quite the grind later on including 24 games in a row at the end of June and beginning of July so I hope he does get a few days off.

    johann 23 hours 29 min ago view