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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  • soler + hammel for mike trout is pretty much a sure thing. *nods*

    crunch 3 hours 16 min ago view
  • Not an inspired outing by Rondon. Seemingly got ahead of every hitter but had no swing and miss pitch today, slider had no bite.

    Somebody give Soler some smelling salts - yeesh

    Eric S 3 hours 17 min ago view
  • that runner scores on a single...

    The E-Man 3 hours 28 min ago view
  • So where do you think Soler will be traded to this off season?

    jacos 3 hours 30 min ago view
  • And right on cue he throws to third with no chance to get runner on 2nd so the batter takes 2nd easily. How long has he been playing baseball??

    The E-Man 3 hours 30 min ago view
  • Man you cannot put Soler out there late in games for Playoffs. Yuch...

    The E-Man 3 hours 37 min ago view
  • Such is the life of a fatted calf...

    JoePepitone 3 hours 51 min ago view
  • fowler with a triple in the 4th...he's a HR away from a "natural" cycle

    crunch 4 hours 24 min ago view
  • ...and contreras takes one off the hand and he's in obvious pain. sigh.

    he's staying in the game, though he's wringing his hand out during breaks in the action. aside from that he seems to have no issue giving signs or tossing back to the pitcher.

    ...and he's batting in the cubs half of the following inning. sweet.

    crunch 4 hours 28 min ago view
  • his collapse started on august 21st this it's a slight improvement.

    but wow, what a collapse since then...only 2 out of 7 can be considered good/decent.

    crunch 4 hours 40 min ago view
  • I'm really going to enjoy watching Hammel watch the playoffs.

    Jackstraw 4 hours 58 min ago view
  • The always combustible Jason Hammel

    jacos 5 hours 18 min ago view
  • Hammel :(

    Charlie 5 hours 20 min ago view
  • That was fun.

    Charlie 8 hours 20 min ago view
  • "home field advantage through the playoffs?"

    Except for the away games.

    VirginiaPhil 8 hours 32 min ago view
  • Eh, I read it as tongue-planted-firmly-in-cheek. VEB seems to have good heads on their shoulders.

    Brick 9 hours 41 min ago view