Game 18 Thread / Pirates @ Cubs (3 of 3)

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SP *Zach Duke SP Ryan Dempster
  0-0, 2.89, 7 K, 4 BB
2-0, 2.37, 13 K, 9 BB
       
CF *Nate McLouth CF Reed Johnson
2B Freddy Sanchez SS Ryan Theriot
LF Jason Bay 1B Derrek Lee
1B *Adam LaRoche 3B Aramis Ramirez
RF Xavier Nady LF Matt Murton
C #Ryan Doumit RF Mark DeRosa
3B Jose Bautista C Geovany Soto
SS Brian Bixler 2B Ronny Cedeno
P
*Zach Duke P Ryan Dempster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WGN Radio is reporting that Kosuke Fukudome has a sebaceous cyst on his forehead which is causing some swelling in his right eyelid and thus, some vision problems. However, according to WGN's Cory Provus, Fukudome is on medication and is expected to return to the lineup on Monday.

In the meantime, Matt Murton gets to hit against Zach Duke, vs. whom he has had considerable success (10-for-22 with two doubles, a homer, 3RBI).

Regarding the game at hand, can't we just play the Pirates forever? The Cubs go for the sweep against Pittsburgh and try to improve theirseason record against the Bucs to 6-0 this afternoon at Wrigley.

Ryan Dempster has been generally terrific in his three starts, allowing just 9 hits in 19 IP. Good thing, too: with the struggles of Lilly and Hill, the Cub bullpen has thrown more innings so far this season that any other NL relief corps besides the Marlins'.

 


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I swear to Cey, I showed up to actually, you know, help, and was making the game thread when I saw yours get created.

 

But yours is much prettier.  :)

 

Go Redheads! 

I wouldn't have missed the opportunity to use the word "sebaceous" for all the world.

Indeed, it is the best use of the word "sebaceous" I have seen in the last week.

Sebaceous is Japanese for "gross!!"

Does anybody else think that Soto belongs in the 5th spot yet? I think he offers decent protection and putting Fuku in the second spot would be great.

A Murton sighting!!!!

I have stolen the technology from the TLFC super computer, and have created the MMFC super computer.

And it has predicted a 2-4, 1 2b, 1 rbi, 1 run game for Big Red.

Yes. That is right. A double.

1 for 6 with 2 rbi and 5 left on.
probably mis-placed as the 5 hitter.
let's see what lou says.

probably mis-placed as the 5 hitter.

Amazing what you can tell from one game.

But I don't really disagree with you. Murton really isn't a #5 hitter, but today's game doesn't tell us that.

Murton owned Duke before today so probably why he was batting 5th...

nonetheless, wtf is with his swing? 

moved due to bad comedy

He's been taking batting lessons from Juan Pierre. They've become close since Pierre left Chicago.

Try his swing out for yourself sometime. All will be clear what's wrong.

Spread your legs as far apart as you can. Then swing without moving them and you too will be able to hit groundballs to all parts of the infield.

Works about the same for golf as well.

Logan,

I do like Fuku in the #2 slot, followed by Lee, ARam, and DeRosa/Soto, but probably DeRosa in the 5th with Soto 6th.

Thoughts?

The Messmers really can sing...

Now why are there only two people in parachat?

That's ideal Jordan. I like the way that the lineup has great opportunities to roll over and reset almost like an AL lineup. Having that speed at the bottom, albeit sometimes coming with low OBP, is great with decent hitting pitchers. Do you guys think that the Reed Johnson lead-off stuff is gonna work for long?

No. His K:BB ratio is not so great in his career, even in 2006 when he put up good offensive numbers. His OBP will only remain decent if he continues to hit for a high average. Then again, who do we have who would make a good leadoff hitter? Theriot when he's at his best is good at the top, but he is terrible when he slumps. How long before we call up McLouth from AAAA?

Anybody else notice that with the Fukudome scratching, the outfield today is completely different than what we imagined at the beginning of the year- Murton, Johnson and DeRosa are no Soriano, Pie and Fukudome (billed as the best defensive outfields we've had in a long time).

Still, the team's playing well, as we're pounding the ball against a solid pitcher yet again.

I'm not quite sure what I'm trying to say, but I thought our outfield today should be noted.

hitless in his last 21 at bats

filed under: Roster additions only Dusty could love

Wow This team hasn't looked this good offensively a LONG time maybe never? Yes keep reminding ourselves its against the Pirates :) 12-4 bottom 6.

Yes, the club is hitting - but the Pirates have a porous defense right now, with gloves that don't catch and arms that are bent sideways (at least from what we've seen so far). Great performance, but let's see how they do vs. the Mets.

Pounding teams we should be pounding. Winning the close games. Overcoming injuries.

I like this team.

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  • This game is already bumming me out. Hope the Cubs brought their bats.

  • Just read that when Hendricks starts the Cubs have won 33 times in his first 50 games which is the best for any Cubs starter since the 1940s. So he might not be getting a ton of wins but he's at least leaving the team in a winnable spot

    That and we've had a lot of terrible teams.

  • I agree, but just wanted to point out that Hendricks didn't really have a significant difference between his first and second half like Hammel did. Instead he had alternating good and below average months last year, without much fluctuation in his peripherals except a BB-heavy August and some up-and-down in opp avg. Mostly the team just couldn't win games for him in the months he pitched well. His 16 starts in May, July, and Sep/Oct (in which he limited opponents to OPS+ of 88, 75, and 44) resulted in a 4-2 record.

  • I think with Hammels and Hendricks struggles the 2nd half we forget how dominate of 1st halves they had and how many games they won us as the offense was struggling. We also forget they are back of the rotation guys and we can't be expecting ace quality there.

  • Maybe it's just Werth & Ross I'm noticing. Weird.

  • CRAIG: Jose Albertos is not chunky like Fernando. He's built more like Dylan Cease. Exact same body type. And his delivery is free & easy. He's definitely not a "max effort" guy.   

  • Hendricks after 50 MLB starts: 17-11, 3.45 ERA, 1.12 WHIP. Not bad for a #5 starter. He may be a 6-inning max guy, but, if he can keep those stats up, I will gladly take it.

    Speaking of WHIP -- last year, he was tied for 11th in the NL. Tied with Hammel.
    Last year's NL rank in WHIP: Arrietta 2nd, Lester 9th, Haren 10th, Hammel T11th, Hendricks T11th. Wow.

  • I went to a Nats game in DC two years ago while looking at colleges with my son -- it's a fun park, worth a visit if you are in the area.

    I also saw the "slowness" thing -- particularly Werth, who would mosey out of RF about 5 seconds before the inning started.

    Weird.

  • It's Dusty's fault. It'll be the end of them.

  • Speaking of how teams "look", my take on the Nats- It's really weird, but the pace of the entire team seems slow. Slow walking to the plate, slow on the mound, even on some routine groundouts, it looked as if there wasn't a ton of hustle. Don't get me wrong, when the ball is hit to their outfielders, they get after the ball, I'm really referring to non-critical action- they mosey around. It's kind of odd. Maybe that "calm power" is part of the Nats ethos, idk.

  • My favorite moment of Hendricks' performance last night was the last strikeout he rung up- the cajones it took to throw a high, 86MPH fastball to Zimmerman on a 0-2 count. And he swung the bat like it was a 96MPH heater. I literally laughed out loud.

  • In listening to Maddon's post-game, he is interested in how these other teams "look" to him. He is assessing for today...and tomorrow. I love this guy.

    One observation from last night: Joe Ross is incredibly slow. 20-30 seconds between pitches at times. Hendrix had a nice, peppy rhythm which is great to see.

    I know there are plenty of purists here which I applaud, but the game just will not sustain itself unless change of pace rules come into play. Pitch clock, improve the shit-ass reviews, mound visits (there is a clock for this), batter time outs, etc.

  • Thanks, Phil. Albertos at 17, and having gotten a good signing bonus ($1.5, even though as Mexican prospect I think his team gets half of that?), throwing in the 90's and showing some command of a curveball sounds pretty interesting, even if that control is only for a dozen-pitch sample.

    What kind of a frame does he have? Is he on the stocky and short-ish side (I'm recalling Fernando Valenzuela!), or somewhat taller? A lot of 17-year olds have projection, "when he fills out" projection. Would that apply at all for Albertos?

  • A-Team

  • Ha