Game 25 Thread / Cubs @ Nationals (3 of 3)

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SP *Ted Lilly SP *John Lannan
  1-3, 7.30, 18 K, 11 BB
1-2, 3.42, 21 K, 10 BB
CF Reed Johnson 2B #Felipe Lopez
SS Ryan Theriot SS #Cristian Guzman
1B Derrek Lee 3B Ryan Zimmerman
3B Aramis Ramirez 1B *Nick Johnson
RF *Kosuke Fukudome CF Lastings Milledge
LF Mark DeRosa RF Austin Kearns
2B Ronny Cedeno LF Wily Mo Peña
C Henry Blanco C Wi Nieves
P *Ted Lilly P *John Lannan











Cubs go for the series win and a winning road trip (3-2).

Lilly is coming off his first win and best outing of the year, on Tuesday when he beat the Mets. Though his pitching line was pretty attractive--6IP, 4H, 1ER--he also walked four and needed a couple of key pitches to avoid some serious problems.

The Cubs may face a good test in young Lannan, who fanned 11 New York Mets in just six innings on April 17th, then blanked the Braves for seven innings this past Tuesday, on his way to a victory over John Smotz.

Ronny Cedeno, hitting .400 (10-for-25) over the last week, gets bumped up in the order to seventh, Henry Blanco gets the obligatory Sunday start for backup catchers, and Geovany Soto gets a much needed day off, during which he can contemplate an atrocity so awful, veteran baseball man Lou Piniella has never seen anything like it.

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8 strikeouts in a row is pretty awful, but I feel more confident that Soto will come out of it than I have many other rookies, because Soto has a history (dating farther back than just last year, his breakout minor league year) of showing pretty good plate discipline. His Ks have always been on the high side, but he's also typically shown the ability to take a walk. That means that at some point they'll have to throw him pitches in the strikezone, rather than bouncing pitches or throwing them over his head to get him out (ala Patterson/Pie/Soriano/Sosa/etc.).

In other news: High-profile releases seem more common this year than in the past. Frank Thomas recently picked up by the A's after having been dumped by the Jays for purely financial reasons (Thomas seems likely to come out of his slump and continue to produce, and TCR recently predicted he would do better than Carlos Delgado this year). Today, the Pirates dumped Matt Morris and wrote him a check for $11 million. Sure, Matt wasn't going to help them do anything, but they could've hoped to pawn him off to a team that desperately desired a starting pitcher with some history at the trade deadline for some cash relief. I mean, that's how the O's and Steve Trachsel worked out, and Trachsel was never an especially good pitcher.

I swear David Littlefield knew he was getting fired soon and somehow got that Matt Morris deal approved as a final F.U. to the organization.

Yeah, what a terrible way to spend revenue sharing cash, especially if you're just going to let him put up terrible numbers for a while and then release him.

Couldn't they instead have spent that money on a guy like Samardzija, or spend it on the early draft guys they avoided because they expected them to be expensive, like Matt Wieters?

I have a friend who is a Pirates fan. I told him I was going to lay off teasing him about Aramis... and now I have a brand new thing to tease him about.

(Especially since he said last year that the Morris trade wasn't a bad deal. Wait, what?)

from Wikipedia on Nats starter John Lannan...and his claim to fame:

the Nationals... purchased Lannan's contract on July 26, 2007. In his debut, behind 3-2 with one out in the fifth inning, Lannan hit Chase Utley with a fastball (breaking Utley's hand) and then hit Ryan Howard on the next pitch, whereupon umpire Hunter Wendelstedt immediately ejected Lannan from the game; Lannan was the first Major Leaguer in a decade to be tossed from his debut.

I want to smack Theriot right now....

fine line between winning and losing----Th vs Col, top of 8th, bases loaded, o outs score only 1 run-----Fri vs Wash, top of 8th, bases loaded 1 out score only 1 run---today 2nd and 3rd, 0 outs and 2nd and 3rd 1 out and score 0 runs---base hit in any of those situations would have resulted in leads and probably wins

Is it me or was the Nats game plan to off speed the whole team? We just can not handle a hefty diet of off speed. Look for this game plan to be copied big time over the coming weeks.

Last place team gave up 10 runs in 3 games and 1 game we scored 7.

This game was sad really. Just a few hits here and there and they win. All we can do is hope they go back to thier winning ways starting Tuesday.

Lannan's pretty decent, to his credit. We were outpiched.

worse part of the game was the runs Lilly gave up (although he looked significantly better today).

I think it was an 0-2 count he gave up the first run-scoring single. A play that Soriano probably throws out Johnson on. I think he was ahead of the count on the next hitter too and Felix Pie probably throws out that runner as well at the plate.

sans soriano...

just noticed the team's hitters with 70-ish+ ABs (guys we'd consider starters at this point) are ALL .400+ ob% guys...except that lazy useless derosa and his .385-ish ob% (trade the bum).

pie/fontenot lingering around 40ab's and we know what they've done...soriano had/has 57.

Lilly still tops out @ 89.
something must be up with his shoulder

in the fwiw department....

says he's averaging 89.52 mph on his fastball this year

last year



I'm not sure those numbers are verifiable or not being as they are not "Ted Lilly Fan Club SuperComputer" checked.

good point...

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  • from the Sunday Trib...

    Reliever Jason Motte waved as he left the visitor’s clubhouse at Miller Park on a golf cart en route to the airport to catch a flight to Arizona to start a rehab assignment.
    Motte has been on the 15-day disabled list since Aug. 24 because of a right shoulder strain, but there’s a possibility he could rejoin the Cubs if they advance deep in the playoffs.
    Motte is scheduled to pitch in simulated games and in Instructional League games in Arizona.

  • 8 in a row to end the year...let's do this playoffs thing.

  • shelby miller (ATL) finishes the season with a win, snapping his 24-game winless streak...because ATL bats are non-existent.

    3.02 era, 1.25 whip, 205.1ip, 171K

    6-17 w/l...ugg.

  • Totally independent of the Cubs winning or losing today, Dan Haren came into today's game having earned $2M of his potential $3M in performance bonuses for 2015. 

    By making the start (his 32nd start of the season) he picked up $500K, and he'll get the remaining $500K if he can throw at least 8.2 IP in the game (he was at 181.1 IP coming into the game, and he needs to reach 190 IP to get the remaining $500K), 

    It's a bit like the old "Bowling for Dollars" TV show, but of course Haren is actually "Pitching for Dollars."

  • holy crap, MIL is just...awful.

  • i think he's currently playing for the Santo Domingo Meths. he's an Adderall-Star player there.

  • I'm longing for a Neifi sighting.

  • if you have stable/fast internet you can stream with and you don't mind giving up $20 a month check out "sling tv".

    TBS, TNT, ESPN 1+2, etc...100% legal.


  • 68 pitches (50 strikes)

    love seeing that...especially with the batters doing very little with it.

  • Yeah, keep him off the playoff roster.

  • Or, he's looked exactly like Ted Williams.

  • Lately he hasn't looked like Ted Williams...

  • Reading between the lines on some of his comments he seems to know his longish swing doesn't play well with a man on third and two outs, and two strikes on him. I doubt a playoff adjustment is happening, just something he'll need to figure out next year. I have this odd feeling he will.

  • Mark Gonzales ‏@MDGonzales 4m4 minutes ago
    Bryant leads NL rookies in HRs (26), RBIs (99), 2B (31) and runs (86). Last rookie to reach 26 HR, 99 RBI, 31 2bs, 86 runs and 74 BBs?

    Mark Gonzales ‏@MDGonzales 4m4 minutes ago
    Boston’s Ted Williams in 1939

  • Surprised and bummed that Mark Buehrle is retiring. One of my all-time favorite pitchers. I think he could pitch for 5 more years.