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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  • Cards and Pirates lose. I'm OK with that.

    billybucks 3 hours 47 min ago view
  • I'm ready for the end of the Miggy era.

    Newport 5 hours 26 min ago view
  • he juuuuuuuuuuuuuuuust got there...1st appearance, injury...yow

    crunch 5 hours 51 min ago view
  • b.matusz it is.

    crunch 5 hours 53 min ago view
  • Oops. Colin Rea leaves the game with injury.

    John Beasley 6 hours 12 min ago view
  • Cubs optioned Justin Grimm to Iowa after the game. No corresponding roster move announced yet, but it could be Brian Matusz. 

    Arizona Phil 6 hours 13 min ago view
  • Marlins with a quick 4 spot vs Jaime Garcia. Osuna HR the highlight.

    Cubster 6 hours 51 min ago view
  • Brian Matusz, supposedly he has attachments. Hope it's not like an email with a virus attached.

    Cubster 7 hours 4 min ago view
  • One thing to remember about Chapman -- he can be magic, but his ERA is higher than Rondon's this year. 100+ mph is fun, but I'd love to see a few more sliders. I think he enjoys the crowd reaction from 103 mph.

    billybucks 7 hours 22 min ago view
  • "Diamondbacks designated RHP Josh Collmenter for assignment."

    aww...he was my 2nd favorite crapballer. his control issues are rather severe at the moment.

    crunch 7 hours 27 min ago view
  • haha

    crunch 7 hours 47 min ago view
  • Wow -- Chapman gives up a hit and everything completely caves in. I think the Cubs went into collective shock.

    Stolen base with the pitcher holding the ball, WP that should have been caught or blocked, then Russell with a 2-out error on a routine play. Cubs handed them 2 runs. Throw in a Fowler bobble and it was a mess.

    Hopefully, that is all out of their system now -- let's get a W tomorrow.

    billybucks 8 hours 56 min ago view
  • First time I've ever seen a base running slump -- he's made some poor decisions recently, but I thought it was a great idea to try to score there -- it's not like Heyward was going to get a 2-out hit against a LHP. Sliding feet-first into home is probably the safe (ugh) way to go, but it's hard to get the foot on the plate.

    billybucks 8 hours 57 min ago view
  • Yup. He got squeezed (twice) on the first walk, but, when you have one-run lead and the other team is trying to make an out -- take the out.

    billybucks 9 hours 13 min ago view
  • Wasn't fun!

    Brick 9 hours 17 min ago view
  • Clearly the Cubs need to clear out the farm and trade for another closer

    Where's Ed Lynch when you need him?

    Eric S 9 hours 19 min ago view