Game 26 Thread / Brewers @ Cubs (1 of 3)

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SP Ben Sheets SP Jason Marquis
  3-0, 0.96, 24 K, 4 BB
1-0, 3.47, 15 K, 9 BB
       
2B Rickie Weeks LF Reed Johnson
CF Mike Cameron SS Ryan Theriot
LF Ryan Braun 1B Derrek Lee
1B *Prince Fielder 3B Aramis Ramirez
RF Corey Hart RF *Kosuke Fukudome
3B Bill Hall 2B Mark DeRosa
SS JJ Hardy C Geovany Soto
P Ben Sheets CF *Felix Pie
C Jason Kendall P *Jason Marquis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No, you're not imagining things--this is the Brewers' second visit to Wrigley Field in the season's first month while the Cubs have yet to visit Milwaukee and won't do so until after the All-Star break.

While the Cubs (16-9) were losing two of three on the road to the Nationals and scoring 10 runs this past weekend, the Brewers (14-11) were dropping two of three at home to the Marlins and scoring six runs. The Brewers, who led the NL in batting with RISP (.303) going into the series, went just 1-for-26 against the Marlins in those same situations.

The Milwaukees expect a boost tonight (no drug reference intended) from centerfielder Mike Cameron, who will be making his '08 debut after serving a 25-game suspension for taking a banned amphetamine. Cameron, you may recall, played for Lou Piniella with the Mariners from 2000 through 2002, and the two were involved in the M's Divisional Series sweep over the White Sox in 2000, in which this semi-famous play occurred:

Cameron was on first base, and Piniella (came out of the dugout and) went to the bag to talk to him.
White Sox closer Keith Foulke seemed to get rattled, and Edgar Martinez
hit a go-ahead homer to lead the Mariners to a three-game sweep.
Piniella later said he told Cameron to buy Cisco stock.

Sheets, meanwhile, is making his first appearance in 11 days, since departing a start against the Reds mid-game because of "tightness in his right triceps muscle." Big Ben leads NL pitchers with a ridiculous 0.64 WHIP and a batting average against of .146. Back on Opening Day, Sheets held the Cubs scoreless over 6 1/3 IP, allowing but two hits.

He also needs just 10 strikeouts to pass Teddy Higuera and become the Brewers' all-time strikeout leader, which should sure make for some compelling television.

In 48 career at-bats against the Milwaukee ace, Derrek Lee has 5 HR and a .681 slugging percentage, which makes a nice counter-balance to Aramis Ramirez's .192 batting average and 1 career HR in 58 at-bats against Sheets.

Jason Marquis is coming off his second Quality Start in a row, a 7-inning ND last Thursday at Colorado (8 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB).


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Comments

Crap. We really needed a good start from Marquis with their ace on the mound. Is this inning ever going to end?

Can we add Corey Hart to the Cub-killer list?

Seriously. I hate that guy.

What an embarassment -

Marquis, Hart, Marshall and Weurtz -- the Not Ready For Prime Time Pitchers.

Weurtz has been one of the biggest disappointments of the season.

"Weurtz has been one of the biggest disappointments of the season."

Absolutely. Anyone denouncing Lou for overworking Marmol needs only to look to the performances of Weurtz and Howry. They've left him no choice.

What happened to the team from a week ago? i want them back.

Nothing burns my ass more than a 3 hour, 48 minute loss.

Was at the game. I wouldn't have mind my ass burning as it might have defrosted after nearly 4 hours in the freaking frigid night.

I gotta say, the replacement ump was very inconsistent with his calls.

This Scherzer guy is pretty good. 4.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO.

From the replays, his fastball looks like the best in the game. Doesn't even dial it up to the high nineties but still gets the Astros' top hitters to be 1/2 a second late on their swings. Amazing; he's going to be a star.

Man, another game lost because of crappy cubs pitching........

Was at the game tonight until I froze my ass off in the 7th, and couldn't feel my toes anymore.

Sheets could have been had tonight. Still, he managed to get through unscathed and we avoided the big two out hit for another game. Marquis was terrible with two outs, or two strikes his whole start. This is the crap-ass pitcher that LaRussa left off the Playoff squad (and Lou as well). When I looked at the line - it was our #5 against their ace. I wasn't expecting much. Shit Cub pitching all told today. Lou's press conference afterwards - he was pissed about Hart, Worst, Marshall...would not agree that a change is in order.

The BREW is gonna be in this. And Fielder truly is a Fat Ass up close.

The QUESTION - in the 5th just before lucky Bill Hall's broken bat RBI single, I was shielded from the play where the runner (Hardy?) doubled. I thought he was out by several feet. We were right behind home for this particular game, and the "ump" (using the term loosely), called him safe @ 2nd. What did the replay show?

I stayed through the whole thing. I'm still frozen solid.

Fielder looks like he ate Rick Reuschel. I was thinking we could have our own sausage race when we play the Brewers and D. Ward could race Fielder. Winner gets 10 veggie burgers and a two liter bottle of coke.

Speaking of Ward ....now 1-for-16.

Any time, now, Daryl. We're waiting.

0-11 PH too.

Replay showed it could've gone either way. Very close play. Len & bob weren't really sure one way or the other.

Yeah, looked like he might have snuck his hand in, but fielders usually get the call when the ball beats the runner and you put the glove down quick and come right back up with it.

Sheets was not his usual self either. I hate that guy, he is good.

At least he won't be a Brewer next year. He is my top entry in the "Most likely to get a monster contract offer from the NY Yankees pool".

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  • In what was probably the last start for RHSP Jeremy Null at EXST  
    Intrasquad game this morning on Field #5 at Riverview Baseball Complex 
    4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/AO, 75 pitches (50 strikes) 
    Next stop is likely either South Bend or Myrtle Beach (TBD)  

  • There does seem to be something funky about closers pitching in non-save situations -- they never seem to be as effective. But, to your point, there could not have been a save situation in that game, so why not use your best reliever?

  • Heyward getting the night off.

    Grand Slammin' Sczcur in RF - La Stella batting 2nd

  • Your thought: don't pitch Rondon at all, since a save can't happen in extra innings at home.

    Maddon's thought: might as well pitch him now, because there's no later.

  • It looked like the baserunner might have screened Russell some though it's still a play he should have made.

    I wasn't thrilled with the use of Rondon in that situation. In save situations opponents have a 77 OPS. In non-save situations it's a 116 OPS. We had other relievers for that spot we could have used.

  • I'm not sure if it's his normal swing but it's obvious he can hit and he's always hit for power just not HRs so if it is his normal swing there's something else going on.

    This article from spring training said he was trying to pull the ball a lot more:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/making-too-much-of-...

  • Oh, thanks. I guess I should actually look at the schedule. Yay, 3-game road trip!

  • Good call, indeed. This ought to be a good series.

  • Sorry to nit-pick -- but the games against the Nats this week are at home.

    Can't remember a worse weather-start to a season. Yuck.

  • Basically Russell booted a slam dunk DP grounder letting a run score. But he drove in the tying run in 9th. Just not their day, Rondon notwithstanding.

  • Didn't see the game, but it sounded like the Cubs gave away 2 runs with poor fielding. Bummer.

    Well, it's been a fun diet of Reds, Brewers and Braves, but now the Cubs have to play real teams in May (Pirates, Nationals, SF, Cards and Dodgers) -- hope we are all still smiling when we wake up on Memorial Day.

  • He does seem out of synch. His body seems to start forward, then his arms sort of try to catch up -- if that's his normal swing, he will never hit for power. It's an all-arms slasher swing, but the timing seems off.

    He is currently slugging .256 -- I realize the weather has been bad, but that's epically bad. Currently 92nd out of 94 qualified NL batters. Yikes.

  • Weird home stand -- 3-1, with 2 rainouts, vs. two teams that will lose 100 games. Feels oddly disappointing.

    Miserable baseball weather all week -- hopefully better weather will get the bats going. Not just walking, but actually hitting.

  • That strike call on LaSterlla was terrible

  • I was hearing some talk that John Mallee is trying to change Heyward's swing. Wonder if that is lending itself to the slow start.

  • rollercoaster loss...ugg.

    at least it wasn't a "nobody showed up" stomping.

    anytime you wanna jumpstart your season would be nice, heyward.