Game 26 Thread / Brewers @ Cubs (1 of 3)
|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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I love winning! It's, like, better than losing?
You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Larry!
Its too bad Warren didnt get to pitch. He would have saved us.
Whoa -- that Contreras play in the 8th looked too much like a "Schwarber" -- nearly crashed into the wall going full speed, with Heyward doing the same.
New rule: if you are a catcher playing LF, and find yourself sprinting after a fly ball in the gap -- stop, let the CF go after it and get ready to play it off the wall.
Cubs have no spark and no life. Pretty boring to watch these days.
I thought trips to Miami were supposed to be fun. This one sucked.
The bottom half of the bullpen now turns close games into blowout losses. Not good.
Once Fowler went to the DL, the team went into the tank. Wonder if he'll get any love this offseason? Probably not.
6IP, 2ER. The last one scored because of another botched Zobrist DP turn.
And now, a bad throw by KB. Sloppy.
What is it with Hammel always starting well and sucking after a couple months?
Ahhh...sad. Lke a few of you here, I saw him play during the '69-'71 seasons. He was the "hot Zobrist" for the club in August/September of '69 while everyone else was fizzling out...
I predict: "They will play hard and if they give the same effort every day, they'll win a lot of games."
OK, boys -- find a way to win today.
There's some BA is missing too, here's all signing bonus BA doesn't have some:
-6 Hockin $241,000 (slot price), 7 Cruz $75,000 (saved $110,00), 8 Ridlings $120,000 (saved $53,800), 9 Robinson $30,000 (saved $132,300), so far the Cubs have saved an extra $297,100
Zobrist (2B), Hayward (CF), Bryant (3B), Rizzo, Contreras (LF), Montero, Russell, Coghlan (RF), Hammel
Also -- despite losing 6 of their last 10, the Cubs picked up a game on both STL and PIT during that period. Weird, given that they swept PIT and were swept by STL.
Also, I'd like to know if there are numbers to back up my suspicion that there are a lot more fast starts than late June romps. This seems like a time where everybody not named Willson Contreras is looking a little tired and/or banged up a bit.
For once, the Cubs got off to a fast start. Seems like I've been waiting for that for 50 years.Everybody is really gunning for this team, too. It's their playoffs.