Game 27 Thread / Brewers @ Cubs (2 of 3)

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SP Jeff Suppan SP Ryan Dempster
  1-0, 3.48, 11 K, 10 BB
3-0, 2.90, 21 K, 14 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 Jeff Suppan CF *Felix Pie
C Jason Kendall P Ryan Dempster












The Cubs are one loss from dropping out of first place behind the Cardinals and into a second place tie with the Brewers. A loss would also give the Cubs their first real losing streak of the season (I start counting at three) and they'd lose a second consecutive series to their main competition for the Central crown. So yeah, today would certainly be a nice day for a win.

Dempster will take to the mound to try and help accomplish that and he did start the one lone victory in the opening series. We'lll happily take another six inning, two walk, five strikeout, one earned run performance if you have it in you. He hasn't had a lot of experience versus the members of the current Brewers (possibly the reason for his last success), but do watch out for Jason Kendall who's 13 for 28 versus Dempster for a 464/583/536 line.

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when the cubs gonna call up matt murton?


Maybe the Cubs offense will get going next month.

or maybe tonight? It's 12-1 Cubs in the 5th!! :)

And it wasn't the offense that was lacking last night. 7 runs should've been enough. It was lame pitching that lost it for us.

so did anyone else see mark cuban in the front row
wonder if he is doing the stretch

Yeah, they interviewed Cuban on ESPN right in the crowd at the top of the 4th inning (they're covering the game tonight too). He said he's very interested in buying the Cubs.

shit i am watching brewer feed

well i guess he has no more basketball to watch

cuban is supposedly sitting with the head of tribune broadcasting

never too early to suck up to potential bosses...

potential bosses?

who would be whose boss?

Geez -- another concerning outing for Howry.

The bullpen is Marmol, Wood and not much else right now -- Howry, Wuertz, and Hart looking very shaky. Marshall and Lieber not really relievers. How long until Lou wants some fresh arms out there?

Oh -- and Geo Soto? We always loved you.

Liking Cedeno more and more.....

Ronnie is now officially "Mr. Bases Loaded"

i would agree with howry he did this last year also but got better
but i dont know.

does murton go down tomorrow when --------- gets activated

With Cedeno playing so well, I think it's Fontenot who becomes least useful and gets sent down.

I have to say Ronny continues to impress and it seems he turned a corner. His patience is so much better tonight when compared to previous years. Maybe this kid gets it now?

good to see soto get on track, missed the ABs, were they fast balls? how was he being pitched?

With Fonzie coming back, DeRo can go back to second and hopefully we won't see Theriot or Fontenot ever again.

Yeah, Theriot's .323 .396 .434 in 112 PAs this year hasn't been good at all. Send that bum to AAA!

Everyone seems to be of the mindset that Ronny Cedeno somehow has the ability to "turn the corner", but Theriot is destined to forever suck. Sure, he's not likely to stay that high all year, but 112 PAs is nothing to scoff at. He could easily end up at .290 .355 .410 this year (and before you say there's no way he'll make it to a .410 SLG, his career is .386 and there's no reason he can't improve that).

If Ronny can show similar numbers, maybe with a slightly higher SLG I'd love to see them as the double-play combo (making about a combined $1 million).

Oh, and for anyone who wants to have a good chuckle at my expense come October, feel free to bookmark my previous comment. That could end up being easily one of the most ridiculous predictions I've ever made.

Or, it could end up being true and we'll all be ecstatic. Either way, I'm rooting for both Theriot and Ronny to keep up their hot starts.

Marmol in up 8? :( that I don't like I just hope he doesn't get hurt or anything. I guess Lou used up his pen in last nights bullpen mess. Our bullpen depth is definitely the April problem, but we are winning. Maybe these guys can do an 'Eyre' and turn it around as the season goes on.

Holy effing shit was that a debacle from Turnbow. I love to see the Cubs score runs, but I really felt bad for that guy. I was actually embarrassed for him. He's going to be having nightmares about that outing for a long time.

In other news, that was awesome.

Turnbow..ugly and bad gotta feel for the guy. He has friction with Ned Yost too...his days as a Brewer may be numbered.

That was one of the very, very few times that I truly felt bad for an opponent. Really painful to watch.

Cubs have played exactly 1/6 of their season (27 games)-- get out the calculators -- some pretty impressive projections...

Biggest April pleasant surprise?
- Dempster 4-0 with a 3.16 ERA?
- Cedeno .378 avg./.451 OBP?
- Soto/Fukky living up to/exceeding expectations?
- Team plate discipline?
- Cubs 17-10 with Soriano missing a lot of time?

Interesting note on Soto, his 8 K's in a row vs. the Nationals was barely half way to the record of 15 shared by two guys - man, 15 in a row would be rough.

This was a sweet game for me. Watching the Brewers broadcast last night was brutal. Tonight was much more fun seeing them struggle to find anything positive to talk about.

17 hits, 9 walks.


Cubs are pretty much at the top or near the top in all team batting categories (except stolen bases, but what does that have to do with batting, right?).

it was fun to see everybody reach base, including dempster. man this plate patience aint too bad. i think i like it.


lilly, marquis and hill (and the shaky dempster that showed up today) are not the staff to take us to the top. we're short another stud or two. why does KC end up with the bannister and greinke stories? wtf?

its nice to see the bats lively but man most of our staff and over half our pen is a big fat question mark. and THEN the summer months will take their toll on an already mediocre rotation.

there's always next year though! whoo hoo! cubbies in 09!!!

Yeah, our pitching is the only thing I'm worried about. It will make or break this season.

We knew SP depth would be an issue going into the season. The team does not have a #2 starter - except it appears as if Demp is becoming one. It sure ain't Lilly yet.

BUT - other than AZ, what NL team has even as much starting Pitching depth than the Cubs as of right now?

We were screaming for even more runs at the game in the 8th. I had no pity for Turnbow. No pity for Gagne who has been very lucky to have 8 saves. And the cheerfully optimistic Brewers fans sitting above the Brewers dugout who stood up and cheered for Turnbow upon his exit, can go jump in Green Bay.

One thing that will make the team better will be to put Lieber in the starting rotation.

One thing that will make the team better will be to put Lieber in the starting rotation.

Haha... instead of who?

Our team won't be better with Lieber in the rotation.

I disagree.

IF there was a reasonable long-relief alternative, other than Lieber, the team is better without Marquis, and with Lieber in his stead.

I was at the game on Tuesday, 8 rows behind home. Marquis had zip. zero. nada. He couldn't finish off any batter with a 2-strike count. Perhaps it was an aberration, but if he has a couple more starts like that one soon, look for a change as I suggest.

Perhaps it is greedy to expect more from a #5 starter, but Lieber out-pitched Marquis in ST. But Jason makes the coin.

22 K, 19 BB's for Dempster right now...he's not keeping up a 4-0 record and 3.16 ERA. Hill's the other big worry at 14K/14 BB. Marquis is the same Marquis he's always been.

Great game last night. That makes it 6-0 for me on the year. Unreal. I checked the games i've gone to, and the Cubs have outscored their opponents 65-14 in the six games i've gone to. Please mail me all of your tickets so i can keep the streak alive! ;)

Interesting to see who gets sent down today with Soriano coming back. I agree with 10man, i think it'll be Mike "horses are hung like him" Fontenot. (Don't remember who said that last year, but kudos--it still makes me chuckle!)

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  • crunch 1 hour 59 min ago view
  • My guy Addy

    jacos 2 hours 8 sec ago view
  • oh, another a.russell HR...whatever.

    crunch 2 hours 14 min ago view
  • Dylan Cease throwing gas tonight for the Emeralds. In first three innings, has hit 100 mph six times, averaging 98 mph

    Eric S 2 hours 33 min ago view
  • Can I get a gif of Joe West's jowls waving as he chews gum?

    /Asking for a friend

    jacos 2 hours 56 min ago view
  • my gawd...that castillo-to-bryant pickoff was a thing of beauty. the knock on him in the minors being slow out of the crouch is looking less like a thing.

    crunch 3 hours 9 min ago view
  • bless your heart. *pinches cheeks*

    crunch 8 hours 5 min ago view
  • real shame I missed this week's episode of The Crunch Reporter.

    It's highly unusual.

    It does matter a little.

    It matters much less than you think.



    Rob G. 8 hours 7 min ago view
  • four winds field is awesome. it's crazy how minor league parks have "grown up" since the 80s/90s and that park was one of the late-80s models that showed a low-capacity ballpark could look like you're at something other than a highschool baseball game.

    crunch 9 hours 13 min ago view
  • On another topic....I returned to South Bend last night for the 2nd time this season (still haven't tried either the deep-fried mac & cheese sandwich nor "The Porknado", as the drive home is over an hour and that could get ugly), and was pleasantly surprised to find D. Underwood pitching in a rehab start. He looked good -- although, to be fair, these are low-A hitters -- fastball consistently at 94-95 (if the SB scoreboard is to be believed -- several pitches were clocked in the 30s...) and with good location.

    billybucks 10 hours 21 min ago view
  • he gains nothing, no advantage, no saving of resources, nothing...there is not a cost/benefit tradeoff...him letting the running game go on around him for others to control isn't gaining him an advantage elsewhere. it's putting him at a disadvantage even if it's not cashed in with a run.

    crunch 13 hours 1 min ago view
  • And out of respect for the rest of TCR, I'm done on this. I'm sure I'm not the only one in the other camp, but time to let it go. (Until the next Lester start. I kid.)


    Tito 13 hours 5 min ago view
  • He is putting himself at a disadvanage. But how much of one relative to the rest of his game? He's not Justin Germano -- he's inarguably one of the best SPs in baseball, issue or not. It would be more of thing to discuss ad nauseum if it constantly caused him to give up runs and lose games. But it doesn't.


    Tito 13 hours 14 min ago view
  • shouting down my points about lester with "well, it didn't hurt" is like saying it doesn't matter if a guy starts out walking 3 guys every inning as long it's followed by a K and a double play.

    it's like elevating ERA and wins to a high level while ignoring what it took to get there.

    crunch 13 hours 20 min ago view
  • I'm asking how much it has hurt Lester and the Cubs this year. Do you have that answer?

    I legitimately don't recall you answering that quesion, apart from the condescending silliness you just posted. So if you did answer specifically about the impact of Lester's issue, I'd like to re-read it. Thanks.


    Tito 13 hours 33 min ago view
  • if runner = on base and pitcher = j.lester then lead = large

    if lead = large then probability of extra base on following hit > average of mean

    okay, enough of that silliness... can read more on the thread i copy/pasted this from the last time you decided you needed to talk to me about me.

    crunch 13 hours 40 min ago view