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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  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 2 hours 10 min ago view
  • The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.

    chitownmvp01 2 hours 42 min ago view
  • If the ball didn't deflect off the pitcher's mound, the game wouldn't have ended. Montgomery did miss his location though, but if that same contact was made and went in any of direction, good chance of ground out if it doesn't get through.

    If it was 1 night later, Chapman would be out there and we probably would be going to extras.

    Also, If KB wasn't robbed of a HR, perhaps we would have won. We will never know. Nice play by Melky though.

    chitownmvp01 2 hours 44 min ago view
  • The comparison isn't Chapman replacing Rondon. It's Chapman replacing Richard (hopefully) in the pen. Chapman's better.

    billybucks 4 hours 41 min ago view
  • I'm with you, Rob. You pretty much summed up how I feel about it.

    JoePepitone 7 hours 1 min ago view
  • Been quite the roller-coaster the past two days -- both games, plus the Chapman kerfuffel. How about a couple of nice, comfortable wins before facing Sale? Cubs should definitely wear throwbacks for that game.

    billybucks 7 hours 56 min ago view
  • The Cubs are stronger defensively than most of the teams they play. In order to capitalize on that, they have to a) put the ball in play and b) run the bases aggressively.

    That said, Cabrera has a strong, accurate arm, as witnessed by his 97 outfield assists over 12 seasons--mostly left field but also a lot of center. Bryant is rarely thrown out, but I guess you have to know who's throwing the ball.

    VirginiaPhil 8 hours 50 min ago view
  • On the other hand, Pries won his first start for Iowa, only giving up two HRs in the process. This trade has got some legs yet!

    Eric S 17 hours 58 min ago view
  • KB now with 0 RBI in his last 10 games and 1 in his last 15, despite having 19 hits in his last 15 games and raising his batting average from .278 to .286 over that span.

    Maybe have Zobrist hit 2 and KB hit 4?

    Also -- no HR in the last 15 games -- time for a bunch. Starting tomorrow.

    billybucks 18 hours 14 min ago view
  • Down a run. Fowler on first. Nobody out. KB singles to left, Fowler makes it to third, perfect throw from Cabrera nails KB trying to stretch for 2nd.

    So, instead of 1st & 3rd and no out, you have 3rd with one out. It was a perfect throw, but why take the chance with 3-4-5 hitters coming up?

    billybucks 18 hours 28 min ago view
  • Must be a Cub thing - our lefties can;t get lefties out.

    billybucks 18 hours 29 min ago view
  • Splitting hairs, but Jake's pitch was poor execution, while KB's play was a poor decision (and the 2nd time he got thrown out trying to stretch in the game). Poor execution happens. Poor decisions are preventable. Speaking of poor decisions -- Baez's steal of 3rd made absolutely no sense.

    billybucks 18 hours 29 min ago view
  • Didn't Jake cost them the game with a pitch to Frazier?

    The E-Man 18 hours 43 min ago view
  • Missed the play w/Bryant. What happened?

    The E-Man 18 hours 44 min ago view
  • Not a good decision by Bryant in the 9th. That may have cost them the game.

    billybucks 18 hours 48 min ago view
  • Can we un-do the Montgomery deal? Please?

    billybucks 18 hours 49 min ago view