Game 29 Thread / Cubs @ Cardinals (1 of 3)
|SP||*Rich Hill||SP||Adam Wainwright|
|1-0, 3.79, 14 K, 14 BB||3-1, 2.79, 28 K, 9 BB|
|LF||Alfonso Soriano||LF||Brian Barton|
|SS||Ryan Theriot||CF||*Rick Ankiel|
|1B||Derrek Lee||1B||Albert Pujols|
|3B||Aramis Ramirez||3B||Trou Glaus|
|RF||*Kosuke Fukudome||RF||Ryan Ludwick|
|2B||Mark DeRosa||C||Yadier Molina|
|C||Geovany Soto||SS||#Cesar Izturis|
|CF||*Felix Pie||C||Adam Wainwright|
|P||*Rich Hill||2B||Brendan Ryan|
First place is on the line this weekend in St. Louis, as the rivals battle each other for the first time this year. The Cards expected to struggle, particularly early on in the season while their pitching staff got healthy, are on top of the division. Mostly thanks to a patient offense (lead the NL in walks) and a surprising pitching staff, particularly from Todd Wellemeyer and Kyle Lohse.
The Cardinals patience might be the worst thing going for tonight's Cubs starter Rich Hill, who hasn't seen the mound for over a week and has been struggling with his control since spring training. We'll soon learn how much the layoff affected him.
For the Cards, it's their new ace Adam Wainwright, whom the Cubs have battered for a 7.50 career ERA against. Theriot, Soriano and Ramirez all have at least 10 PA's against him and an OPS over 1000.
Not certain why the site has been slowed. Worked much of Wednesday on it and will continue today. Sorry for the inconvenience. I will probably take it offline for a while, but it will be up before the game against the Mets.
Mine has been really slow to load -- on different computers from different locations.
Anybody else have issues accessing the site this afternoon/evening?
Boras is 63, maybe he'll be retired or dead by the time Bryant, Russell, Almora, Albertos all hit free agency. Doubt he will be before Jake hits there though.
Interesting choices when guys get healthy.
LaStella, Fowler & Soler replace Coghlan, Almora and Sczcur? I assume they don't want Almora to sit.
Despite MIggy's demise, I assume they keep him around to mentor Contreras?
I believe Willson now has more CS than MIggy. The kid has an arm. Also, Russell is amazingly good on those plays at 2nd.
oh yeah...thanks joe/billy.
poor outing, still got the win, go cubs.
Although it felt like it, Jake didn't lose to them -- he got the W. (Assuming you are referring to Monday's game)
Arrieta didn't lose to the Reds. He got the win -- he just didn't pitch like we expect him to.
almora's 1st HR!
it's not like this CIN team is lost-cause horrible, but aside from defense and power this is a truly horrible team.
kinda crazy arrieta lost to them and yesterday's game had to go 15 innings for the cubs win.
It looked like Hamilton got screened by Duvall and that Duvall just barely deflected the ball off of his glove--redirecting it slightly without taking away much of its momentum.
At least it didn't turn into a Schwarber/Fowler situation. Hamilton and Duvall are both pretty important youngish players for the Reds.
he walked off the field on his own. aside from a concussion watch and some attention to his leg/knee that buckled a bit under him, the biggest thing hurt was probably his pride after the ball knocked off his skull.
After last night, an inside-the-park HR seems kind of run-of-the-mill somehow.
Sounds bad for Hamilton. Hope he's okay--listening on the radio.
SHOW ME THE MONEY: Jose Albertos has signed with Mega-Agent Scott Boras.
Albertos has already received his signing bonus and won't see any additional significant money until he reaches the big leagues, so this is a long-term investment for the Boras Corporation.
Other Cubs represented by Boras include Jake Arrieta, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, and Albert Almora Jr.
I am glad Joe is managing this team and not Old and Blue!