Game 33 Thread / Cubs @ Reds (2 of 3)
|SP||Carlos Zambrano||SP||Aaron Harang|
|4-1, 2.11, 35 K, 11 BB||1-4, 2.98, 41 K, 11 BB|
|LF||Alfonso Soriano||CF||Ryan Freel|
|SS||Ryan Theriot||RF||*Ken Griffey Jr.|
|1B||Derrek Lee||2B||Brandon Phillips|
|3B||Aramis Ramirez||1B||*Joey Votto|
|RF||*Kosuke Fukudome||3B||Edwin Encarnacion|
|C||Geovany Soto||LF||*Adam Dunn|
|2B||Ronny Cedeño||SS||Jeff Keppinger|
|CF||*Felix Pie||C||*Paul Bako|
|P||#Carlos Zambrano||P||Aaron Harang|
Aramis Ramirez returns to the Cub lineup, and Ronny Cedeño gets a start at second base.
In the pitching matchup, Carlos Zambrano, who was one horrendous Kerry Wood inning away from winning his fifth game of the season last time out against Milwaukee, goes up against curveball-flingin' Aaron Harang, Zambrano beat the Reds in the middle contest of their three-game visit to Wrigley Field a few weeks back; Harang started the series opener and got smacked around (6 IP, 8 H, 5 ER) en route to a 9-5 Cubs win.
"Cubs win"...those are two words that haven't been used very often around here lately.
Other Tuesday notes:
— Today is the 10th anniversary of Wood's 20-strikeout game against the Astros
— Geovany Soto is coming off a single-double-homer hitting performance Monday night, the third time this season he has come up just a triple short of the cycle; I don't know what he's waiting for.
— Felix Pie's homer-robbing catch off Ken Griffey was Monday's Play of the Day on ESPN, but it was Adam Dunn's 750-foot homer against Ryan Dempster that got John Kruk to giggling.
— Cubs.com reports that "the visiting clubhouse at Great American Ball Park has been
redecorated, partly because of the mess the Cubs made last September
when they celebrated clinching the NL Central there." I wonder if Marty Brennaman was required to shampoo all the champagne stains out of the carpet and that's why he and his kid have become so insufferable where the Cubs are concerned.
This team even has rap prospects!
If you look at the FIP and xFIP numbers, the Hendricks vs. Ross matchup doesn't look so bad for the Cubs.
Yeah, Baez got Maddon wanting that D.
That is a fair point. Man this team has crazy depth.
Man, with a 20-6 record, it doesn't seem right to complain about any aspect of this team. What are you expecting? A 26-0 record? I'm not saying that the Cubs are above critique, but I am saying any problems that might exist don't appear to be a major hindrance at the moment. To quote a great philosopher "numbers don't lie, check the scoreboard."
I also recall Joe talking about he liked the way Hendricks matches up on paper against Washington. Assuming it was Joe's doing his Jedi mind tricks thing.
Sergio Mitre??!! LOVE IT!
FREE MATT CLEMENT!
Imagine if Lester would just pitch nine innings every start.
Now that's funny coming from the board martyr.
You made a comment about Lester not pitching deep enough into games, Rob and others dispute it, and then it devolves into more of you acting like you're being unfairly singled out.
"Therefore, the Cubs have not had ONE pitcher in the last five years that is a TOR starter waiting in the wings ..."
It's a little scary, especially when you look over at the Mets, the one team around the league that worries me, maybe because I have clear recollections of 1969.
Actually, the only Cub draftee since 2012 when McLeod and the new FO took over the draft who has thrown a pitch in the majors is Zack Godley. So it's not just TOR starters that we're not seeing.
We've got a David-Goliath type situation tonight, but you never know. In matchups like this, I always remember that Sergio Mitre v. Roy Halladay game the Cubs won at home several years ago.
I am going tonight, so I am not ok with that.
But, maybe Hendrix will give his patented solid 5 before Richard or Wood comes in...
One can hope.
if you save the lumber from your constant trips to the cross you can build your very own safe space to view my posts.
@billybucks you speak the truth and it's precisely what me and others have been saying for over a year. It's an unfortunate hitch in his game, one that seems correctable, but so far has not been corrected. Also a hitch that is going over 3 seasons now and no one has been able to truly exploit in any meaningful way (except sort of the Royals in that Wild Card game although they stole plenty of bases off the other pitchers in that game and the rest of the playoff teams the rest of that run).
AZBOBBOP: Nothing new on Oscar de la Cruz. Still shut down with elbow issues.