Game 44 Thread / Pirates @ Cubs (3 of 3)

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SP *Phil Dumatrait SP Jason Marquis
  1-1, 3.96, 26 K, 18 BB, 36.1 IP
1-3, 5.26, 24 K, 16 BB, 39.1 IP
2B Freddy Sancez LF Alfonso Soriano
CF Nate McLouth SS Ronny Cedeño
LF Jason Bay 1B Derrek Lee
1B *Adam LaRoche 3B Aramis Ramirez
RF Xavier Nady RF *Kosuke Fukudome
3B *Doug Mientkiewicz C Geovany Soto
C Ronny Paulino 2B Mark DeRosa
SS Brian Bixler CF Reed Johnson
P Phil Dumatrait P *Jason Marquis












On the heels of Saturday's loss to the Bucs and the unexpected appearance by Bad Carlos, the Cubs need a win to take this series from the Pirates and finish the homestand 8-2. Cedeño gets a start at shortstop and The Riot sits.

At the plate, for all the thunder the Cubs have been getting from Alfonso Soriano—and "thunder" hardly seems an adequate way to describe 20-for-37 with 7 home runs, 15 RBI, and an OPS of 1769 over the last nine games—Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez have been completely thunderless since the Pirates came to town (a combined 0-for-16).

Regarding today's starters...

Dumatrait, with his fancy new change-up, makes his fourth start of the season after opening the year in the bullpen. He comes off an 88-pitch effort against St. Louis, in which he blanked the Cards into the sixth before he was tagged for a 3-run homer by Troy Glaus.

Marquis surrendered a 3-0 lead and suffered the lone Cub loss in the San DIego series. Overall, he has dropped his last three starts, and allowed a .377 batting average against in the process.

That's no way for a "first-half pitcher" to conduct himself.


I see we're going with two catchers today.

Got it.

Yo! #'d posts!

Kudos to the TCR PTB's for bringing them back.

not working right though...but we'll get there.

Umm, maybe he's saving something for the 2nd half?

has been made. The Cubs 40-man roster is now full.

AND contrary to most news stories MICAH HOFFPAUIR IS AVAILABLE to play this afternoon.

Marquis after yet another bad start? Free Sean Marshall!

with yet another great PA with RISP. Not that that's a valuable contribution to the offense or anything, but the RBI put the Cubs in the lead 3-2.

Real professional stuff from you right there. Classy.

You are so totally wrong. Reed Johnson does not screw your mom like Johann and Carlos!!! I know that you've been thinking he does, but despite what you say, it's not the case.

I agree though when you say above that you enjoy Chad in a way that's just been legalized in California. You've totally got a point there. You're right that your definition of Chadball is totally different than ours.

...i see what you did there.

*golf clap*

Thank you. Thank you.

I'm here all week. Second show is different.

Kudos #2 on the numbered posts! No pun intended on the "#2".

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  • Arrieta pitches like crap and gets a W, Lester pitches brilliantly and doesn't. Baseball!

    Man, have we been giving up a lot of 2-out runs lately. C'mon Hector -- Eugenio Suarez??? Sheesh.

    billybucks 8 min 25 sec ago view
  • 0-2 HBP = Cubbery

    Eric S 9 min 31 sec ago view
  • FFS!!!

    Shit throw by Szczur...

    Rob G. 16 min 18 sec ago view
  • Nice to have a ROB G. bustin' a move with the posts.

    The E-Man 35 min 15 sec ago view
  • Tony Gold Glove!!!

    Rob G. 37 min 57 sec ago view
  • To have Billy Hamilton break your shut-out with an HR is like Iceland winnng in soccer.

    The E-Man 44 min 27 sec ago view
  • Hamilton - good grief. Does he have Lester's number or what!

    Eric S 45 min 56 sec ago view
  • and there it is...

    time to sweat it out now.

    Rob G. 47 min 25 sec ago view
  • Yeah - I was waiting for someone else to comment first so they could shoulder the blame should cubbery prevail.

    Eric S 49 min 58 sec ago view
  • he'd actually have to get through these last 2 innings in 13 or less pitches to pull off an actual Maddux (CG in less than 100 pitches)...and I probably jinxed the whole game with my comment so I'll shut up now.

    Rob G. 53 min 2 sec ago view
  • An efficient one-hitter through seven innings - seems reasonable to me.

    Quite the contrast from last night

    Eric S 55 min 31 sec ago view
  • It's really quite enjoyable watching Lester dissect the strike zone and a lineup like this...dare I say Maddux-like?

    Rob G. 1 hour 21 sec ago view
  • Eloy Jimenez and Jeimer Candelario named to Futures Game...

    See past Cubs' participants here. Let me know if you see a mistake or any other info that may prove useful and I can add it.

    Rob G. 1 hour 50 min ago view
  • Now pitching for the Cincinnati Reds:

    QuietMan 2 hours 6 min ago view
  • Sorry if I made it sound like a Schwarber for Sale straight up deal was reasonable, obviously Cubs would need to give up more than that. You don't trade Sale unless you're rebuilding and if you're rebuilding you want more than one piece. Easily 3-4 pieces with Schwarber being the main one...but that type of an ace arm or All-star talent with a few years of control is the type of return the Cubs should look for if they move Schwarber. I don't think they'll move him until he's healthy though. TheJedi are pretty good at maximizing trade value.

    Rob G. 2 hours 9 min ago view
  • I think you're very much overvaluing Schwarber if you think he can fetch Sale by himself. An unproven rookie with demonstrable offensive flaws he hasn't had the chance to show he can overcome and with no defensive upside will never fetch an ace of the quality of Sale in today's market where pitchers are fetching insane prices, especially with Sale's team friendly contract. You'd for sure need to throw in a pitching prospect in return at least.

    johann 3 hours 1 min ago view