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.

Comments

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.

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/press_releases/pr...

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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  • Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.

    VirginiaPhil 3 hours 39 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 18 hours 50 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 18 hours 55 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 19 hours 54 sec ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 19 hours 12 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 19 hours 23 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 19 hours 48 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 20 hours 29 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 21 hours 41 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 21 hours 58 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 22 hours 2 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 22 hours 47 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 1 day 3 hours ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 1 day 4 hours ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 1 day 4 hours ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 1 day 6 hours ago view