Game 44 Thread / Pirates @ Cubs (3 of 3)
|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.
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.
video of Maddon.
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.
#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
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.
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.
If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?
#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)
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.
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.
Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...
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.
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.
Classic Scully - great stuff.
Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)
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."
When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.
If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.