Game 49 Thread / Cubs @ Pirates (2 of 3)
|SP||Jason Marquis||SP||*Phil Dumatrait|
|2-3, 4.96, 27 K, 17 BB, 45.1 IP||1-2, 4.39, 28 K, 25 BB, 41 IP|
|LF||Alfonso Soriano||2B||Freddy Sanchez|
|SS||Ryan Theriot||SS||Luis Rivas|
|1B||Derrek Lee||CF||*Nate McLouth|
|3B||Aramis Ramirez||LF||Jason Bay|
|C||Geovany Soto||1B||*Adam LaRoche|
|RF||*Kosuke Fukudome||RF||Jason Michaels|
|2B||Mark DeRosa||3B||Jose Bautista|
|CF||Reed Johnson||C||Raul Chavez|
|P||*Jason Marquis||P||Phil Dumatrait|
His leg doesn't hurt. His leg doesn't hurt. His leg doesn't hurt. Just keep repeating it to yourself as you watch Alfonso Soriano run the bases and man leftfield tonight. The guy says his leg is fine despite what your eyes and the television cameras may tell you.
Fukudome returns to the lineup after a night off, though he will be hitting in the six hole, the lowest spot in the order the outfielder has occupied in his brief Cub career. The Pirates do a little lineup-juggling as well, giving Luis Rivas a start at shortstop and batting the .212 hitter second, and moving Nate McLouth down to the third spot, where his big bat could do more damage. That is, if Luis Rivas wasn't batting right in front of him.
Tonight's pitching matchup is a replay of last Sunday's, in which Marquis, whose two wins this year have both come against Pittsburgh, allowed three runs (two earned) over six innings. Dumatrait couldn't make it past the fifth inning, having issued seven walks and allowed just enough runs to lose, 4-3.
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@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.
I nominate Sean Rodriguez.
who's this guy being all reasonable and stuff?
pick someone on the board who's literally worse than hitler and start screaming about it. cubs 2016!
It's not pathetic -- it's what we've been waiting for!
Yikes -- I was off the site for a short while and it blew up.
Gentlemen -- it is apparent that Lester has a weakness in his game. Everybody knows about it. He has, apparently, tried to work on it, but without success. Fortunately, he is talented enough that he is able to largely overcome his shortcoming.
I am amazed that other teams don't try to bunt on him, but, as has been said, bunting is not a skill many players have.
Interesting that Hendricks is going tomorrow -- so, he wasn't really "skipped", just moved back a few days so Jake and Lester could deal against the Pirates. I'm OK with that.
PHIL: Thanks for your updates.
One thing that we are seeing come to bear is that Theo's obvious strategy has been to stockpile young, power arms in the lower levels while owning bats that are much nearer to MLB ready - then, buying the arms the org needs in order to be highly competitive.
It's fun to watch the cards shit the bed anytime of the year
I really thought he would be the one getting the call-up. This must be a favor to the player from Theo.
I'm already scoreboard watching and it's only the start of May. How pathetic is that?
Glad to see Hudson having another good outing. He is so impressive for an 18/yo. Surprised to see Shane V. still there. I thought he would be gone this week. I can picture today. Thanks Phil!
stats don't lie. *nods*
2016 Cubs are 0-1 on day after Trans recaps, 20-5 in other games. I enjoy his recaps, but there is a price to pay.
He's the Albert Pujols of recaps and has gotten a huge contract based on past performance. He doesn't need to do anything the rest of his days and he'll still get love.