Game 53 Thread / Dodgers @ Cubs (3 of 3)
|SP||Derek Lowe||SP||Carlos Zambrano|
|2-5, 5.03, 44 K, 19 BB, 62.2 IP||7-1, 2.47, 52 K, 20 BB, 73 IP|
|LF||*Juan Pierre||LF||Alfonso Soriano|
|2B||Luis Maza||SS||Ryan Theriot|
|RF||*Andre Ethier||1B||Derrek Lee|
|C||Russell Martin||3B||Aramis Ramirez|
|1B||*James Loney||RF||*Kosuke Fukudome|
|CF||Matt Kemp||C||Geovany Soto|
|3B||*Blake DeWitt||2B||Mark DeRosa|
|SS||Chin-lung Hu||CF||Reed Johnson|
|P||Derek Lowe||P||#Carlos Zambrano|
Carlos Zambrano is fresh off that remarkable game in which he stroked four hits off a trio of Pittsburgh pitchers and, oh, yeah, also threw the first seven innings in a 12-3 Cubs win.
Z was 1-1 last year against the Dodgers, including a horrible outing last September at Wrigley. Lowe pitched twice against Piniella's men in '07 and came away with a pair of ND's. Derrek Lee, who is 10-for-22 lifetime (1136 OPS) against the former Bosoxer probably couldn't get to the ballpark today early enough. For his part, Lowe hasn't won a game in more than a month and has a 7.29 ERA in his last six starts.
Despite Lowe's right-handedness, Jim Edmonds—just 5-for-30 lifetime against Lowe—sits in favor of Reed Johnson.
If the Cubs can complete the sweep, it will be the first time they've swept the Dodgers at Wrigley since '01.
One other item of historic interest: during Tommy Lasorda's interminable appearance with Len and Bob on the Comcast broadcast Tuesday night, the former Dodger manager did not once mention any Italian restaurant in Chicago by name (at least not while I was able to continue paying attention).
I believe that's the first time that has happened during a Lasorda appearance on a Cubs broadcast since...ever.
mlb.com reports that Geovany Soto, Alfonso Soriano, and Kosuke Fukudome would all start for the NL All-Star team if fan balloting ended today. Soto has a "six-figure lead" over the other NL catchers and will become the first rookie ever to start behind the plate for the National League if he maintains that lead. Fukudome would become the first rookie outfielder to start for the NL since Richie Ashburn did so in 1948.
"The Boston Red Sox were banned from signing any international players for the next year and had five of their teenage prospects declared free agents on Friday after a Major League Baseball investigation showed they circumvented signing-bonus rules last year, a source familiar with the situation told Yahoo Sports."
The thing with Heyward is its not just free agency. He is way under performing his career #s. He's making the same % of contact but his soft contact is much higher and hard contact much lower than all his previous years so there is something very specifically going on this year causing the issues. Chances are he will eventually get back to his previous #s and it's better to get the slump now and get that hot run later but I wish I knew what is different about this year. He's either just not seeing the ball as well or a swing change is causing it.
Only 3 pitches for Leathersich. Not much of a rehab outing.
Thanks for the reporting Phil.
He's the nastiest pitcher I've seen in awhile. I'm gonna give them all a mulligan on this one.
Coghlan's strike out was more disappointing. He was fighting off a lot of pitches and not swinging at crap, and on the last pitch, he swung at stuff he was laying off, and struck out.
And Heyward, too. I don't blame Heyward - I blame free agency. I hate it. You almost never get a valid return on the investment.
I look forward to the day when ball players own the teams. The current economics are not sustainable.
Oh, I'm sure you're right. He's not 27-27 in saves for nothing. But, man, I hope they learned last night that he didn't throw a single pitch in the zone to KB, Contreras or Baez, and they all just kept swinging.
Sounds like a much better game than last night's fiasco in Flushing.
I'm pretty sure it looks like a sweet pitch on the way in. How many sinkers like that are there at 98 mph? I agree that they should just do a Lackey and stand their with their bat on their shoulders until he throws a strike next time, but I can see how that's hard to do.
The bullpen, on the other hand, is a mess, and Heyward is starting to piss me off.
I noticed that too. He's getting to everything, but when he gets right under it on a high flyball he looks uncomfortable
Did you expect anything different?
Wow, did they blow this game. Stupid plays by the kids in the 7th -- Almora throwing to 3rd instead of 2nd to keep the DP in order (when a DP probably wins the game) and Baez throwing to 3rd (to a backpedalling KB) instead of getting the easy 2nd out at first - cost them the game. Also, Contreras almost throws the ball into RF on a nonexistent pick-off play. And Maddon, for using Peralta in the first place. Did they do a bunch of shots in the dugout before the 7th? Unbelievably bad baseball. I thought Almora had a high baseball IQ?
men on 2nd/3rd, 0 out...and nothing.
cubs lose :(
UH OH! RALLY TIME!
Getting tired of this Heywood weak sauce
Yep, can't say I disagree with that. His first batter and resulting walk was just brutal. Reminded me of a bit of Jacque Jones spiking his throws into the ground from RF.
The use of Peralta in any
semblance of a high leveragesituation is questionable at best.
fixed that for ya.
The use of Peralta in any semblance of a high leverage situation is questionable at best. Hind sight is easy but Peralta had nothing.