Game 53 Thread / Dodgers @ Cubs (3 of 3)

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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.

Comments

Good thing we got that stiff Lowe pitching.

Yuck. So far, anyway.

Thanks DeRosa.

For trotting down to first base on your double play and extending Z in the 9th with your defense.

Now Theriot boots one. Z meltdown in 3...2...1...

Win this for Zambrano! Don't waste 130 pitches!

Great work by Z. Two errors, let's be honest, and he does not lose his cool. Great strike 3.

Could they have looked any more pathetic missing everything Broxton threw in the 8th? I don't think they even managed a foul ball. It's not like this guy's throwing 106 mph out there. Kyle Farnsworth can hit 99 and he sucks.

What does Farnsworth have to do with anything?

They both throw in the upper 90's with straight as a rope fastballs. Broxton didn't throw anything but a fastball until he got to Soriano, and the first two guys didn't even make contact.

My point was that major leaguers should be able to hit a straight fastball, regardless of how fast it's coming in (and my example of a guy who throws hard and gets hit all over the place was Farnsy).

DeRosa is up in the 9th with RISP. Automatic out?

HA! I knew it! Mr. Clutch. NOT!!!

WTG DeRosa!

The LAST guy I want up with runners on in a game-winning situation: Mark DeRosa. Scrappy!

Quick check on Cubs "clutch stats" - 2 outs and RISP, career:

Soto, .194 BA
Theriot, .218
Soriano, .230
DeRosa, .234
DLee, .237
A-Ram, .243

That stat is worthless unless you show us some people who have good stats in those situations.

NOT Chadball approved.

this game ruled.

:) !

Ok now I demand to see that broom graphic again!

All is forgiven. Despite scoring a grand total of 8 runs, they swept the Dodgers. I guess that'll happen when your pitching holds the opponents to a grand total of 3 runs in an entire series.

Wow.

Z battled Lowe big time.

this is getting fun...

Sweep!!!!!
WHHHHHHHHHHHHHHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

We would be riding even higher right now had Soriano caught that ball. He really needs a good OF coach right now, maybe the Cubs should hire Stilinovich, he has just the approach for him:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyyE2DLztA8

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    billybucks 9 min 59 sec ago view
  • If I were a betting man

    Give me the Dodgers tonite, not just because of
    Monty on mound.

    Two nights in LA for the kids? Woooo

    /Prove me wrong

    jacos 10 min 22 sec ago view
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  • So are lack of chances due to the great pitching?

    jacos 13 min 53 sec ago view
  • TLS watch: 0-4 with Iowa last night. Saving his pinch hits for September.

    Cubster 1 hour 3 min ago view
  • Objectively true. Scherzer's FIP is almost a half point higher than his ERA, mostly I deduce because his BABIP is .249 so something ridiculous like that. It's not like the guy can't be scored on, but when I watch him, I sometimes feel that he's the most in control of the game moving around him.

    John Beasley 1 hour 48 min ago view
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    Rob G. 5 hours 2 min ago view
  • Well noted. You may also note that Lester's Career Playoff ERA is almost a full point lower, and he has a lower WHIP as well.

    Can't have everything, I guess.

    The E-Man 10 hours 8 min ago view
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    Blaspheme maybe, but I think Scherzer is the best pitcher in the NL right now.

    John Beasley 10 hours 59 min ago view
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    Fangraphs

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    Baseball Reference

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    2. Russell 2.0
    3. Hechavarria 1.7
    4. N. Ahmed 1.6
    5. Z. Cozart 1.5

    .....

    13.C. Seager 0.7

    Traditional stats

    Crawford

    .978 FP, 11 E, 333 A, 162 PO, 562 Chances, 4.27 RF, 72 DP Turned

    Russell

    Rob G. 11 hours 33 min ago view
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