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.
That's a hell of a first impression by Montgomery. Brian Cashman having a good laugh on that debut.
...and it's a 3 run homer.
hey, vogelbomb had a HR on his 1st game with SEA AAA, too!
montgomery comes on with men on 1st/2nd, 2 out, in the 8th.
"Tommy Stokke of FanRag Sports reports Chris Sale was sent home from U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday after cutting up throwback jerseys that he did not want to wear.
I thought the same. It'd be great luck to face these non-contenders after the trade deadline.
...why isn't j.lucroy playing for TEX yet?
2r HR on a 12-pitch AB.
nathan to join the cubs tomorrow.
Wow in deed.
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Chris Sale was scratched from tonight's scheduled start due to a clubhouse incident before the game
he was sent home by the team, too. the wsox released a press statement and everything. they stated it was non-physical in nature.
He was scratched from his start today. No reason given.
At the start of the season the book was that he was trying to pitch to more contact so he could stay in the game longer and it seems to be working so far. Contact against is 77.5% this year and it was 70.2% the year before. He averaged 6.7 IP/game last year and so far it's 7 IP/game. His actual pitches per game are only down to 106.1/game from 107.2/game last year but if he's able to go a bit farther into games without throwing more pitches and without giving up more runs that is a good thing.
sale's skills and insane value makes it almost too hard to have a market for the guy...he's got 3/38m owed to him over 3 seasons (2 team options). he could easily pull in 30m/yr if he was on the market as a FA.
he's throwing a bit differently this season, especially with more sliders and less changeups like earlier in his career, but all his stuff still looks great even if the HRs are a little elevated and the Ks are down.
Torres, Happ, McKinney, Jimenez, and Candelario for Sale. Deal or no deal?
"The White Sox are reportedly asking for “five top prospects” for Chris Sale, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports."
Unless he develops 30+ HR power and keeps his walk rate close to his K rate at the MLB level, he's not going to turn into Prince Fielder. And even if he does turn into Prince Fielder, he's gonna have a short prime. His very limited athleticism is likely to also detract some value from his ability to reach base--I don't buy making an out as being preferable to base clogging, but you'd certainly prefer just about any base runner other than Vogelbach, David Ortiz, etc.
seeing as arod has played a total of 27.1 innings of D at 1st/3rd and somehow managed a -0.5 dWAR with his 1 error at 1st and an overall positive total zone rating...he might end up even more in the shitter via the characteristics/flaws/whatever of how some sites determine various WAR values. dWAR doesn't directly lead to a WAR value, but the 2 main entities pushing the most popular variations of WAR sometimes lead to some interesting discrepancies in value.
I have a lot of faith in Baez that he's going to turn into a more consistent, solid player. It looks like it took him about a half season or so of futility at the plate to figure out he was not talented enough to get away with the crazy approach he had. I think his running game will eventually have a more measured aggression.