Game 55 Thread / Rockies @ Cubs (2 of 4)
|SP||Aaron Cook||SP||*Ted Lilly|
|7-3, 2.82, 35 K, 22 BB, 76.2 IP||5-4, 5.23, 58 K, 21 BB, 62 IP|
|CF||Willy Taveras||LF||Alfonso Soriano|
|RF||#Jonathan Herrera||2B||*Mike Fontenot|
|LF||Ryan Spilborghs||1B||Derrek Lee|
|3B||Garrett Atkins||C||Geovany Soto|
|1B||*Todd Helton||RF||*Kosuke Fukudome|
|C||Chris Iannetta||CF||*Jim Edmonds|
|RF||Jeff Baker||3B||Mark DeRosa|
|SS||*Omar Quintanilla||SS||Ronny Cedeño|
|P||Aaron Cook||P||*Ted Lilly|
With rain falling and plenty of those intimidating orange and red spots on the weather radar, we could well be looking at a rainout. That being the case, I'm going to save all of my good Omar Quintanilla material for another occasion.
This is the Rockies' only visit to Wrigley this season, and the Cubs have already made the trip to Denver, so a washout would presumably create a doubleheader. I imagine Saturday would be the DH day, so as not to complicate the teams' travel plans. (The Rockies play in Los Angeles Monday night, while the Cubs will be in San Diego.)
IF the game is played, the team with MLB's best record (Cubs at 33-21, .611) will be matched with one of the teams carrying MLB's worst record: the Rox and Seattle are both 20-34, .370.
Aaron Cook, who was very tough on the Cubs in an April start at Coors (8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) is scheduled to make his first-ever appearance at Wrigley Field. Scheduled Cubs starter Ted Lilly, who beat Colorado twice in '07, walked away from his last start, at Pittsburgh on Sunday, with an ND. He was tagged for 10 H and 4 ER in 6 innings.
Today's random positive thought: while the Cubs have won 33 games, they're actually underperforming against their Pythagorean record, which, thanks to the team's +88 run differential (far and away, the best in MLB), is 35-19. The Cardinals are 2 wins better than projected; the Astros are one better.
Today's random negative thought: the Cubs are hardly the first professional
sports team to attach some sort of cheerleading anthem to the at-game
experience, but I'll bet they ARE the first professional sports team to
feature an anthem that is, in fact, an extended jingle on behalf of the
television station that broadcasts their games. (From Go Cubs Go:
"...you can catch it all on WGN.")
Embarrassing isn't the word. I'll bet even as the late, great Steve Goodman, a huge Cubs fan, is enjoying each of these home victories from his La-Z-Boy in the Great Beyond, he's also thinking about how he might contact his agent so he can pull the usage rights to the song.
Lackey finishes with a 3.35 ERA. Currently good for 13th in the NL. Not bad for a guy signed to be a #3 starter in a 15-team league.
He is also 6th in WHIP. Pretty amazing: Cubs have the #2, #3, #5 and #6 starters in WHIP.
Completely meaningless game, but Pena striking out Sean the Turd to with the bases loaded was very fun.
Other than one bad game in SD, Pena has been very good. Even with that game, 9.0 IP, 13 K, 0.89 WHIP.
101 wins...most since 1910 (104).
neat. ...or sad. pick one. pick both. 'murica.
Just looked up Grimm's stats -- after a great run, he gave up 2 runs vs. MIL then didn't pitch for 10 days. Don't remember why?
Sean Rodriguez's helmet looks like it's taking a dump
Grimm not doing himself any favors lately re: making the playoff squad. Seems to have lost the feel for his curveball.
j.grimm is literally worse than hitler.
felix pena, your turn.
it's been a while since joe's over-managed a game...it's gotta feel good for him to be back in the saddle making people's scorecards look like their pens blew up.
Fuck a bench spot on the playoff roster, Coghlan is competing to bat cleanup.
barely any...especially for an evening game. place looks 1/2 full at best to start the game.
Listening on the radio. Are there any fans in the stands at all?
"An MRI taken Monday on the right side of Jorge Soler showed no major damage."
rare air though if he can keep it under 2. Sounds like Maddon already made up his mind though and Hendricks seems like the sort that would want to earn it. Guessing he gets a quick hook if he's still under 2 after 5 innings.
Fwiw, he can give up 1 ER in 5 innings (or more) and still be under 2. If he gives up 2 ER, he would need throw 9 IP to keep it under 2. 1 ER in 4 IP would give him an ERA of exactly 2.
In terms of WAR, it's still Scherzer by a lot (6.4), then Cueto (5.6), Lester (5.5), Kershaw (5.5), Roark (5.4), and then Hendricks (5.1)
Boring lineup tonight in terms of guys trying to reach milestones -- no KB (40 HR), Addy (100 RBI) or JHey (can he keep it going?), and Lackey isn't really going for anything, plus the team has already reached 100 wins. I get the "rest" thing, although they will have 4 days off after Sunday, but....bleh.
Agree -- I think you want to keep him on a regular schedule.
Ramos torn ACL