Game 57 Thread / Rockies @ Cubs (4 of 4)

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SP Ubaldo Jimenez SP Sean Gallagher
  1-5, 5.37, 48 K, 33 BB, 58.2 IP
2-1, 4.50, 17 K, 10 BB, 26 IP
LF *Scott Podsednik LF Alfonso Soriano
CF *Cory Sullivan SS Ryan Theriot
1B *Todd Helton 1B *Micah Hoffpauir
3B Garrett Atkins 3B Aramis Ramirez
RF *Seth Smith RF *Kosuke Fukudome
2B *Ian Stewart C Geovany Soto
SS *Omar Quintanilla CF *Jim Edmonds
C Yorvit Torrealba 2B Mark DeRosa
P Ubaldo Jimenez P Sean Gallagher












How do you top a 7-1 homestand and an 8-2 homestand? What about a 7-0 homestand? And let's not even think about that the Cubs would be going for the tenth straight win if it wasn't for those two unfortunate blown ninth-inning losses in Pittsburgh.

All this home-cooking might be needed, as the Cubs head out for a West Coast trip that will see them on the road for 23 of their next 32 games.

Today's lineup features Micah Hoffpauir in the three spot. I wonder what Lou had to do to get Derrek to take a game off? 

Game notes fun after the jump...

  • This is the first time since 1908 (see the parallel?) that the Cubs have entered June with the best record in baseabll.
  • A win today and the Cubs would have their first back-to-back homestands with seven or more wins since 1984.
  • The last time the Cubs started as well as 25-8 at home was 1977, the 1918 team was the last to go 26-8.
  • The Cubs followed their 17-win April, with an 18-win May.

Sweep, Sweep, Sweep!!!



derrek lee is probably tied up in the clubhouse drugged and gagged.

A sweep would be freaking sweet.

Eh, the historically dreaded West Coast swing; what a crazy schedule the powers - that - be cooked up for the club this year, it's almost as if Wrigley was undergoing renovations this year. Oh well - sooner or later they've got to prove they can win consistently on the road, might as well be now.

Soriano displaying his solid defense again. Hope DeRosa is not hurt because of it.

besides your husband being shot how did you like the play mrs. lincoln?

Jeez dude. give it a rest.

he's also still hitting 1st even though there's better team options and his legs are hobbled, but what's new there?


Dude, what does that even mean first of all? Second, he dropped a flyball that I could have caught - I have the right to comment on it. That play sucked balls, you know it, I know it, and Soriano knows it. I also don't think I've made enough similar comments to have to "give it a rest."

Dude i am saying SAVE IT. He's playing great and the Cubs are winning. When those two things stop happening the you can complain. But as long as the cubs keep winning, i don't care how many fly balls he drops.

get it?

something is strange at the server. i just posted that at 3:37 pst and it says 2:37 (usually its cst)


he's hitting great...well, soriano-style great...

he's taken a step back with everything in the field but his throwing arm, though.

you gotta consider the full package, esp. if him being a DH isn't the issue being addressed.

btw, how about howry since may...think he's given up runs once and only had 1-2 "rough" outings. sweetness.

Actually, I can complain any time that I want. GET IT?

Then complain away you ingrate. I don't know what more you want. This team has the best record in baseball. Soriano is tied for the team lead in homers and is one behind in rbis. At this point who cares? So whine all you want. Some people will never be happy no matter what happens.

Christ dude. I did not say that I am not happy with the Cubs. I am quite happy. I am just not all that happy with an easy dropped flyball that almost resulted in an injury. I did nothing to deserve the attack. If it makes you feel like a bigger man or something then fine.

When I can't watch the game I often check in via Cub Reporter to see what is happening in the game. I like being able to do that. So when I am watching a game I try to do the same thing for others who might be checking. So I commented on the Soriano play. I don't really think it's a big deal. And I'm glad DeRosa is not hurt. If he had broken a finger on the play - whether the Cubs won or not - it would have been something to complain about.

Playing great? Not so sure about that.

He is hitting very well, and that is much appreciated. But he has looked bad on the base paths, and even worse defensively.

So overall I am not sure that you can say he is playing great.

he is being paid for his bat. everything else is gravy.

if that was the case we'd have carlos lee in left, i imagine.

I agree. He also got his contract for his legs and base stealing ability and because he looked as though he might improve in left field or even play center.

It's great that he's hitting, but I think most people are disappointed when he drops routine fly balls. It's not that hard to catch fly balls when you have access to a baseball field and someone to hit you fungoes every day.

I don't believe anyone said to release him or bench him, they just voiced their disappointment in the play. We'd like to see him get better and make the routine plays. I for one would also like to see his legs get healthy so he can go back to being a fairly effective base stealer. Of course, while he's hitting over .300 and knocking the ball out of the park, I'll still hope to see him in the game (especially since the bottom of our order is getting on base this year and Soriano has driven in over 30 runs). Then again, it was also nice to see Reed Johnson come in in the top of the 9th to play defense.

best record for the cubs going into june in 1st since...1908.

you'll never believe what SD pitcher is about to undergo season ending shoulder surgery.

Prior's season endings > Prior's season beginnings.

Before the season began, I was of the opinion that the Cubs should re-sign Prior for $1 million. I was wrong.

That's alright, Sweet Lou.

As long as Hendry wasn't.

I'm right their with you. It's been hard to let go of 2003, and I held onto hope for Prior. This sort of injury/surgery history looks pretty bleak, though. Too bad. I never bought all the negative things said about his personality, though I suppose I had little reason to believe or disbelieve those rumors.

As much as I loathe Edmonds, if he can continue to contribute as he has this series, that'd fill the Cubs' only remaining hole, unless you count Marquis' shitty pitching as a "hole". Doubt the Cubs will be able to move him, though.

Gotta' love the Marquis hate.

You do know that Marquis has been better than Lilly this year, right?

Once again - Marquis is a very serviceable 5th starter. The Cubs could do a lot worse.

I agree, but I can also see why people might look at Marquis's spot as a place where the Cubs could improve the ball club. If Gallagher pitches well, maybe Hill or Marshall come back from injury and can pitch better than Marquis, then the Cubs would have an improved rotation. Lilly seems to be improving, if you don't take his last start to heart. Then again, Gallagher could lose it and who knows what will happen with Hill and Marshall? As of right now, Marquis is helping the Cubs. Who would take his place, Hart, Veal, or Wells? None of those guys are gonna outpitch Marquis as of right now.

I wouldn't say we're lucky to have the grotesquely overpaid (Cubs owe him $10 mil next year) Jason Marquis. We're just stuck with him.

Lucky, is Sean Gallagher actually doing a fine job filling in for Super Flop, Rich Hill.

Who said anything about being lucky to have Marquis?

Like I said, I wouldn't say that. No one in his right mind would.

And like I said... no one IS saying it, so I am not sure what the point it?

Marquis is what he is - a serviceable #5 starter who is going to take the ball every 5th game and pitch 5-6 innings. Sometimes those innings will be good, sometime they will be bad, and most of the time those innings will be mediocre.

And once again, I need to point out that Lilly continues to pitch worse than Marquis, or, at "best," just as badly.

Marquis really isn't a problem on this team.

Don't act so surprised. It is our sword duty to kvetch about the #5.

from Hart or Marshall at 400 K a year and have 6.6 mil to spend elsewhere.

Marshall's hurt, Hart may or may not be as good as Marquis in a starting role. Hart has better stuff, but he's thrown a lot of pitches per inning in AAA and we have yet to see him start in the majors, which is always a different ballgame. That said, if they found a way to trade Marquis away without paying much of his 6.6 and Hill, Marshal, and Hart were all healthy and considered part of our available pitching depth, I'd be in favor of it (especially if there is some team out there that would like to give us a reliever or a prospect in return--but that would just be bonus).

"Soriano is tied for the team lead in homers and is one behind in rbis."

Pretty amazing considering the early season DL stint....

Lets just hope he is on one of his hot streaks come October.

I love the comments in this article:


I wonder what the word count is on "hack" in the comments? It's definitely in there a dozen times.

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  • May the best team win, and subsequently humiliate the Cardinals.

  • I love arriving here first thing in the morning, adding a few moronic posts (moranic for any Cardinals fans who may be trolling), and reading the sage posts of all you guys. Most knowledgeable fans on any forum, by far. So post like crazy today and help give TCR some visibility!

    I told my wife last night that I'm going to need a support system for tonight's game. Tonight is going to be a lot harder on me than it is going to be on these rookie bad asses.

  • James Russell elected free agency.

  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.