Game 60 Thread / Cubs @ Padres (3 of 3)

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SP *Ted Lilly SP Greg Maddux
  5-4, 5.54, 61 K, 21 BB, 65 IP
3-4, 3.69, 38 K, 12 BB, 70.2 IP
       
LF Alfonso Soriano CF Scott Hairston
SS Ryan Theriot 2B Edgar Gonzalez
1B Derrek Lee RF *Brian Giles
3B Aramis Ramirez 1B *Adrian Gonzalez
RF *Kosuke Fukudome 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff
CF *Jim Edmonds SS Khalil Greene
C Geovany Soto LF Justin Huber
2B Mark DeRosa C Michael Barrett
P *Ted Lilly P Greg Maddux

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cubs go for their tenth (10th!) win a row, a feat they haven't done since 2001 when they strung together 12 wins in a row. It would also be their third straight series sweep. Oh, it's fun to be a Cubs fan these days.

On the mound, it's Ted Lilly still searching for his 2007 form. Things started looking up for him in May, that is until he met a 20 mph wind flying out of Wrigley last Friday. A wind the Cubs offsense used to pull off one of those miracle wins that it seems every good baseball team has at least once a season.

They'll have to go through Greg Maddux to get that win though, and the Maddog has enjoyed the spacious comforts of Petco Park to this point; sporting a 1.84 ERA at home, compared to a 5.01 ERA on the road. Let's say I'm less than shocked to discover that Maddux ended up on a team that curtailed the home run tendencies that he started showing late in his career.

Maddux versus the number one offense in baseball, should be fun!

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Tonight's game is all on Ted Lilly. I am beyond confident that the Cubs can push at least 3 or 4 across on Maddux. Lilly needs to pitch at least 6 solid innings against the extremely weak San Diego offense.

We need this one. The 'stache must go!

Lilly bringing nothing to the first 3 hitters...Might be a rehash of his last outing against the Rockies. He was bad that day too.

Speaking of dark clouds...

StL rained out in DC, might be a doubleheader tomorrow although it's supposed to rain more there tomorrow.

Looking back at the 2001 team, how did that team stay in contention for as long as it did? Todd Dunwoody was getting semi-regular playing time, for cryin' out loud. And the Cubs won 12 in a row at one point and led the division by six games in late June!

just looked at the last I-Cubs boxscore and noted that Jason DuBois hit a HR for them on tuesday. Yes it's that Jason DuBois, who probably will get displaced by Micah Hoffpauir shortly. The circle of (baseball) life.

odd but I think we're really lucky to be down only 1-0

Lilly's 86mph fastball isn't getting by anyone today...

edmonds is a drama queen

I hate Hoffman.

A well-pitched game from Maddux and a terrible game for the Cubs' offense. Despite Jeff's "beyond" confidence.

One of the worst offensive game of the year? Ah well can't win em all...lets win 3 out of 4 from the Dodgers and we'll have a really nice road trip.

Was Lilly really that bad yesterday? I missed the game, but his final line in the box score looks pretty decent:

7.1 IP, 7H, 2ER, 2BB, 8K

Prefer to get the number of hits down, but that's not too bad overall.

First couple innings were a pretty bumpy ride. Seemed to wiggle his way off the hook most of the night. His velocity was way down in the first and second, but after that, seemed to get that good 89-91 mph fastball back.

Padres probably should have scored more than the 2 runs off of him, but they kept leaving guys on.

That game was vintage Maddux. His ball had some unbelievable movement on it, and he probably could have pitched 14 innings before he got to 100 pitches.

FWIW -- sore-legged Soriano is 3-for-3 in SB over the last 5 games, and is 6-for-6 on the year.

No BBs for the Cubs last night -- damn Maddux.

Barrett was brutal last night.

Lilly was trying to run on him.

That was a hit and run, not an attempted steal.

And it wasn't just Barrett; Maddux is incredibly easy to run on, as we saw in the Lilly situation with the HUGE jump Lilly got.

True: Maddux/Barrett battery = David Wells stealing bases

Is this a good time to bring up how all the stealing didn't help us score any runs?

Brewers going 9-1 in their last 10 games and gaining exactly 0 games on first-place Cubs in that time span. Love it.

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  • I agree, but just wanted to point out that Hendricks didn't really have a significant difference between his first and second half like Hammel did. Instead he had alternating good and below average months last year, without much fluctuation in his peripherals except a BB-heavy August and some up-and-down in opp avg. Mostly the team just couldn't win games for him in the months he pitched well. His 16 starts in May, July, and Sep/Oct (in which he limited opponents to OPS+ of 88, 75, and 44) resulted in a 4-2 record.

  • I think with Hammels and Hendricks struggles the 2nd half we forget how dominate of 1st halves they had and how many games they won us as the offense was struggling. We also forget they are back of the rotation guys and we can't be expecting ace quality there.

  • Maybe it's just Werth & Ross I'm noticing. Weird.

  • CRAIG: Jose Albertos is not chunky like Fernando. He's built more like Dylan Cease. Exact same body type. And his delivery is free & easy. He's definitely not a "max effort" guy.   

  • Hendricks after 50 MLB starts: 17-11, 3.45 ERA, 1.12 WHIP. Not bad for a #5 starter. He may be a 6-inning max guy, but, if he can keep those stats up, I will gladly take it.

    Speaking of WHIP -- last year, he was tied for 11th in the NL. Tied with Hammel.
    Last year's NL rank in WHIP: Arrietta 2nd, Lester 9th, Haren 10th, Hammel T11th, Hendricks T11th. Wow.

  • I went to a Nats game in DC two years ago while looking at colleges with my son -- it's a fun park, worth a visit if you are in the area.

    I also saw the "slowness" thing -- particularly Werth, who would mosey out of RF about 5 seconds before the inning started.

    Weird.

  • It's Dusty's fault. It'll be the end of them.

  • Speaking of how teams "look", my take on the Nats- It's really weird, but the pace of the entire team seems slow. Slow walking to the plate, slow on the mound, even on some routine groundouts, it looked as if there wasn't a ton of hustle. Don't get me wrong, when the ball is hit to their outfielders, they get after the ball, I'm really referring to non-critical action- they mosey around. It's kind of odd. Maybe that "calm power" is part of the Nats ethos, idk.

  • My favorite moment of Hendricks' performance last night was the last strikeout he rung up- the cajones it took to throw a high, 86MPH fastball to Zimmerman on a 0-2 count. And he swung the bat like it was a 96MPH heater. I literally laughed out loud.

  • In listening to Maddon's post-game, he is interested in how these other teams "look" to him. He is assessing for today...and tomorrow. I love this guy.

    One observation from last night: Joe Ross is incredibly slow. 20-30 seconds between pitches at times. Hendrix had a nice, peppy rhythm which is great to see.

    I know there are plenty of purists here which I applaud, but the game just will not sustain itself unless change of pace rules come into play. Pitch clock, improve the shit-ass reviews, mound visits (there is a clock for this), batter time outs, etc.

  • Thanks, Phil. Albertos at 17, and having gotten a good signing bonus ($1.5, even though as Mexican prospect I think his team gets half of that?), throwing in the 90's and showing some command of a curveball sounds pretty interesting, even if that control is only for a dozen-pitch sample.

    What kind of a frame does he have? Is he on the stocky and short-ish side (I'm recalling Fernando Valenzuela!), or somewhat taller? A lot of 17-year olds have projection, "when he fills out" projection. Would that apply at all for Albertos?

  • A-Team

  • Ha

  • I definitely hang around here looking to reply to your comments as noticed by my nearly year long absence.

    there's a fine line between posting something relevant, useful or at least humorous versus posting something irrelevant, useless or unfunny...actually it's rather quite a thick line and easy to see for most people not named crunch.

  • I certainly am digging the RISP machine Zobrist version.