Game 65 Thread / Braves @ Cubs (1 of 3)

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SP *Tom Glavine SP *Ted Lilly
  2-2, 4.47, 34 K, 29 BB, 56.1 IP
5-5, 5.23, 69 K, 23 BB, 72.1 IP
SS Yunel Escobar LF Alfonso Soriano
2B *Kelly Johnson SS Ryan Theriot
RF Jeff Francoeur 1B Derrek Lee
1B #Mark Teixeira 3B Aramis Ramirez
LF #Greg Norton C Geovany Soto
C *Brian McCann RF *Kosuke Fukudome
3B *Omar Infante 2B Mark DeRosa
CF *Gregor Blanco CF Reed Johnson
P *Tom Glavine P *Ted Lilly














When home/road splits collide!!!!

The Cubs are best in the senior circuit with a 26-8 mark and the Braves are the worst at 7-21, and will also be without the services of Chipper Jones and his .400-plus hitting for at least today's game, if not more. The Cubs will also look to extend their 8-game home winning streak.

A quick 3-game home jaunt before the Cubs head right back on the road to start inter-league play.


Cubs is pretty good. Really pretty good.

Manny..... are you still alive?

Lilly seemed to be cruising, What happened? He get in a Jam and need Marmol-ade to get him through it

I would so love the Cardinals to be featured on the cover of SI right now.

Pujols leaves the game tonight with a strained calf.


No, no, no. A strained calf would sound more like:


Great game except for Lilly's 1st and Howry's 8th. Derrek Lee showed some positive steps to maybe turning it around although I think Glavine was mostly throwing BP when he wasn't getting that same call he got in the 98 playoffs. I don't see why we can't sweep this series with Dempster and Zambrano going in the next 2. The Cubs offense has just been unreal at Wrigley.

And yes Pujols going down is big but something tells me these Cardinals are just one of those teams that are going to win even in the face of adversity. The Cubs/Cardinals head to head is going to be unbelievable.

I agree that Glavine was throwing BP. He wasn't fooling anyone. I would have been more surprised if D Lee hadn't hit a home run.

your ace and your stud hitter for at least couple of weeks (assuming the Pujols injury requires a DL stint as it most likely will from reading the early reports). We need to play some good baseball this month to really put us in a place where we do not need to overuse are main guys in the 2nd half.

they said Glavine left the game with an elbow strain and will miss his next start.

...he did throw 72 pitches (38 strikes) in 3 innings, so that's not bad for a 43 yr old.

Pujols calf injury. Details from the mlb site and a video of what happened. Reminiscent of Garciaparra in April 2005 although that was a severe adductor tear and this is a calf strain. Still it's eerie seeing him lying in a heap just a few steps down the first base line from home plate. More Voodoo dolls?

lets say Pujols's calf strain is the most severe case of a calf strain, how much time would he miss?

Isn't adductor an oxymoron? Just saying

lets say Pujols's calf strain is the most severe case of a calf strain, how much time would he miss?
cramp: 2-3 days, rxd with Midol. (
mild strain: day to day until it's reinjured
moderate strain: 2-4 weeks
severe strain: 4-6 weeks
most severe strain in the history of baseball: 6-12 weeks
Soriano's calf: remainder of contract


Thanks Dr. Nick!!

Nice to see Lilly get a warning (and not thrown out) in the 1st - inning for that message pitch. I seem to recall a certain umpire showboating last year on Lilly during a game on ESPN. What a novel idea - it's about the players, not the umps.

I don't even know if that was a message pitch. It wasn't even that far inside, McCann was just standing practically on top of the plate. It could have been but I'm not convinced one way or the other.

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  • it's kind of mesmerizing to watch
    should Theo add some Ted Abernathy videos for minor league pitching coordinator's use?

    sadly, Ted passed away in 2004 from complications of Alzheimers. I always loved the Cub bullpen trio of Phil Regan, Ted Abernathy and Hank Aguirre. As a kid, I even worked on both Phil Regan (very quirky delivery) and Ted Abernathy (extreme submarine) imitations when throwing a rubber ball against a wall. It wasn't a good imitation unless I could scrape my knuckles off the ground. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for submariners.

  • HAGSAG: Chris Pieters was sent to instructs to develop his hitting, bunting, and outfield play (he is already a decent first-baseman).  

    Pieters is tall and rangy , a "long-strider" in the same mold as Trey Martin and Rashad Crawford. He is a very patient hitter (unusual for a hitter with his lack of experience) and has an outstanding (almost uncanny) eye at the plate, and he is a fast runner with unusually good baserunning instincts, and he is a good basestealer, too.

  • I doubt we will see Pedro in any more "high leverage" situations this series. With Hendricks and the pen today, we need Bryant-Rizzo-Castro to get going ASAP.

  • One funny thing to see before the game was the two submariner pitchers (David Berg and Corbin Hoffner) playing catch with each other. Both pitchers throw "submarine" even when they play catch, and it's kind of mesmerizing to watch, even for the other players. 

  • CUBSTER: One of the points of emphasis  at "basic" Instructs this year was teaching the position players the art of baserunning and base-stealing, like getting a good primary and seconday lead, reading the pitcher, cutting bases sharply, and different ways to slide to maximize the baserunner's chance to arrive safely. 

  • has some interesting stats/graphs on pitch and strike zones and you can dial up individual games/pitchers. I'd love to see some comments from readers who can interpret this better than I can. I thought the Ump was really inconsistent with a very wide zone. Does this info seem to match up with my eyeball perception? Also, looking at the graphs, Lackey was not throwing as many pitches below the K-zone (certainly more above) while Lester was clearly getting his pitches down and not many above.

  • As I was fearing in my post yesterday, Maddon keeps trotting Strop out against the Redbirds and he constantly fails. I understand the psychology behind this, but in a series where there is a finite lock on who moves on, why does he keep riding the wrong horse?

  • AZ Phil: Agree, this must have been a really fun game to watch. There was a lot of base stealing going on. Are the pitchers not holding runners or is the catching still a work in progress?

  • Cuzzi has long been known as having the biggest strike zone among all umpires.

  • AZ Phil, give me a scouting report on Chris Pieters since he has become a 1B/OF.

  • I think it's probably hard to adjust to an ump's zone mid-game, as least for hitters. Pitchers can locate to an ump's zone, but hitters have minimal time to react.

    But, whatever. Umps are going to miss calls. Let's beat up on the non-Lackey starters.

  • Watched a little of Mets-Dodgers.

    Jason deGrom -- oh, my.

  • Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are 0-21 so far in the post-season.

    Let's change that in a big effin' way tomorrow, boys.

  • Considering how players reacted it seemed pretty accurate high and wide (to righties), but not so accurate low and in. I thought the strike zone by the ump was awful, but it was consistent and the Cubs never adjusted.

    Rizzo and Bryant need to have good at bats. They are really looking outclassed in these two games.

  • that game sounds fun as hell.

  • I was just wondering the same thing. I'd rather not see it at all. If it's inaccurate, it's a bad viewer experience. If it's accurate, it shows some shitty calling by the umpire.