Game 69 Thread / Cubs @ Blue Jays (2 of 3)

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SP Jason Marquis SP Roy Halladay
  4-3, 4.54, 36 K, 28 BB, 67.1IP
8-5, 3.07, 81 K, 12 BB, 102.2 IP
LF Reed Johnson RF Alex Rios
RF *Kosuke Fukudome DH *Matt Stairs
1B Derrek Lee 3B Scott Rolen
DH Aramis Ramirez CF Vernon Wells
CF *Jim Edmonds 1B *Lyle Overbay
3B Mark DeRosa C Rod Barajas
2B *Mike Fontenot LF *Brad Wilkerson
C Henry Blanco SS David Eckstein
SS Ronny Cedeno 2B *Joe Inglett














Oh dear, I think Lou has the interleague schedule confused with the preseason one. I'll be the first to say it - THIS LINEUP SUCKS!

That should be good for three to four runs off Halladay. They'll probably need five with Marquis on the mound though.


I love seeing Eckstein fail.

All right! Gotta love Reed.

At least Kosuke is batting 2nd.

strikes again.

Think Reed knew some of Halladay's tricks?

seem to have an old Edmonds scouting report, leaving the left side almost completely open.

Pffft... who is this "Halladay"? He sucks.

how did he not go to third when the ball hit Lee on the throw home?

Only thing I can figure is he didn't realize the ball got past him. Pitcher was back there backing it up, so he would have had to go right away.

Yep. Crappy lineup good for at least 5. This may turn out to be a nice Saturday after all..

GritFeud: Johnson vs Eckstein; no contest, actually.

"They'll probably need five with Marquis on the mound though."

Wish granted.

Guess what... Lee is dialed back in.

Good job Jason, *golf clap*

lol camera man.

3-1 slider... tee hee hee

Juiced bases, 0 out, only get 1 run, not bad.

Marquis outduels Halladay. Not a misprint.

Heh. It's Game #69. OMG LOL.

Marquis love: .500 record, 200 innings, doesn't miss starts, good hitter (for a pitcher) & the occasional great outing = not the worst #5 starter in MLB.

ERA down to 4.24 which would put him around 30th in the NL...that makes him a #2 starter. :)


Sorry, he's not worth the $10 million we're on the hook for next year.

yeah, but he's earning his 6.3m this year it seems.

hell, he didnt do too bad for a 4.75m guy last year.

i don't get it...why don't they just pay him 6.3m next year, too.

i don't understand how this works.

"Marquis is 4-0 with a 3.09 ERA over his past six starts and helped the Cubs pick up their first victory on artificial turf since Sept. 1, 2004, at Montreal."

So much for your prognostication, Rob. Is anyone else worried about Howry? He's been shitty...

Marquis is going through his strong stretch of the season, its just coming about a month later this year then last year when he was strong in April and May. I think he's good for 2 months every year but will lose it again. I think Howry is just getting his stuff up and he'll find himself again. I think he's moved down the ladder as far as Lou's confidence goes without doubt for now.

Lets get a win tomorrow and win the series!

According to Gameday, Howry's velocity on the fastball was up to 95 mph more than once today. Up until this outing, he's been toping out at 91-92. When he was having trouble last year (2007), his velocity was in the low 90s range and he didn't become more effective until he started hitting 95 consistently sometime in June. If he's starting to get his velocity back up to that range now, maybe he's getting back to where he'll be more effective again -- like last year.

It's Canada... maybe the gun is in kph.


No, in Canada the radar guns are in rods per hour. As in, "The metric system is the tool of the devil! My car gets 40 rods to the hogshead and that's the way I likes it!"

I did think about the Gameday radar gun possibly having a calibration error or difference from the one at Wrigley but Marquis' and Marmol's fastball velocity numbers seemed pretty consistent with what we've seen from the ones at Wrigley. So it seems that Howry found another 3-4 mph [or 4.92-6.56 kph :)] for his fastball up in Canada. Maybe it has something to do with the Canadian dollar/US dollar conversion rates. ~jk~

Paul Sullivan said Edmonds "showboated" on his error trying to make a basket catch and ripped the official scorer for calling it a hit at first before changing his mind.

Why does Sully hate Edmonds so much? Why is Sully such a hack?

In all seriousness... props to Jason Marquis on another fine outing. Keep it up.

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  • 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.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.