Game 79 Thread / Orioles @ Cubs (3 of 3)
|SP||Radhames Liz||SP||Jason Marquis|
||1-0, 6.27, 14 K, 9 BB, 18.2 IP||6-3, 4.43, 41 K, 31 BB, 81.1 IP|
|2B||#Brian Roberts||LF||*Eric Patterson|
|SS||#Alex Cintron||SS||Ryan Theriot|
|RF||*Nick Markakis||1B||Derrek Lee|
|1B||Kevin Millar||3B||Aramis Ramirez|
|3B||*Aubrey Huff||CF||*Jim Edmonds|
|LF||Jay Payton||C||Geovany Soto|
|CF||Adam Jones||RF||Mark DeRosa|
|C||Guillermo Quiroz||2B||*Mike Fontenot|
|P||Radhames Liz||P||*Jason Marquis|
Sure, baseball is a 162-game marathon and one individual game generally means very little in the grand scheme of things. But once in awhile a key game comes along that can define a team and a season. The Orioles threaten to take the series today, which would mark the Cubs first series loss at home since the end of April to the Brewers. We shall not stand for this threat against our beloved Friendly Confines So rise up, my beloved Cubbies against this island of misfits led by the Cubs' bespectacled cast-off.
WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE!
Cubnut: All I know is, the Orioles' scheduled starter last night, Brian Burres, was scratched because of a "stomach illness," and his replacement, Matt Albers only lasted five batters before he was pulled thanks to a "sore right shoulder."
It's pretty clear to me that Burres, contemplating what it would be like to go up against the NL's mightiest offense, suffered a disabling case of pre-game nervous diarrhea. Then Albers, after summoning the courage to actually take the mound, was the victim of a psychosomatic shoulder problem.
At least, that's how I see it.
Interesting item from Len & Bob's Baseball Blog:
With a victory today, the Cubs will become the first club to win 50 games in 2008. Of the teams that have accomplished that feat since 1999, only one—the '05 White Sox—went on to win the World Series.
The '06 Tigers made it to the Series, but lost.
Four clubs, including the Angels last season and Lou Piniella's 116-win Seattle team of 2001, won their division, but were stopped short of a pennant.
And three of the first-to-50 teams never even made it to the post-season: the '03 Mariners, the '02 Dodgers, and the team that won its 50th game on the same day as Los Angeles—the Seattle Mariners managed by the aforementioned Piniella.
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Sex Fowler out with sore heel
Pretty epic nickname
Mike Olt lives!
Screw the closer.
He's had so few save opportunities that it might be difficult for him to get the All Star nod but Rondon has an absolutely ridiculous 1.05 ERA and 1.06 FIP after this game so far (and I think his worst outing was in the 10th inning non save situation) so I do absolutely think he is worth considering.
wood(4)/grimm/strop/rondon combine for 7ip 0h 0bb 8K
3ip 0h 0bb 3k for t.wood...nice.
wonder if they'll let him go another.
4ip 0h 0bb 4k...and probably done f'real this time. 43 pitches and in line for the win.
And stay off the keyboard too
Depends how long he'd be gone but if not too long I would assume they'll use Wood or Cahill and limit them to 4 or 5 innings and call up a reliever to use in the bullpen.
hopefully it's a carlos-zambrano-special and he just needs to drink more water and less coffee+redbull before starts.
Assuming Hammel needs some DL time for the hammy, who do the Cubs call up: Glasnow or Taillon? Too many starting pitching prospects at Iowa to choose from.
"cramping in right hamstring" according to the booth.
btw, it was his left hamstring that was injured last year.
hammel is injured and done..."leg cramp" or some other leg issue...was down behind the mound coming back from commercial and seemed to have injured himself warming up on the mound between innings.
heyward with a bit of starlin castro disease...you're great D dude, but you can't range 200ft in all directions even if you're playing CF.
that said, he almost had it...though zobrist or baez should have had it if heyward wasn't coming on at 100mph.
hammel is quite wild today even if he got the first 2 outs on Ks that were result of swinging through stuff not in the zone.
she did fine, fwiw.
bombs were bursting in the air...ramparts were watched...all that stuff.
zoobrest kissed her afterwards and got about 20lbs of the 100lbs of makeup she was wearing on him.
Cards still haven't been punished for hacking, "unlikely" to happen before June draft. http://bit.ly/1U8sEYL
i'd settle for him knocking it out the park...not settle, prefer...yeah.