Game 84 Thread / Cubs @ Giants (2 of 4)
|SP||Jason Marquis||SP||Matt Cain|
|6-4, 4.96, 44 K, 34 BB, 85.1 IP||4-6, 4.44, 97 K, 44 BB, 105.1 IP|
|RF||*Kosuke Fukudome||LF||*Fred Lewis|
|SS||Ryan Theriot||2B||#Ray Durham|
|1B||Derrek Lee||RF||#Randy Winn|
|LF||*Daryle Ward||C||Bengie Molina|
|C||Geovany Soto||CF||Aaron Rowand|
|CF||*Jim Edmonds||1B||*John Bowker|
|3B||Mark DeRosa||3B||Jose Castillo|
|2B||*Mike Fontenot||SS||#Omar Vizquel|
|P||*Jason Marquis||P||Matt Cain|
The NL West and Barry Zito proved to be the cure for what ailed the Cubs last night. The Cubs will look to continue their dominance over the NL West with Jason Marquis getting the start gainst 23-year old Matt Cain. Lou counters by mixing up the lineup a bit from last night, dropping Soto and DeRosa in the order and inserting Darlye Ward in left (Keep the ball down, Marquis!). Scrappy McFontenot also gets a start at second base.
Game notes fun after the jump...
The Cubs were the first team in the NL to hit 50 wins on the season and are only the second Cubs team ever to reach 50 wins by the end of July. The other Cubs team to reach such a lofty milestone was the 1969 Cubs.
The Cubs finished June with a winning record at 15-12, for their fourth consecutive winning month (dating back to last September). The 15 wins in June were tied for second in the NL with the Cardinals and one behind the Brewers.
The game is on WGN tonight, parachat should be rocking.
The Cubs have released RHRP Scott Frazier (2013 7th round dfraft pick - Pepperdine).
A Cubs pitching coach told me in Spring Training 2014 that he thought Frazier had the best pure stuff in the organization. Absolutely electric fastball & breaking ball combo. Other pitchers would gather behind the screen just to watch him throw "live" BP. That's how amazing he was.
Got a chance to see Diamondbacks RHSP Zack Greinke (15-day DL - strained oblique) throw a rehab start at Sloan Park Friday night. Four of the first seven AZL Cubs hitters singled and the Cubs did score an unearned run in the bottom of the 1st inning, but then Greinke got serious and struck out five in a row.
ZACK GREINKE: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 4/0 GO/AO, 49 pitches (34 strikes)
Eloy Jimenez grand slam tonight. Hoping Soler power returns and gets hot but future looks bright in the outfield regardless.
Have fun - It may be good for Arrieta to be facing a team that doesn't know him as well as the NL teams. A nice shutout would do wonders for his confidence. He is confident in public but baseball is hard and he could use a boost, I'm sure.
Me too. I'll be at the game tomorrow and would love to see Good Arrieta.
Last few games have been the April version of the Cubs that disappeared completely the past two months.
Hope they can sustain it.
Don't sell yourself short, Judge.
I love this team.
Looks like Mother Nature is trying to call this fight.
Hey! I remember this team!
The key for Heyward's offense: get early leads. Heard a stat on Mike & Mike on the way to work that his avg/power much better this year when the Cubs have the lead. And true to form he gets the two run dinger with Cubs winning 3-0 ...
I'm sorry - I was probably not looking at the correct line, or spot, or...who knows!
I could blame it on the weed, but I stopped smoking many years ago.
Fortunately, I can rely on the rest of you sober and astute folks to bring the correct info forth.
Oh yeah! It just felt like one for some reason.
Agreed. I was not including Fowler or Heyward.
I'm just not a fan of 2016 Coghlan.....
@Dusty Contreras if it's a Lester or Arrieta start. TLS is good PH too. You also forgot about Heyward, assume Fowler is CF.
I expect Soler to get optioned as well when activated and Cahill to replace Grimm. It wouldn't surprise me if Coghlan and/or Soler is included in a trade.
Maybe Coghlan is up to see if he can get on track before someone acquires him.
This move could also be to assure that we have as much OF depth as possible to maximize Joe's ability to rest players in September once we've clinched.
Maddon basically said as much...Fowler still kind of sore, they're being proactive, etc.