Game 89 Thread / Cubs @ Cardinals (3 of 3)

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SP *Sean Marshall SP Todd Wellemeyer
  0-2, 4.87, 17 K, 9 BB, 20.1 IP
7-3, 3.86, 70 K, 30 BB, 93.1 IP
CF Reed Johnson LF Joe Mather
SS Ryan Theriot CF *Rick Ankiel
1B Derrek Lee 1B Albert Pujols
3B Aramis Ramirez RF Ryan Ludwick
C Geovany Soto 3B Troy Glaus
RF Mark DeRosa C Yadier Molina
LF Matt Murton SS #Cesar Izturis
2B *Mike Fontenot P Todd Wellemeyer
P *Sean Marshall 2B Brendan Ryan
















Z and Dempster are starters on the NL squad. Woody is in, as well as Soto, Fuku, and Sori.

ARam makes it as a reserve.

All of TBS's graphics look like crap. Looks like this was produced by a 8th grade visual arts class. Looks like I'm watching it on, not digital cable.

I just posted this in the thread below as well, but the 7 members the Cubs have on the team is the most in Cubs history. They had 6 in 1988 and 1936, but never 7.

Cubs will have a big say in getting home field for the NL then.

Given the Cubs' road record this year, I'd be a lot more confident about the NL's chances of winning the game if it was held in Wrigley Field...

little izzy returns...good for him.

johnson leading off again...meh. team is too loaded with talent to do that, biggie, though.

edmonds? fuku?

what's up?

lineups corrected...apparently Edmonds has a sore hand from the play at the plate and Lou wanted to rest Fukudome.


With much competition, yours is the hippest signature yet on this forum. My answer is: Yes. That's Chicago. Now that I think about it, we could have a Chicago Seven discussion. Politicians: Thompson (Big Bill), Bauler, Daley, Daley, Burke, Byrne, Washington. (Obama's not just Chicago anymore.) Progressives/radicals : Terkel, Despres, Darrow, Altgeld, Addams, Metcalfe, Ayers. Jazz Musicians: Bud Freeman, Jimmy McPartland, Ira Sullivan, Johnny Griffin, Von Freeman, Fred Anderson, Muhal Richard Abrams. Suggestions? [Off day tomorrow!]

Baseball question: I remember the 1969 Cubs (who broke my 16-year-old heart and made me the broken-down die-hard Cubs fan I am today) placing their entire starting infield on the All-Star Team: Santo, Kessinger, Beckert, Banks, and Hundley; and didn't Williams and Jenkins make it too? Who knows the details?

Hundley, Banks, Beckert, Kessinger and Santo all made the NL All-Star team in 1969. Santo and Kessinger started. But those were the only 5 Cubs on the team, neither Williams nor Jenkins made it. Sadly while all got in the game, they went a collective 0-9 at the plate.

Bedard's start pushed back due to shoulder tightness and he may not pitch again until after the All-Star break.

Looks like Marshall wants to stay in the rotation. Bang up job. Nice road series win.

Ranged from 85 to 91 mph today.

He also barked at the umpire in the 1st, wanted the outside on one pitch. Good to see that kind of passion from him.

it would be nice to upgrade team without giving up
marshall or gallagher.

here's the 1969 All-Star squad...


Banks, Beckert, Hundley, Kessinger, Santo (Five, and yes, the entire infield).

Fergie Jenkins didn't make the pitching staff that year (Carlton, Gibson, Dierker, Grant Jackson, Koosman, Marichal, PNiekro, Seaver, Bill Singer)

NL won 9-3, Carlton started and got the win. Willie McCovey was the MVP with 2 HR's. Bench, Frank Howard and Freehan also had HR's.

Looks like Sabathia to the Brewers is 'imminent'. Is Harden to the Cubs still a viable rumor? What package are the A's asking for?

Fucking Brewers.

still think LaPorta to the Indians won't happen?


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  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.

  • Unbeleivable Dodgers:
    I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
    Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:

    Some "Highlights"
    Carl Crawford $20MM
    Brandon McCarthy $17MM
    Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
    Darwin B $2.2MM
    Dan Haren $10MM
    Matt Kemp $18MM
    Brian Wilson $10MM
    Ryan Webb $2.2MM
    Dee Gordon $2.5MM

  • So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.


    And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):

  • i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.

    there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.

  • I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.

  • O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already. 

  • I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.

    I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.

  • Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.

  • With last night's win in Pittsburgh, the Cubs have tied the Pirates with 98 wins, and are only 2-1/2 games behind the Cardinals. No reason why the Cubs can't finish the post-season with the best winning percentage in baseball (regular season & post-season combined). 

  • BOB: I doubt very much that Matt Szczur will be on the Cubs LDS roster.

    If he wasn't on the Wild Card roster (when the Cubs went with 15 position players), he won't be on the LDS roster (when the Cubs will go with 13 or 14 position players).

    As it is, at least one of the three RH hitting outfielders who were on the Cubs WC roster (Denorfia, Jackson, and Soler) could get bumped off the LDS roster (probably Soler).

  • I want my baseball team to win by playing better baseball. I don't want umps, fields, or fans to have anything to do with it.

  • Just with the chanting thing it worked to rattle Cueto last year where he dropped a ball and gave up a HR next pitch so you can't really hate on the fans for trying it again in this important of a game.

    Arietta though.

  • I felt the same way, too, but...

    I was very disappointed with Pittsburgh fans. At Wrigley a few weeks ago, they were very obnoxious guests, the cockiness on Twitter, and what's the deal with chanting Arrieta's name during the game? Very bush league. Add that up with Rodriguez's poor sportsmanship and you quickly have a team that you don't mind beating 4-0 in a do or die game.

  • Absolutely-It was tense. And when the Pirates couldn't push any runs across, you could see the frustration boil over.