Game 90 Thread / Reds @ Cubs (1 of 3)

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SP Aaron Harang SP Ryan Dempster
  3-10, 4.47, 102 K, 27BB, 118.2 IP
9-3, 3.24 ERA, 93 K, 43 BB, 111 IP
       
SS Jerry Hairston, Jr. SS Ryan Theriot
CF *Jay Bruce RF *Kosuke Fukudome
RF *Ken Griffey Jr. 1B Derrek Lee
2B Brandon Phillips 3B Aramis Ramirez
LF *Adam Dunn C Geovany Soto
3B Jeff Keppinger CF *Jim Edmonds
1B *Joey Votto LF Mark DeRosa
C *Paul Bako 2B *Mike Fontenot
P Aaron Harang P Ryan Dempster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With just one nightmarish half-inning having prevented them from a
sweep of the Cardinals this past weekend, the Cubs return to the 33-10
Confines for three games against the Reds, who just completed a
four-game sweep of the Nationals, which is very similar to winning four
games from an actual Major League Baseball team.

Ryan Dempster puts his perfect record at Wrigley this season (9-0)
up against Aaron Harang, who the Cubs have already thumped twice this
year. (For that matter, Dempster had one of his lesser home starts of
the season against the Reds back on April 15th, allowing five walks,
five hits and four runs in a game the Cubs won anyhow, 9-5.)

In all, the Cubs and Reds have split six games this game, with each club taking two of three on its home field.

Dusty Baker Quote of the Day:
Speaking
of journeyman and former Cub Jerry Hairston, Jr., who has hit in the
leadoff spot for 10 of the past 11 Reds games while alternately playing
shortstop and centerfield, Baker said:

"We wouldn't be where we are (without him)."


To be clear,
the 43-47 Reds are in fourth place, 10 1/2 games behind the first-place
Cubs and just two games ahead of the last-place Astros, and the team
has been higher than fourth place for only seven days this entire
season.

Go get 'em, Jerry.

Comments

theriot/fuku...i'm liking this...

even accepting soriano is probably gonna lead off no matter what i like...i love fuku in the #2 slot.

btw...jerry hairston's been playing some killer ball.

he had persistant back problems for years in his career he thought was untreatable. when he finally got so sore/limited he got time to "rest" properly he got better. also during that time he found a better way to keep his back in shape.

it wouldnt be too hard to see brian roberts-like production out of him for a few years...though he probably wont steal 50 bases or anything like that...or get hyped up on HGH to do it ;p

Wasn't Hairston already linked to HGH? I might be making that up, but FWIW I saw him out in Scottsdale a couple years ago with Barry Lamar Bonds. They've never played on the same team, so I don't know how they'd know each other well enough to be hitting the clubs together unless they somehow know each other through their fathers (also never played together, although they came very close with the White Sox in '78).

Anyway, hanging out with one of the biggest douchebags in baseball history is enough evidence for me to suspect you've been doing something unseemly.

There's a game?

In other news... I'm at O'Hare, AA concourse. I walk into the Fox Sports bar, and ... it's a White Sox orgy. WTF?

Hairston was mentioned in the Mitchell report..... I took Crunch's post to be mocking his inclusion.

yeah, sorry.

i need more sarcastic emoticon than " ;p "

My bad on not picking up the sarcasm.

it wasn't that obvious, anyway...plus it dont matter! haha.

drawbacks of an all-text media...hard to get the subtle parts of communication through clearly. meh.

To be fair to Dusty, I think the Reds are 9 games over .500 when Hairston is playing.

Obviously he doesn't deserve all of the credit for that stat, but that won't stop Dusty from pimping one of his dawgs.

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  • Apparently the Yankees had the choice of either Gleyber Torres or Eloy Jimenez in the Chapman deal, and they chose Torrers. 

    link 

    Arizona Phil 10 min 38 sec ago view
  • Chapman shouldn't be reserved anymore on 40 man.

    chitownmvp01 3 hours 45 min ago view
  • Interesting split on Heyward according to ESPN. As a CF, his slash line .292/.363/.375/.738. At RF: .212/.204/.300/.604. 21/72 as a CF, 58/273 as a RF.

    He's also been better when batting 2nd, but he had a nice start in the 6 hole, but has slumped ever since. He was heating up before the All Star break, but is only hitting .108 in the 2nd half.

    chitownmvp01 3 hours 53 min ago view
  • When we played the Reds with Chapman, I always thought of it as an eight-inning game. So now other teams have eight innings to try to get a lead against the Cubs. Should be a challenge, assuming three or four Cubs ever start hitting again.

    I don't really try to get to know and like these players personally. I'm rooting for laundry, for the most part. Exceptions might be when a player makes trouble in the clubhouse or in the dugout. (Zambrano and Bradley come to mind. Also Papelbon.) But I don't think Chapman is one of those jerks.

    VirginiaPhil 7 hours 26 min ago view
  • Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.

    The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.

    Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.

    Old and Blue 9 hours 29 min ago view
  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 18 hours 32 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 19 hours 14 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 19 hours 25 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 19 hours 32 min ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 19 hours 35 min ago view
  • new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 19 hours 46 min ago view
  • Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.

    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 19 hours 52 min ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 20 hours 8 min ago view
  • I'm liking this rookie Nathan.

    CTSteve 20 hours 8 min ago view
  • Richard DFA'd. Meh...

    The E-Man 23 hours 1 sec ago view
  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 1 day 1 hour ago view