Game 93 Thread / Giants @ Cubs (1 of 3)
|SP||Matt Cain||SP||Jason Marquis|
|5-7, 4.30, 112 K, 50 BB, 119.1 IP||6-5, 4.78 ERA, 49 K, 37 BB, 92.1 IP|
|LF||*Fred Lewis||SS||Ryan Theriot|
|2B||#Ray Durham||2B||*Mike Fontenot|
|RF||#Randy Winn||1B||Derrek Lee|
|C||Bengie Molina||3B||Aramis Ramirez|
|CF||Aaron Rowand||C||Geovany Soto|
|1B||*John Bowker||LF||*Daryle Ward|
|3B||Rich Aurilia||RF||Mark DeRosa|
|SS||#Omar Vizquel||CF||Reed Johnson|
|P||Matt Cain||P||*Jason Marquis|
On Rich Harden Debut Eve, the Cubs have made a roster move as they open a three-game set against the Giants.
Michael Wuertz, who allowed four runs in an inning-and-one-third against the Reds on Thursday, was sent down to Iowa. Kevin Hart, 2-1, 3.35 for the I-Cubs with 48 K's against 15 BB and a BAA of just .205, gets the call-up.
As for today's game, the Cubs hope to avenge last week's series split in San Francisco. (Normally, "avenge" would be too strong a word when you're coming off a split, but considering how miserably the Giants have played at home this year, I figured the Cubs were at least owed 3-of-4.)
The pitching matchup is a repeat of the pairing from the game played a week ago Tuesday, which the Giants won, 2-1. Marquis steadied himself after a bumpy first inning, allowing just four hits and two runs over 7 IP. Cain, however, was flat-out brilliant, shutting out the Cubs for 8 innings, while fanning 10 and allowing 2 piddly hits, which is one hit less than the Cubs collected in a ninth-inning rally against Giants closer Brian Wilson which fell just short.
In the ultimate test of his flyball-catching skills, Reed Johnson gets to play centerfield between Mark DeRosa and Daryle Ward, as Jim Edmonds and Kosuke Fukudome, who is hitting .238 since June 1st and striking out like a sonofagun, get to rest.
Ben Zobrist is very enjoyable to watch!!!!!!
given that he seems to only be throwing low 90s these days rather than the 93-96mph he used to throw, along with his wildness issues this year, he may end up passing through.
i dunno if something is wrong with him physically or his past shoulder issues has rendered him what he currently is, but he's been throwing a lot of sliders he can't control well and his fastball isn't as sharp. even when his slider wasn't working in a game he was still throwing a lot of them.
Any scuttlebutt on where Neil Ramirez gets traded?
He seems better than some of the relievers on competitive teams. He ought to bring more than the waiver fee.
My guess? Toronto.
PHIL: It seems as if Paniagua has always played 1B with the Cubs. At 6'2 and 180#, what is his frame like? String bean? Have you seen him bulk up? Where do you project him? Thanks.
Phil, what's your thoughts on which position players are going to Eugene and who is staying in AZL?
Ahhh...way to bring me down BB.
Still - a win tomorrow will be an acheivement regardless.
Don't mean to spoil your mood, but with tonight's win the are 3-5 on the trip with one to play.
While I'm bringing the room down -- Richard comes in to pitch the 9th with a 12-1 lead...and can't finish the game. Woof.
For some reason
It is remarkable how my mood has become uplifted with one game against the Cards.
That is sick.
But, I have been an addict for a long time.
A W tomorrow and it will be a .500 road trip.
Also, to keep the losses in perspective, if the Cubs were to lose 10 games a month - a lot at this current pace - they still end up 102-60. Six months of the ride!
So, the Mesa Cubs should be solid this summer in the AZL Rookie League?
And, I like the, "But did you know" lead in there. Something a little different.
I can tell really like this group of hitters in AZ right now.
What pitchers out there, other than Cease, should we be excited about?
Thanks as always for the info.
back on the Run Differential hunt... (aka The Hunt for Blue October)
These are the 2016 Cubs I know and love. Also digging that Cardinals OF (lack of) defense.
Another day, another eight runs
I'm not sure there was another team in baseball that would flip a Dansby Swanson type of prospect (plus Inciarte, plus Toussaint) for Miller. That trade was just comically bad from the start, and getting worse...
Zobrist just keeps squaring up - and Soler goes yard!
Pirates jumping all over Shelby Miller tonight - so glad the Cubs didn't flip a Dansby Swanson type prospect to the Braves for him. Two years of Lackey looking like a good alternative.