Game 111 Thread / Pirates @ Cubs (2 of 3)

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SP *Ted Lilly SP *Paul Maholm

10-6, 4.49, 124 K, 47 BB, 134.1 IP
7-6, 3.79, 96 K, 36 BB, 140 IP

LF Alfonso Soriano 2B Luis Rivas
SS Ryan Theriot SS Jack Wilson
1B Derrek Lee CF *Nate McLouth
3B Aramis Ramirez C #Ryan Doumit
CF Reed Johnson 3B Andy LaRoche
RF Mark DeRosa RF Stephen Pearce
C Geovany Soto LF *Brandon Moss
2B Ronny Cedeno 1B Chris Gomez
P *Ted Lilly P *Paul Maholm


this lineup sucks -- I hope I'm not too late

Go Cubs Go!!! I hope I'm not too early (it is the Pirates, you know).

Following the game thru gameday. Nice job by Cedeno to get two runners home from the 8 spot in the lineup - with Lilly hitting behind him, definitely take the gidp to get that 2nd runner in. Not sure why the bucs didn't walk him in the 2nd inning with 2 outs ...

22 gidp's for Lee on the season now ... LouPa will need to get serious in starting either Fonzie or The Riot when they got on in front of him. Previous career high for gidp for Lee was 18 in 2001. Will he end up having more HR's than GDPs this year?

1) Biggest play was Cedeno's RBI single in the second inning. Russell gambled with first base open and two outs that Maholm could get Cedeno, and the gamble failed.

2) The Pirates had the leadoff man on in the sixth, seventh and eighth and didn't score in any of those innings.

3) Marmol's fastball the past two days was timed at 96 mph, as hard as he's thrown in weeks.

Why no love for Johnson? Another find offensive outing for the sometime CF - man comes to play, could become even more important depending on Edmonds knee instability. And Marmol's definitely dialed in again - yay.

Johnson's trash in 75% of the games. The ones where the pitchers don't throw from the wrong side.

Well, don't know if you've noticed or anything, but that's kinda why you platoon him with a guy who has an 841 OPS against "the pitchers who don't throw from the wrong side".

Nailed it, Wes.

I think "Rekes" point of contention is that Reed could be the savior if Edmonds is hurt. Because I think we saw what happens when he gets regular PT vs righties.

That's fine.

264/314/393 isn't exactly great, which is Reed v. RHP in '08, but I'd take it if my choices were him, any of the likely candidates to be put on the waiver wire, or Pie. His numbers against right aren't even as good as Reed's are. 242/304/371.

I know we're splitting hairs about defining "trash", but I think Reed's righty numbers are fine for a 8th place hitter if he's going to play good defense.

All that is assuming you don't put Fukudome in center, play DeRosa in right, and put Fontenot at 2B. But, that's another discussion.

Griffey, Jr out with leg cramps. Allegedly he played a fantastic CF today.

I saw one diving catch on the highlights. I just assume it's a ball that anyone under 30 makes routinely out there.


Prince Fielder is under 30.

Under 30 and under 300

Cardinals losing heading into the 9th, 2-1.

Another arm for Sept? Angel Guzman has 2 inning start tonight @ Daytona

according to chicago mark cuban
is the first round leader with a bid
of 1.3 billion and with the support
of red sox ownership and nba commisioner

Prince Fielder is under 30.
just not his waistline

Guzman looked sharp, allowing just one earned run in two innings pitched, contributing to an 13-5 Cubs win... Guzman pitched much better in the second inning, striking out catcher Christian Lopez and then getting two ground outs.

Nolasco with 13K's in 8 innings last night.

so many day games.

only 1 night/evening game this week. bleh.

I love day games... gives me something to look forward to at work.

work \'wurk\ n.: a social construct in which Cub fans isolate themselves in an 8x8 room with a computer, performing menial tasks in exchange for local currency while waiting for Parachat gatherings.

Day games are vastly preferred. I can watch those live.

I prefer west coast night games. :-)

Here's a note from America's favorite journalist, Paul Sullivan, this morning. This is being filed under "crunch is muttering to himself while he responds in anger":

Cubs record when the wind blows in:
2007 & 2008 (Under Lou): 48-23 .676
2003-2006 (Under Dusty): 83-91 .477


I am no fan of Dusty, and would like to forget most of his time here, but given the overall better play, isn't it a given that the Cubs will have a better record under Lou than Dusty in any category?

Unfortunately, Sully can't put 2 and 2 together there.

So now we are just going to absolve Michael Barrett of all blame? I'm not sure if I can live with that.

well look at the facts.

it obviously is his fault.

i dont know why they bother spending all this loot on players when they can just go out and get injured.

i've always said what the cubs need is a 50-70 year old fat man to point and yell at people/places/things.

The seven keys to translating for Fukudome:

This whole not scoring any runs against Brian Moehler thing is really getting old.

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  • Good gravy, was that a much-appreciated top of the first.

    Transmission 7 min 18 sec ago view
  • That's a good analogy, bb...  Nice to see tonight's game start with a 104 yard kickoff return TD.

    Transmission 9 min 38 sec ago view
  • Grichuk won the game last night but a decent CF would have caught that drive by Ross. Good Cubbery!

    Cubster 9 min 52 sec ago view
  • this game is WAY better than last night.

    6 run 1st for the cubs...

    crunch 11 min 49 sec ago view
  • Very bizarre game -- as you say, both Cubs pitchers were dominant until the one fatal pitch. It was like watching the Bears defense shut down a team, and then lose on 2 punt returns. Some better hitting with RISP would be a good idea, too.

    billybucks 1 hour 39 min ago view
  • Trouble Boys, the Replacements bio, is a great option. I'm sure Chad loved it.

    Tito 2 hours 55 min ago view
  • Amen Brick. What's the point of following early-season games if you can't over-react to them? What, we should be reading books now?

    billybucks 3 hours 1 min ago view
  • "Weren't the National considered a near lock last year?"

    No, I think you're thinking of Radiohead, The 1975, or Bowie's last album.

    Although The National's Greatful Dead tribute is pretty cool.

    The E-Man 3 hours 11 min ago view
  • I don't think they're any kind of lock, though I do expect they'll make the playoffs.

    It's not like I'm glad they've gone 4-8. I just don't think it's time to be all that worried -- just like I didn't think they were going to keep playing .730 ball.

    Tito 3 hours 25 min ago view
  • vegas isn't a fan of the game because of how erratic and unpredictable it is.

    SF has recently won 3 world series many thought they weren't supposed to win...BOS won a world series recently that they weren't even supposed to be in the playoffs for...favored teams with huge wins have seen 1st round times.

    crunch 3 hours 33 min ago view
  • I think they'll be ok too. But having watched this team since the mid-60s, I never think it's time to conclude, well, thank god the drought is over. I've seen/heard way too many people who follow the Cubs say glad we're finally going to win the Series this year. Please. Weren't the National considered a near lock last year?

    BobbyD 3 hours 45 min ago view
  • Best record in baseball and largest division lead.

    I'm jumping right now!

    Tito 4 hours 1 min ago view
  • Can we please stop pointing out how ridiculous it is to panic and start panicking in earnest?

    Brick 5 hours 25 min ago view
  • ,571 winning percentage in May.

    I think they're gonna be OK.

    Tito 6 hours 47 min ago view
  • RAISIN: All I know is that Oscar de la Cruz is still shut down, and I don't know what his prognosis is, or what the plan is going forward.   

    Arizona Phil 9 hours 6 min ago view
  • Remember just two weeks ago, when "all" they had to do was play .500 ball the rest of the season and coast into the playoffs?

    BobbyD 9 hours 9 min ago view