Game 118 Thread / Cardinals @ Cubs (3 of 3)
|SP||Chris Carpenter||SP||Ryan Dempster|
|0-0, 1.00, 4 K, 2 BB, 9 IP||12-5, 2.93, 133 K, 59 BB, 150.2 IP|
|CF||*Skip Schumaker||LF||Alfonso Soriano|
|LF||Joe Mather||RF||*Kosuke Fukudome|
|1B||Albert Pujols||1B||Derrek Lee|
|RF||Ryan Ludwick||3B||Aramis Ramirez|
|3B||Troy Glaus||CF||*Jim Edmonds|
|C||Yadier Molina||2B||Mark DeRosa|
||*Adam Kennedy||C||Geovany Soto|
|P||Chris Carpenter||SS||Ronny Cedeno|
|SS||#Cesar Izturis||P||Ryan Dempster|
Amazing game, this baseball.
Just two days ago, we were aglow over the possibility that this weekend set could end with the Cardinals nine games behind the Cubs and all but out of the NL Central race. Then on Saturday the league's highest-scoring road team bludgeoned the Cubs' nominal pitching ace and suddenly, St. Louis has a chance to win this series and close to within five games of first place with the Brewers once again also breathing down the Cubs' necks.
The Sunday Night ESPN Game features a matchup between two members of the Tommy John Surgery Alumni Club, Chris Carpenter and Ryan Dempster.
Carpenter, 13 months removed from his procedure, makes his third start of the year tonight. He threw five shutout innings at the Dodgers last Tuesday, requiring just 51 pitches to to buzz through the 15 outs. He's 7-2, 3.07 in 13 career starts against the Cubs; at Wrigley, he's 5-1, 3.88.
Alfonso Soriano, who has never faced Carpenter as a member of the Cubs, is 10-for-25 (.400) lifetime against the righty, with a pair of homers. On the other hand, in a combined 72 lifetime ABs against Carpenter, Lee and Ramirez together have just 1 HR and 5 RBI.
Dempster, who underwent TJS in August of '03, was beaten by the Astros on Electrical Storm Night last Monday. He is making his first start against the Redbirds since back in April of '05, when he also got the nod for the Cubs against Carpenter and was on the wrong end of a 4-0 final score.
|Records Following "Tommy John Surgery"|
|Chris Carpenter (2008—Current)||2||9||0-0|
|Ryan Dempster (2004—Current)||250||405||21-25|
|Tommy John (1976-1989)||405||2545||164-125|
It looks like the Cubs "post-season clinch number" is 25 right now: http://lyle.smu.edu/~olinick/riot/national_league.html
Is the magic number 25 or 26?
Agreed, to my untrained eyes he does look better than last season. Not a finished product yet and hopefully he will continue to improve, but if he plays solid middle infield defense he will stick in the majors.
Phillips smiled at Strop and gave him a thumbs up.
That pitch Schwarber hit is the kind he's been missing a lot of lately. When Schwarber struggles it reminds me of how hard it is to hit baseballs at that level. It doesn't seem like they've found a weakness, just that he isn't seeing the ball that great and just missing. Same with Rizzo the last few days.
I missed it. What did he do?
JOHN B: Pierce Johnson and Rob Zastryzny were likely 2015 AFL candidates ( I mentioned them as likely candidates to get assigned to the AFL in an article about the AFL last month) because they are starting pitchers who missed part of the season due to injuries and they need to accrue more innings. Guys who have been pitching regularly as starters have thrown too many innings to be considered, so it probably came down to Johnson, Zastryzny, and Duane Underwood Jr, with Underwood odd man out because he hasn't pitched above Hi-A.
extremely classy. i didn't see his reaction until the replay after the break. baseball needs more fun in some areas and less of some 'unwritten rules' violations leading to angst.
Nice bounce back game for Grimm, and "well done" Dan Haren. We'll take that (almost) every time.
I have never been a Brandon Phillips fan, but that was a very classy way to handle Strop yelling at him after the K.
go cubs go
You know you like it
AZ Phil: Any thoughts on the AFL Cubs? Some names on the list caught me by surprise.
"woo." - pedro strop