Game 122 Thread / Cubs @ Marlins (1 of 3)

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SP Carlos Zambrano SP Josh Johnson

12-5, 3.22, 101 K, 48 BB, 151 IP
3-0, 3.19, 28 K, 14 BB, 36.2 IP
LF Alfonso Soriano SS Hanley Ramirez
SS Ryan Theriot RF *Jeremy Hermida
1B Derrek Lee 3B Jorge Cantu
CF *Jim Edmonds 1B *Mike Jacobs
C Geovany Soto 2B Dan Uggla
3B Mark DeRosa LF Josh Willingham
2B *Mike Fontenot CF Cody Ross
RF Reed Johnson C *John Baker
P #Carlos Zambrano P *Josh Johnson 

The Cubs attempt to extend their 8-game road winning streak with Carlos Zambrano trying to recover from a 4-inning+ outing against the Cards last Saturday in which he seemed to be channeling Bob Howry, i.e., allowing a whole big bunch of hits (10), homers (4), and runs (9).

Josh Johnson makes his second start this season against the Cubs. He served up solo home run balls to Geovany Soto and Reed Johnson but little else, a in an ND start on July 25th at Wrigley. (That was the game the Marlins won on a ninth-inning homer by Jeremy Hermida against you-know-who.)

Speaking of that four-game series, which the teams split, that's also the last series the Cubs played and didn't win.

Friday's Game Notes highlight:

The Cubs' seventh and eighth place batters are hitting a combined .301 this season, which is best in MLB. In the series at Turner Field, the #7 and #8 guys went 11-for-25 (.440) with 9 RBI.

And to think—we've expended all that energy this year debating who should hit leadoff.

By the way, no matter what happens the rest of the way, I think the Cubs should definitely go after Michael Phelps as a free agent.


will miss at least 2 starts now....

Phelps could bring it and would look good in a Cubs pinstripe speedo. Ladies attendance would increase exponentially.

Bob Howry = Voldemort??

I think Phelps really should have to play for the Fish...

I'm going to get those Chinese gymnastic girls for my nephews little league team.

via Rotoworld..

Jarrod Washburn said he was upset at not being traded to the Twins.

Washburn has a home in Minnesota and the Twins are a contender, so it's easy to understand why he wanted to leave. The Twins reportedly offered Boof Bonser for him. "If that was the case, how much more do you think you're going to get? A young guy with a great arm who's cheap," Washburn said.

What's the updated word on Ramirez? I haven't been able to find much. Just sitting as precaution, or is he going to be out a few days?

In othernews: Soto for MVP

Just a bruise on his thigh. He could have started today, but they thought they'd rest it. Lou says he is available to pinch hit today if needed. Technically he is listed as day-to-day.

Heard Lou on the pre-game. Its a bruise as we've been told. In necessity he could be used as a PH tonight. Will not play til Sunday.

Z isn't right. Hopefully he can figure it out in the next couple of starts.

He looks like a Red Bull junky out there tonight. Never seen him spit so much. Somebody get a straight-jacket. We need an intervention.


D WARD! D Ward was beyond due...and we were due to finally hit Gregg.

"I was born to hit a fastball"

--D. Ward (in the postgame comcast interview with Len)

First time in a goddamn month I had an opportunity to get into parachat and so I worked in my garage and lost track of time and missed the end of the game by a few minutes. Damnit!

Anyway, go Cubs and go D Ward. Hot to trot. Strawberries, yeah, strawberries ... not the cheese.

No doubt about that shillelagh - crushed.

No fun for MKE, seeing the Cubs W on the board tonight.

also the win means an 9 game road win streak and a 30-30 record on the road.

the road winning streak in July-Aug 1945 was 12 games.

not sure if everyone can see this link but it's the mlb press pass for tonight's game...more stats than you can shake a stick at (all nine pages)

Also: suck it, cheeseheads.

That was a Helms-of-a-play in the top of the ninth on the Fontenaught's liner. Had I not known the final score by them I would have been really pissed.

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  • Shit.

    Blew my prediction! I had them signing Zimmerman and trading for another arm.

  • Damn wanted Zimmermann

  • Yeah, this market. Remember when Ted Lilly signed a 4/$40m with the Cubs? It was like "Well, I guess if you can throw a ball, that's what the 3 and 4 starters are all getting." I'm glad I'm not a GM. Of course, they're spending our money...

  • in this market that seems like a decent deal relative to the market.

    given that d.price will probably get 30m-ish a year, 22m for 29yo zimm doesn't seem bad. i wouldn't complain about him suiting up for the cubs. one less option gone...

  • Zimmermann 5/$110m with Tigers. Youch.

    And the updated predications page:

  • Cubs 3B Christian Villanueva (who is out of minor league options) is hitting 358/464/500 for Obregon in the Mexican Pacific League (LMP), and is leading the LMP in OBP, is second in BAvg and walks, is seventh in SLG, and is tied for 8th in HR. He also has struck out only 16 times in 175 PA. 

  • CTSteve, thanks for spelling Zimmermann correctly. We don't need another first baseman.

  • The media has linked Cueto and the Cubs approximately zero times this winter. I'm thinking there's just not a lot of interest there on the Cubs' part. It seems unlikely.

    If the Cubs miss on Price, Grienke, and Zimmerman, they will aim for a mid-rotation starter via free agency or trade. However, I think this scenario also significantly boosts the odds that they extend Arrieta.

  • The Tigers are going after Zimmermann and the Red Sox will be throwing money at Price. Bringing Cueto back to the NL with the Cubs is looking like a serious possibility. Thoughts?

  • Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe in the financial impact to the Red Sox for not signing Jon Lester early in the free agent process:

    It will be interesting to ultimately add up the cost of letting Jon Lester go.

    The Red Sox botched up their negotiations with Lester in during spring training of 2014, making an initial offer of $70 million that was roughly $40 million short of what it should have been. Talks broke down and Lester was traded in July.

  •'re flip-flopping again?!

    Is this legal? What is the rule here on opining definitively and then changing your mind?

    I am not only surprised at your declaration, but Cutler's better 2015 showing. I don't get it - he went through Martz, Turner, Trestman, Kromer, and now Gase...and he is still here! And. he'll be here mext year too.

  • Happ signs w Jays

    Morsi saying Price won't be a Jay

  • needs more d.beeler and e.jokisch

  • As an Illinois tax payer I appreciate what they r doing

  • + Bankruptcy Court

  • +Price