Game 129 Thread / Nationals @ Cubs (2 of 3)

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SP *Odalis Perez SP Ryan Dempster

5-9, 4.06, 83 K, 44 BB, 124 IP
14-5, 2.92, 149 K, 64 BB, 163.1 IP

2B #Emilio Bonificio LF Alfonso Soriano
LF *Willie Harris SS Ryan Theriot
3B Ryan Zimmerman 1B Derrek Lee
CF Lastings Milledge 3B Aramis Ramirez
1B Ronnie Belliard CF Reed Johnson
C Jesus Flores 2B Mark DeRosa
RF Austin Kearns C Geovany Soto
SS #Anderson Hernandez RF *Kosuke Fukudome
P *Odalis Perez P Ryan Dempster

Let us never speak of yesterday's game ever again. And damn, this game is early. And what's with all that pounding going outside my window? And why is everyone screaming? Anyone have any aspirin? 

(buries head under his pillow)

A rough but fun night for yours truly and the Angelfan wife drowning out yesterday's losses celebrating her birthday. It's gonna be another rough night if we lose again today.


Well, if we get into any trouble today, we can just put Gallagher...wait, what? Any pesky red-head sightings?

EIGHT stranded on bases,3 innings.Ramirez wants to win,3run hr.4th inning!Wheres Edmonds? We need more!

Where's Edmonds?
Where he always is when the Cubs face a lefty: On the bench.

I suggested it the other day. Something's gotta give.
Lee is just not right. His swings have been increasingly awkward. Now he's
hurt himself after double-twisting himself up with a particularly bad one.

Unfortunately, Daryl Wide is Lee's replacement at first base, not Micah Hoffpauir.

Cubs underperformers since the All-Star break

Lee .242 .310 .359 .669
Fukudome .217 .298 .311 .609
Wide .136 .231 .409 .640

Well, I don't know who the fuck 'Wide' is but slugging .409 isn't that awful.

Anyway, I endorse DeRosa in the 3 spot - DeRosa for MVP!

Pretty impressive when you consider the fact the Cubs are 22-12 since the break despite 2 of their keyus going into the year in extended slumps.

Goes to show what great pitching and a deep lineup can do for you.

Dude! Your wife's birthday was yesterday? It was my birthday yesterday!

My wife and I also went out and are sick and hungover today.

Sick and hung over after a forgettable Cubs loss? par for the century, i think.

soriano has 9 of his 28 walks this month...with a week left.


Ryan Dempster shows again the accuracy of that New York Times piece that kept calling him the ace of the staff. Way to go, Ryan.

Lou's postgame comments suggested Fuku's due for a benching tomorrow - probably a little past due for that action. Lou also mentioned that he's not hitting either curves or fastballs and that "in this league, you have to at least be able to do one of those." Amen.

play him vs. the lefty, sit him vs. the righty.


his swing is similar from both sides, but his power isn't.

dirk hayhurst, 27 year old 8th round pick from 2003...writer of baseball america's "non-prospect blog" thing last year...he's getting his callup to SD after a nice AAA season.


4ip 5h 2bb 2k 3er ...and the loss

welcome to the bigs. side note...zito gets win #8.

FYI he didn't get the loss. tied 3-3 well after he left.

oops and thx.

Random stat:
Since the All-star break
Cubs 22-12
Brewers 22-12
Cardinals 19-15

All 3 teams beating the teams they should be beating on a regular basis.

Cubs 6-1 vs. the Brewers and the Cardinals

yup, definitely beating the teams they should be beating.

Carrie Muskat quotes Oneri Fleita regarding Felix Pie's progress in her column today:

Fleita said he also was encouraged by outfielder Felix Pie, who was batting .284 at Iowa with nine homers and 47 RBIs.

"It looks like he's more patient," Fleita said. "The numbers are more consistent."

I dunno, this doesn't look consistent to me. May was truly abysmal. June was mediocre. And after a red-hot July, he's really fallen off. And patient? There's no indication of that at all.

May .169 .239 .338 .577
June .282 .316 .451 .767
July .373 .413 .588 1.001
August .255 .286 .340 .626

Felix's LH vs RH splits are still extreme.

LHP .235 .267 .346 .613
RHP .304 .352 .500 .852

But before you start thinking he could fit into
the CF platoon against right handed pitching
look at his AAA batting splits, starters vs. relievers.

Pie vs starting pitching .213 .269 .348 .617
Pie vs relief pitching .402 .429 .636 1.065

He's feasting on the mop up men. Again not really
what anyone would call consistent hitting, and more
what you might expect from someone plateauing below
expectations. AAAA.

His problems go far far far beyond patience. Against big-league pitchers he can't afford to be patient because he has to start his swing before he can recognize the pitch. A more compact swing would net him less power but give him better pitch reaction. Any word on if he's shortened up his absurd swing?

He'll be a minor leaguer until he figures out he's not a home run hitter and not being a home run hitter isn't really all that terrible. Everyone knows he has speed, he should use it in his offensive game.

Despite all the protests and assurances against, that sounds a lot like one Donald Corey Patterson.

woops, double post.

I mentioned in chat that you can get the audio and video feeds to play in any player you like. This is the latest thread, so I'll post it here.

I use this at work where I have a laptop with Linux installed, a Firefox browser, and I use the VLC audio player that comes with the installation. I don't use the video feed with this player, because I'm at work, and because VLC doesn't seem to be able to handle the video quality. I'll demonstrate using these items, but you should be able to use other tools that can do the same things. You might be using a Mac with a different player, for example.

The key thing to remember is that the mlb audio/video uses a URL to get your stream, and it contains the location of the stream plus your encrypted authentication info. As long as you can get this URL, you can then swipe it in your chosen audio/video player. The URL is only good for a short time, about a minute I think, so you have to be fast once you get the URL for the stream.

Here's how to do it:

Open a Firefox browser, and install the Firebug plugin. You can get it here. Firebug prints out all of your browser activity, including what URLs you go to. Install the plugin and restart Firefox.

Enable Firebug by choosing Tools -> Firebug and making sure the "Disable Firebug" item is unchecked.

Navigate to the mlb site and select the audio/video item you want to listen to (e.g., "WGN" under the radio selections).

A new window opens with a login form for you to log into your account to listen to the stream.

Right click the frame that contains the login form and select "Inspect Element". You'll get the Firebug window in the lower half of the browser window. Select the "Console" tab.

Log into your account.

In the console, you'll get a line like: mURL:

The URL you want begins after "mURL:". The rest is the URL you need to obtain your audio/video stream (i.e. etc.). Swipe that into your player. In VLC, it's done by selecting File -> Open Network Stream...

It may take you a few attempts at first to get it to work right because you might spend some time trying to find that URL in the console, figure out how to copy it, the URL might run off the end of the console because the font's too big, and so on. If you don't login successfully with that URL, you'll have to close your browser and try again, because issues cookies that are good for as long as your browser is open, and the URL contains your authentication info. By closing and reopening your browser, you'll end up with a new valid stream URL when you log in.

I hope this is useful information.

thanks for the tip...I'll have to try it.

25 for the playoffs and 29 for the division.

I thought we all agreed no mentioning of magic numbers until it's down to... zero?

discussing the magic number is not a jinx. It's merely a count of the games the cubs need to win to go to the playoffs. by no means does is imply that they have won anything. in fact it's quite the opposite.

but it's MAGIC, chad. MAGIC! There's gotta be something to that.

What's the Cubs' gay witchcraft number?


Pie needs to work on his strikeout to BB ratio, which has never been good his entire career. Without dramatic improvements in those area's he will be a career minor leaguer or "gasp" a career track like Corey Patterson.

And the main reason he has those poor ratio's is he still can't hit breaking pitches.

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  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.