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.

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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.

heh...

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.

okay...

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.

ha.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/07p...

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 mlb.com 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:http://web.servicebureau.net/conf/meta?averylongst...

The URL you want begins after "mURL:". The rest is the URL you need to obtain your audio/video stream (i.e. http://web.servicebureau.net 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 mlb.com 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?

1-900-GAY-CHAD

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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  • Some perspective (mostly for my own benefit): Dan Straily beat MadBum 2-1 today as the Reds took 2 of 3 in SF. Giants are 2-9 since the break and their lead over LA is down to 2.5 games. So, yeah...baseball. It'll drive ya nuts.

    billybucks 6 min 21 sec ago view
  • McNutt / Archer didn't work out well for us.

    QuietMan 22 min 32 sec ago view
  • The floor is more valuable than the ceiling. It's the same reason we drafted Kris Bryant instead of Jon Gray.

    John Beasley 1 hour 7 min ago view
  • Apparently the Yankees had the choice of either Gleyber Torres or Eloy Jimenez in the Chapman deal, and they chose Torres. 

    link 

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 1 min ago view
  • Chapman shouldn't be reserved anymore on 40 man.

    chitownmvp01 5 hours 52 min ago view
  • Interesting split on Heyward according to ESPN. As a CF, his slash line .292/.363/.375/.738. At RF: .212/.204/.300/.604. 21/72 as a CF, 58/273 as a RF.

    He's also been better when batting 2nd, but he had a nice start in the 6 hole, but has slumped ever since. He was heating up before the All Star break, but is only hitting .108 in the 2nd half.

    chitownmvp01 6 hours 54 sec ago view
  • When we played the Reds with Chapman, I always thought of it as an eight-inning game. So now other teams have eight innings to try to get a lead against the Cubs. Should be a challenge, assuming three or four Cubs ever start hitting again.

    I don't really try to get to know and like these players personally. I'm rooting for laundry, for the most part. Exceptions might be when a player makes trouble in the clubhouse or in the dugout. (Zambrano and Bradley come to mind. Also Papelbon.) But I don't think Chapman is one of those jerks.

    VirginiaPhil 9 hours 33 min ago view
  • Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.

    The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.

    Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.

    Old and Blue 11 hours 36 min ago view
  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 20 hours 39 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 21 hours 22 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 21 hours 33 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 21 hours 39 min ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 21 hours 43 min ago view
  • new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 21 hours 54 min ago view
  • Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.

    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 22 hours 5 sec ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 22 hours 15 min ago view