Game 141 Thread / Cubs @ Reds (1 of 3)
|SP||*Ted Lilly||SP||Bronson Arroyo|
|13-8, 4.23, 160 K, 57 BB, 174.2 IP||13-10, 4.97, 137 K, 57 BB, 166.2 IP|
|LF||Alfonso Soriano||CF||*Chris Dickerson|
|SS||Ryan Theriot||SS||Jeff Keppinger|
|1B||Derrek Lee||2B||Brandon Phillips|
|3B||Aramis Ramirez||1B||*Joey Votto|
|2B||Mark DeRosa||3B||Edwin Encarnacion|
|CF||*Jim Edmonds||RF||*Jay Bruce|
|C||Geovany Soto||LF||Jolbert Cabrera|
|RF||*Kosuke Fukudome||C||Ryan Hanigan|
|P||*Ted Lilly||P||Bronson Arroyo|
That well-known rabble-rouser, Mark Sheldon of mlb.com, is billing this series as a showdown between NL Rookie of the Year candidates Geovany Soto and Joey Votto.
Actually, I don't know anything about Mark Sheldon's rabble-rousing, but the comparison is not entirely off-base:
As you can see, except for AVG, Soto's numbers are all better, plus one can't discount Soto's invaluable contribution behind the plate. Regarding Votto, who hit .382 last month and had a team-high 18 RBI, he has played well while most everything and everyone around him has gone to hell.
Also, don't forget Votto has had to overcome the handicap of playing for an imbecile.
Reds starter Bronson Arroyo has been outstanding lately, winning 9 of his last 12 starts and posting a 2.62 ERA in five outings last month. He has already beaten the Cubs and Ted Lilly twice this year, including a 2-1 decision a couple weeks ago.
The Cubs are embarking on their longest road trip this year as they endure their longest losing skid of the season. As for Lilly, he was a loser last time out against the Phillies (6.2 IP, 3 ER), but he has given the Cubs six or more innings in each of his last nine starts and in 16 of his last 17 assignments.
Let's win one for ol' Doc Gryzlo.
Non-Cub Sports Headline of the Week, from The Onion:
Pavano to Yanks: 'I'm Back And Ready To—Ow, My Hip!'
: / )
Yeah, there's that....
CTSteve -- have they decided to skip tomorrow's game...? (I keed)
Not a bad thing -- Bryant and Miggy are hurt, and Ross could use a day off.
2016 .607 ops
Plus bad fielding
taylor davis moved to AAA to take the place of that other catcher guy dude person.
Who's Mr. June-August? Can't be Jorge "Mr. 1.705 Playoff OPS " Soler, can it?
Chesny Young 4-5 tonight for Tenn. Now hitting .410 with an OBP over .500.
Looks like Soler has decided to take the "can't play in the cold" thing head-on. No longer wearing the cold-weather under gear.
Cubs record for last 3 months of regular season baseball: 59 - 23. (Aug, Sept/Oct and April, with one still to go).
That's a .720 winning percentage and projects to 117 wins over 162 games.
That's a lot of dance parties.
So where does Warren G rank in the list of terrible "Take me out to the ballgame" renditions? It's gotta be near the top.
They only need to win 18 more in a row to match the 1984 start of the Detroit Tigers.
I agree that it is frustrating and baffling and I am surprised more teams don't try and take advantage of it. However, in the end, I would rather have a pitcher that has 4-5 outs innings versus 4-5 runs innings.