Hey, We Already Saw This Movie and Didn't Like It Then!—Cards 2, Cubs 1
For the second night in a row, the Cubs failed to support a deserving starting pitcher with any offense and they lost another low-scoring game to the Cardinals.
Ryan Dempster allowed just six hits, two walks, and two earned runs over seven innings, but the Cub bats failed to produce any scoring until Micah Hoffpauir delivered a pinch single in the ninth to bring home Milton Bradley. The Cubs, who saw Reed Johnson fan to end the game with the potential tying run on third base, mustered just six hits after collecting three against Joel Piniero on Tuesday night.
Looks like having starters with batting averages like .230, .193, .200, and .202 is beginning to catch up with our boys.
What do you think, Mr. Piniella?
"You always have a few people struggling, but not four or five in a
lineup. I mean, you could have four or five struggling in a 13-man
alignment with your bench, but we're talking about guys that are
"So when that improves -- and it will -- you'll see our offense pick up and we'll do things with a lot more consistency."
Chris Carpenter, returning from injury, blanked the visitors for the first five innings and is now 8-3 lifetime against the Cubs.
Personally, I am looking forward to Carlos Zambrano's return against the Padres on Friday night. Aside from the hitters dealing with their myriad individual struggles, the regulars have to be feeling the weight of Aramis Ramirez's absence and maybe Zambrano will do something, anything, to jolt this team back awake.
To quote from Animal House, "I think this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part," and I'm feeling that maybe Zambrano will be the guy to do it.
Sean Marshall goes against Adam Wainwright in the series finale in Saint Louis Thursday night.
I've been pretty harsh with Lester here at various times but that's how it is when you pull in that kind of money, and besides, it's not like he reads my posts or would care what I have to say if he did read them for some reason. If I was him, the first thing out of my mouth would be, what level have you played this game at, pal?
Anyway, he's really looked good lately, and overall his body of work turned out pretty good, too. I'm glad his worst struggles were in April. This is such an easy team to like that I even like the overpaid free agent.
Gordo's lede today:
ST. LOUIS – Whether it’s a year early or right on time, Jon Lester’s $155 million moment arrives just after 5:45 p.m. Friday.
*checks pulse again*
Who are you? Andy Rooney?
Colbert has our backs
K-DUB: I get a chance to see the other MLB clubs Player Development operations out here and I have talked to scouts and other baseball people about it, and I can tell you that the Cubs Player Development program has gone from being almost a joke to one of THE best.
how did ej martinez go from asking for $10m, to supposedly mulling over $7m offers, to eventually signing for $3m?
...and what happened with him and the giants a few days ago?
Its not official until AZ Phil adds him to the Cubs Depth Chart!
Just freakin love it!
From Keith Law:
This from a Kiley McDaniel chat a couple weeks ago...
"Comment From Wrenzie
Who has more ceiling between Yusniel Diaz or Eddy Julio Martinez?
Kiley McDaniel: Martinez. I have Eddy (20 years old) as a 65 runner with a 55 arm and 50 raw power that profiles as an everyday CF that could be above average depending on if the bat is a 45 or a 55. I have Yusniel (19) as a 60 runner with a 55 arm and 40 raw power that can be an everyday guy if he hits enough (50 or 55)."
"Per Jesse Sanchez at mlb.com, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus.
Arizona Phil 7 hours 23 min ago"
it's day old news, and it's got nothing to do with the cubs, but ichiro signed a $2m deal with MIA (with a $2m option for 2017).
neat. 41 years old and damn close to 3000 hits.
also, rain delays suck.
take that giants
I think that if a team objects to the 1-game wildcard playin game so much, they could just win the pennant and avoid themselves the trouble.
Per Jesse Sanchez at mlb.com, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus.