Saturday Game Thread: Cardinals (28-21) @ Cubs (23-26)

Another indescribably beautiful summer day in Chicago; not bad since we're still in May.

Rookie Adam Ottavino, a first-round draft pick back in '06, has been called up to make this start for the Cardinals in place of the injured Kyle Lohse. I don't actually know what the Cubs' recent record is against guys making their Major League debuts, but I feel like it's horrendous. (This game from earlier this year leaps to mind, though Leake has certainly performed well overall.)

Carlos Silva, the first Cub pitcher to start a season 6-0 since Ken Holtzman did so 43 years ago, has already won more games in 9 starts for the Cubs than he did in 34 starts for the Mariners.

Geovany Soto is under the weather and is not starting, but he is available to play. Ramirez is sitting again in place of Fontenot. Note to fans sitting in the first-base box seats: you have been warned.

(On the other hand, in 58 fewer ABs than Ramirez, Fontenot has the same number of extra-base hits as A-Ram (10), which says just about all that needs to be said about the offensive season our regular third baseman is having.)

Cardinals vs. Silva (6-0, 3.52; 1-2, 2.08 all-time vs. StL)
Lopez 6, Ludwick 9, Pujols 3, Holliday 7, Rasmus 8, Freese 5, Molina 2, Schumaker 4, Ottavino 1

Cubs vs. Ottavino (Major League debut; 4-3, 4.17 at Triple-A Memphis)
Fukudome 9, Theriot 4, Lee 3, Soriano 7, Byrd 8, Fontenot 5, Castro 6, Hill 2, Silva 1

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joe buck calling a cubs/cards game...special torture.

and tim mccarver is getting too old to do his job, imo...not mentally or whatever, but his voice keeps getting slower and older...it's not as bad as that diane whatever dinosaur on NPR or anything, though.

RIP colvin.

silva is throwing 93mph fastballs today, evidently.

evidently CJ Nitkowski's twitter feed is worth following everyday...

"Just paid $11.50 for a slice of pizza and a sprite at Turner Field. Have to look at it like returning some of the money I stole in '04."

haha.

Castro has learned well from his teammates.

about time to start Fontenot just about everyday for Theriot or Ramirez...

Agreed he seems like he's in one of those hot streaks he gets in. It's not a Soriano hot streak, but it's certainly better than what A-Ramis or even Theriot have been doing lately.

cy silva

5ip 1h 0bb 9k

what the fuuuuu....

-edit- 7ip 2h 0bb 11K

wtf?

11K has to be a career high, right? How does one go about finding that without going through all of his individual games.

8K was his former career high (via buck/mccarver)

New rule: If either Buck or McCarver ever utters the words "Unless the bullpen blows it" during a Cubs broadcast, Big Z gets to punch them both in the sack.

As long as he doesn't use his pitching hand.

Big Z gets to punch them both in the sack.
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I'd let Z pay Michael Barrett to punch them both in the sack

1-1 early

~edit~ 2-2 with 2 minutes left, too many blackhawks penalties early

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  • Boras is 63, maybe he'll be retired or dead by the time Bryant, Russell, Almora, Albertos all hit free agency. Doubt he will be before Jake hits there though.

    cubbies.4ever 1 hour 59 min ago view
  • Interesting choices when guys get healthy.

    LaStella, Fowler & Soler replace Coghlan, Almora and Sczcur? I assume they don't want Almora to sit.

    Despite MIggy's demise, I assume they keep him around to mentor Contreras?

    billybucks 3 hours 13 min ago view
  • I believe Willson now has more CS than MIggy. The kid has an arm. Also, Russell is amazingly good on those plays at 2nd.

    billybucks 4 hours 24 min ago view
  • oh yeah...thanks joe/billy.

    poor outing, still got the win, go cubs.

    crunch 5 hours 2 min ago view
  • Although it felt like it, Jake didn't lose to them -- he got the W. (Assuming you are referring to Monday's game)

    billybucks 6 hours 43 min ago view
  • Arrieta didn't lose to the Reds. He got the win -- he just didn't pitch like we expect him to.

    JoePepitone 6 hours 44 min ago view
  • almora's 1st HR!

    crunch 6 hours 51 min ago view
  • it's not like this CIN team is lost-cause horrible, but aside from defense and power this is a truly horrible team.

    kinda crazy arrieta lost to them and yesterday's game had to go 15 innings for the cubs win.

    crunch 7 hours 7 min ago view
  • It looked like Hamilton got screened by Duvall and that Duvall just barely deflected the ball off of his glove--redirecting it slightly without taking away much of its momentum.

    At least it didn't turn into a Schwarber/Fowler situation. Hamilton and Duvall are both pretty important youngish players for the Reds.

    Charlie 7 hours 15 min ago view
  • he walked off the field on his own. aside from a concussion watch and some attention to his leg/knee that buckled a bit under him, the biggest thing hurt was probably his pride after the ball knocked off his skull.

    crunch 7 hours 34 min ago view
  • After last night, an inside-the-park HR seems kind of run-of-the-mill somehow.

    Sounds bad for Hamilton. Hope he's okay--listening on the radio.

    Brick 7 hours 51 min ago view
  • SHOW ME THE MONEY:  Jose Albertos has signed with Mega-Agent Scott Boras.

    Albertos has already received his signing bonus and won't see any additional significant money until he reaches the big leagues,  so this is a long-term investment for the Boras Corporation.  

    Arizona Phil 7 hours 57 min ago view
  • I am glad Joe is managing this team and not Old and Blue!

    Hagsag 10 hours 20 min ago view
  • Baez had Maddon's ass last night. I didn't hear the reason for taking Contreras out last night but whatever game management thingy it was, you don't take out your second hottest hitter. Or is he third? Anyway, you don't take him out. The guy can probably play anywhere in the field, anyway. Did anybody see that nice catch in left he made? I don't think he got a late start on that, just tracked it damn well for a catcher.

    Old and Blue 12 hours 15 min ago view
  • Per Fangraphs...

    Bryant took over NL lead in WAR after yesterday's effort. 3.9. Rizzo's at 2.8 and 8th in the league. Rizzo actually with better offensive numbers (161 wRC+ versus 146 for Bryant), but Bryant gets a good bump because of defense and position(s) played.

    Fowler with a 2.8 WAR as well (9th), Zobrist with a 2.7 (14th).

    M. Carpenter leads NL with 163 wRC+ just ahead of Rizzo who is 2nd.

    Rob G. 18 hours 17 min ago view
  • Amen

    jacos 19 hours 55 min ago view