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

Comments

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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  • cubs score 2 runs thanks to predictable reds pitching and horrible CIN defense...cubs only down by 1 now.

    wonder if they'll let lester pitch the 5th or if he's done...

    crunch 52 sec ago view
  • something named Ty Blach has outpitched Clayton Kershaw through 6 innings (1-0 Giants).

    #fuckingbaseball

    Rob G. 1 min 9 sec ago view
  • not that finishing 2nd place will matter much nor did this game, but have to think if Hendricks pitches well tomorrow, he could leapfrog Lester in Cy Young voting. Don't see anyway Scherzer doesn't win it regardless and it doesnt' look like Lester has any incentive clauses that matter. Also might give Cueto some votes.

    Rather remarkable how many teams have really good 1-2 options this year.

    Nats: Scherzer and Roark (and Strasburg was great before injuries)

    Cubs: Lester and Hendricks (and Arrietta is still damn good just not as consistently lately)

    Rob G. 8 min 26 sec ago view
  • pretty much what I'm gathering from this thread is that it doesn't matter who you play in  5-game series, but no one wants to have to deal with Cardinal fans if we end up losing.

    I can respect that.

    Rob G. 12 min 18 sec ago view
  • first game for lester giving up more than 2 runs since july 24th. hell of a run.

    crunch 43 min 59 sec ago view
  • doh, yes...dunno what happened there. jake arrieta is all "bro wut?"

    crunch 1 hour 15 min ago view
  • lester going for #20...cubs haven't had a LH (thanks jpep for the correction) 20 game winner since d.ellsworth in 1963.

    crunch 1 hour 17 min ago view
  • fwiw, all the games are free on mlb.tv

    crunch 1 hour 18 min ago view
  • Short rest for MadBum would be 2 days. WC game is Wed., Games 1 & 2 are Friday/Saturday.

    billybucks 1 hour 36 min ago view
  • A left-handed one...

    JoePepitone 3 hours 28 min ago view
  • J-Hey not finishing with an offensive onslaught.

    If Geoff Blum could be a Playoff hero, there is hope still...

    The E-Man 7 hours 17 min ago view
  • Giants scare me. I think you're wrong about Bumgarner, he would pitch on short rest for Game 2 and then full rest for Game 5. Cueto would go Game 1, then short rest in game 4. Add in some really tough outs in that lineup and I want nothing to do with them. With that rotation they can easily steal a series.

    Cards are a tough matchup. The rivalry evens out their comparable lack of talent. And like someone said, they love HRs, which is how to beat the Cubs. The upside is that I would feel really good about Lester twice against STL.

    John Beasley 8 hours 3 min ago view
  • j.buchanan with a nice start...5ip 2h 1bb 3k, 0r/er

    zobrist with 2HR and a double through 8

    heyward 0-4 :(

    crunch 20 hours 3 min ago view
  • Mark Gonzales @MDGonzales

    Soler likely to return Sunday, Maddon says

    crunch 22 hours 41 min ago view
  • Right now, I'd like to see the Mets first, Giants 2nd.

    I believe that since most of the team from last years' NLCS is on the squad this year, they will really amp their game up even more to kick their ass in payback for 2015.

    The Giants just do not have the depth in years past, and I think all things equal - and at Wrigley - they could handle them.

    I do not want to see the Cards, period. Or their fans, media, or Joe Buck.

    The E-Man 23 hours 54 sec ago view
  • I don't want to play Braves in the first round. Any friggin team in the league can win 3 of 5..I hate the first round. Furthermore, I wanted to play the Marlins in 2003 and the Mets over Dodgers last year.

    With that said in reverse order:
    3. Cardinals: It will be devastating to lose in the first round, but even worse to their main rival. It is increased incentive for the Cardinals, especially after last year. Cards would have nothing to lose, Cubs have everything to lose.

    2. Giants: Rotation in the playoffs scare me a bit, but what a lousy team.

    blockhead25 23 hours 43 min ago view