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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  • if they dont win at least 130 games this season they can pack it all up, turn wrigley into a concert venue, and move the damn team to san jose.

    #Bernie130orBust

    crunch 7 hours 28 min ago view
  • I see where catcher Cael Brockmeyer was promoted to Tennessee a couple of days ago, to fill a roster spot vacated by David Freitas, recently promoted to Iowa. Caratini is the other catcher at Tennessee.

    VirginiaPhil 7 hours 32 min ago view
  • They've already clinched a minimum winning percentage of .607 for the month, and that's only if they lose the last 2 games. If they win both, they can push that up to .679. So much for "stumbling" in May. When you're winning over 60% of your games, you're doing baseball well.

    John Beasley 8 hours 45 min ago view
  • If the best walk-off hit possible is a solo home run in a zero-zero game--Eloy did it tonight!

    (But maybe it's a grand slam when your team is down three? He didn't do that.)

    Number eight for Jimenez. His team is 31-17. Yesterday they scored 17 runs against Lansing. Two weeks ago it was 15 runs against the same team. This is a nice team, South Bend. The Cubs must have had a good draft last year.

    Tonight the pitchers were Sands, Brooks and Effross.

    VirginiaPhil 8 hours 52 min ago view
  • RIP Zoobrest.

    crunch 10 hours 26 min ago view
  • He'll be fine. He's not some wimpy young pup.

    Old and Blue 10 hours 56 min ago view
  • In all seriousness the Cubs have the fewest amount of games played in the NL which means they're gonna be facing quite the grind later on including 24 games in a row at the end of June and beginning of July so I hope he does get a few days off.

    johann 12 hours 52 min ago view
  • Meh. He only got one hit today. Maybe give him a rest?

    Old and Blue 13 hours 28 min ago view
  • 34-14...awww yeah.

    crunch 14 hours 24 min ago view
  • Good thing the Cubs have five left-handed batters in the lineup. Velasquez is just tearing thru the righties [edit - doesn't seem to faze Bryant!]

    Eric S 15 hours 45 min ago view
  • ben zobrist gets to ride up front tonight cause he's a good guy at sports.

    cubs with a 5 run lead and a lackey shutout through 3ip \m/

    crunch 16 hours 19 min ago view
  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 19 hours 15 min ago view
  • ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels. 

    M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores)  the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating. 

    Arizona Phil 19 hours 18 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    Arizona Phil 19 hours 28 min ago view
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 20 hours 10 min ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 1 day 56 min ago view