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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  • Chapman shouldn't be reserved anymore on 40 man.

    chitownmvp01 2 hours 48 min ago view
  • Interesting split on Heyward according to ESPN. As a CF, his slash line .292/.363/.375/.738. At RF: .212/.204/.300/.604. 21/72 as a CF, 58/273 as a RF.

    He's also been better when batting 2nd, but he had a nice start in the 6 hole, but has slumped ever since. He was heating up before the All Star break, but is only hitting .108 in the 2nd half.

    chitownmvp01 2 hours 56 min ago view
  • When we played the Reds with Chapman, I always thought of it as an eight-inning game. So now other teams have eight innings to try to get a lead against the Cubs. Should be a challenge, assuming three or four Cubs ever start hitting again.

    I don't really try to get to know and like these players personally. I'm rooting for laundry, for the most part. Exceptions might be when a player makes trouble in the clubhouse or in the dugout. (Zambrano and Bradley come to mind. Also Papelbon.) But I don't think Chapman is one of those jerks.

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 29 min ago view
  • Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.

    The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.

    Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.

    Old and Blue 8 hours 32 min ago view
  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 17 hours 35 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 18 hours 18 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 18 hours 29 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 18 hours 35 min ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 18 hours 39 min ago view
  • new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 18 hours 50 min ago view
  • Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.

    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 18 hours 56 min ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 19 hours 11 min ago view
  • I'm liking this rookie Nathan.

    CTSteve 19 hours 12 min ago view
  • Richard DFA'd. Meh...

    The E-Man 22 hours 3 min ago view
  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 1 day 36 min ago view
  • The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.

    chitownmvp01 1 day 1 hour ago view