Game 12 Thread - Garza vs. Buehrle

Garza goes tonight to try and stop the bleeding. And Tennessee plays a doubleheader in the minors.

Marlins Cubs
#Reyes, SS
Johnson, RF
#Bonifacio, CF
Barney, 2B
Ramirez, 3B
Castro, SS
*Morrison, LF
Soriano, LF
Stanton, RF Baker, 1B
Sanchez, 1B *Stewart, 3B
Buck, C Soto, C
Murphy, 4
Byrd, CF
*Buehrle, P
Garza, P


How many combined caught stealing and errors for the Cubs tonight? free polls 


Johnson struck out just 3 in last night's poll, with the majority picking 7-10 K's for him.

Iowa @Albuquerque (Dodgers): Jay Jackson vs. Nieve.

Tennessee @ Huntsville (Brewers) in a doubleheader: Dallas Beeler vs. Anundsen; Dae-Eun Rhee vs. ????.

Daytona has the day off.

@Peoria vs. Cedar Rapids (Angels): Jose Rosario vs. Crowley

It's called "thwartstop", positioned right where the hitter's spray chart shows he should...

Baker would make a great thwartstop.

I love the poll.

This is the first season in quite awhile I've been following the minors more closely than the majors, and not only because of the obvious fact that they are so close in skill levels.

until Friday with a hamstring injury, fwiw.

Why are we seeing so much Johnson? This is the problem with having Mather, Johnson, and Baker all on the team--the manager thinks he has to bench DeJesus an LaHair every time there is a lefty starting because what's the point of having shortside platoon guys if you aren't going to use them?

Somebody please come calling for Baker soon.

if they were gonna platoon lahair (which seems to be what they're doing) it wouldn't have been too hard to find a cheap bench/1st-platoon guy beyond baker...especially since they re-up'd dewitt and baker rather than cutting one of them.

4ab 0h 0bb 3k vs. lefties for lahair...dunno how many chances he'll get this year vs. them.

maybe it only came apparent this spring that's something they'd have to idea...

good news with Buehrle on the mound, the Cubs should lose rather quickly today.

I think Garza balances out the speed...

I should have added double plays to the poll.

Iowa lineup: Campana CF, B. Jackson LF, Valbuena 2B, Rizzo 1B, Castillo C, Cardenas SS, Sappelt RF, Vitters 3B, J. Jackson P.

end of the 4th going well....

with 2 out, Stanton singles, Gaby gets on when Stewart can't barehand a ball, Garza strikes out Buck but ump calls it a ball (replays and WGN K-zone show it right down the middle near bottom of zone but clearly a strike).

ends it by striking out Murphy who had HR'd earlier.

Byrd singles, grab him now for your fantasy teams before the rush.

1st/2nd and Garza up to fail at bunting.

Is the in-game chat working for anyone? It's not for me.

yeah. you need to have java installed on your browser of choice or it won't load.

Thanks crunch. Finally got in and nobody was there. I suppose the guys on the season ticket waiting list must feel the same way.


yeah, it's hit/miss for people being in there...a lot more "miss" the past couple seasons.

D. Barney showing off his post workout not-even-warning-track-power to leadoff the 6th

new fantasy strategy...

pick up whomever is going against the Cubs that day

Why not? It's how I play D in fantasy football. "Who's got Cleveland? Who's got St. Louis? Jacksonville? Is Seattle on the road?" I can only think of one week this season where I got burned.

Does anyone else's Wendy's restaurant look like that commercial? I think mine still has the olden newspaper tables.

I don't go in fast food restaurants. Drive thru, ftw.

Byrd makes a great effort to cutoff a ball from going to the wall, then negates great effort by 3-hopping throw to the cutoff man so Stanton scores easily from first.

Illustrative of this young season?

solid effort by Soriano as always...groundball through SS and 3rd, man on second pauses to make sure ball goes through and Murphy just runs all the way to 2b cause Soriano isn't paying attention.

Then Buehrle singles off Lendy.

Betcha Eckstein would've caught that liner.

Lendy is really dragging down this team.

Good thing the "taxpayers" are enjoying their new ballpark, even though the Cubs drew more than 8K more last Wednesday night to watch the shitty ass Cubs in that cold ass ballpark.

I think TheoCorp needs to work on their Rule 5 game plan next year.

They should pretend it doesn't exist. A $100M+ team shouldn't be drafting rule 5 guys.

a triple...a triple hit to LF...sigh.

Well, in the good news department tonight:



Finger taps

Sheepish full mouthed cartoon smile.


At least Castro still has trade value!

How meaningful are the first 10 games?

article by John DeWan.

Answer: if your team is bad in the first 10 games, it mean they will not win 90 games.

Except last year 60% of teams who won 3 or first ten games or worse - went ahead and won 90+ games.

"so you're saying there's a chance ..."

Recent comments

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  • 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, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus. 

  • BLOCK: Of course any advantage is an advantage. An MLB, NBA, or NHL team getting the extra game at home in a seven game series is an advantage, I just don't think it is enough of an advantage for winning a division and/or having the best record in a conference or league over the course of an 82-game season (NBA and NHL) or 162 game series (MLB).

  • TEX takes the opening game from TOR (@TOR) 5-3.

    TOR lost bautista + donaldson in-game due to injuries...TEX lost beltre...dunno if any will be lingering issues leading to missed games.

  • Ride the Kid Magic! Schwarber hadn't homered in a long time before last night.

  • Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.

    Think Baby Maddux.

    Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.

    Kyle is on the far left.

  • I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.

  • Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.

  • That was good!

  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.

  • Unbeleivable Dodgers:
    I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
    Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:

    Some "Highlights"
    Carl Crawford $20MM
    Brandon McCarthy $17MM
    Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
    Darwin B $2.2MM
    Dan Haren $10MM
    Matt Kemp $18MM
    Brian Wilson $10MM
    Ryan Webb $2.2MM
    Dee Gordon $2.5MM

  • So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.


    And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):