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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  • To be fair to Emery and Trestman the foreshadowing of last year started happening well before them with the failure or mismanaging of multiple draft classes forcing the team to overspend in a free agency market that is even worse than baseball. Kyle Long seems like a good pick but they traded away another good one in Olson because of Martz's stupidity and inability to change his offense to fit the team talent.

  • HAGSAG: I think Domonic Brown does fit the criteria of a reclamation project, but unless he is willing to accept a minor league contract with an NRI to Spring Training, I don't think the Cubs would be interested given where the Cubs are right now. A couple of years ago? Yes. But probably not now.

    Brown would be better-off going to a club that is rebuilding and re-establish his value there, like Chris Coghlan did with the Cubs. And if he can re-establish his value, he could get traded to a contender at the trade deadline and take it from there.  

  • "they just fade away"

    (Except in the cases of no-fade lefties like Moyer, Orosco and Rich Hill.)

  • Amazing to me how quickly it fell apart under Trestman. Year 1, they were a Chris Conte brain fart away from making the playoffs. Year 2 -- coach, staff and GM all fired.

  • I am sure Jonathon Mota will be signed next.

  • AZ Phil, what is your thoughts on Domonic Brown as a reclamation project?

  • He also played LF in deference to Curtis Granderson.

    Meh... other moves to make...hope to see a move or two soon.

  • I haven't seen much Bears football this year - difficult to watch the games out here, but the game I saw the week before I was watching in shock as I saw them actually make tackles. And Cutler has looked really good, too.

    I guess people can quibble about play calling, but the team I saw is way more than 50% better coached (my only very minor disagreement with your comment).

    Under Trestman, the team didn't do anything right. This team played like a well coached team when I saw them play the Rams.

  • "What is sometimes overlooked about Vogelbach because of his "bad body" and because he has struggled so much defensively is that he is a hard worker, has a great attitude, loves to play the game, and is very well-liked by his teammates, and while that may not seem important, teams do actually value stuff like that. "

    As well they should. Replace a word here and there and you are describing any worker someone would hire.

  • Hak-Ju Lee signs a minor league contract with SF Giants.

    Some closure on the 6 degrees of Separation for Matt Garza/Chris Archer

  • Hahahahaha

  • -0.3 WAR in 7.1ip last year...

    -3 WAR projected over the course of a season.

    the cubs just added an all-star reliever's worth of work by losing b.schlitter.


  • Rockies sign Brian Schlitter to a minor league contract. Good luck in Coors Field. Enough said.

  • i'll take him over frandy since it's unlikely he'll progress as a SS (and 2nd isn't looking much better).

    i hope patton's delivery deception skills play well in the bigs over time. cubs need pitching options that are MLB-ready and dude fits the bill for a MLB/AAA mix...both needed.

  • I'm not saying he's great, but can we agree on the word "decent"? Became a pro at 23, called up at 26; nothing wrong with that trajectory, he hasn't been knocking around. Even in the majors his SO9 is 9.7. In the minors it's 12.2, so he's always missed bats, and without being a wild man: his walks are low. He cost the Cubs an unheralded A-ball middle infielder and a roster spot.

  • he's a righty (a 27 year old one that's going to be 28 before spring training starts) that throws low 90s with a low-80s slider. that's as ordinary as it gets for a righty reliever.