Game 74 Thread - Wells vs. Gee

It was nice of the Cubs to start Wells to temper any real expectations we may have had for tonight's game.

*Nieuwenhuis, CF
*Rizzo, CF
Tejada, SS
Rizzo, SS
Wright, 3B
*Rizzo, 1B
*Duda, RF
Rizzo, LF
*Davis, 1B
*Rizzo, RF
Hairston, LF
*Rizzo, 3B
*Murphy, 2B
Rizzo, 2B
*Thole, C
*Rizzo, C
Gee, P
Rizzo, P

As everyone knows by now, Anthony Rizzo has been called up and is immediately inserted into the #3 spot in the lineup. The last highly anticipated Cubs debut was May 7th, 2010 versus the Reds in Cincinnati and Starlin didn't do much other than go 2/5 with a HR, a triple and 6 RBI's in a 14-7 Cubs win.

The Cubs may be 23 games under .500, but they have managed a non-cringe inducing 15-19 record at home. So they have that going for them. At least for one night, it'll be worth paying attention to the team. I'll probably stop by parachat tonight, at least for the Rizzo at-bats.



if you couldn't figure out the lineup from the positions,

DeJesus, Castro, Rizzo, Soriano, LaHair, Valbuena, Barney, Clevenger, Wells

wow...bob applejacks, COL pitching coach, asked to be reassigned in the organization.

along with a player shoulder-checking jim tracy after being taken out of a game recently...this whole 4-man-75-pitch experiment isn't being met with open arms.

i wonder who's pushing this...

If anyone knows any streams I would be eternally grateful.

speaking of, but kinda not...i hope EI subscribers (only 1 feed tonight) aren't stuck with the NYM feed.

-edit- BAH! mets feed.

official scoring #1.

a should-be double play error is ruled (changed to) a single.


anyway, rizzo has his 1st hit as a cub.

Clevenger fail on a pop-up.

Did throw out Niewenhuis (sp?) earlier.

Yes first inning

L. Duda base running fail saves the Cubs a run.

Castro/Rizzo due up, come visit Parachat.

Three things tonight:

1. Thank God the savior is here (Rizzo)
2. Thank you, Dale, for giving the hook to Wells in the 4th inning
3. Who is that #12 in LF? - With those catches and 45 RBIs, someone would pay a couple million of the $45M remaining on his contract.

Sveum pulling Wells tonight is the ONE time all year that I exclaimed out loud, "Nice move, Sveum! Yes!!"

Wells = L. Still.

But I suppose he could be a #8 starter on some teams...

concur completely. walking a pitcher who is trying to give you a free out via sac bunt? is that part of the textbook definition of "cubbery"?

Just an interesting statistical note- Rizzo currently has a career 1.250 OPS, which would be a record among hall of famers if he were to be inducted today.

Actually, he has a career .545 OPS, which would be close to a record low among hall of famers if he were elected today.

You do know that he played in the big leagues last year, right?

lol... really? That's the only thing that seemed wrong with my comment?

I hope this Theo-corp puts a mandate on not walking batters the Cubs and Iowa cubs were both 3rd in walks allowed last time i checked and Wells sucks at throwing strikes someday we will see some strike throwers in Chicago.

due to a change in official scoring, congrats to rizzo on throwing his 1st complete game shutout in his pro pitching debut of which he never took the mound. very impressive.

along with his batting performance it was a hell of a debut.


Anthony Rizzo, clean out your fucking ears, jackass!

Am I supposed to know you, Mr. Rizzo?

It's probably better you don't, you'd be shitting your fucking pants there, beefy tits!

Only got to watch the video highlights, but Rizzo looked like he did a great job hitting the ball with authority towards left field on both of his hits (and I'd say a "hit" ruling on the first one is pretty reasonable, though the second hit wasn't a legit double). Looking forward to watching this guy play.

Also, Valbuena has 5 errors already. Stone hands? Seems like Bobby Scales redux.



Or to put it in other terms, he's striking out in 38.6 percent of all his at-bats this season. That's the second most in the minors, trailing only Astros first baseman Telvin Nash, who has 124 strikeouts in 246 at-bats.

The strikeout problem has gotten worse this month for Jackson. He's struck out an amazing 44 times in 25 games this month and Tuesday was the seventh time this month that he has struck out three times in a game.

Drew Stubbs comp in there as well although clearly saying Stubbs had better tools coming up in the minors.

I hope we don't see him in Chicago anytime this season, I don't see the point.

considering he's not even on the 40-man, probably won't even get a September call-up at this rate.

"although clearly saying Stubbs had better tools coming up in the minors."

Cooper does say that Stubbs "has more speed than Jackson and a touch more power."

At Jackson's age, 23, they both had about 80 stolen bases. Then at 24, Stubbs stole 46 bases in AAA.

"A touch more power" is not clearly saying something, and in any case, it's false. Power-wise, Stubbs hit 28 homers in 426 games in the minors. Jackson has 51 in 370 games.

I don't actually predict big base-stealing numbers from Jackson in the majors. He's too big for that. He injures himself when he slides a lot, especially head first.

I'm as perplexed as everyone else by Jackson's erratic offensive performance so far this year. For the moment, I'm willing to chalk it up to Rizzo-envy.

Still, I like to add up a player's total bases, walks and steals. If you do that for Jackson's peers in the PCL, you'll find that he is #6 behind Elmore, Gose, Rizzo, Eaton and Wheeler. So he is being fairly productive in spite of the mounting K's.

He was obviously talking about what scouts graded his power tool, not power numbers. Considering the righty vs. lefty difference, different leagues, etc, it's not going to be a perfect comp.

Wells DFA'd, Dolis up.

Wells = L.

I am rooting for Maine. Every team should have a player named after a State.

In every time up, he has laid an egg at the MLB level.

We need him to be productive in some capacity.

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  • 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):

  • i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.

    there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.

  • I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.

  • O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already. 

  • I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.

    I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.

  • Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.

  • With last night's win in Pittsburgh, the Cubs have tied the Pirates with 98 wins, and are only 2-1/2 games behind the Cardinals. No reason why the Cubs can't finish the post-season with the best winning percentage in baseball (regular season & post-season combined).