Game 100 Thread / Cubs @ Diamondbacks (2 of 3)

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SP Jason Marquis SP Yusmeiro Petit
  6-5, 4.44 ERA, 53 K, 39 BB, 99.1 IP
0-1, 3.06 ERA, 11 K, 1 BB, 17.2 IP
SS Ryan Theriot SS *Stephen Drew
RF *Kosuke Fukudome LF Conor Jackson
1B Derrek Lee 2B #Orlando Hudson
3B Aramis Ramirez 1B *Chad Tracy
CF *Jim Edmonds 3B Mark Reynolds
C Geovany Soto C *Miguel Montero
LF Mark DeRosa CF Chris Young
2B *Mike Fontenot RF *Alex Romero
P *Jason Marquis P Yusmeiro Petit

The Cubs reach the century mark of the season that may mark their century-long run of futility. A little known fact is that they've lost the 100th game of every season since 1909 foreshadowing their 100-year drought (don't bother looking it up, I've posted it on the Internet, so it must be true)

All kidding aside, the Cubs hopes of a .500 road trip lay on the right arm of Jason Marquis. It's good that he's sporting a 2.08 ERA versus the NL West this season in 60.2 IP. Hopefully he can add to the recent run of success by the starters who have gone into the seventh inning in five straight games and eight of the last ten and have a 2.06 ERA since July 4th (how awesome are press notes - crutch of the ever-lazy writer?).

Of course, it'll require the Cubs offense actually scoring to get the win and Lou has the cure for the road hitting woes (emphasis added):

"...we're canceling batting practice, and the next day, we're going to
cancel batting practice. We're going to come out here and just stretch
and play. That's it. I'm tired of seeing balls flying all over batting
practice, and when the (darn) game starts, I see very little or
nothing. So we'll just go play and hope that'll get it going. We did it
Sunday, and it worked.
So we'll see."

Small sample size means nothing to Lou...


So, two games in a row the Arizona guys are playing with two first basemen and no second baseman? Bold new strategy...

TCR proofreaders are on summer vacation...they also take the entire winter and spring off, but during the fall we don't miss a comma.

3-0 in the 4th

No Brewer has gotten past home plate in the game.

EDIT: Son of Cecil just ended that. hasnt started and WGN hasnt gotten their video feed up in the 10 minutes or so i've been watching.

Right there with you Crunch. Is there bad weather somewhere?

An inning and a half into the damn game, and already I'm aggravated.

Anybody know the Cubs receord this year in domes and stadiums with retractable roofs? Has to be pretty dismal, I would think.

slumps are no fun.
especially when the brewers are hot.

Another Ramirez drive dies on the warning track.

What the hell is going on out there? Do they crank up the A/C when the Cubs are at bat?

Brewers won't be denied -- score 4 runs in the last 3 innings to beat the Cards again in St. Louis, and have CC and Sheets lined up for the next 2. They have now won 5 straight on the road. Cubs couldn't dream of doing that -- the current 2-0 deficit in AZ feels like 10-0.

Best hope is for a Brewers sweep, and then the Cards get swept this weekend in NY.

Okay, make that a pace for 34 double plays...

Hopefully Hendry is out shopping for some relief help because tonight does not inspire much confidence.

Needs more home games.

good thing the iowa cubs are close by it will be
a short trip for kevin hart see ya .

wow road trips suck

i vote for mighty mike with sneaky power
to bat cleanup tomorrow and give ramirez the
day off

If Sori doesn't return on Wednesday, I vote for big crazy Z to play LF and bat cleanup.

/only half kidding

I wouldn't mind if Z played 1B for a few games. Either that or make GIDPLee start bunting when guys are on first.

/only 10% kidding

No excuses for Hart, but with the help behind him by Hoffpauer, Lee and Ramirez in that inning, it's almost amazing he didn't give up more. But yeah, two walks and a HBP are nothing to write home about. Just sayin', it's not as bad as the box score looks.

If the hand is fine tomorrow he will play.

And then it was down to 1.

when did Lee last hit a home run?
During the Kennedy administration?

Cubs announced they will bring in Ichiro as a motivational speaker.

The Brewers are falling right into our trap.

They sweep the Cards, sending St. Louis into a season-crushing tailspin. Meanwhile, the Cubs are cleverly aiming their line drives right at the AZ outfielders, giving the impression of weakness so that the Brewers become overconfident.

Then, we sweep the Brewers next week, CC and Prince eat gallons of Fudge Ripple ice cream and spriral into a bloated depression, and we cruise to the division title and more.

Yes! Yes!! Now fly, my pretties, FLY!!!!

well brewers could definately sweep cards they have
sabathia sheets going next 2 days
they are also lined up to pitch monday and tuesday
vs. us nothing a tweaked groin for sheets wont cure.

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  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.