Game 100 Thread / Cubs @ Diamondbacks (2 of 3)
|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...
Also, glad to see Zobrist coming around with RISP after my remarks last week. Heh!
ESPN reporting heyward day-to-day with an injured wrist
ESPN game tonight, btw.
Cardinal way #48
"negligent transmission of STDs"
Heyward getting the night off.
Grand Slammin' Sczcur in RF - La Stella batting 2nd
Twitterverse reporting that Heyward is dealing with a sore right wrist
Cardinal way #47
See ya on parrot chat
In what was probably the last start for RHSP Jeremy Null at EXST...
Intrasquad game this morning on Field #5 at Riverview Baseball Complex:
4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/AO, 75 pitches (50 strikes)
Next stop is likely either South Bend or Myrtle Beach (TBD)
There does seem to be something funky about closers pitching in non-save situations -- they never seem to be as effective. But, to your point, there could not have been a save situation in that game, so why not use your best reliever?
Your thought: don't pitch Rondon at all, since a save can't happen in extra innings at home.
Maddon's thought: might as well pitch him now, because there's no later.
It looked like the baserunner might have screened Russell some though it's still a play he should have made.
I wasn't thrilled with the use of Rondon in that situation. In save situations opponents have a 77 OPS. In non-save situations it's a 116 OPS. We had other relievers for that spot we could have used.
I'm not sure if it's his normal swing but it's obvious he can hit and he's always hit for power just not HRs so if it is his normal swing there's something else going on.
This article from spring training said he was trying to pull the ball a lot more:
Oh, thanks. I guess I should actually look at the schedule. Yay, 3-game road trip!
Good call, indeed. This ought to be a good series.
Sorry to nit-pick -- but the games against the Nats this week are at home.
Can't remember a worse weather-start to a season. Yuck.
Basically Russell booted a slam dunk DP grounder letting a run score. But he drove in the tying run in 9th. Just not their day, Rondon notwithstanding.