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...

Comments

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.

great...game 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.

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/10695...

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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  • 2nd in defensive WAR, NL.

    6th in NL in RBI

    Go complain about something else, like, "they never play good against the good teams", or some other shit.

    The E-Man 4 hours 16 min ago view
  • Addy really has trouble breaking through .250 BA -- after his hot streak got him to .251, he has gone 1-for-17.

    billybucks 5 hours 32 min ago view
  • Thank goodness for Jansen's 2 WP on Friday -- otherwise this would have been a sweep.

    billybucks 6 hours 15 min ago view
  • There seems to be a direct correlation with overconfidence in the Cubs offense against mediocre/young pitchers and really poor offense against mediocre/young pitchers. So, let's fear the Pirate pitchers!

    billybucks 6 hours 16 min ago view
  • Rizzo due for a power surge -- one HR in August so far. He truly does hit them in bunches.

    billybucks 6 hours 18 min ago view
  • Sometimes I'm not as supportive of Cahill as maybe I should be. There, I said it.

    Jackstraw 6 hours 21 min ago view
  • Rough 8th inning all around -- HBP, Cahill error, Javy's poor decision.

    Oh well - given that the Cubs didn't look like they were going to score, it's better to lose in 9 innings, save the bullpen and get changed for the PJ trip home.

    billybucks 6 hours 21 min ago view
  • Baez still learning

    jacos 6 hours 49 min ago view
  • heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.

    he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.

    crunch 7 hours 53 min ago view
  • stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.

    that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.

    crunch 8 hours 59 min ago view
  • brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.

    crunch 9 hours 48 min ago view
  • Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.

    VirginiaPhil 14 hours 18 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 1 day 5 hours ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 1 day 5 hours ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 1 day 5 hours ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 1 day 5 hours ago view