The Rubber Game

Ted Lilly's first start of the season and him and the TLFC are all amped up to try and take the first series of the year.

"It's the biggest game of the year," Lilly said.
 

Wow.
Ted's Intensity (aka Tedtensity) just made us punch through the TLFCHQ
Italian Granite counter tops... and our hand doesn't even hurt. Damn
right it's the biggest game of the year, Ted continues,

"Because
it's the first one," Lilly said. "They're all important. Every one I'm
starting is the most important, and that's the mentality you have to
have."
 
Here's the lineup courtesy of Wittenmyer's twitter feed: Soriano,
Fukudome, Lee, Bradley, Ramirez, Fontenot, Theriot, Hill, Lilly

Some minor site news after the jump...

I'm going to be M.I.A. from the website for the next week and a half or so, it's just time to stop neglecting the rest of the world and take a little time to see my niece for the first time and watch her get baptized, as well as visit my sick, but resilient father and generally try and catch up on far too many things I have been neglecting. The rest of the TCR crew should pick up the slack for the most part, but if posting and updates are a little sparse during that time frame, I hope everyone understands. And do try to keep the comments at something resembling a civil discussion.

Also, you may want to check your entry for the TCR '09 Contest. If there are any mistakes, drop it in the comments and I'll change it. See everyone on the other side....

 

Comments

TED LILLY'S INTENSITIES IN TEN CITIES!!!!!!
(sound:electric guitar)

All kidding aside Rob, good luck and God bless.

Don't eat too much cheese.

Rob is lying.

He's just covering for himself while he begins posting at BCB.

RUBBERS!

close....actually in 10 days there's going to be http://www.robg.com

ditch these anchors once and for all. :)

I think Hrothgar is going to lose the contest.

Sweet God we're excited, just threw back a case of Bud Extra and we still are shaking.

TLFCSC predicts a pretty solid one for Ted - 6 2/3 IP 7 k 1 BB 2 ER 1-2 BB, 1B, 1 HBP (Hunter Pence) - but we wouldn't be surprised if TL sends one ya ya for his first of 15 HR this season.

Rob, appreciate the props. Enjoy your time off. TLFCSC has hacked your login so we'll post in your name as long as you like. Who knew your password was "KellyClarksonRulez."

I figure this will be a high scoring game tonight.

All the best Rob.

Just don't go all John Hill on us Rob.

You and your father are in my thoughts, RobG. And say hi to your niece!

Man, I like these kind of games. Everyone getting hits and no pressure as it is a sleeper. Nice!! GO Cubs!!!

Looks like I talked a little too soon. 8-4 now. Lilly still struggling with the long ball. We might need some more runs.

All the best to your family, Rob.

Re Ted Lilly - he has been throwing batting practice for hr's since the WBC.

I hope he and Rothschilds work this shit out.

Wrigley will be even tougher.

n/t

Err... Added an s above to Rothschild.

Best to RobG and thanks for all your work on the site.

P.S. enough with the Astro homers already

Ex Cub watch: Ronny Cedeno playing LF for the Mariners.

Question on David Patton:

I haven't seen him pitch, but according to Gameday (which isn't always right), he sports a mid-90s fastball. Last couple are just south of 95.

What is the scouting report on Patton?

With that kind of gas, no wonder we were interested in keeping him.

he's also got a decent developing change and i believe a slider (not sure on the slider, but he's got a 3rd pitch with promise).

Muskett said it was a curve and it was his out pitch.

sweet.

We're splitting hairs at this point, but Bob said (and I agree) that's it probably a knuckle-curve.

Brenly said he had a "spiked curve ball"

Yup, Manny's right. Fukudome is done.

:) HA HA

...although, he'll probably go 0-20 now that I say that. Maybe you jinxed him good?

Good confidence boost for him at least. Go Cubs.

CUBS WIN!! CUBS WIN!! 11-6! Our Cubbies took the road series vs. Houston 2 games to 1. Can't ask for more than that.

THE GOOD:
Offense. Many guys had big nights: Fukudome, Theriot, Fontenot, Ramirez, Soriano. They jumped on HOU early and all but put the game away after the 2nd inning.

THE BAD:
Bradley. Yes, he is only 0-9, but this situation could turn into Jacque Jones v.2 very quickly. Hopefully Bradley can get a hit over the next series so he doesn't go hitless heading back to Wrigley.

THE UGLY:
Lilly. Being spotted an 8 run lead wasn't enough to put this game in cruise control as Lilly was continuing his gopher ball spree. Lilly is still not in good form, hopefully he can find in over the next couple starts.

Off day tomorrow and then to MIL. Let's take that series and then head back to Chicago for the hone opener. Go Cubs!

Um, yeah, Bradley doesn't have a hit yet in 3 whole games, guess that makes him another Jock Jones.

He also has what, 5 walks? I think the 400-ish OBP is just fine, thanks.

You wanna worry about someone's bat, worry about Lee.

"but this situation could turn into Jacque Jones v.2 very quickly"

Are you talking fan wise or performance wise?

I don't believe either would happen.

Both.

VOTE NOW!

Who will have more home runs this year?

a) D Lee
b) Fontenot

I'll guess Fontenot, with 200 fewer PAs. Given equal PAs, Fonty in a landslide.

In 1-on-1 basketball in a game to 11 playing 1's and 2's, I'd say 11-2 DLee, with 5 blocks and 3 dunks. Fontenot would hit a lucky 2-pointer.

I didn't watch the game, but I have to admit that I laughed out loud when I saw Fukudome's line.

Maybe trashing Fukudome before every game will be this year's "this lineup sucks".

Can Guzman really hit 101 mph or was Houston's gun way off? It seemed pretty accurate the rest of the game, but Guzman had one that reached 101, and a couple others at 97. I didn't realize he had that in him.

DD,

Guzman only throws 101 when he's not had enough biscuits for breakfast. Otherwise, LOOK OUT.

At one time, the scouts were saying Gooz had better stuff than ANY pitcher that had come through the Cubs system in a decade and wasn't named Mark Prior. Man, if he's ready to stay healthy and fulfill even some of that potential, the Cubs are going to have a ridiculous bullpen.

Shoot, I'll settle for Gooz turning into what Juan Cruz became, that would be plenty fine with me.

Speaking of Juan Cruz, no one has been able to answer this for me, why didn't the Cubs give him an offer after knowing that he wouldn't cost them a 1st round pick (or whatever MLB regulated his FA status to be)?

The Cubs management think Cruz is a clubhouse problem. Allegedly that's why they got rid of him in the first place.

He would have cost the cubs a 1st rounder.

He didn't cost KC a 1st rounder because their 1st round pick was top-15 protected.

He cost them a 2nd rounder.

Gameday says 95-96 mph mostly...

Houston's stadium scoreboard gun has always been about 2 MPH faster than other places.

It's pretty much standard for the Houston gun to run hot. Oswalt used to get distracted looking at his velocity on the ballpark radar gun.

MANNY: as a reasonable man, don't you think it's a little early to bail ok Bradley? Did you see his ab when he was down 0-2 and milked a bb? Jock jones rarely did that.

Yeah, he has looked NOTHING like JJ thus far. Although he doesn't have a hit he has produced some solid ABs; something JJ never did.

I can see where Manny's coming from but it's a different situation with the team playing well, Bradley does get on base and as long as he does not get doubled off second on fly balls THREE TIMES in one week it would be a pretty cold hearted bastard to boo Bradley. Or a dumbass.

I am just saying it COULD turn into a JJ situation. I think he is better than JJ, but there are bigger expectations though. I just hope he doesn't get off to a slow start, like JJ, and the fans start getting on him, like JJ, and he gets surely, like JJ. If he comes to Wrigley 0-18 or something, even if he has a few BB's I don't think it will be pretty.

Well, can't you say that about everything? He "COULD" turn into a JJ situation (you hypothesize), but I believe you also said last year that, " ____ (name the player) is only a leg injury from being completely useless..." Or - maybe that was for Cliff Floyd, the year before...Am I wrong here? But he "COULD" also perform to his career averages, too. It is just way too early to make statements like this, IMO.

No, I didn't say any of that stuff about a leg injury last year. I think that was Crunch.

And I don't think it is too early to talk about it as it happened early to JJ. And he COULD perform to his career averages, but he hasn't thus far and I am saying that if he does go hitless in the first 6 games I hope it doesn't turn into a JJ situation. Not to hard to understand i don't think.

1- that's pierre i was talking about...or pretty much any speed/singles guy.

2- comparing JJ to bradley is f'n retarded for 100 reasons be it in the field or (especially) at the plate unless you're talking about how he might be boo'd for not producing some hits before the first home game

I'm pretty sure that's what Manny was referring to. There are a few key differences here though:

1) Jacque was a disappointing signing before he even played a game. I think Cubs fans were kind of pissed Hendry didn't go get an impact player, and they were already primed to boo him before he ever stepped to the plate.

2) Related to point 1, MB will be on a longer leash because he has a track record of success and was seen as a big FA signing.

3) Jacque seemed like he didn't give a shit out there. No one will ever say that about MB. Also, Jacque was booed as much for his boneheaded baserunning and awful outfield throws as his shitty bat.

4) I think most fans will seriously be scared to boo him because of his past. Not even drunk frat guys are dumb enough to make a star player turn on his fanbase this early.

If Cardinals fans were smart (they're not, they're morans), they would infiltrate the right field bleachers at Wrigley wearing Cubs gear and just mercilessly hurl racial epithets at Bradley all season.

at least cards fans can (at least as of now) visit wrigley bleachers without having crap dumped on them or surrounded by idiots screaming at them.

the yanks OF fans barely get a chance to watch the game in between all the drunk-frat-boy-reject "looking for conflict" exercises and call-and-response with player names. there's some scaaaaaaarey stuff on youtube with them busy screwing with people who paid to see a game rather than watching the game. ...there's also some funny stuff.

That's exactly what I was talking about.

Oh yeah! Sorry. Pierre. That was ugly. Ricky Nolasco would be so sweet right now...

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  • Yes. That is something up with which we will not put.

    fullykräusened 47 min 46 sec ago view
  • Right, then. Moving forward lets focus on simple declarative sentences, subject-verb agreement, and watch out for punctuation. Avoid prepositions at the end of sentences.

    Jackstraw 1 hour 24 min ago view
  • I love sabremetrics and think FIP and WAR can definitely predict future success. For the Cy though which is an award for current success I do think ERA and WHIP have a place. Also while Hendricks doesn't have the strikeouts he does have the highest soft hit contact and second lowest hard hit contact which does a lot to take fielding skill out of it.

    To me if the ERA is close FIP and WAR should be used but right now its not. That said I agree with you Hendricks won't get it.

    johann 1 hour 36 min ago view
  • Can't get soft just because we have a big lead!

    billybucks 2 hours 40 min ago view
  • kershaw will be lucky to put in 160+ip. even though it projects to be an awesome 160+ip it's going to be extremely difficult for him to do much with that. he's still got minor league rehab game(s) to go through and he's only stretched out to 2ip with his last simulated rehab...it may take another couple weeks before he returns.

    the numbers are awesome, but he's lost the equivalent of a good chunk of a top-tier pen arm's season in innings of work compared to the rest of the lot.

    crunch 2 hours 51 min ago view
  • Kershaw, Fernandez and Syndergaard are your current leaders and all will be pitching meaningful games down the stretch that could make or break them. Hendricks will not be and his saber-numbers aren't anywhere close to those 3 and he'd split votes with Arrieta and Lester whom all are basically neck-and-neck for  WAR and FIP. If Kershaw pitches like just okay Kershaw in September he deserves to win in a landslide. Voters are pretty much saber-inclined now so it would take a crazy shutout streak or something for Hendricks to jump in the picture.

    Rob G. 11 hours 20 min ago view
  • AZ PHIL: With starters the likes of Edwin Jackson, even Chris Rusin or Michael Bowden could look good on their staff. At best, he is a #5-6. But as always, LH are at a premium.

    The E-Man 12 hours 50 min ago view
  • Sure we would all want consistency. He is not even 24, has played 5 (!) positions this year. Can you imagine what is in his head? He was only a part-time player at 2 spots last year. And THEN think about hitting?? Cut him some slack...You sure are picky lately. First wishing #6 NL RBI guy Russell have a better average, and now an "unncessarily fancy pick". Geez tough crowd!

    The E-Man 12 hours 54 min ago view
  • it's going to be hard to take down scherzer.

    kershaw is supposedly coming back soon, though he'll probably need a good amount of deep innings to match up with scherzer...probably too late at this point. tanner roark, bumgarner, and hendricks are probably going to steal some votes along with kershaw.

    crunch 13 hours 22 min ago view
  • I absolutely love Javy's game, and I love the way Maddon changed the perception of him as a ballplayer, but I really wish he would just make the routine plays routinely. On the ground ball in the 9th, he made an unnecessarily fancy pick. He made the play, but tried the same thing last night and made an error.

    billybucks 13 hours 44 min ago view
  • How many wins does Kyle need for serious Cy Young consideration? Would 17 be enough if he leads the league in ERA? My goodness, what a season -- makes a Dartmouth alum proud.

    billybucks 13 hours 46 min ago view
  • jacos 13 hours 49 min ago view
  • hendricks WHIP drops to 0.98 over 159 innings after throwing 7ip 3h 1bb 4k, 0r/er

    ERA down to 2.09 on the season.

    crazy good.

    crunch 14 hours 11 min ago view
  • I am pretty well fed up with the majority of home plate umps. Just terrible inconsistencies.

    The E-Man 14 hours 14 min ago view
  • Oh shit forgot about that
    Shark and Sczur right?

    jacos 14 hours 29 min ago view
  • Yes, football player?- check.

    The E-Man 14 hours 36 min ago view