Game 3 Recap: Cubs 11, Astros 6
W - Ted Lilly (1-0)
L - Brian Moehler (0-1)
In the spirit of Passover, we begin tonight's recap by asking, why is this night different from all other nights?
Tonight the Cubs sent nine men to the plate in each of the first two innings, building a lead so large, it allowed Ted Lilly to throw his own personal game of Home Run Derby and still win his first game of the season.
Details after the jump.
- The hits just kept on coming—Fukudome had four safeties (including a 2B and HR); Ramirez had four (including a 2B); and Soriano, Fontenot, and Theriot had two each
- Did I mention that Kosuke "First Pitch" Fukudome had four hits? The first three all resulted from first-pitch swings, an interesting shift in approach from a guy who ranked second in the NL last season in pitches seen per plate appearance (4.29)
- Anthony Michael Hall lookalike David Patton made his Major League debut and after serving up a home run ball to Hunter Pence, the 23-year-old Patton mowed down six Astros in a row, including Lance Berkman on a three-pitch strikeout that featured a 95 mph fastball, an 82-mph breaking ball, and an 85-mph curveball for the kill
- Still looking for his first Cub hit, Milton Bradley nonetheless managed to reach base four times, via 3 walks and an HBP
- Carlos Marmol and Angel Guzman each delivered another strong inning in relief
- Lilly gave up 4 HR in just 5 IP; this spring he gave up 5 HR in just 11 IP. Yes, the wind was howling to centerfield tonight and Arizona has thin air, but that's a damn lot of home runs
- Derrek Lee went 1-for-6 with three strikeouts
- Alfonso Soriano got thrown out at first on a play in which Miguel Tejada double-clutched not once, but twice (four clutches total); somebody's wheels just aren't what they used to be
- The Cubs will not get to hit against Brian Moehler and Russ Ortiz every night for the rest of the season
Cubs 3B Christian Villanueva (who is out of minor league options) is hitting 358/464/500 for Obregon in the Mexican Pacific League (LMP), and is leading the LMP in OBP, is second in BAvg and walks, is seventh in SLG, and is tied for 8th in HR. He also has struck out only 16 times in 175 PA.
CTSteve, thanks for spelling Zimmermann correctly. We don't need another first baseman.
The media has linked Cueto and the Cubs approximately zero times this winter. I'm thinking there's just not a lot of interest there on the Cubs' part. It seems unlikely.
If the Cubs miss on Price, Grienke, and Zimmerman, they will aim for a mid-rotation starter via free agency or trade. However, I think this scenario also significantly boosts the odds that they extend Arrieta.
The Tigers are going after Zimmermann and the Red Sox will be throwing money at Price. Bringing Cueto back to the NL with the Cubs is looking like a serious possibility. Thoughts?
Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe in the financial impact to the Red Sox for not signing Jon Lester early in the free agent process:
It will be interesting to ultimately add up the cost of letting Jon Lester go.
The Red Sox botched up their negotiations with Lester in during spring training of 2014, making an initial offer of $70 million that was roughly $40 million short of what it should have been. Talks broke down and Lester was traded in July.
Wait...you're flip-flopping again?!
Is this legal? What is the rule here on opining definitively and then changing your mind?
I am not only surprised at your declaration, but Cutler's better 2015 showing. I don't get it - he went through Martz, Turner, Trestman, Kromer, and now Gase...and he is still here! And. he'll be here mext year too.
Happ signs w Jays
Morsi saying Price won't be a Jay
needs more d.beeler and e.jokisch
As an Illinois tax payer I appreciate what they r doing
+ Bankruptcy Court
2 spots left on the 40-man...wonder if they're going to play around in the rule-5 market...
A special after day after Thanksgiving thanks to AZ for his insanely detailed posts on all things roster. I don't know how you keep track of all that stuff - I suspect a chip implant, but whatever it is, it's cool.
...the wrong half.
there's nothing like crapping out of the playoffs with a strong/young cheap team after pinching pennies for years then having theo talk about having to be creative with money to make things work for 2016...but hey, baseball isn't baseball without a farmer's market and beer garden plaza with ice rinks.
they can do both...then again, if you want to look at it from a business point of view, they don't have to do both because the team is expected to be competitive and the merch+tickets+eyes-on-team are going to be at a peak unless they fail badly.