Game 110 Thread / Pirates @ Cubs (1 of 3)

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SP Jason Marquis SP Jeff Karstens

6-6, 4.69, 62 K, 44 BB, 111.1 IP (AAA) 6-4, 3.80, 55 K, 15 BB, 68.2 IP
LF Alfonso Soriano 2B Luis Rivas
RF *Kosuke Fukudome 1B *Doug Mientkiewicz
1B Derrek Lee CF *Nate McLouth
3B Aramis Ramirez C #Ryan Doumit
CF *Jim Edmonds 3B Andy LaRoche
C Geovany Soto RF *Brandon Moss
2B *Mike Fontenot LF Jason Michaels
SS Ronny Cedeno SS Jack Wilson
P *Jason Marquis P Jeff Karstens

The Cubs take a five game winning streak back to the Friendly Confines and a chance to extend their five game lead in the Central with 19 of 28 games at home through the month of August. Marquis goes against the third best offense in the NL, but that was before the trades of Jason Bay and Xavier Nady.


"Ya know, Steve, 'Bucs' is 'Cubs' spelled backwards..."

/vivid memory of an extra innings Harry moment

Posted in other thread:

I actually really like this lineup


Nice work, Chad.

I don't think that offense is the third best in the NL anymore.

Not sure that offense is the third best in AAA anymore.

Nice, Wes... and just for having said that, watch the Bucs put up about 9 or 10 today....
I also predict that this pitcher will absolutely mystify the Cubs hitters...

Interesting defense today. That'd be a pretty major pull shift against righties, fielding two CF and two SS instead of having a 2B and RF. It'll be interesting to see how this strategy works.

I am such an ass. Rob G. was obviously just in a hurry. But I'm fairly certain Mighty Mike is playing 2B not CF, and Fukie is playing RF not SS.

Bah...thnx for catching that.

I really Weeksed that one.

Weeksed (verb): to fuck up something routine.

synonyms: Brewered, Kendalled, Barretted, Brauned, Dustyed




You forgot "Ugglad."

I did indeed, although I think definition for Uggla'd is more:

to fuck up something vastly important for a large group of people that you're not a part of... 

with a 21.2 IP scoreless streak going since mid-June out of the bullpen in Daytona.

credits it with tweaking his slider and pitching more inside.

Ryan Dempster pushed the Brewers to the brink of being swept Wednesday night with another strong effort, setting the stage for Harden, who compared their performances to when he was younger with Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder and Barry Zito in Oakland."You kind of feed off each other. You see every starter going out there and doing really well, and you want to match them," Harden said. "I think it is contagious. ... It's a pretty amazing staff here."


C'mon - he is the architypal 5th starter (wh cannot be traded, evidently)

Nope, nothing left for Marquis to feed off of.


Has a starting pitcher ever been DFA'd in the middle of a start?

I think Russ Ortiz was actually mid-motion when they DFA'd him.

Was this mentioned already?

Wuertz pitched three innings in Colorado Springs Wednesday night and faced nine batters, striking out seven.

31 whiffs in the 12-inning game, btw.

I can't understand why, after all this time, MW can't get his major-league act together. Larry, any ideas?

Lee is flying into double plays now...will wonders never cease.

DP Lee

Chris Duncan has a herniated disc in his back now, not just a bulging one. Might need season-ending surgery.

marquis...Brenly says he has the plague, well actually it's the big innings that plague him.

nothing that a shot of penicillin won't fix. Yersinia Pestis (Y.Pestis)...might be a good nickname for Jason. Might be from those rats Ozzie found at Wrigley...are they carriers for the oriental rat flea?

is he getting hit hard or are these the seeing-eye variety?

A couple were cheap, but the last one was a line shot pulled to left.

only one hard hit ball so far.

today is a day where marquis has his sinker on and is getting unlucky.

... and the Cubs appear absolutely mystified by this pitcher... I feel like someone predicted this... Let's see if they are able to make adjustments the 2nd time through the order...

off subject, but anyone know where I can find Pie's batting average against lefties so far in the minors? He could actually help a major league team if he ever figures out how to hit lefties. thanks

try, altough I think has splits now as well.


Okay... maybe they'll catch on the third time around...

lot's of wasted chances.

I don't like the Cubs approach today. Guy they have never faced before, Soriano goes up hacking at the first 2 pitches of the game. Soto swinging at first pitches in each at bat, including after 2 walks.

Cubs will drop to 7-7 at Wrigley since the 14 game home winning streak if they don't turn this around late.

Me neither. That goose egg in the run column is not looking pretty.

Kind of sensed this one coming.

Rookie pitcher & post-Brewers letdown.

About what you would expect from Mrquis against a lousy lineup -- 6IP, 3R.

Let's move on.

No, dammit. Marquis gave them a chance to win, as did the relief pitchers. Don't give up! Score some runs and win this thing!


That was pathetic! Bah!!

I blame Chad.

"I actually really like this lineup"

Posted in 2 separate threads!

What, the pitcher throwing a no-hitter didn't hear you the first time you mentioned it?

buzz kill.

Starting pitcher Julio Castillo, who is no longer even on the Chiefs active roster, leads the way with a 60-game suspension that extends into next year. He was also fined $1,000 as his court proceedings continue Friday in Ohio’s Montgomery County. Castillo was arrested and charged with felonious assault after a fan was hit with a thrown baseball during the brawl.

Outfielders Brandon Guyer and Cliff Andersen, infielder Jovan Rosa, pitchers Steve Vento and Audy Santana and catcher Mario Mercedes were each fined $150 and suspended for three games. The suspensions will start Friday night against South Bend and will be staggered over the next week.

Carmelo Martinez fined $1500 and suspended 20 games...

Geez! well, looks like they're goin' to be shorthanded for a bit!

I think that was the "pinch-hit" manager who got suspended.

I wish there was a stat for, "BAA for Never-Seen-Before-Pitcher", or "BAANSBP".

The Cubs, in my memory, have to be under .200

I rag on MArquis, but today he deserved much better.

The funny part (and by funny I mean makes you weep like a little girl) is that this seems to have been the case through all different players, different managers and different GMs. At home and on the road.

Letdown game for sure. They had all kinds of chances with 2 outs but didn't convert, grounded into double plays with 1 outs. That's really something that concerns me if they were to make the playoffs, it killed us last year vs the Diamondbacks.

Looking it up the Cubs were 17th in the majors in GIDP, thats alot better than I thought they would be.

Damn. Pittsburgh really Randall Simonized the Cubs today...

We got Perogi-ed.

Cards and Brewers up big in both their games...

Phillies coming back now 5-3 bottom 6.

Bah! throw away game. Let's kick the tar out of them on the next couple games.

Z going today, I expect a win. Maholm's not going to get out of jams like Karstens did. He's just not that type of pitcher.

Sidenote: I picked up this year's version of Power Pros. Totally awesome. They added an MLB Life Mode that acts just like Success Mode, except you play as a major league player, either one you create or one already in the game.

And the Cubs are pretty damn good in game. Kosuke has his bat flip when he hits the ball, Soto has some power, and Pie... well, Pie sucks. His hitting cursor is tiny. Minuscule. Ok, you can train him to be a better hitter, and he has blazing speed and great defense. But he's the guy who's in center in the default starting lineup.

Big Z, though. Wow. He has seven pitches. And all five of his breaking pitches are level 4. Pitches that a pitcher has besides his four seamer are rated 1-5 in effectiveness. I almost threw a no-hitter in the first game I pitched with him.

Man, I love this game.

NO - Z does not do today, according to probable pitchers. Where did you see that?

It is Lilly today, and "Z" tomorrow.

Crap in a hat, I keep forgetting that Zambrano didn't start the first game back from the break.

Still, my point stands. :)

Maybe Luis Montanez will get a call-up with the Orioles soon. He plays for their AA Bowie Baysox.

8 RBI last night. Season totals:

440 ab, 146 h, 31 2b, 5 3b, 25 hr, 94 rbi, .332/.383/.595

Stat gazer.

Why is it okay to gaze at minor league stats but not at major league stats?

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  • deno ended the season well even though ajax heavily cut into a lot of his chances to play. it's either him or ajax. i'm a bit partial to deno, but least ajax isn't hitting 2nd.

  • Agreed. And, with Hendricks on the mound, Cubs will probably need to score some runs to win -- why not start Soler for his bat and bring in Ajax for defense later?

    NEVER MIND....just re-read the lineup.

  • If the Cubs have the lead in the 8th, who pitches? Rodney? Travis? Yikes.

  • The Cubs had some good runs and nice winning streaks that propelled them to the playoffs. Austin Jackson wasn't part of that. I don't quite understand what it is about Jackson that they are so enamored with.

  • I think the strike zone was very inconsistent, but it's hard to blame the loss on the ump. They had chances and mistake pitches and just couldn't cash in. Lackey ran the ball inside and outside very effectively.

  • Correct. Castro 5th, AJax 6th; I'll edit my lineup post to fix this.

  • Lineup: Fowler, Soler, KB, Rizzo, Castro, AJax, Montero, Hendricks, Russell

  • if he put ajax 1st/2nd in the f'n playoffs he deserves to lose his nearly sure-thing MOY award to terry collins.

  • I believe Castro batting fifth, Ajax (LF) sixth

  • Maddon did not listen to me yesterday re Strop, or EricS on Schwarbs today.

    Wtf is up w/that?!

  • Crunch got his wish - Ajax not hitting 1-2 in the lineup ...

  • I know he's struggles against lefties but Schwarber seems zoned in - hope he starts tonight.

  • Awesome stuff, Phil.

  • listening on ESPN 1000, caller says Bill Welke will be the home plate ump today. Supposedly his reputation is for having an even bigger strike zone than last night's Phil Cuzzi. Some of the issues with bad umpiring come from an inconsistent strike zone. Hoping at least for consistency. Last night's called strike on David Ross was outright embarrassing for Cuzzi.

    That might work out in favor of Kyle Hendricks, who benefits much from a large strike zone.

  • it's kind of mesmerizing to watch
    should Theo add some Ted Abernathy videos for minor league pitching coordinator's use?

    sadly, Ted passed away in 2004 from complications of Alzheimers. I always loved the Cub bullpen trio of Phil Regan, Ted Abernathy and Hank Aguirre. As a kid, I even worked on both Phil Regan (very quirky delivery) and Ted Abernathy (extreme submarine) imitations when throwing a rubber ball against a wall. It wasn't a good imitation unless I could scrape my knuckles off the ground. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for submariners.

  • HAGSAG: Chris Pieters was sent to instructs to develop his hitting, bunting, and outfield play (he is already a decent first-baseman).  

    Pieters is tall and rangy , a "long-strider" in the same mold as Trey Martin and Rashad Crawford. He is a very patient hitter (unusual for a hitter with his lack of experience) and has an outstanding (almost uncanny) eye at the plate, and he is a fast runner with unusually good baserunning instincts, and he is a good basestealer, too.