Cubs ticket to Philly is a ticket to Legitimacy, USA.
It's about time for this.
The Cubs go to Philadelphia to play just the kind of team they loaded up for in the off season: A playoff team.
They won't see lefty Cole Hamels, but they will see the World's Oldest Crafty Left Handed Veteran, Jamie Moyer, on Wednesday.
At this point in the season, I don't really care about injuries or apparent career-lows from any member of this 2009 squad.
With this series, the Cubs have an opportunity to become... legitimate.
If the Cubs go into Philly and come away with 2 Ws, it'll send out a tiny ripple.
Not the biggest deal, but they haven't sent even one out yet this year.
Wouldn't it be nice for Tony LaRussa to suddenly look up in the sky and say, "There's a disturbance in the force"?
Right now, you probably wouldn't like to be playing the Cubs.
They're still not quite defined, and they just might be starting to play a little more like they were supposed to.
Alfonso Soriano - he just hit some pretty big homers two games in a row.
That alone should make Phillie manager Charlie Manuel a little gassy.
Anyway, a real important series.
Am I wearing this Cub hat for a reason?
PS: Yesterday the Cubs finished their 4 game sweep of the Washington Nats.
As it should be.
Nothing moves very fast in Washington DC, I guess...
That would suck for the run differential. Can we make 20-8?
Only Top 4 and its 4-2. Looks like a 10-8 game today.
Rizzo's looked really foul but flags covered it I guess.
At least Max Scherzer can throw to 1b.
*last one, I promise
Can't you hear me Yella!
While I agree he does have a 0.308 AVG this year which is pretty crazy for a pitcher. Lackey answered back though even if it didn't score anyone lol.
Tommy La Stellar
Scherzer is not a bad hitting pitcher, but really???
This game is already bumming me out. Hope the Cubs brought their bats.
Just read that when Hendricks starts the Cubs have won 33 times in his first 50 games which is the best for any Cubs starter since the 1940s. So he might not be getting a ton of wins but he's at least leaving the team in a winnable spot
That and we've had a lot of terrible teams.
I agree, but just wanted to point out that Hendricks didn't really have a significant difference between his first and second half like Hammel did. Instead he had alternating good and below average months last year, without much fluctuation in his peripherals except a BB-heavy August and some up-and-down in opp avg. Mostly the team just couldn't win games for him in the months he pitched well. His 16 starts in May, July, and Sep/Oct (in which he limited opponents to OPS+ of 88, 75, and 44) resulted in a 4-2 record.
I think with Hammels and Hendricks struggles the 2nd half we forget how dominate of 1st halves they had and how many games they won us as the offense was struggling. We also forget they are back of the rotation guys and we can't be expecting ace quality there.
Maybe it's just Werth & Ross I'm noticing. Weird.
CRAIG: Jose Albertos is not chunky like Fernando. He's built more like Dylan Cease. Exact same body type. And his delivery is free & easy. He's definitely not a "max effort" guy.
Hendricks after 50 MLB starts: 17-11, 3.45 ERA, 1.12 WHIP. Not bad for a #5 starter. He may be a 6-inning max guy, but, if he can keep those stats up, I will gladly take it.
Speaking of WHIP -- last year, he was tied for 11th in the NL. Tied with Hammel.
Last year's NL rank in WHIP: Arrietta 2nd, Lester 9th, Haren 10th, Hammel T11th, Hendricks T11th. Wow.