The Second Half Really Begins

To piggyback on Cubby Blue's guest post, now that the Cubs finished that four game warm-up they can start the second half. And before we get too excited about leapfrogging the Brewers and gaining ground on the Cardinals, a quick look at the schedule shows the Brewers still have eight chances to beat down that Nationals piñata and the Cardinals another four, while the Cubs just have a three-game set versus the league slumpbuster.

Speaking of the schedule, starting on September 11th, this is the Cubs last four weeks of regular season baseball in 2009.

3 at Pittsburgh

3 vs. Cincinnati

4 vs. Milwaukee

3 at St. Louis

3 at Milwaukee

4 at San Francisco

3 vs. Pittsburgh

3 vs. Arizona

Hopefully that last week won't be a big letdown after 14-straight against teams that are very much in the race at the moment.

Back to the task at hand, I certainly don't think the series is do or die against the Phillies, but getting swept by the World Champs sure would take all the fun out of the weekend sweep over the Nationals. Hopefully they can hang with the Phillies and at least take one and hopefully two. The Phillies do have one of the worst starting staffs in the league(4.82 ERA, 13th in the NL) and the Cubs will miss Cole Hamels, so the starting pitching match-ups favor the Cubs, but the Phils have also won eight straight and have taken a pretty commanding lead of the NL East.

Join the fun in Parachat tonight...

Fukudome Rollins
Theriot Victorino
Lee Utley
Ramirez Howard
Hoffpauir Ibanez
Soriano Werth
Fontenot Feliz
Hill Ruiz
Lilly Lopez

 

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Barring the un-barrable, game recappage in effect.

un-barrable? more like un-bearable. have you ever tried to actually read them?

sheesh!!!

Was waiting for someone to take the bait on that pun.

 

And yes.

 

And don't split your infinitives.

 

:p

I think we are going to clobber 'em.

I could be wrong.

Ibanez didn't take long to make Hendry look like an idiot.

3-run bomb in the first, while Milty sits because he has sucked the entire year.

i wanted Ibanez the day free agency started.

fwiw.

Has Ibanez magically become a right fielder yet?

has played there plenty in the past. willing to live with the results.

The follow up question is: Why did you want Ibanez?

because i was certain he could put up .292 .354 .479 .834

and play 150 or so games to the tune of 25 home runs and 100 or so rbis (yes, counting numbers i know)

So you were wrong for wanting him, since he's not going to play 150 games.

and he's going to hit more than 25 home runs

Hey, Ted -- how''s the knee?

The second half sucks.

....and Soriano takes the lead in NL OF errors, with 8!

Exciting stuff.

Looks like varsity vs. JV.

2 off the top of my head, including today's and one of his hop-drops, were totally preventable.

dunno how legit the other 6 are vs. laziness or bad form.

The follow up question is: Why did you want Ibanez?
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3N5l-URMJw

I have to vote for #5 as the post of the month.

Where is Hendry maybe we can ask him how he feels
about Ibanezs #s.

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  • 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. 9 hours 3 min 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. 9 hours 8 min 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. 9 hours 13 min 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. 9 hours 25 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 9 hours 36 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 10 hours 1 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 10 hours 42 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 11 hours 54 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 12 hours 11 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 12 hours 15 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 13 hours 5 sec ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 17 hours 51 min ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 19 hours 4 min ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 19 hours 8 min ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 20 hours 26 min ago view
  • cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.

    crunch 1 day 3 hours ago view