Game 123 Thread / Cubs @ Marlins (2 of 3)

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SP *Sean Marshall SP Anibal Sanchez

2-2, 3.55, 33 K, 10 BB, 38 IP
1-2, 4.08, 14 K, 7 BB, 17.2 IP
       
LF Alfonso Soriano SS Hanley Ramirez
SS Ryan Theriot CF Cody Ross
CF *Jim Edmonds 3B Jorge Cantu
1B *Daryle Ward 1B *Mike Jacobs
2B *Mike Fontenot 2B Dan Uggla
RF *Kosuke Fukudome LF Josh Willingham
3B Mark DeRosa RF Jeremy Hermida
C Henry Blanco C Matt Treanor
P *Sean Marshall P Anibal Sanchez

Sean Marshall gets the start because of the doubleheader on Wednesday and he'll be on a limit of 80 pitches. If that doesn't get the Cubs to at least the 6th, expect to see Jason Marquis out there for an inning or two.
Lou, obviously bored with winning with his normal lineup, lets the scrubs try to extend the Cubs five game win streak and nine game road win streak.

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i guess soriano does own the #1 slot very firmly if this is how he's handled with this crew of talent in a lineup.

edmonds/ward/fontenot...you're on power duty...hope you're up to it. well, we know fontegod is...5/5 5hrs, easy.

Time for Wardosaurus to establish himself again tonight.

Perhaps Lou is going for the best bench in baseball (Lee, Ramirez, Soto, and Johnson).

heh.

it's also nice that when the bench does have to play it's not that bad.

3 of the team's 4 best power hitters are out, the best power hitter is leading off, and the lineup is still respectable.

that's good stuff.

You forgot Zambrano.

Ramirez and Lee not coming through with 2 outs and tying run on 3rd? I think we've seen this movie before.

Anyway hopefully we can win tomorrow and win the series...even without that its a 4-2 road trip and good enough.

For you Bears fans out there, this is the worst Bears offense I have seen since before Mike Ditka took the team over.

It is going to be a long, pathetic year...

This team's offense is better than last year's. Tallest midget contest, but better. And with a healthy defense this team will compete for a playoff spot.

To compete for a playoff spot, a team needs a first-string quarterback. The Bears have nothing but back-ups. (And Grossman has done nothing but regress since the Super Bowl season.)

By the way, a BIG BIG BIG FU LOU!!!!!!

What was with that horseshit lineup?

YOu know what? With Sean Marshall (did a nice job but still) on the hill and Aram out, Lee doesn't get to rest.

Sorry, but you gave that game up today.

Oh and blanco too.

Chad, I must say when I'm frustrated with a loss, posts like yours help me put things in perspective as I can laugh at how seriously and personally you take this game that you have zero control over.

Anyway, one of the stranger lineups I've seen...but they had PLENTY of chances and top to bottom, starters or bench guys, blew it. Horrid game to watch....and then I watched the equally painful Dodgers game to top it off.

Hey Cardinals. Go away already.

Because this scrub lineup got my attention to the Candidate Forum he was hosting, which was actually pretty well done. I dont see the point with all of these days off (4.5,as the rain out was a half one because why they didnt play I imagine they did all their pre-game stuff) in the last 2 weeks, to justify not playing 3 of your top 4 hitters.

This lineup sucks?

In this morning's NYTIMES...includes a video of Demp doing Harry Caray

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/17/sports/baseball/...

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/11117...

Rich Hill's season continues to be a rocky one. The demoted left-handed starter is back to playing catch in Mesa, Ariz., bothered by biceps tendinitis as well as nagging back problems.

Things are better for pitcher Angel Guzman, who is coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery.

Guzman has been promoted to Class AAA Iowa, where he'll pitch today. Guzman allowed two runs while pitching five innings for Class A Daytona, and he pitched three scoreless innings for Class AA Tennessee.

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/11117...

Rich Hill's season continues to be a rocky one. The demoted left-handed starter is back to playing catch in Mesa, Ariz., bothered by biceps tendinitis as well as nagging back problems.

Things are better for pitcher Angel Guzman, who is coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery.

Guzman has been promoted to Class AAA Iowa, where he'll pitch today. Guzman allowed two runs while pitching five innings for Class A Daytona, and he pitched three scoreless innings for Class AA Tennessee.

Go Guz - see you at Wrigley in September.

Go Guz - see you at Dr. Andrews waiting room in late September.

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    Jake Arrieta first Cub to go 6-0 in first six starts since Three Finger Brown in 1908.

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