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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  • 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. 5 hours 36 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. 5 hours 42 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. 5 hours 47 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. 5 hours 58 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 6 hours 10 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. 6 hours 35 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 7 hours 15 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 8 hours 27 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 8 hours 44 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 8 hours 48 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 9 hours 33 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

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

    Eric S 14 hours 24 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 15 hours 37 min ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 15 hours 41 min ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 17 hours 7 sec ago view
  • cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.

    crunch 1 day 12 min ago view