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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  • That's a hell of a first impression by Montgomery. Brian Cashman having a good laugh on that debut.

    Eric S 1 hour 14 min ago view
  • ...and it's a 3 run homer.

    hey, vogelbomb had a HR on his 1st game with SEA AAA, too!

    crunch 1 hour 34 min ago view
  • montgomery comes on with men on 1st/2nd, 2 out, in the 8th.

    crunch 1 hour 36 min ago view
  • from rotoworld...

    "Tommy Stokke of FanRag Sports reports Chris Sale was sent home from U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday after cutting up throwback jerseys that he did not want to wear.

    crunch 1 hour 43 min ago view
  • I thought the same. It'd be great luck to face these non-contenders after the trade deadline.

    Charlie 3 hours 26 min ago view
  • ...why isn't j.lucroy playing for TEX yet?

    :(

    2r HR on a 12-pitch AB.

    crunch 4 hours 55 sec ago view
  • nathan to join the cubs tomorrow.

    crunch 4 hours 35 min ago view
  • Wow in deed.

    Rob Richardson 4 hours 39 min ago view
  • FOX Sports @MLBONFOX
    Chris Sale was scratched from tonight's scheduled start due to a clubhouse incident before the game

    ...wow

    he was sent home by the team, too. the wsox released a press statement and everything. they stated it was non-physical in nature.

    crunch 4 hours 44 min ago view
  • He was scratched from his start today. No reason given.

    Rob Richardson 4 hours 49 min ago view
  • At the start of the season the book was that he was trying to pitch to more contact so he could stay in the game longer and it seems to be working so far. Contact against is 77.5% this year and it was 70.2% the year before. He averaged 6.7 IP/game last year and so far it's 7 IP/game. His actual pitches per game are only down to 106.1/game from 107.2/game last year but if he's able to go a bit farther into games without throwing more pitches and without giving up more runs that is a good thing.

    johann 5 hours 52 min ago view
  • sale's skills and insane value makes it almost too hard to have a market for the guy...he's got 3/38m owed to him over 3 seasons (2 team options). he could easily pull in 30m/yr if he was on the market as a FA.

    he's throwing a bit differently this season, especially with more sliders and less changeups like earlier in his career, but all his stuff still looks great even if the HRs are a little elevated and the Ks are down.

    crunch 7 hours 47 min ago view
  • Torres, Happ, McKinney, Jimenez, and Candelario for Sale. Deal or no deal?

    "The White Sox are reportedly asking for “five top prospects” for Chris Sale, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports."

    John Beasley 8 hours 1 min ago view
  • Unless he develops 30+ HR power and keeps his walk rate close to his K rate at the MLB level, he's not going to turn into Prince Fielder. And even if he does turn into Prince Fielder, he's gonna have a short prime. His very limited athleticism is likely to also detract some value from his ability to reach base--I don't buy making an out as being preferable to base clogging, but you'd certainly prefer just about any base runner other than Vogelbach, David Ortiz, etc.

    Charlie 8 hours 31 min ago view
  • seeing as arod has played a total of 27.1 innings of D at 1st/3rd and somehow managed a -0.5 dWAR with his 1 error at 1st and an overall positive total zone rating...he might end up even more in the shitter via the characteristics/flaws/whatever of how some sites determine various WAR values. dWAR doesn't directly lead to a WAR value, but the 2 main entities pushing the most popular variations of WAR sometimes lead to some interesting discrepancies in value.

    crunch 8 hours 47 min ago view
  • I have a lot of faith in Baez that he's going to turn into a more consistent, solid player. It looks like it took him about a half season or so of futility at the plate to figure out he was not talented enough to get away with the crazy approach he had. I think his running game will eventually have a more measured aggression.

    Charlie 12 hours 41 min ago view