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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  • Can I get a gif of Joe West's jowls waving as he chews gum?

    /Asking for a friend

    jacos 20 min 24 sec ago view
  • my gawd...that castillo-to-bryant pickoff was a thing of beauty. the knock on him in the minors being slow out of the crouch is looking less like a thing.

    crunch 32 min 39 sec ago view
  • bless your heart. *pinches cheeks*

    crunch 5 hours 29 min ago view
  • real shame I missed this week's episode of The Crunch Reporter.

    It's highly unusual.

    It does matter a little.

    It matters much less than you think.

     

     

    Rob G. 5 hours 31 min ago view
  • four winds field is awesome. it's crazy how minor league parks have "grown up" since the 80s/90s and that park was one of the late-80s models that showed a low-capacity ballpark could look like you're at something other than a highschool baseball game.

    crunch 6 hours 37 min ago view
  • On another topic....I returned to South Bend last night for the 2nd time this season (still haven't tried either the deep-fried mac & cheese sandwich nor "The Porknado", as the drive home is over an hour and that could get ugly), and was pleasantly surprised to find D. Underwood pitching in a rehab start. He looked good -- although, to be fair, these are low-A hitters -- fastball consistently at 94-95 (if the SB scoreboard is to be believed -- several pitches were clocked in the 30s...) and with good location.

    billybucks 7 hours 45 min ago view
  • he gains nothing, no advantage, no saving of resources, nothing...there is not a cost/benefit tradeoff...him letting the running game go on around him for others to control isn't gaining him an advantage elsewhere. it's putting him at a disadvantage even if it's not cashed in with a run.

    crunch 10 hours 25 min ago view
  • And out of respect for the rest of TCR, I'm done on this. I'm sure I'm not the only one in the other camp, but time to let it go. (Until the next Lester start. I kid.)

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 10 hours 28 min ago view
  • He is putting himself at a disadvanage. But how much of one relative to the rest of his game? He's not Justin Germano -- he's inarguably one of the best SPs in baseball, issue or not. It would be more of thing to discuss ad nauseum if it constantly caused him to give up runs and lose games. But it doesn't.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 10 hours 38 min ago view
  • shouting down my points about lester with "well, it didn't hurt" is like saying it doesn't matter if a guy starts out walking 3 guys every inning as long it's followed by a K and a double play.

    it's like elevating ERA and wins to a high level while ignoring what it took to get there.

    crunch 10 hours 44 min ago view
  • I'm asking how much it has hurt Lester and the Cubs this year. Do you have that answer?

    I legitimately don't recall you answering that quesion, apart from the condescending silliness you just posted. So if you did answer specifically about the impact of Lester's issue, I'd like to re-read it. Thanks.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 10 hours 57 min ago view
  • if runner = on base and pitcher = j.lester then lead = large

    if lead = large then probability of extra base on following hit > average of mean

    okay, enough of that silliness...

    ...you can read more on the thread i copy/pasted this from the last time you decided you needed to talk to me about me.

    crunch 11 hours 4 min ago view
  • Thank you for your answer.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 11 hours 7 min ago view
  • bless your heart.

    crunch 11 hours 8 min ago view
  • I don't recall you answering my question about quantifying how it has hurt Lester and the Cubs this season, apart from one guy scoring on a sac fly. Can you direct me to your answer? Thanks.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 11 hours 13 min ago view
  • Lester's personal catcher has an .809 OPS.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 11 hours 16 min ago view