Game 11 Thread - Dempster vs. Johnson

After a day off, the Cubs head to Miami for their first series in their new ballpark and the return of Ozzie Guillen after a 5-game suspension, which should bring a healthy dose of national attention to the game.

Marlins Cubs
#Reyes, SS
*Dejesus, RF
#Bonifacio, CF
Barney, 2B
Ramirez, 3B
Castro, SS
*Morrison, LF
Soriano, LF
Infante, 2B
*Stewart, 3B
Stanton, RF
*Clevenger, C
Sanchez, 1B
*LaHair, 1B
Buck, C Byrd, CF
*Johnson, P
Dempster, P


How many strikeouts for Josh Johnson today? free polls 


Always wise to bat three lefties in a row for the later innings. ~shrug~


Interesting that he has LaHair batting 7th. I wonder if Sveum feels like LaHair is the second coming of Dave Kingman.

great article.

it's a bit sweeping, though not much. there is a scrutiny of the pen that's missing in some respects. to keep it recent...brian wilson. sergio romo, by virtue of numbers and effectiveness, should be the 100% no-doubt defacto closer, but the guy's arm is a lot more fragile that people might suspect. him going 2-3 in a row too often is something SF is looking to avoid because they think his arm would fall off. it's kinda similar to how k.wood wasn't being considered to full-time close when there was a c.marmol scare in spring.

overall it's right on...imo, people should be looking for the $5-$7m type closers rather than the $10m+ ones...even if you're a big spending team. there's plenty of guys who can fill that role effectively while $10m contracts are still being shelled out.

flies home for a cortisone injection in shoulder, said to be available by Friday.


Rusin starting for Iowa

Beeler starting for Tennessee

Hi- A Daytona: Szczur 8, Alcantara 6, Andreoli 7, Rohan 3, Jones 0, Bonne 9, Silva 4, Noble 2, Harrington 5, Simpson pitching

Peoria: DeVoss 4, Darvill 6, Lopez 2, Cuneo 3, Easterling 9, Zapata 7, Hernandez DH, Zapenas 5, Chen 8, Francescon 1 #fb

Tennessee rained out.

Simpson rocked for 6 ER in 2.2 IP, 6 H, 4 BB, 0 K, 1 HR.

Dayton down 6-5 though, C. Noble 2/2, Andreoli with a 2B and Elieser Bonne with a HR.

Iowa puts up a 3 spot to start, with a lineup of: Campana 7, Jackson 8, Valbuena 6, Rizzo 3, Cardenas 4, Lalli 2, Sappelt 9, Vitters 5, Rusin 1.

Rusin already has given 2 back and the first isn't over vs. Albuquerque

Daytona down 7-5 in 7th vs. Dunedin, nothing new to report.

Peoria down 5-2 in 5th to Cedar Rapids, Francescon goes 3.2 IP, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K. Pin-Chieh Chen with a triple.

1: vs. Colts
2: @ Packers (Thurs)
3: vs. Rams
4: @Cowboys (Mon)
5: @Jaguars
6: Bye
7: vs. Lions (Mon)
8: vs. Panthers
9: @Titans
10: vs. Texans (Sunday night)
11: @49ers (Mon)
12: vs. Vikings
13: vs. Seahawks
14: @Vikings
15: vs. Packers
16: @Cardinals
17: @Lions

Games in order of toughest test: Packers(2) , 49ers, Texans, Lions(2), then a tie between Dallas, Titans. This could have been much worse.

if they can pull off an upset over Packers in Week 2, they can be 5-0 heading into the bye...or 2-3...or somewhere in-between.

@Packers in Week 2 and @49ers in Week 11 are the only games at this moment that look like should-be losses.

they will beat the 49ers, if healthy

this FLA feed is killing me (HD feed on EI)'s been a 1 hour commercial inviting people to come out to the ballpark fighting with a 1 hour hour commercial for Fox Sports personalities + social media.

in between it all they're occasionally talking about the game.

Yeah it's just awful. Just constant chatter about nothing. Though it fits Florida perfectly.

this is getting really silly.

there's entire ABs not being called while they're talking about other stuff or doing interviews or reading twitters about guests...etc etc...

who is it?

FS Marlins annouce crew. you can tell this program direction is coming from "someone" in the booth guiding the direction.

they're doing tons of social media stuff, pimping the park, interviews with workers, interviews with their own FS staff, reading tweets about fluff...they've missed a few ABs while "reporters" were doing stories on things like the Fox Sports Girls at the park and the team shop.

the "guest" is the vice president of something or other from the team who was one of the people who helped design the stadium (not kidding). supposedly a fan wanted more info on this important cog of the 2012 marlins.

"vice president of ballpark development"

...and now they have a mic on him in the booth.

3-2 count on lahair...his name hasn't been mentioned or any of the pitches called.

Though let's be honest. Looking at that empty ballpark after spending so much money they probably need to do all they can to get people.

needs more ozzie kicking soto's mask...and soto pointing and laughing about it.

Haha and they basically have pole dancers doing awful dances. W. T. F.

Lol. is nice sometimes. Good to be able to hear Len and Bob.

Does Marlon Byrd look a lot smaller this year? I know he was really into body building...I wonder if he's had to cut back on his "body building" which might have something to do with this awful hitting?

I think he switched to taebo, so now he's lean amd mean

I think they said he was down 40 lbs. from last season. Food allergies to gluten and milk products were discovered in the offseason. So he changed his diet in addition to the taebo or whatever it was. No mention of Victor Conte.

Thanks, didn't hear that. Every time I see him, I forget who he is...

I'd like to forget I ever saw him.

kind of like the bs that swirls around the stretch singers @ wrigley for a half inning each on radio & tv...

pretty much.

bounces into a productive out...seemed more luck than purposeful.

2nd/3rd with 0 outs and bounces a 3-2 pitch to the second baseman to score a run and advance Castro to 3rd.

cubs pitchers are the most awesome defenders in the game.

4 hours of pitcher's infield practice for everyone the next month!

paid off today...

Dempster throws away one for the marlins first run, Josh Johnson running.

1-1 in the 5th

DeJesus shows off his arm with a weak ass throw that can't nail the pitcher trying to score from 2nd. Do get Bonifacio in a rundown to end inning though.

2-1 Marlins after 5.

can't run tonight, either.

DeJesus then gets thrown out at 2b trying to advance on a wild pitch that didn't bounce away from Buck.

Ugh to me the steal (or the aggressive base running) is one of the most overrated aspects of the game. Seems like for the majority of players who try it it ends up backfiring more than it ends up helping. We'd have bases loaded or a score at this point if he hadn't tried running.

And Soriano coming back down to being him:-(

if you told me when he signed that soriano would be hitting cleanup for the cubs in 2012 i'd be thrilled at how awesome that contract actually turned out.

this is like some twilight zone twist...

gonna be a long season...

Well, to be fair, that was just bad luck. The ball hit the dirt and kicked away and you are taught to take off on those. The chances of the catcher recovering and throwing you out, especially if you go right away when you see the pitch headed for the dirt are very low. 19 times out of 20 Dejesus is safe. This one hit someones foot or something and bounced straight up the in air and Buck caught it standing up all ready to throw. Lucky bounce is all.

At this rate, Dempster is going to be a 0-11 All-Star starter.

Clevenger continues to double, 1 out in the the 7th.

Let's see the Cubs not score this run.

ooooooooooo safe!

and wtf is lahair still doing at 1st?

LaHair singles Clevenger home, looks like he just beat tag. Nice throw by Bonifacio.


i mean, there's being aggressive and there's being stupid.

wow. lahair fail sb.

it's like a team of Ryan Theriot's.

LaHair almost picked off, then tries to steal before Johnson even lifts his leg and he just steps off and throws him out.

Have I mentioned how much I hate stealing?

ah, great news, the Cubs go to their strength, the bullpen!

Dolis in for the 7th.


Dolis survives the 7th.

2-2 to the 8th, XM radio for me the rest of the way.

know it's a night game but is marlyn wearing his shades @ the plate? he should change his name to ray Charles or Stevie wonder... 059 ain't bad for a blind man!

That's marlyn bord in your program...

Barney boots a routine grounder. Clevenger passed ball, then a walk.

8th inning going well so far.

Hanley goes boom. 5-2 marlins.

Ugh stupid error. I guess though as bad as this is to watch I never had great expectations for this season and support the rebuild so I've been able to find more positives than some people. We got some very good starting pitching, good hitting at spots and what looks like some good hitting coming up to take over spots where we need help. Bullpen help can be found, imo, easier than a lot of other stuff so as bad as it is for us it doesn't seem like a long time worry if we do well at other places.

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  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.

  • most likely cost sharing + the league is short on players anyway. not many teams are chipping in on 'advanced instructional.'