Game 12 Thread - Garza vs. Buehrle

Garza goes tonight to try and stop the bleeding. And Tennessee plays a doubleheader in the minors.

Marlins Cubs
#Reyes, SS
Johnson, RF
#Bonifacio, CF
Barney, 2B
Ramirez, 3B
Castro, SS
*Morrison, LF
Soriano, LF
Stanton, RF Baker, 1B
Sanchez, 1B *Stewart, 3B
Buck, C Soto, C
Murphy, 4
Byrd, CF
*Buehrle, P
Garza, P


How many combined caught stealing and errors for the Cubs tonight? free polls 


Johnson struck out just 3 in last night's poll, with the majority picking 7-10 K's for him.

Iowa @Albuquerque (Dodgers): Jay Jackson vs. Nieve.

Tennessee @ Huntsville (Brewers) in a doubleheader: Dallas Beeler vs. Anundsen; Dae-Eun Rhee vs. ????.

Daytona has the day off.

@Peoria vs. Cedar Rapids (Angels): Jose Rosario vs. Crowley

It's called "thwartstop", positioned right where the hitter's spray chart shows he should...

Baker would make a great thwartstop.

I love the poll.

This is the first season in quite awhile I've been following the minors more closely than the majors, and not only because of the obvious fact that they are so close in skill levels.

until Friday with a hamstring injury, fwiw.

Why are we seeing so much Johnson? This is the problem with having Mather, Johnson, and Baker all on the team--the manager thinks he has to bench DeJesus an LaHair every time there is a lefty starting because what's the point of having shortside platoon guys if you aren't going to use them?

Somebody please come calling for Baker soon.

if they were gonna platoon lahair (which seems to be what they're doing) it wouldn't have been too hard to find a cheap bench/1st-platoon guy beyond baker...especially since they re-up'd dewitt and baker rather than cutting one of them.

4ab 0h 0bb 3k vs. lefties for lahair...dunno how many chances he'll get this year vs. them.

maybe it only came apparent this spring that's something they'd have to idea...

good news with Buehrle on the mound, the Cubs should lose rather quickly today.

I think Garza balances out the speed...

I should have added double plays to the poll.

Iowa lineup: Campana CF, B. Jackson LF, Valbuena 2B, Rizzo 1B, Castillo C, Cardenas SS, Sappelt RF, Vitters 3B, J. Jackson P.

end of the 4th going well....

with 2 out, Stanton singles, Gaby gets on when Stewart can't barehand a ball, Garza strikes out Buck but ump calls it a ball (replays and WGN K-zone show it right down the middle near bottom of zone but clearly a strike).

ends it by striking out Murphy who had HR'd earlier.

Byrd singles, grab him now for your fantasy teams before the rush.

1st/2nd and Garza up to fail at bunting.

Is the in-game chat working for anyone? It's not for me.

yeah. you need to have java installed on your browser of choice or it won't load.

Thanks crunch. Finally got in and nobody was there. I suppose the guys on the season ticket waiting list must feel the same way.


yeah, it's hit/miss for people being in there...a lot more "miss" the past couple seasons.

D. Barney showing off his post workout not-even-warning-track-power to leadoff the 6th

new fantasy strategy...

pick up whomever is going against the Cubs that day

Why not? It's how I play D in fantasy football. "Who's got Cleveland? Who's got St. Louis? Jacksonville? Is Seattle on the road?" I can only think of one week this season where I got burned.

Does anyone else's Wendy's restaurant look like that commercial? I think mine still has the olden newspaper tables.

I don't go in fast food restaurants. Drive thru, ftw.

Byrd makes a great effort to cutoff a ball from going to the wall, then negates great effort by 3-hopping throw to the cutoff man so Stanton scores easily from first.

Illustrative of this young season?

solid effort by Soriano as always...groundball through SS and 3rd, man on second pauses to make sure ball goes through and Murphy just runs all the way to 2b cause Soriano isn't paying attention.

Then Buehrle singles off Lendy.

Betcha Eckstein would've caught that liner.

Lendy is really dragging down this team.

Good thing the "taxpayers" are enjoying their new ballpark, even though the Cubs drew more than 8K more last Wednesday night to watch the shitty ass Cubs in that cold ass ballpark.

I think TheoCorp needs to work on their Rule 5 game plan next year.

They should pretend it doesn't exist. A $100M+ team shouldn't be drafting rule 5 guys.

a triple...a triple hit to LF...sigh.

Well, in the good news department tonight:



Finger taps

Sheepish full mouthed cartoon smile.


At least Castro still has trade value!

How meaningful are the first 10 games?

article by John DeWan.

Answer: if your team is bad in the first 10 games, it mean they will not win 90 games.

Except last year 60% of teams who won 3 or first ten games or worse - went ahead and won 90+ games.

"so you're saying there's a chance ..."

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  • James Russell elected free agency.

  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • 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.