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?
  
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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

Comments

http://www.theonion.com/articles/joe-maddon-w...
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 do...no 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.

hahah.

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:

Umm

...

Finger taps

Sheepish full mouthed cartoon smile.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzz

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.

http://www.actasports.com/statoftheweek/

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 ..."

Recent comments

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  • I think while I get what you're saying with moving around a lot of baseball is very rhythm based and for many players moving around a lot could disrupt that. It's the same reason many players aren't cut out for phing or dhing since they need to be in the rhythm of the game to hit.

    Of course then you have players like LaStella who are terrible as starters and should only PH. Really hope Madden doesn't get enthralled with him starting too much.

  • The players are required to perform with minimal thinking, relying on reflex, reaction, and muscle memory (or, as you say, rhythm). I think this point of view doesn't lend itself well to changing things up. Wearing Zany suits, on the other hand, does sound like fun and definitely keeps things interesting.

  • Scared me for a minute with your anagram for "Almora".

  • KKVG: Among the players at Extended Spring Training, Isaac Paredes is the most-impressive position-player from the Cubs 2015-16 IFA class (I'm not including OF Eddy Julio Martinez, because he skipped EXST and began the season at South Bend). Paredes has legit game power and handles himself well at SS, although I think he will likely eventually end-up at 2B or 3B (maybe not this year, but down-the-line). It is possible that Paredes will get assigned to Eugene (and skip AZL) next month, and I would say he's the only one of the Cubs 2015-16 IFA position players who could.

  • Having been a mediocre HS player, I would think at a professional level - and in their 20's - doesn't it sound actually FUN to have a chance to play different positions in a 162-Game, uber-long season?

    It has to take some of the monotony out of the job and keep you on your toes.

    In fact, the best manufacturing floor job satisfaction training theories include job rotation as a way to improve employee satisfaction.

    I hope Maddon can keep it going.

  • (It's usually KK, because his DNA is more like ours.)

  • Not just Maddon, but the organization as a whole. If the rumors are to be believed, they did a good job of letting Baez learn that he needed to change his approach, and Baez has done a good job listening to their instructions an adapting. Hopefully the same is true of Alomar, who is ripping up AAA.

    Previous management teams haven't been as good at this (e.g. Corey Patterson).

  • Man, this team makes you greedy. Going into Pittsburgh -- with Cole vs. Hammel Game 1 -- I was hoping for 2 out of 3. After winning the first 2 games 14-3, I now want a sweep. Same thing happened in STL. Very, very fun.

  • Repeating myself, but I give Maddon a lot of credit for Baez's success. Instead of talking about monster HRs and high K totals, he has talked up his defense, versatility and being a "special" player. The kid seems to have responded.

  • BOB: The attendance has taken a big hit since you left. 

  • K-DUB: I think the Cubs might consider skipping Dylan Cease past South Bend and starting him at Myrtle Beach next season, especially if he gets some time at South Bend this season and pitches well there. As a southern kid with TJS history, pitching at Myrtle Beach in April is probably a lot more attractive than pitching in South Bend, but Cease can't go to Myrtle Beach if he isn't ready for Hi-A. 

  • His story makes him someone I completely root for to succeed but it's interesting that he's not succeeding in the way anyone thought when he was just a prospect. Great defense and contact instead of power. I think failing so glaringly and getting sent back down might have been the best thing for him and his ego.

    He still swings at too many balls out of the strike zone but he's making a lot more contact on them which I think is helped by the less violent swing. So we might not get all the HRs we were expecting but I'll gladly take what he's giving.

  • "KingKongVsGodzilla"? So - was there a winner?

  • Baez is looking like a pretty special player.

  • Hey AZPhil,

    Love checking TCR for your writeups. Quick question - any of these 2015 positional IFAs stand out to you yet? I'm most specifically referring to Kwon, Sierra, Paredes, and Amaya, but I know there's a couple other guys from that class in EXST as well.

  • bored...looking at stats for the hell of it...

    felix pena (26yo) moving to the pen in AAA is looking like an insanely good fit so far in a smallish sample size

    13ip 4h 3bb 20K

    remembering back to spring training he was regularly hitting mid-90s (though he didn't have a good spring stats-wise). as a starter in the minors he usually worked low-90s.

    this could be an arm worth keeping an eye on even if he's only a 1-inning guy who was "demoted" to the pen to start the year.