Game 17 Thread - Garza vs. Garcia

The Cubs get their chance to make up some ground....I can't even finish that sentence with a straight face. How about? Cubs get the World Champs again and a chance to lose another series. Better.

Iowa already played today and loss to the Cardinals AAA affiliate, Memphis 6-2 at home. Jay Jackson with yet another poor outing, 5 IP, 4 ER, 0 K, 1 BB, 8 H. B. Jackson goes 2/4 with a SB, Rizzo 2/3 with a 2B and a BB and W. Castillo 1/4 with an RBI. The other minor league matchups include:

Dallas Beeler vs. Chattanooga (Dodgers): Soto 6, Watkins 4, Ha 8, Ridling, Mota 7, Burgess 9, Samson 5, Brenly 2, Beeler 1

Zach Cates vs. Lakeland (Detroit - Jacob Turner happens to be starting):  Szczur 8, Torreyes 4, Perez 9, Rohan 5, Jones 3, Andreoli 7, Silva 0, Noble 2, Alcantara 6

Jose Rosario vs. Lansing (Toronto):Devoss 4, Zapata 9, Cuneo 3, Hoilman 0, Davis 2, Easterling 8, Darvill 5, Hernandez 6, Gonzalez 7

Cardinals Cubs
#Furcal, SS
*DeJesus, RF
*Schumaker, CF
Barney, 2B
Holliday, LF
Castro, SS
#Beltran, RF
Soriano, LF
Freese, 3B
Baker, 1B
Molina, C
Soto, C
*Carpenter, 1B
Johnson, CF
Greene, 2B
Mather, 3B
*Garcia, P
Garza, P

Michael Bowden is with the team and they DFA'd Rodrigo Lopez to make room on the roster for him. Also, Kerry threw in the outfield today and claims to be feeling much better.

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Iowa already played today and loss to the Cardinals AAA affiliate, Memphis 6-4 at home.
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Don't get so excited, the Iowa offense isn't that good. Final was 6-2 according to the box score I read.

indeed, my bad.

oh good, Garza up to fail at bunting

miracles!

gets it down after making a nice defensive play as well earlier.

4 IP, 0 H, 2 BB, 0 K for Turner against Daytona.

Cates gave up 3 ER in 4 IP.

Lakeland also has Castellanos on that team.

crunch and i are in parachat

don't all rush in at once

it claims I'm the only one in there.

it was a very short parachat session...mostly involving the inevitable 2014 cubs rotation of lincecum/c.hammels/garza/j.moyer/?? and the world series matchup of the chicago cubs vs. las vegas athletics.

No way the Theo team will pay the necessary salary to get Moyer. If we had Hendry and could give a 7 year deal, maybe. But not Theo.

the new TV deal will give the cubs about 100 kazillion dollars a year...at least.

Moyer will then tell stories of playing in the days before TV deals boosted salaries. And before TVs televised games.

Hawks are on

THWACK!!! POW!!! BOOM!!!

Yes, Ron Artest wants to play hockey, too!

What an AB by LaHair. Now Soto will eff it up.

Just as I was about to lament on why isn't Stewart hitting for Mather.

Sweet.

Mather swung on at least a dozen planes all at once on that hit.

Spittin up my Chinese food on that one, The Joe!

he can at least move his bat once he puts it in motion. if stewart could/would do it he might not sit for 29 year old journeyman joe mather.

Stewart is crushing the ball (mostly at people right now). Don't agree with you crunch.

i am way more than willing to let him prove (or disprove) what i think of him before getting into an april argument over the guy.

his quality of contact is crap, it was crap last year...he's a pure mistake hitter...yadda yadda yadda

I'm so confused by this post.

rather than argue the merits of how good he is/will be in april it's a lot easier to stand by old statements and let stewart's work speak for itself after he keeps showing what he's got.

i don't think the guy's issue with balls in play is going to get better based on how he swings a bat even though he's been robbed of a few.

others do...

there's not much to do with it at this point because you're working with 50ab's and few that doesn't already have an opinion are gonna be swayed toward any side.

CUBS!!!!!!!

FREE JOE MATHER!

bow down to your new god, Joe Mather.

Jeff Baker saw 8 pitches all night.
LaHair 12 in his one at bat.

/seen enough of the lefty slayer baker

LaHair is so composed. That was like an old Billy Buckner at bat! Loved it ...

My man crush on LaHair grows.

My hope that some team might come calling for Baker flickers.

I don't think Game 6 is going to OT

Fucking torture. Shots were 30-8 Hawks at one point and down 2-0. Then they get embarrassed. Was Hayes' hit dirty? What did Kane do? I assume he told the refs they sucked . . .

Darvish 1.81 whip

Cespedes 20 K's in 55 at bats

Adjusting to the league? Or indicators of weakness?

Cespedes still can't hit a breaking ball, but he punishes fastballs. I think of him like getting Soriano in his prime years with less speed.

I don't know about Darvish, some whispers that he's being squeezed. From what little I've seen, he nibbles a lot, but that seems to be common with Japanese pitchers.

Not to take anything from Mather, but as Rob said above, that was a great AB by LaHair. Free LaHair!

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  • Baez still learning

    jacos 5 min 32 sec ago view
  • heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.

    he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.

    crunch 1 hour 9 min ago view
  • stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.

    that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.

    crunch 2 hours 15 min ago view
  • brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.

    crunch 3 hours 4 min ago view
  • Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.

    VirginiaPhil 7 hours 34 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 22 hours 45 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 22 hours 50 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 22 hours 56 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 23 hours 7 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 23 hours 18 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 23 hours 44 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 1 day 24 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 1 day 2 hours ago view