Game 19 Thread - Volstad vs. Lynn

Cubs go for the sweep? Holy s@#$%!

Cardinals Cubs
#Furcal, SS
*DeJesus, RF
*Carpenter, 1B *Campana, CF
Holliday, LF
Castro, SS
#Beltran, RF
*LaHair, 1B
Freese, 3B
Soriano, LF
Molina, C
*Stewart, 3B
*Descalso, 2B
*Clevenger, C
Robinson, CF
Barney, 2B
Lynn, P
Volstad, P

There are some looming showers, so getting a full game in may not happen. I should be around if anyone wants to try Parachat.


Here's an idea, can we just leave LaHair in every game until he proves he's can't hit lefties instead of assuming it. I don't think he hit .340 or whatever it was last year in AAA without hitting lefties at some acceptable level.

Agreed. Jeff Baker is Mark DeRosa..without the talent. More LaHair, less sucking would be nice.

If Baker can hit lefties, which he has shown he can do, why not turn this supposed short term asset into a long term asset. Why wait until July? Maybe they feel they can get more then, but I would rather have some else develop insted of him taking at bats. You could say the same for Reed Johnson, but I just like watching him play.

Q Ball would have probably pinch hit for LaHair last night with a lefty out there. I'm thinking/hoping maybe Sveum is sold now. I'm sure he saw that AB the night before where he drew a walk after, like 200 pitches, just like we did.

The Cubs with LaHair and Campana in the lineup don't need a full game.

They're that good.

I'm giving a final exam to my class and read this - and burst out laughing. nice!

I had teachers that laughed out randomly, but that was before the internet and so it was a little disturbing.

modern age home field advantage

LED board in RF is distracting the visiting team's bullpen catchers during night games.

in the twitter box, but some details on Wrigley renovation plans and how much they're trying to get from city. Mostly in the form of bonds and tax cuts on that amusement tax.

ruh roh

Sleeveless Volstad again.

from the tweet corner: " It's really easy to say on Twitter that the Cubs should bench or release Soriano. In real life it's a lot more complex than that."

Did you guys notice how excited Soriano got after he got the walk hit off yesterday? He was getting interviewed by somebody and suddenly they showed him jumping up and down like a little kid with a huge grin on his face, like he had just won the 7th game of the WS with it.

It made me wish he'd have that comeback year some of us thought he might have after spring training.

they had just dumped a bucket of ice water on him.

maybe they should dump ice water on him before he takes the field each inning.

Doubles Clevenger strikes again.

unfortunately after a GIDP by Stewart

Someday left fielders will start playing him down the line and pitchers will realize they have to challenge him inside. Until then, let it ride.

I've seen him spray the ball just about everywhere.






Stewart is about what CRUNCH said.

Man - what a bunch of suck at the plate.

1-2 count on Carpenter and he gives up a single

1-0 Cards, Holliday up with runners on 2nd/3rd

Rooney is a pro
Mike Shannon breathes into mic
Must. Buy. Budweiser.

Meanwhile, small sample size, but Tyler Colvin having career year with 32 PA's.

Um LaHair!!!




Cubs All-Star representative and Home Run Derby participant.

The way things are going, the Cubs will assuredly only get the one default rep, and as should be, it's #13.

Double Play Clevenger

wtf Campana? 2 bunt attempts and then a K.

either Sveum or Campana is a moron for trying to bunt there.

When I saw Campana in Round Rock with Iowa he tried to bunt on every at bat, I think. He was also way too small for his helmet, but that's another thread.

Definitely bullcrap of the first order. Someone must pay. Then of course the double whammy as the Cards don't waste their op. frickin' Barney's double missed being an HR by about 1/8"

That's how I knew we wouldn't get him in. Too many things went our way yesterday. Foooock

2-out implosion by Volstad

4-1 Cardinals after a RBI double by Beltran and 2-run HR by Freese.

Memo to Cubs Way manual: 3rd time through lineup, visitors adjust swings; Cubs must also...

Brenly: "I got a sense Soriano is about to go on one of his hot streaks"

Soriano: swings at a pitch one inch off the ground and strikes out

More often than not I have noticed Brenly is pretty good with his situational hunches.

Like Stoney, but doesn't pat himself on the back.

Does Voldstad remind anyone of Thomas Diamond?

Yes, in loses...

Stature AND losses

The Cubs Way chapter on situational hitting, needs to be out in caps OR read out loud to Mather and Campy...

i'm starting to believe this manual doesn't exist...or it's not printed in english and spanish, only greek.

Does Stewart lead the league in ground outs?

45.5 GB% according to fangraphs, nowhere close to the top

Barney leads team at 52.6%, Soriano next at 51.5%, Stewart in the middle of the pack along with LD% and FB%. He is near the bottom in BABIP though at .227.

Tabata leads NL at 72 GB%, then a bunch in the low 60's.

Thanks. It averages out that when I happen to catch a game, Stewart grounds out every AB.

I've seen him strike out, too.

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  • Unbeleivable Dodgers:
    I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
    Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:

    Some "Highlights"
    Carl Crawford $20MM
    Brandon McCarthy $17MM
    Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
    Darwin B $2.2MM
    Dan Haren $10MM
    Matt Kemp $18MM
    Brian Wilson $10MM
    Ryan Webb $2.2MM
    Dee Gordon $2.5MM

  • So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.


    And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):

  • i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.

    there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.

  • I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.

  • O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already. 

  • I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.

    I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.

  • Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.

  • With last night's win in Pittsburgh, the Cubs have tied the Pirates with 98 wins, and are only 2-1/2 games behind the Cardinals. No reason why the Cubs can't finish the post-season with the best winning percentage in baseball (regular season & post-season combined). 

  • BOB: I doubt very much that Matt Szczur will be on the Cubs LDS roster.

    If he wasn't on the Wild Card roster (when the Cubs went with 15 position players), he won't be on the LDS roster (when the Cubs will go with 13 or 14 position players).

    As it is, at least one of the three RH hitting outfielders who were on the Cubs WC roster (Denorfia, Jackson, and Soler) could get bumped off the LDS roster (probably Soler).

  • I want my baseball team to win by playing better baseball. I don't want umps, fields, or fans to have anything to do with it.

  • Just with the chanting thing it worked to rattle Cueto last year where he dropped a ball and gave up a HR next pitch so you can't really hate on the fans for trying it again in this important of a game.

    Arietta though.

  • I felt the same way, too, but...

    I was very disappointed with Pittsburgh fans. At Wrigley a few weeks ago, they were very obnoxious guests, the cockiness on Twitter, and what's the deal with chanting Arrieta's name during the game? Very bush league. Add that up with Rodriguez's poor sportsmanship and you quickly have a team that you don't mind beating 4-0 in a do or die game.

  • Absolutely-It was tense. And when the Pirates couldn't push any runs across, you could see the frustration boil over.

  • I meant December.