Game 20 Thread - Halladay vs. Maholm

So is Halladay vs. Maholm a mismatch or the biggest mismatch ever?

Phillies Cubs
*Pierre, LF
*DeJesus, RF
Polanco, 3B
*Campana, CF
#Rollins, Ss
Castro, SS
Pence, RF
*LaHair, 1B
#Victorino, CF
Soriano, LF
Wigginton, 1B
*Stewart, 3B
Ruiz, C
Barney, 2B
Galvis, 2B
Soto, P
Halladay P
*Maholm, P

Good news is the Phillies offense has struggled quite a bit without Howard and Utley. Bad news is they're still the Cubs at the end of the day.

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i can't believe i'm going to sit through this...at least PHI isn't as strong as they could be.

good news: cubs and angels have the same w/l record
good news for the angels: it's only april
bad news for the cubs: it's only april

Samardzija's next start pushed to Tuesday, Volstad will stay on 4 days rest and go Monday.

campy shows bunt, pulls back, called strike.

classic.

uh castro...

his name is "juan pierre"...you have to charge a ball like that...or give up a 70ft single hit in front of you.

well, it only took 3 innings to learn that lesson...good job.

Juan Pierre? Really?

wtf cubs lead?

1-0, top 4, man on 1st, 1 out.

Well there's your run Maholm, don't get greedy

B2b walks including Maholm and DeJesus swings at the first pitch.

Sigh

first walk to a pitcher from holladay since may 2011.

also, comcast phi were talking about the new cubs GM theo...and a graphic for him being a team addition as GM...lulz Invisible Jed.

soriano...finding awesome new ways to suck.

*golf clap*

Must however give Soriano his due for a nice single with Campy on 3rd!

Z down 3-0 to the DBacks in the 6th.

5 IP, 10 H, 3R, 3ER, 2K, 2BB, 1HR

not pitching up to his salary yet (hoping to have the Cubs get their money's worth).

Bears trade up 5 slots in the 2nd round, 45th pick (13th in the 2nd round). Get big WR from South Carolina, Jeffrey Alshon; 6'4" 230 (some controversy about his weight). Supposedly not that fast but great on balls up in the air.

and Campana spark plugs another round of scoring in the 6th, 3-0 Cubs.

Soriano looking stoopid getting tossed out in a quasi run down between 3rd and Home, just trotting toward home to get tagged. Course he did get a nice rbi single to score Campana before an rbi double by Stewart.

If Campana is hitting 438 at the end of the season, I'm first in line at the Campy autograph booth

I think the line will be epic if that happens. Huuuuuuuuge . . . Will anyone hit .400 again?

Brett Jackson and Tony Rizzo are both going to hit .400. Next year. Duh.

If I'm remembering the play correctly, Soriano's mistake was not running home on the play, it was stopping halfway. He was running on contact, and his job was to score or get tagged out, not to get in a rundown. Why? Because if he stopped halfway, they would get the force at first and then resume chasing him. He turned an out at home (with the runner behind him replacing him at third) into a double play that ended the inning.

Uh oh - anyone else seeing a future for Starlin in RF? You heard it here first! Bam!

Bob Brenly, bottom 7th, Mayberry vs Russell, 2-2 count based on questionable calls by home plate ump CB Bucknor.

"that's strike four, man is he bad. If a hitter were this bad he'd be somewhere in the minors or be carrying a lunch bucket."

rant continues.

and soriano makes the 3rd out on a fly ball in left that he misjudges, quite the adventure...but eventually he lopes back toward the wall for the catch.

But meanwhile Brenly has used the term "scuffled" as a direct replacement for "struggled" 3 times in the last inning. This is my biggest pet peave on earth and started happening in sportscasting about 3 years ago. Ugh! I know you can possibly argue it applies, but a scuffle is typically a scrappy fight between two entities . . . To say somebody was scuffling earlier in the year when they gave up 12 runs in 12 innings is moronic. Just cause it sounds like struggling and sometimes has the word 'struggle' in the definition doesn't mean it works there. Aaa agh!

Oh hi guys. Didn't see you there. As you were . . . Nothing to see here.

Well, it also means to walk while dragging one's feet, so the idea being that you are being bogged down, not moving like you should, etc. being applied to a player who is struggling and needs to pick his feet up and get going again.

Huuuuge stretch. I am aware of all that ... But all it is is these guys using it in place of struggling. Watch for it, it's not used well. And there is NO WAY these guys are using it in the almost allegorical sense that you are able to understand it. This is a damn sportscast. They've turned it into "struggling" period. Maholm was not dragging his feet earlier in the season. That is a form of defiance. He was sucking, struggling, etc.

Stewart either has money on the Phillies tonight, or he cannot see the ball to his left. Those lunges to his left have looked comical. And he usually plays those balls. I really do wonder if the green screen behind the plate is throwing him for a loop. Really weird looking plays AND he let starlin have a third one.

I-Cubs postponed at Nashville.

Raining country music.

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its fun watching Campana play. He would have been a blast on the 2008 team.

Bears 3rd round pick is Brandon Hardin, safety from Oregon State. Big: 6'3", 217 lbs.

Missed the entire 2011 season from injury.

Weakness: Hardin has been held back significantly by injuries throughout his career. He is a bit of a slow-footed athlete, and his size makes him a tweener despite his cover skills. He hasn't played enough snaps at Oregon State to show he is NFL-ready and worthy of an early round pick.

Strength: Hardin is a physical cover corner who excels playing up close to the line. He has serious value for a Cover 2 team that likes big and physical corners who can support in the flats. He is a good athlete and has impressive hip fluidity for a man of his size, and he uses his length well in-phase.

Overview: Hardin is a physically imposing corner who is an intriguing prospect, considering the little playing time he has received the past two years because of multiple injuries. While these injuries are a concern, if teams can look at Hardin's potential, he will likely be picked in the middle rounds as a developmental defensive back who could potentially move to safety.

More crap for the Bears. What is this, the freaking 4th year in a row they've drafted a safety in the 3rd round? WTF? Plus, this kid didn't play all last year as-noted in your quote, he was ranked no higher than the 5th-best safety in the draft (and I saw a couple of lists with him barely in the top 10). Projections were for a 5th round placement, at the least he surely would have been available in the 4th round.

Conclusion: lousy pick. Again. I like the WR in 2, I hate this pick and the 1st round pick. Same old Bears.

i reserve judgement on round one. The Oregon State pick I agree totally, however.

I am so sick of the Bears drafting players with ANY injury history.

Was hoping the new Sheriff would change things.

based on the injury history, he could be related to Rich Harden

Tribune story up on Hardin...
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football...

Hardin missed the entire season last year with a broken shoulder but did play in the East-West Shrine Game. The Bears brought him in for a pre-draft visit a little more than two weeks ago, no doubt to check him out medically. Earlier in his college career, he had a broken hand and wrist.

Hardin was timed in the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds at his pro day and put up 24 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds. He was a popular prospect the last few weeks with about 15 visits as many teams wanted to do work on him.

Hardin made 15 starts in college, 12 coming in 2010 when he had 63 tackles and three forced fumbles.

I love this site

It was Halladay's lousy career numbers against the Cubs (1-4 at game time) vs. Maholm's lousy career record on the road (18-43). Somebody had to lose this one.

What's nice is the they will be missing Hamels. Big Fat Joey Blanton today, Kendrick tomorrow, Worley Ball Monday. SWEEP!

Probably not.

Blanton is not scheduled to pitch? I thought he is starting as of last nite.

What? He pitched yesterday. Kinda like what I said. Blanton, Kendrick, and Worley.

Oh I see now. Thought yoy were saying they were MISSING those three.

Nevermind.

Didn't work out well for our guys anyway...

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  • 2nd in defensive WAR, NL.

    6th in NL in RBI

    Go complain about something else, like, "they never play good against the good teams", or some other shit.

    The E-Man 3 hours 28 min ago view
  • Addy really has trouble breaking through .250 BA -- after his hot streak got him to .251, he has gone 1-for-17.

    billybucks 4 hours 44 min ago view
  • Thank goodness for Jansen's 2 WP on Friday -- otherwise this would have been a sweep.

    billybucks 5 hours 27 min ago view
  • There seems to be a direct correlation with overconfidence in the Cubs offense against mediocre/young pitchers and really poor offense against mediocre/young pitchers. So, let's fear the Pirate pitchers!

    billybucks 5 hours 28 min ago view
  • Rizzo due for a power surge -- one HR in August so far. He truly does hit them in bunches.

    billybucks 5 hours 29 min ago view
  • Sometimes I'm not as supportive of Cahill as maybe I should be. There, I said it.

    Jackstraw 5 hours 33 min ago view
  • Rough 8th inning all around -- HBP, Cahill error, Javy's poor decision.

    Oh well - given that the Cubs didn't look like they were going to score, it's better to lose in 9 innings, save the bullpen and get changed for the PJ trip home.

    billybucks 5 hours 33 min ago view
  • Baez still learning

    jacos 6 hours 1 min 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 7 hours 5 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 8 hours 11 min ago view
  • brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.

    crunch 9 hours 25 sec 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 13 hours 30 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. 1 day 4 hours 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. 1 day 4 hours 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. 1 day 4 hours 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. 1 day 5 hours ago view