Matt Garza's 9th inning hair

What a dominant performance by Matt Garza.
The Philadelphia Phillies get one eensy weensy perfectly placed bloop single from Jimmy Rollins to lead off the game.
Then it's just Garza magic for 7 innings - one walk, no runs, Cubs 3 Phils zeeero.
Rafael Dolis gets 3 straight in the 8th.
And then it's Carlos Marmol.

If an outfielder can record an assist, Marmol records inconsists.
He gets an out, walks two, gets another out, and Hunter Pence singles so now the bases are loaded.
Marmol then walks Ty Wigginton and a run in before Shane Victorino finally grounds out.

Victorino was the tying run.

Think that doesn't make Garza's hair go white?
It's such a nightmare.
It feels like Marmol's been pitching for hours, but you look at the clock and it's only taken him minutes to put the 7 gorgeous Garza innings on endangered species.
He's lost whatever mojo he used to have.
Remember Wild Thing Mitch Williams?
All over the place but still kinda fun.
Carlos' struggles are joyless to the average Cub Fan. 

Okay, on the other side.
Tony Campana.
2 for 4 and scores twice and his speed is Freddy Krueger scary to the Other Team.
He'll just run til he scores, which he did on Hunter Pence in the 3rd when Starlin Castro hit a shallow fly ball that nobody woulda run on.
Because for a shot putter, Pence throws pretty good. 
Campana slid right between the catcher's legs. 
Speed wins.

Now I'm not saying it will happen, but it's possible that the Cubs might just take 3 of 4 in Philadelphia.
And nowadays I absolutely love to say this:
The payroll for the Phils is the second-highest in baseball at $174,538,938.
The Cubs cost $88,197,033.
For yesterday at least, that's some serious entertainment value.


Campana is ridiculous.

we'll be saying the same thing when he's back to a .300 OBP, but it'll mean something completely different.

enjoy the ride, it sure is fun to watch when it's good.

He's faster than I ever thought he would be following him in the minors.

This is a good year for a Campana. Fun to watch and I don't care that much whether he's actually making the team better. Maybe he'll lead the league in steals and some GM will think he's that team's next leadoff guy.

He's a man of extremes... extremely small, extremely fast, extremely large glove.

I in general dislike stealing because most people who try it hurt the team more than it ends up helping. Smart base stealers though I'm all about. I have barely watched Campana but that run home though (though not a steal) was an example of a really smart slide between the catcher's legs. From people who've watched him more, does he generally make smart decisions like that or is he just fast?

Castro, for example, really needs to make smarter decisions.

I would ask...Castro is 10 of 13 stealing..which is pretty good? Has he been getting thrown out on the bases a lot?

One CS was when he overslid third. He was safe before that.

Yeah I've seen some silly base running from Castro. He's young of course but bad base running just tears my heart out every time I see it. I'm definitely a disciple of the "don't make outs" philosophy.

this morning

0.2 IP, 5 H, 7 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

GO, 2B, 2B, GO, 1B, HR, 1B (advances to 2B on error by Pin-Chieh Chen), Balk advances runner to 3B, HBP, BB

pitching change to Willengton Cruz

gives up a triple scoring all the inherited runs



He was under the impression that those earned runs would be redistributed across the pitching staff.

Is that a communist/socialist Cuban reference? Nice! :D

still trying to figure this signing out.

he's way too young to chalk up, but he showed nothing in Cuba...though pitching over his head.

this was/is theo-corp's 1st "pure scouting" sign...hope it's not wasted money/roster.

extremely fast
Campana's real competition... (recent blurb per rotoworld):

Reds prospect Billy Hamilton has tallied 29 stolen bases in 23 games this year at High-A Bakersfield.
Hamilton has also greatly improved his plate discipline from where it was last year, boasting 14 walks against 18 strikeouts and a stellar .398/.481/.591 slash line in 104 plate appearances. The 21-year-old shortstop might be the fastest player in baseball and should continue to rise steadily through the Reds' farm system.

it wouldn't be a competition

Hamilton is on another level.

I hear that all the time.

DeJesus RF, Campana CF, Castro SS, LaHair 1B, Soriano LF, Stewart 3B, DeWitt 2B, Soto C, Volstad P

Rollins 6, Polanco 5, Victorino 8, Pence 9, Wigginton 3, Nix 7, Ruiz 2, Orr 4, Worley 1

how much longer must campy hit 2nd?

asking him to hit for contact or move a runner is an adventure i'd rather not be on.

I would love to see them swap Campana and the Jesus. Even though Campana is a fairly poor hitter and isn't much for obp, he is so irritating for the opponent on the bases, that it doesn't really matter.

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  • Ride the Kid Magic! Schwarber hadn't homered in a long time before last night.

  • Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.

    Think Baby Maddux.

    Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.

    Kyle is on the far left.

  • I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.

  • Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.

  • That was good!

  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.

  • 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.