Game 30 Thread - Dempster vs. Delgado

Ryan Dempster, he of a 0.95 ERA on the season, goes tonight in search of his first win in his last 13 starts. That win was versus the Nationals last year on August 11th. It's his 5th start of this season and he hasn't given up an earned run in 14.1 straight innings.

Braves Cubs
*Bourn, CF
*DeJesus, RF
Prado, LF
*Campana, CF
*Freeman, 1B
Castro, SS
*McCann, C
*LaHair, 1B
Uggla, 2B
Soriano, LF
#C. Jones, 3B
*Stewart, 3B
*Heyward, RF
Soto, C
Pastornicky, SS
*Cardenas, 2B
Delgado, P
Dempster, P

No real news in Cubsland today. Cardenas is getting the start at second base and we're seeing Barney's playing time dwindling as of late. We'll see if the trend continues. Epstein had a little chat with the media today and is pleased with the Cubs play of late and of course of Bryan LaHair's.

"The results are probably not going to always be this 'Ruthian,' so to speak," he said. "But I think the quality of at-bats will remain consistent, and it's not a fluke. He's doing things the right way. He's recognizing pitches out of the pitcher's hand really early. He's letting the ball travel and get deep, and he's really short and compact to the ball.... He's going to go through slumps, but it's really encouraging, not just what he's doing, but how he's accomplishing it.

Another quote said the team has narrowed it's first round selection in the June draft to 10 players.

Wind blowing out to right as the Cubs go for three in a row tonight.


@BruceMiles2112 Theo: Draft prep is "probably the most important thing we're doing right now, to be honest."

I'll be in parachat until around 8:30pm CST.

dumpster saves himself a broken arm/rib...nice glove.

Former Cub Josh Hamilton with 4 dongs tonite

Not being malicious here, but can we stop with calling Hamilton "former Cub?"

Im just glad reds are dumber than Cubs

tie in the 6th!

...and then kerry wood showed up.

3-1 ATL going to the middle 8th.

Nice pick-off of McCann though ... Good
execution with Castro

Anytime Kerry wants to make an announcement

second time in a cubs uniform he's thrown his glove into the stands...been a while since the last time, though.

Can theo accept as retirement? Or does he have to text front office?

Woody is a great dude. Terrific with raising money for worthwhile charities. A regular guy who drives a Toyota (literally).

I have enjoyed his career.

But - its time.

I wish i could beat the Josh Hamilton dead horse some more.

castro with a nice glove flip...awesome.

I-Cubs ahead, 9-1 in the 5th.

BJax, triple, 2 walks, 3 runs scored
Vitters, 3 run double
Rizzo, 3 run HR
Chris Rusin, cruisin'

Jesus, enough of Kerry Freaking Wood. WTF? He wants to be an organizational mascot, fine, put him in the radio booth or something. But the dude is finished. Dear Dale--mopup duty only for #34. Thanks.

So he's having some control issues and he's finished?

How's his stuff? His velocity? I didn't see the inning he pitched last night, so someone enlighten me.

Stuff and velocity were both good. He was topping out at 96 mph on his four-seam fastball and he had a couple of really nice-breaking 12-to-6 curve balls, one for a strike to Chipper, one for a ball to Jason Hayward. His big problem was his control, not his "stuff".

I agree - he did not remind me of a broken down Joe Borowski or Mark Prior. I think (much) better outings will be coming, hopefully soon.

I'm not defending KW but it's only 6 outings. Games 1-2 were maximally ugly for both Wood and Marmol. Then he had 2 successful outings. Then he went on the DL for 2 weeks. So the last two outings were bad but his game vs the Dodgers was actually a win even though he gave up 2 runs. Tonight was bad but it's not enough to say he's done. My take is Sveum should have had someone else warming up when Wood came into the game tonight after a leadoff single to Bourne. Sveum didn't start warming up Camp until the damage was done by Uggla. I'd just have a quicker hook when Wood starts walking hitters like he did tonight and on opening day. Until he shows more consistency I don't think just letting him have the 8th inning without the option to go to quick backup is going to keep leading to pain.
Here's the game by game for KW in 2012:

Game 1: Opening Day, blown save for Dempster. Came in with 2 outs in the 8th and a 1-0 lead. 0.1 IP, 3 walks. Left game with a 1-1 score.

Game 2: Took the loss, came in with a 4-2 lead to start the 8th. GO, K, HR (Espinosa), Single, Single. Then Marmol came in to torch the game. End result 5 run 8th and a 7-4 loss.

Game 6: Dempster's lone loss of the season 2-1 to Brewers, Dempster had given up 2 run HR to Kottaras in the 7th. Wood's one really good outing. Pitched the 8th with 3 K's.

Game 8: This was the Samardzija 9-0 lead that dissipated to 9-5. KW only pitched to one batter, bottom 8th after Russell got 2 outs around a double. (Got Furcal to GO 3U).

Then 2 week DL stint

Game 26: Comes in with a 5-2 lead in the 8th. Gives up 2 runs to the Dodgers in the 1st game of the series (Won 5-4). (GO, BB, Triple, SF, F9.

Tonight: Enters game 1-1 in the 8th. 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, 1K. (Single, BB, FC, BB, 2 run single, P02, Pickoff at 2nd).

Meh. Wood is hardly a big problem. I'll give him some more time before I start calling for his retirement. Don't see any reason he can't be as useful as anyone else currently in the bullpen right now.

Now it's Iowa 13-1.

4 run 6th.

Rizzo 3 run HR. Vitters solo HR.

Rusin still in. Thru 5 IP, 3 hits, 1 HR, 1 run, 2 BB, 4K's.

Rizzo is so ready for the show. Time to show Fonzie the door and move LaHair out there to LF.

Rizzo hit two hr last night, start the Sori/lehair platoon

/by platoon I mean when lahair is tired play sori

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  • it's day old news, and it's got nothing to do with the cubs, but ichiro signed a $2m deal with MIA (with a $2m option for 2017).

    neat. 41 years old and damn close to 3000 hits.

    also, rain delays suck.

  • take that giants

  • I think that if a team objects to the 1-game wildcard playin game so much, they could just win the pennant and avoid themselves the trouble.

  • Per Jesse Sanchez at, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus. 

  • BLOCK: Of course any advantage is an advantage. An MLB, NBA, or NHL team getting the extra game at home in a seven game series is an advantage, I just don't think it is enough of an advantage for winning a division and/or having the best record in a conference or league over the course of an 82-game season (NBA and NHL) or 162 game series (MLB).

  • TEX takes the opening game from TOR (@TOR) 5-3.

    TOR lost bautista + donaldson in-game due to injuries...TEX lost beltre...dunno if any will be lingering issues leading to missed games.

  • 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!

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  • 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.