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.

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@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.
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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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  • 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. 13 hours 40 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. 13 hours 45 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. 13 hours 50 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. 14 hours 2 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 14 hours 13 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. 14 hours 38 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 15 hours 18 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 16 hours 31 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 16 hours 48 min 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 16 hours 52 min 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 17 hours 36 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 22 hours 27 min ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 23 hours 41 min ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 23 hours 45 min ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.

    crunch 1 day 8 hours ago view