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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  • Awesome stuff, Phil.

  • listening on ESPN 1000, caller says Bill Welke will be the home plate ump today. Supposedly his reputation is for having an even bigger strike zone than last night's Phil Cuzzi. Some of the issues with bad umpiring come from an inconsistent strike zone. Hoping at least for consistency. Last night's called strike on David Ross was outright embarrassing for Cuzzi.

    That might work out in favor of Kyle Hendricks, who benefits much from a large strike zone.

  • it's kind of mesmerizing to watch
    should Theo add some Ted Abernathy videos for minor league pitching coordinator's use?

    sadly, Ted passed away in 2004 from complications of Alzheimers. I always loved the Cub bullpen trio of Phil Regan, Ted Abernathy and Hank Aguirre. As a kid, I even worked on both Phil Regan (very quirky delivery) and Ted Abernathy (extreme submarine) imitations when throwing a rubber ball against a wall. It wasn't a good imitation unless I could scrape my knuckles off the ground. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for submariners.

  • HAGSAG: Chris Pieters was sent to instructs to develop his hitting, bunting, and outfield play (he is already a decent first-baseman).  

    Pieters is tall and rangy , a "long-strider" in the same mold as Trey Martin and Rashad Crawford. He is a very patient hitter (unusual for a hitter with his lack of experience) and has an outstanding (almost uncanny) eye at the plate, and he is a fast runner with unusually good baserunning instincts, and he is a good basestealer, too.

  • I doubt we will see Pedro in any more "high leverage" situations this series. With Hendricks and the pen today, we need Bryant-Rizzo-Castro to get going ASAP.

  • One funny thing to see before the game was the two submariner pitchers (David Berg and Corbin Hoffner) playing catch with each other. Both pitchers throw "submarine" even when they play catch, and it's kind of mesmerizing to watch, even for the other players. 

  • CUBSTER: One of the points of emphasis  at "basic" Instructs this year was teaching the position players the art of baserunning and base-stealing, like getting a good primary and seconday lead, reading the pitcher, cutting bases sharply, and different ways to slide to maximize the baserunner's chance to arrive safely. 

  • has some interesting stats/graphs on pitch and strike zones and you can dial up individual games/pitchers. I'd love to see some comments from readers who can interpret this better than I can. I thought the Ump was really inconsistent with a very wide zone. Does this info seem to match up with my eyeball perception? Also, looking at the graphs, Lackey was not throwing as many pitches below the K-zone (certainly more above) while Lester was clearly getting his pitches down and not many above.

  • As I was fearing in my post yesterday, Maddon keeps trotting Strop out against the Redbirds and he constantly fails. I understand the psychology behind this, but in a series where there is a finite lock on who moves on, why does he keep riding the wrong horse?

  • AZ Phil: Agree, this must have been a really fun game to watch. There was a lot of base stealing going on. Are the pitchers not holding runners or is the catching still a work in progress?

  • Cuzzi has long been known as having the biggest strike zone among all umpires.

  • AZ Phil, give me a scouting report on Chris Pieters since he has become a 1B/OF.

  • I think it's probably hard to adjust to an ump's zone mid-game, as least for hitters. Pitchers can locate to an ump's zone, but hitters have minimal time to react.

    But, whatever. Umps are going to miss calls. Let's beat up on the non-Lackey starters.

  • Watched a little of Mets-Dodgers.

    Jason deGrom -- oh, my.

  • Cubs 3-4-5 hitters are 0-21 so far in the post-season.

    Let's change that in a big effin' way tomorrow, boys.

  • Considering how players reacted it seemed pretty accurate high and wide (to righties), but not so accurate low and in. I thought the strike zone by the ump was awful, but it was consistent and the Cubs never adjusted.

    Rizzo and Bryant need to have good at bats. They are really looking outclassed in these two games.