Game 32 Thread - Garza vs. Wolf

Cubs go with the right-heavy lineup against struggling southpaw Randy Wolf.

Brewers Cubs
*Morgan, CF
Johnson, CF
Weeks, 2B
Baker, RF
Braun, LF
Castro, SS
Ramirez, 3B
*LaHair, 1B
Hart, RF
Soriano, LF
*Kottaras, C
Mather, 3B
*Green, 1B
Castillo, C
#Izturis, SS
Barney, 2B
*Wolf, P
Garza, P

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Let the battle for last place begin! Have a good weekend.

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Smokies facing off versus Danny Hultzen, 0 H through 3 but walks to J. Lake and L. Watkins. Lake caught stealing though.

Scoreless through 3, Brooks Raley going for Smokies.

No hits through 4 for Hultzen.

Raley with 6 K's through 5, but gave up 2 runs.

N. Samson breaks up no-hitter after 4.1 ip

Bases loaded, 0 outs for Aramis

5-4-3 DP started by Mather. Nice.

why in the hell wasn't garza bunting on the 1st pitch with a man on 1st, 0 out, and down by 1...especially if they wanted him to finish the ab bunting...i hope someone missed a sign and it wasn't just creative managing. some of this aggressiveness is odd.

-edit-

and of course johnson follows with a double leaving barney at 3rd...

-edit-

and runners stranded, 3 outs, cubbery

my god.

matt garza just cannot throw the ball to 1st after fielding.

i cannot believe we're in year 2 of this...it's mindblowing.

...he wasn't this bad when he played on turf in the AL East

Next time Kerry Wood gets mad I wish he would throw Jeff Baker into the stands.

Wellington Castillo looking like a moran behind the plate not framing pitches, BB is all over him,

Stepped away to take care of crying newborn, so missed the last two innings. Did Garza get hurt? Or did they take him out for being at 93 pitches?

took him out, castillo was not helping him

if everything we've seen so far is an indication we're going to see a lot of mid-90 to 110 pitch starts. there's only 2 110+ pitch starts this year out of all the starters.

he probably could have gone more, but his control/stuff wasn't all that today anyway (and welly didn't help much as noted elsewhere in this thread).

Nobody f*cks with DeJesus

UNF!

scrubbies up 4-1.

Nobody, and I mean nobody, fucks with the DeJesus!!!

Grand Slam!!!

Ruh-roh, marmol...3 balls to start the inning.

Deja-Cincy-Vu all over again?

Nobody f*cks with DeJesus in RF either!

and marmol out of the game after lightly rolling his ankle (legit excuse to leave, but he doesn't look like he'll miss much time, if any).

Trainer visiting marmol, caught his cleat or something, but he's coming out. Bowden in.

marmol catches clete on mound, out with hurt leg

ARam just misses a HR, as his double hits the yellow line in CF and bounces back in...but drives in Braun after a walk.

Marmol tweaks his ankle or knee when his landing foot catches a clete on the mound. Throws a few practice pitches and gets taken out of the game.

Michael Bowden in.

Anyone know what happened to marmol? :)

TCR is the new parachat

well, this game just became a gigantic bag of dicks.

4-5, brews.

Michael Bolton gives up double clears bases- 5-4 brewers

Why should I change my name? He's the one that sucks.

Castro should have made the play in the hole to end the inning.

nice bunt, game of thrones.

Len said Marmol's injury diagnosed as a right hamstring strain.

well that's a lot worse than lightly rolling his ankle...boo.

wait, i can't tell if this is good or bad.

The Phillies purchased the contract of INF Mike Fontenot from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

CUBS TIE!!!!!!

sigh...

heh.

Has anyone mentioned that nobody fucks with DeJesus?!!!

Wow. Helluva game for Dejesus here.

Edit. That was also an incredibly awful at bat by Castro there.

not bad for a guy that came into the game in the 7th...HR, triple, 5rbi, 2r

...and that catch in RF at the wall.

J. Hamilton in the Barry Bonds home run zone. 2 more so far tonight.

STRIKE OUT, WILD PITCH, RUNNER SCORE, CASTRO SAFE AT 1st

6-5 CUBS! 2 outs, top 9. unf.

also, lol K'ing on a wild pitch...dude, wtf?

Not just that pitch but the whole at bat was terrible. I think Castro made the decision to swing at that first pitch on the way to the batters box from the on deck circle.

josh hamilton does that a lot...castro's not josh hamilton, though.

The rare run scoring strikeout to take the lead

'Bout time that mother-scratcher Axford blew a save opp against the Cubs ...

ummm...manager...training staff...players in the dugout...anyone?

anyone?

dollis hurt...hello.

this is getting really weird to watch.

he's obviously hurt/sore out there.

It's certainly puzzling.

even if he's fine...go check...or something. *shrug*

That was weird. What are coaches for, again?

HR brewers...tied @7. neat.

Oh yeah, Dolis is much better at this closing thing

are you watching this, btw, or following online?

he's obviously not 100% in his shoulder/back. it's odd he's still out there, imo.

Everyone can see he's hurt, but the pitching coach is busy shoveling sunflower seeds into his mouth.

Looks like a lower back thing to me with how stiff he looked but I'm no doctor.

Pitching with minor injuries is often how more significant injuries happen. Gotta bend that back for the good of the shoulder and elbow.

Was sort of watching, heard Bob comment about it. He was still throwing 96 so it couldn't have been too bad

his followthroughs were awful.

he's also about to pitch another inning.

WTF... why is he still in? He doesn't look right at all... after every pitch you can tell he's sore.

2nd walk to Izturis (leadoff!) ... this does not bode well

Bob sez...that was a bonehead play by Izturis, running right into Stewart's tag on a grounder to third.

Cubbery from ex-Cubs too.

ruh, roh...

KWood warming up for the bottom of the 11th.

he should see if he can find juan cruz's old smurf-blue glove in the clubhouse somewhere.

This just shows what kind of bullpen depth we've got...and why an injured Dolis is our best option.

kerry wood is showing how true that might be.

almost hbp for 3-0 count...nice.

...and a leadoff walk

"Ok, Dolis is hurt, we should take him out."
"Fine, then we'll have to bring in Wood."
"Alright, just leave in Dolis."

And Wood nearly plunks Bugeyes.

I LOVE Wood...but seriously.

i really wanna see him get out of this just to get his head straight...try again another night.

back to back suckage

where is David Patton when we need him?

Kerry's got it tonight.

/sarcasm font

At least he's consistent.

9 balls in a row to start the inning...and pitches out of it.

brewery. that don't work too well.

Lendy time?

Castillo-Castillo battery.

When isn't it?

Was Is Greinke pitching for was he pinch hitting?

Three hits for Wellington...does that cancel out all of the strikes he cost his pitchers with his shitty framing?

Is this game really still happening?

woo...carry woods!

it should be lendy time soon.

That dude is lucky awesome!

DeJesus is channeling Matt Garza with his bunting skills.

...and lendy gives up a leadoff HBP.

this game is weird.

and follows it up with a HBP.

awesome.

Setting up the triple play.

And now Bugeyes.

I do like to see Braun hit, though.

for the love of god would someone please let b.lahair pitch?

and the cubs end it with mickey mouse highschool defense blowing up in their face.

awesome...cubs lose.

odd/good game.

A brilliant defensive alignment.

Let's put our 2B at short...I can't envision that going wrong in any way.

Glad I turned off after 8th.

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  • "trout's one of the best, and at this point should probably win over donaldson (and should have more MVPs in the past, too), but the defensive aspect of valuing WAR still needs more tweaking...imo."

    that's from my 1st post. there's no suck involved in that. maybe with a few less posts about bullshit that point would have jumped out more.

    crunch 3 min 16 sec ago view
  • crunch - you do know that, taking defense out of the equation, Trout has led the AL in wRC+ each of those years, right?

    And, if you want to complain about position adjustment (which would be serious #crunchsplaining), he's been in the top 3 in the AL in WC (not park/league/position adjusted). And the only players ahead of him (if there were any players ahead of him) in any of those years have been DHs or 1B that play lousy defense.

    But sure - Trout sucks (or at least isn't as good as WAR says). Because it factors in defense and position.

    big_lowitzki 58 min 6 sec ago view
  • early tim tebow stuff rolling in...

    ran a 6.7 60yd (above average)...shagging flies in RF and showed off a rather impressive arm a few times, but average-at best on most of his throws...hit a few over the fence (both fields), fouled or weak contact a few...he's got a touch of power

    it'll be interesting to see who bites on this project, if anyone. he probably projected himself out of RF and into LF/1st because of his arm, but unless he can make that power work on a steady basis it'll be hard for him to play himself up anyone's system.

    crunch 1 hour 43 min ago view
  • LHP Clayton Richard (released by the Cubs earlier this month) is pitching very well as a starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres and could be a good candidate to get traded to a contender looking for a veteran SP before tomorrow night's post-season roster eligibility deadline.

    Because they released him, the Cubs are paying most of Richard's 2016 salary (the Cubs are on the hooks for $2M, minus the pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum salary that is paid by the Padres).

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 30 min ago view
  • it is honestly awesome (for real) that anyone would even have a strong opinion on AZL playoffs. i guess if you invest enough time watching it, you want to see a fair/just playoff structure.

    plus, the kids deserve it.

    crunch 3 hours 31 min ago view
  • The AZL team with the best record over the course of the full 2016 AZL season and the only AZL team to play .600 ball (the AZL Dodgers) did not qualify for the AZL playoffs, and the AZL East Division team with the best record over the course of the full season (the AZL Athletics) did not qualify for the AZL playoffs, either. 

    That's because of the ridiculous "split season" schedule most of the minor leagues now play, a stupid system that rewards mediocrity at the expense of the worthy. 

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 37 min ago view
  • Despite good movement on his fastball, I think location kept him from getting Ks. Left some pitches up and away that got hammered up and away. Then of course Travis Wood gave up the 2-run double in the 7th, but both runs counted against Arrieta.

    Charlie 4 hours 14 min ago view
  • "i'm gonna make you my main squeeze one day, bro. save the date."

    This level of discourse is #charming.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 4 hours 14 min ago view
  • I would be having this discussion with anyone who (a) blathered on ad nauseum about the topic. (See, "Olt, Mike, not given an opportunity") or (b) responded directly to what I posted (which you did).

    Have a nice day.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 4 hours 17 min ago view
  • what would you do without me? aside from having your posting content here cut by 75%+?

    i'm gonna make you my main squeeze one day, bro. save the date.

    crunch 4 hours 20 min ago view
  • In this instance, yes, I care more about the result of this big thing that isn't really a big thing.

    #crunchsplaining

    #willlistentojeffsullivanmorethanyou

    #blessyourheart

    #hitler

    #tcrmartyr

    #billyhamiltonwar

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 4 hours 21 min ago view
  • Two things:

    Fangraphs WAR #s include baserunning and Hamilton is elite at that. He leads in SBs with the 54 and and has an 87% rate which is really good. I'm sure once he gets on base he's able to take the extra base quite often too. Both those things will up his overall WAR value.

    The differences between BR and FG WAR is pretty well documented online and thus If there are discrepancies it's fairly easy to figure out why. It's fairly well accepted that BR WAR is fine as a snapshot but FG is better at predicting future value.

    johann 4 hours 25 min ago view
  • i have no doubt at all you quit reading at that point. you're very enamored with outcomes without caring what it takes to get there.

    the fact it's exploitable, especially without someone to cover the running game for him, as well it's evolution in how people are testing possible exploits is interesting to some people...to me...i'm some people...hurrah.

    some people want to check the boxscore to see who won, some want to know how it went down.

    crunch 4 hours 37 min ago view
  • I read it as him saying it's not really that much of a concern and that the one time it really cost Lester, vs. K.C., was an anomaly.

    #baseballtalk

    Tito 4 hours 43 min ago view
  • if jeff says it, it's cool...when i say it, it's straight from the mouth of hitler.

    aside from the lack of jeff touching on the insane leads runners take and lester's inability to throw if he's fielding, this is a lot of what i've said about the issue.

    exploitable, needs his own personal catcher to control his shortcomings, relies on his ability to get outs along with his personal catcher keeping runners in check before things become further exploited...

    crunch 4 hours 45 min ago view
  • That would be Rice Krispy Treat

    The E-Man 6 hours 3 min ago view