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

Which will happen first? free polls 

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


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.


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


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'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


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

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!!!!!!



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.


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 ... staff...players in the dugout...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.


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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  • 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.

  • Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.