Game 36 Thread - Maholm vs. Lohse

For the sweep!!!!

Cardinals Cubs
#Furcal, SS
*DeJesus, RF
*Schumaker, CF
*Campana, CF
Holliday, LF
Castro, SS
Craig, RF
*LaHair, 1B
#Berkman, 1B
Soriano, LF
Molina, C *Stewart, 3B
*Carpenter, 3B
Castillo, C
Greene, 2B
Barney, 2B
Lohse, P
*Maholm, P

Cardinals have lost four in a I'm sure I just jinxed that with my magical blogging psychotherapy powers.


it'll be up on soon, but if you get a chance, check out Carlos Lee stumbling over himself at first base and then getting taken out by the ump's elbow.

Concepcion for Peoria:
6 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 3 K

leaves with a 2-0 lead. ERA down to 8.10 :)

DeVoss with 4 SB's in the game and both runs scored (0/1 with 2 BB's)

Scouting report on Concepcion:

Cubs signed Mike MacDougal to a minor league contract.

That is pretty interesting.

I had thought he was signed.

Wht team was his last NRI with?

recently released by Dodgers

First AAA appearance:
2/3 IP, 1 hit....2 K's, 4BB... 2ER


He'll fit right in with the Cubs' bullpen pitchers

Has anybody read about whether the media asked Sveum after yesterday's game about his peculiar decision to have Castro bunt?

EDIT: Never mind. I see there is an article up now on the trib site.

Man, Soriano with a weird hitch/limp as he runs.

3-0 Cubs though, still in the top of the first. A couple of lucky hits, but they count. LaHair crushes one and it's a double play.

Soriano's RISP numbers are actually pretty good so far.

Maholm giving it back.

Nothing really hard hit, but hits nonetheless.

Berkman out of the lineup btw, late scratch. Freese takes his spot in the lineup and Carpenter moved to 1B.

After a Holliday HR gives Cardinals a 4-3 lead.

LaHero ties it up with a HR of his own (thanks for the nickname whomever came up with that).

Barney 2-out double followed by a Reed pinch hit single gives them the lead in the 7th and Maholm can still win it.

Incredible- Last year the team was so anemic you couldn't hope for a clawback win like this.

Cubs get LHP Hunter Cervenka from Red Sox to complete Byrd-Bowden deal.

Padres compensation still not settled.

Via Sullivan

don't look at that if you want to like the deal. :)

6-19. 5.40 career ERA, reliever

22 years old

8.6 K/9, 7.2 BB/9, 1.702 WHIP

playing in Hi-A ball this year

looks like he's headed to Peoria though.

casey weathers 2.0

ROB G: Greenville (South Atlantic League) is the Red Sox Low-A affiliate (like Peoria).

Salem (Carolina League) is their Hi-A club.

Bad twitter info

27th round pick in 2008

Projectable lefty from Texas. Throws from a 3/4 arm slot. Slow and deliberate delivery from both the wind-up and the stretch. Fastball sits 90-92 mph and can top out at 94 mph in short bursts. Tends to be on the straight side. Also throws a cut fastball, along with a curveball and a changeup. Cutter is his best pitch, operating in the mid-80s with late break. Can leave it in the middle of the plate in stretches. 76-79 mph curveball shows tight, deep break at times, but is inconsistent with producing hard snap. Typically wraps his hand around the ball. Low-80s changeup is a below-average pitch that often floats to the plate, with little deception. Struggles with keeping his control and command consistent due to wavering release point. Body has also lost athleticism and shape with age. Needs considerable improvement to be effective in full-season baseball.

Kerry being Kerry.

2 walks, a single, tie game, just one out with runners on the corners.

gets the double play though, Castro and Barney have turned two nice ones today.

Russell gives up a HR to lefty Matt Carpenter, then a triple and an IBB.

Beltran grounds out and they get the runner at home.

Men on 2nd/3rd with 2 outs, Cubs down 6-5.

escapes with no further damage.

have to get a run back off Motte.

and they do.

Soriano HR!!!!!


Beats Dempster and Campana.

Dolis in the bottom of the 9th of a tie game.

Why not?

and they lose. Y. Molina 2-out single that Barney just can't reach.

/sad trumpet

*Note - first base was open fwiw and M. Carpenter due up, who did hit a HR the previous inning off Russell.

says Cubs would try to move Dempster if Garza is signed to an extension. Dempster has full NTC of course with 10/5 rights and that Cubs would probably have to pay most of salary to get any good prospects back.

no plans to call up Rizzo and move LaHair or drop Soriano.

Worley was scheduled for tomorrow, but has been scratched with arm soreness.

Mock draft by Law

Someone tell me who he picked for Cubs

BA with their latest top 100 draft prospects

at least someone isn't drinking the mark appel koolaid.

he's top-5 good...but overblown as a #1 overall pick, imo.

nice to see zunino get some love at #2...if the cubs had the #1 overall pick i'd be looking at him even with the need for pitching.

Chicago Cubs
Albert Almora, CF, Mater Academy Charter (Hialeh Gardens, Fla.)

The Cubs also have their eyes California prep lefty Fried and Puerto Rico's Correa. Almora, who has an advanced feel for hitting and good range in center, is the likely favorite here.


here's one scouting report I found him

gives him a plus on makeup which we know the new guys are all about

"Stephen Stasburg was bothered by stray Hot Stuff in his groin during Tuesday's loss to the Padres."

hot stuff = icy hot = why are you sharing this with the media


go big or go home...this is the pros.

some jokester on the team played a prank and Davey was blaming Strasburg's performance on it.

Making your best pitcher lose a game for your team is a pretty good prank.

See? It could be worse...

From Yahoo:
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly apparently values speed at the top of the order more than on-base skills. "Dropping Dee in the order sounds really easy," said Mattingly. "But then who do you want me to hit there?" Mattingly dismissed both Mark Ellis and A.J. Ellis as options, even though both have an OBP over .400. Mattingly did allow that when Tony Gwynn Jr. and Gordon are in the lineup, he'd be willing to put Gwynn ahead of Gordon.

I have to say, I'm getting a bit perturbed by Castro's meager development. I know he's only 22 but after two full seasons in the majors the evolution seems pretty glacial. He's almost dead last in pitches seen per plate appearance in the NL, and the 4 BBs is terrible. The power numbers are static, and that brain-freeze last night on the bunt was inexcusable. Last year Castro both looked better and performed better when leading off. I think he focused more and really did make a solid attempt to work the count and get on base. With LaHair losing out on RBI opportunities, I would really prefer to see Castro move back up into the lead-off role. Bat Campana second and then LaHair third so he has more at bats. Not going to happen I know, but the structure of this line-up really feels like it is hurting the two best hitters on the team for no good reason.

From a purely observational standpoint I would agree, but last year his numbers were much worse hitting third. This year he's hitting well, so I don't think his place in the order has any bearing on his performance. Maybe he's trying to be more aggressive in potential RBI situations, but he'll figure that out eventually. He's still the best hitter on the team and they actually have a good OBP guy in DeJesus in front of him now, so there appears to be a semblance of a plan.

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  • Yeah Schwarber would have still gone out I think. Fowler's was aided but hey if the wind is blowing out nothing wrong with just trying to get the ball in the air.

  • Schwarber's was hit hard, into cross wind

    Fowler's was straight up, heyward followed it until it went out

  • Mama Schwarber wants to have a word with you.

  • Mrs Fowler would like a word with you.

  • It seems to be blowing a bit out to right but far less than yesterday and much cooler so shouldn't be too much of an effect.

    Only one of our hrs last night was out because of the wind though I think.

  • Which direction is wind blowing today? With Lackey a groundball pitcher, it might help Cubs if it is blowing in today and a 2-1 game instead of a 10-6 game.

  • I have convinced myself that Hammel's second half struggles were due to minor injuries and fatigue so with the extra rest he is going to be lights out.

  • Benji Molina is out of lineup

  • Yes. Unfortunately, as many of us, I have seen this movie before. Do not care for Hammel, and unlike other managers Joe will pull the plug quickly at least. I hope before things were to get out of hand.

    Many of us are like "abused spouses" or whatever - with this Cubs stuff. You get hurt so many times, the trust rapidly erodes.

    If the Cubs can get to Lackey early, its gonna be a big key to a W or L.

  • No idea what will happen. The Cards are the Cards and they have come back from 2-1 holes twice in the last 4 years, so I don't see them in panic mode at all. If anything, I expect the Cubs to be pressing more than the Cards today.

    I want the Cubs to win because it would be great for the city, and great for the fans. But more than anything, I want the Cubs to win so I can see this team play for at least one more week this year. Never enjoyed watching a team more than this year.

  • Just to remember how far we have come: last year's opening day lineup was Bonifacio, Lake, Castro, Rizzo, Olt, Castillo, Schierholz, Barney, and Samardzija. It's been a fun ride this year!

  • BRADSBEARD: I haven't noticed any new rule or a change in the interpretation of an existing rule happening in Advanced Instructs, I don't know what rules will be tested in the AFL, although almost all recent rule changes and new interpretations of existing rules (the home plate collision rule, replay, time clock between innings, et al) do get their start in the AFL.  

  • Yep

  • AZ Phil: I've heard that the AFL will be testing out a new force out rule that would affect break-up plays (like the Utley play). Have you heard anything about this new rule and any details about it? Are they testing it out at the advanced instructs as well?

  • Pretty sure I already know the answer to this, but since I will be in NYC next week I want to confirm... If the Cubs were to advance to the NLCS, the winner of LAD/NYM would have home field based on being a division winner (as opposed to Cubs by virtue of better record), correct?

  • CUBSTER: This "hammy" is on the other leg I heard last night. See you at the ballyard today young man!