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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  • 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.

  • With last night's win in Pittsburgh, the Cubs have tied the Pirates with 98 wins, and are only 2-1/2 games behind the Cardinals. No reason why the Cubs can't finish the post-season with the best winning percentage in baseball (regular season & post-season combined). 

  • BOB: I doubt very much that Matt Szczur will be on the Cubs LDS roster.

    If he wasn't on the Wild Card roster (when the Cubs went with 15 position players), he won't be on the LDS roster (when the Cubs will go with 13 or 14 position players).

    As it is, at least one of the three RH hitting outfielders who were on the Cubs WC roster (Denorfia, Jackson, and Soler) could get bumped off the LDS roster (probably Soler).