Game 48 Thread - T. Wood vs. Suppan

The face of Joe Mather batting third will forever haunt my nightmares of the 2012 Cubs.

Padres Cubs
*Venable, CF
*DeJesus, RF
Denorfia, RF
Castro, SS
*Alonso, 1B
Mather, CF
Quentin, LF
*LaHair, 1B
#Headley, 3B
Soriano, LF
Hundley, C
*Stewart, 3B
#Cabrera, 2B
Barney, 2B
#Parrino, SS
*Lalli, C
Suppan, P
Wood, P

What's more amazing, that the Cubs have lost 12 straight or that even though they've lost 12 straight, they're only tied for the worst record in baseball with the Twins? On that note, the Padres are tied in the loss column with the Cubs, but they can legitamely blame a serious injury bug for their woes, one of which is back today in the name of Carlos Quentin. So it's a bit of an early season match-up for the dubious top spot in the draft, although there's way too much baseball left this season to put much meaning on it.

Fun facts: Cubs team record for losses in a row is 14, the modern day record is 23 by the 1961 Phillies, although a few pre-19th century teams beat that (I believe 26 is the actual record).

Theo and Jed spoke on the losing streak and other such matters.

“We’re also very open to making moves,” Hoyer said. “A lot of our conversations are what we can do to shake things up. What we can do to change the roster a little bit. We’ll keep looking at those things. We don’t have the most flexible roster in the world because of some players’ options and situations."

And the draft...

“We don’t have a ton of arms in the minor leagues,” Hoyer said. “I think the best organizations are the ones that are littered with power arms. Some guys will become starters, some guys relievers, but the best bullpens are built internally, and the more we can add arms through the draft, the better, and I think that will be the focus, not just in 2012 but in every year. “

Finally, Carlos Marmol has been activated from the disabled list and Rafael Dolis has been optioned, from closer to Triple A in the span of 2 days.

Comments

Down 1-0 in the first

Even with a 25 mph wind out to center it seems insurmountable.

Nothing is insurmountable vs soup-can, 2-1 on a deJesus triple, Castro single, stolen base, sac by Mather, RBI go by LaHair

sac by Mather

lulz.

First At Bat:

Line drive single to right, thrown out at 2nd trying to stretch it.

I don't know what it is more interesting. Watching Soriano tie the game in Chicago with an RBI double, or checking in on the minor league box scores. Hope is a four letter word you know!

terrible bounce on that Stewart error fwiw.

6 homers through top 6...dat wind.

make that 7 into the bottom 6th.

soriano (6hr in last 13 games) gives the cubs a 1 run lead (7-8)...that would be a homer without the wind. epic.

make that 8 into the bottom 7th.

7-10, castro 2r homer (2hr the past 2 days, 4 total)

Chris Sale with 10 K's through 4.1 IP, decent pitch count too

11 K through 5, but down 1-0.

7.1 ip, 15k, 115 pitches and the win for Sale

not bad for their closer

Ted Roosevelt Lilly goes on the Dodgers DL with left shoulder inflammation.

I suppose he will need his knee scoped. Some things don't change.

May 28th...2012...still not turning double plays.

sigh. the "silent" defensive knock on this middle IF.

I thought it was a good decision to not throw it to 1st. There was no way Jeter could make that play!

if they'd charge the ball more rather than waiting for it to skip to their gloves they'd get more ops.

they both do a bunch of little things that leads to DPs not being made. barney is technically sound, but it's slow going through motions. both of them wait on the ball a bit too much only to end up not making the attempt or being late (or throwing it away...castro...).

I don't doubt your point.

I like the small improvement in Castro's consistency over the last month or so. He still doesn't look natural at SS and probably never will. He's natural instincts look best fit for outfield.

castro's ranging is getting a hell of a lot better deep/wide, imo...not that it was too slack to begin with, but he's really making some wide/deep plays happen. that arm, though...hope he finds more accuracy.

That's what I'm saying. I suppose I understand that Castro has more value as a SS because his arm is strong, but it's not really all too accurate. In another time and place I wouldn't have minded seeing them flip sides. Now, I'm just ready to let it go.

CUBS WIN!

"The Chicago losing streak reaches 12, one shy of the all-time Cub record -- before Fergie Jenkins snaps the string by blanking the Cardinals five to nothing."

Just a little Jack Brickhouse audio flashback for you guys. Anybody remember this?

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  • I think with Hammels and Hendricks struggles the 2nd half we forget how dominate of 1st halves they had and how many games they won us as the offense was struggling. We also forget they are back of the rotation guys and we be expecting ace quality there.

  • Maybe it's just Werth & Ross I'm noticing. Weird.

  • CRAIG: Jose Albertos is not chunky like Fernando. He's built more like Dylan Cease. Exact same body type. And his delivery is free & easy. He's definitely not a "max effort" guy.   

  • Hendricks after 50 MLB starts: 17-11, 3.45 ERA, 1.12 WHIP. Not bad for a #5 starter. He may be a 6-inning max guy, but, if he can keep those stats up, I will gladly take it.

    Speaking of WHIP -- last year, he was tied for 11th in the NL. Tied with Hammel.
    Last year's NL rank in WHIP: Arrietta 2nd, Lester 9th, Haren 10th, Hammel T11th, Hendricks T11th. Wow.

  • I went to a Nats game in DC two years ago while looking at colleges with my son -- it's a fun park, worth a visit if you are in the area.

    I also saw the "slowness" thing -- particularly Werth, who would mosey out of RF about 5 seconds before the inning started.

    Weird.

  • It's Dusty's fault. It'll be the end of them.

  • Speaking of how teams "look", my take on the Nats- It's really weird, but the pace of the entire team seems slow. Slow walking to the plate, slow on the mound, even on some routine groundouts, it looked as if there wasn't a ton of hustle. Don't get me wrong, when the ball is hit to their outfielders, they get after the ball, I'm really referring to non-critical action- they mosey around. It's kind of odd. Maybe that "calm power" is part of the Nats ethos, idk.

  • My favorite moment of Hendricks' performance last night was the last strikeout he rung up- the cajones it took to throw a high, 86MPH fastball to Zimmerman on a 0-2 count. And he swung the bat like it was a 96MPH heater. I literally laughed out loud.

  • In listening to Maddon's post-game, he is interested in how these other teams "look" to him. He is assessing for today...and tomorrow. I love this guy.

    One observation from last night: Joe Ross is incredibly slow. 20-30 seconds between pitches at times. Hendrix had a nice, peppy rhythm which is great to see.

    I know there are plenty of purists here which I applaud, but the game just will not sustain itself unless change of pace rules come into play. Pitch clock, improve the shit-ass reviews, mound visits (there is a clock for this), batter time outs, etc.

  • Thanks, Phil. Albertos at 17, and having gotten a good signing bonus ($1.5, even though as Mexican prospect I think his team gets half of that?), throwing in the 90's and showing some command of a curveball sounds pretty interesting, even if that control is only for a dozen-pitch sample.

    What kind of a frame does he have? Is he on the stocky and short-ish side (I'm recalling Fernando Valenzuela!), or somewhat taller? A lot of 17-year olds have projection, "when he fills out" projection. Would that apply at all for Albertos?

  • A-Team

  • Ha

  • I definitely hang around here looking to reply to your comments as noticed by my nearly year long absence.

    there's a fine line between posting something relevant, useful or at least humorous versus posting something irrelevant, useless or unfunny...actually it's rather quite a thick line and easy to see for most people not named crunch.

  • I certainly am digging the RISP machine Zobrist version.

  • Cubs are taking advantage of bad D by their opponents -- did it a few times in PIT and the Nats botched 2-out rundown leads to 3 Cub runs in the 8th. Which were nice to have.

    I hope Kyle had fun at the dance party -- he was terrific.