Game 50 Thread - Dempster vs. Bass

The Cubs go for the sweep and Dempster hopes to be awarded his first win of the season.

Padres Cubs
*Venable, CF
*DeJesus, RF
#Cabrera, SS Castro, SS
*Alonso, 1B
Mather, CF
Quentin, LF
*LaHair, 1B
#Headley, 3B
Soriano, LF
Denorfia, RF
*Stewart, 3B
Hundley, C
Barney, 2B
*Amarista, 2B
*Clevenger, C
Bass, P
Dempster, P

Fun facts: If Dempster does not win today, it'll be his 18th straight start without a win, a feat not done by a Cub pitcher since 1991-1992.

wait for it...

Danny Jackson.


I have to say, Shark has really impressed. I notice he's 16th in MLB in pVORP. I'm especially surprised by his consistency - after those two tough starts in mid-April he has had seven excellent starts in a row, six of them quality starts.

He has been quite good, against some decent offenses as well.

Innings/ER/offensive rank
Nats (8.2/1/13th)
Cards (5/5/1st)
Marlins (3.2/5/12th)
Cards (6.2/0/1st)
Reds (7.2/1/11th)
Braves (7/1/2nd)
Brewers (5/1/6th)
White Sox (7.1/3/4th in AL)
Houston (6/2/10th)
Padres (7/3/15th)

He's on sports radio alot around here.

Goofy kid, in the good way.

did someone leave t.campana under a hotel bed on the last road trip?

Joltin' Joe Mather has more power...of course he'll be 30 in July...not so much a building block as hopefully a good reserve player.

it's not like i think campy is the future...or mather is pure's just been a while for campy playing...kinda odd.

please stop using Q-Ball's nicknames for players....

it's atrocious.

how about i just call them "loser #uniformnumber"


Sean is the new Campy, anyway.

Agreed. I think that it sucks that those are the choices right now for CF...but I like seeing Campana in there

did they have a shift on Amarista?

Stewart was practically at shortstop and Barney couldn't get over to cover (or just missed it).

Bud Black goofiness...

Barney steals on an 0-2 count (ended up being a wild pitch so he would have taken 2nd anyway).

1-2 count on Clevenger and decides to go after him instead of intentional walk.

Clevenger singles in the run.

of course Dempster then singles.

tie game.

Quentin seems healed.

2nd HR of the day, opposite field shot for Quentin.

6-3 Padres.

Off his own face...that was awesome.

“It's just one of those things where (Campana) didn't do anything to lose his job,” Sveum said. “He was kind of more of a victim of doing a good job but the offense not scoring runs so I thought put somebody in there that might juice the team with a home run or a three-run homer or two-run double, something like that. Unfortunately for Camp, like I told him, he's just a victim.”

Rob G. it should be Mather at 3B and Campana in CF. Sveum is right when he says try someone who can provide a little slugging, but he's replaced the wrong player. Campana wasn't the problem. LaHair was figured out, Stewart's bat slowed down, Castro forced everything, and we didn't have a catcher. Mather did deserve a shot at sometime. His at bats were impressive. So, put him at 3B for a while. He looks pretty comfortable over there. Better than Baker. That would have taken away a lefty bat in the lineup. We still would have had DeJesus, LaHair, and Campana instead of Stewart or Baker. Not like this would make the lineup .500 worthy, but it sounds better to me.

Stewart isn't the problem either, he has an .800 OPS in May which is what people should be expecting.

There's no great options or anything, but Campana had slowed down significantly since his hot start, worst OPS among the regulars. His OBP wasn't too great either if you want to discount his slugging entirely.

267/323/333 in May with 14 K in 60 AB's, 6 R, 5 BB

Stewart 238/333/463 in May with 13 K, 11 R, 8 BB in 67 AB's

Campana's nifty when he gets on-base and is getting lucky, but crying over him starting is silly. The team sucked with him and they suck without him in the lineup. His future is the bench, might as well get use to it.

Not that I'm advocating Mather either, cause his future is even dimmer. But neither is worth caring about who starts.

Hey Rob, do you still have an Amazon book link? I'm wanting to buy Kerry Wood's book...

Yeah, thanks...I was referring to Rob's comment below. Wanted to give money to two unfortunates...sad kids and TCR.

[edit] And, Ha, I just saw what you were linking too. I suppose it could have been worse:)

no, the Amazon affiliate thing wasn't really working for us. But thanks for thinking about us.

Can you keep that Noise Bot ad on the right forever? Thanks.

I'd be happy if the Zazzle ad with soccer ball boobs would go away. Clearly we need more bobos, but that's not the answer.

I like the hot hipster chick in tidy whiteys and a meh t-shirt ad.

It almost makes me click on it every time I see it
And they're "tighty" (sorry - spelling nazi at it again)

is that the same ad that Tito is referring to?

I've seen a Noise Bot one with a cute girl and a "I pooped today" T-shirt. High brow stuff.

I've seen the "Meh" T-shirt ad as well, not sure if that's Noise Bot, but I presume it is. Can't be that many T-shirt companies advertising.

I've been staring at Kate Beckinsale in her underwear for a month, so I'm not that impressed. :)

"Meh" is Snorg Tees or something like that.

Intentional Talk on MLBN does a piece called "Hawk's Unbiased Call of the Day"

It funny. Yup.

He makes watching a Sox game virtually un-watchable unless you mute the volume. I'm looking for a TV that leaves Stone's commentary on the volume but mutes Harrelson.

he's a weird guy.

i wish he'd be more like his "real" self...the guy that's casual and has a ton of funny stories (and the skills to tell them attentively).

when you put him behind a mic at a live game he turns into an angry drunk version of ron santo.

Happened today.

Vin Scully he is not.

Doubles Clevenger strikes again.

4-3 Padres.

it's time to work the hell out of the pen again...dumpster gone in the 5th.

SD showing why they're almost/as bad as the cubs.

We're #2! We're #2!

My friend in Columbus, GA said that the sports radio guys down there are all talking about Dempster to the Braves.

Food for thought.

presuming R. Delgado is the one that would lose his rotation spot, I'd happily have the Cubs take him off their hands in return.

Wonder if Minor would be realistic?

didn't notice he's been even worse than Delgado...either one would be great.

or give them Garza and Dempster and get Teheran, Minor and Delgado. :)

Jim Callis‏@jimcallisBA

Heard that #Cubs are working out Correa and Fried today. Not sure Correa makes it to them

His "peeps" take giving "A Shout Out", to new extremes on this kid's HR in PR.

Sweeping the Cubs!

from what little I know of these players, my current hope is Zimmer magically falls to them at #6 and they take Giolito with a supplemental pick and pay the tax since they saved some major league payroll money this year.

Obviously w/o paying him too much or the rest of their first 10 round picks that it would cost them a draft pick.


Castro with some awesome hustle to tie the game.

I know it's trendy to trash on former Cubs prospects once they leave the system, but Cashner has the most hittable 100mph fastball since Billy Koch.

he doesn't have a real out pitch.

he doesn't throw his fastball for an out pitch. it's kinda hard to set up a 90mph "circle change" with nothing but a fastball even if it is 100mph when they both don't have much movement on them.

Nice DP by Barney and Castro in 9th.

- T. Campana ran for R. Johnson
- T. Campana stole second
- T. Campana stole third

dat speed. screw a 100mph fastball pitcher.

The key was Johnson getting on-base for him.

bringing on the righty to face a 100mph righty leaving campy on the bench was totally the best decision. =p

johnson is having a decent season this year vs righties at least.

Not letting Campana hit is always the best decision.

i don't mind using the guy as bench/pinch-running, but the guy has been riding pine like a mofo and missing PH spots the past couple weeks that seem ideal.

he does his damage when he's on base, whether it's him or someone else that gets him there.

My fantasy teams could use a win for Russell. Let's do it.

- C. Denorfia in right field
- W. Venable in right field
- W. Venable in right field
- C. Maybin in center field
- C. Denorfia in left field
- A. Amarista at third
- A. Parrino at second
- D. Thayer relieved A. Cashner

lulz, gameday.



Barney walk-off HR.


Did anybody notice that the same guy who caught Quentin's first home run and chucked it back on the field also caught Barney's walk-off dinger? He was in the first row of the left-center field bleachers, wearing a red long sleeved shirt (with a fielder's glove) and there was a girl in a red-and-white striped "Where's Waldo" shirt sitting immediately to his left. Caught both taters on the fly. What a great day at the ball park for him!

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  • Illuminati.

  • May the best team win, and subsequently humiliate the Cardinals.

  • I love arriving here first thing in the morning, adding a few moronic posts (moranic for any Cardinals fans who may be trolling), and reading the sage posts of all you guys. Most knowledgeable fans on any forum, by far. So post like crazy today and help give TCR some visibility!

    I told my wife last night that I'm going to need a support system for tonight's game. Tonight is going to be a lot harder on me than it is going to be on these rookie bad asses.

  • James Russell elected free agency.

  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead