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.

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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 trash...it'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"

SLAM-A-LAMA-DING-DONG *gong*

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.

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/i...

“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 [email protected]

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDqjyUieIik&fe...

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.

EPIC TIE!!!

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.

D BARNEY WALKOFF 2r HR!

SCRUBBIES WIN!

Barney walk-off HR.

Lulz.

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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  • he should hit more of those. that would be an ideal outcome. /moneyballs

    crunch 4 hours 5 min ago view
  • Russell with 19 RBI in July so far. Grand Slams help.

    billybucks 4 hours 46 min ago view
  • ...and Familia with back-to-back blown saves. Blows a one-run lead vs. Rockies today, gets his 2nd consecutive loss.

    I am OK with the Mets missing the playoffs and suffering crushing losses at home --- just want them to beat St. Louis.

    He played with fire twice agains the Cubs -- unfortunately, the Cubs couldn't stop swinging.

    billybucks 4 hours 50 min ago view
  • How about Kyle Farnsworth? I know he was consistently upper 90s.

    videographer 6 hours 45 min ago view
  • If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic

    jacos 8 hours 33 min ago view
  • I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.

    Charlie 9 hours 7 min ago view
  • I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.

    Charlie 9 hours 21 min ago view
  • They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?

    QuietMan 10 hours 45 min ago view
  • Regarding Heyward--

    He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.

    What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.

    (All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)

    VirginiaPhil 10 hours 45 min ago view
  • Lester will probably be all right.

    I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.

    Seriously.

    VirginiaPhil 10 hours 52 min ago view
  • I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.

    billybucks 10 hours 55 min ago view
  • Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?

    VirginiaPhil 10 hours 59 min ago view
  • He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.

    But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.

    billybucks 11 hours 8 min ago view
  • The usual suspects, Molina and Wong. Gyorko drew a walk with two outs, none on. I recall us (particularly Szczur and Bryant) swinging at everything Familia threw.

    VirginiaPhil 11 hours 10 min ago view
  • Yup. Thanks Q

    The E-Man 11 hours 16 min ago view
  • QuietMan 11 hours 23 min ago view