Game 69 Thread - Wells vs. Danks

Cubs go for the sweep!!

White Sox
*De Aza, CF
*DeJesus, CF
Beckham, 2B
Castro, SS
*Dunn, DH
*LaHair, 1B
Konerko, 1B
Soriano, DH
Rios, RF
*Clevenger, C
*Pierzynski, C
Barney, 2B
Viciedo, LF
*Valbuena, 3B
Ramirez, SS
Johnson, RF
#Escobar, 3B
*Campana, LF

News was light today, the AZL Cubs did put out their initial roster which included Dillon Maples, Dan Vogelbach, Trevor Gretzky, Pierce Johnson and Paul Blackburn to name a few...Arizona Phil should have some fun. Chris Archer is making his major league debut for the Rays tonight, and promptly gave up 3 runs, 2 earned in the first inning on 3 hits.


Levine says Baltimore scouting Cubs
Could be Dempster/Soriano package

Brian Roberts!!!!

Cubs aren't getting Bundy or Machado from them and it gets pretty boring after that. Maybe Matusz as aaronb mentioned.

It's going to happen sooner or later.

Archer settled down after the first, down 3-2 at the moment in the 4th.

6 IP, 7 K, 1 BB, 3 R, 2 ER so far for Archer.

Has retired last 11 in a row.

Nice debut.

Add Trey Lang to the group of Cubs signees, 6th round pick.

Probably an Arizona Phil question, but any word on which players have been cut with the new signees coming into the fold?

leadoff triple...followed by 3 quick outs without the runner even having a chance to score.

classic cubbery.

Nice - at least they're consistent (see DeJesus leadoff triple from yesterday).

WSox announcers getting on Castro on triple saying he stopped running and it would have been an inside the park HR if Campana was running.

Strange assessment but I didn't see the play.

Of course the 3,4,5 hitters can't bring him home.

Yaz would have circled the bases twice

I too was annoyed that he was watching the play behind him rather than his 3b coach. He was literally running while staring almost backwards.

But I don't think that he gets home on that play.

Saw the play. Think it's mostly just piling on due to his reputation and past sins. Could he have run faster? I suppose. Did he run like 99% of major leaguers would have? Yep. At least when watching it I didn't think otherwise.

I think that's right. I also can't figure out why so many major leaguers watch the plays instead of looking for the base coaches, and why aren't the managers/coaches getting on them to just pay attention to the coaches (who should be the ones watching the plays)?

After watching the replay, I agree that the assessment seems strange, even if it were Campana running at full speed. I mean you have 0 outs and 3, 4, and 5 hitters coming up, so why chance it?


Cause Hawk is analyzing.

Can't wait until he has an aneurysm in the booth.

Even the Sox fans on WSCR realize Hawk is terrible. They openly prefer Len & Bob for the crosstown games.

It was the radio guys.

Point still stands on Hawk though.

DJ & Ed Farmer are equally shitty, imo. WSCR, of course, didn't complain about the Sox radio guys.

yeah, I don't care for them. They seem to not like to actually announce what's happening for the other team. They just kind of moan and say it under their breaths.

Was John Rooney their guy during the World Series run? I think he does Cardinals games now....I like him quite a bit.

Yes, Rooney was play-by-play and Farmer was the color man. Rooney was let go immediately afterwards -- which may explain the long White Sox World Series drought since 2005. It's the Rooney curse!

another year, another player cut up by a bat flying apart...coleman got just the pointy end of a shard on the mound.

len says he's dugout...seems he caught mostly barrel.

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Rooney asked to go because he's from St. Louis and wanted to broadcast for his home team. He was just another mercenary until then...but clearly better than the other untalent.

Thanks for the additional info, Dr. H. I wasn't aware.

Kind of odd...shows you we don't really care, but

The thread title is Wells vs Danks

Danks has been on the DL for months. Gavin Floyd who has sucked most of this season just shut the Cubs out. Back to the quest for the first round draft pick.

unless Jordan Danks is the one who beat us from the outfield?

And did you know the logo doesn't show up? It links to file\\\, so I thought maybe you see the logo on your computer just fine and don't realize that we can't see the TCR logo on the header bar. If it's a known issue, fine, it doesn't really bother me... just thought I would mention it in case you didn't know.

for some reason I've always mixed up Danks and Floyd.

Yeah, me too. Don't know why.

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  • it's day old news, and it's got nothing to do with the cubs, but ichiro signed a $2m deal with MIA (with a $2m option for 2017).

    neat. 41 years old and damn close to 3000 hits.

    also, rain delays suck.

  • take that giants

  • I think that if a team objects to the 1-game wildcard playin game so much, they could just win the pennant and avoid themselves the trouble.

  • Per Jesse Sanchez at, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus. 

  • BLOCK: Of course any advantage is an advantage. An MLB, NBA, or NHL team getting the extra game at home in a seven game series is an advantage, I just don't think it is enough of an advantage for winning a division and/or having the best record in a conference or league over the course of an 82-game season (NBA and NHL) or 162 game series (MLB).

  • TEX takes the opening game from TOR (@TOR) 5-3.

    TOR lost bautista + donaldson in-game due to injuries...TEX lost beltre...dunno if any will be lingering issues leading to missed games.

  • Ride the Kid Magic! Schwarber hadn't homered in a long time before last night.

  • Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.

    Think Baby Maddux.

    Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.

    Kyle is on the far left.

  • I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.

  • Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.

  • That was good!

  • 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.