Game 69 Thread - Wells vs. Danks

Cubs go for the sweep!!

White Sox
Cubs
*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.

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Levine says Baltimore scouting Cubs
Could be Dempster/Soriano package

http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2012/06/20/bruc...

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?

Sigh.

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 okay...in dugout...seems he caught mostly barrel.

Kevin [email protected]_Goldstein
Not a big believer. RT @paullisowski: @Kevin_Goldstein Your impressions of Brooks Raley? #Cubs

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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  • In all seriousness the Cubs have the fewest amount of games played in the NL which means they're gonna be facing quite the grind later on including 24 games in a row at the end of June and beginning of July so I hope he does get a few days off.

    johann 1 hour 39 min ago view
  • Meh. He only got one hit today. Maybe give him a rest?

    Old and Blue 2 hours 15 min ago view
  • 34-14...awww yeah.

    crunch 3 hours 12 min ago view
  • Good thing the Cubs have five left-handed batters in the lineup. Velasquez is just tearing thru the righties [edit - doesn't seem to faze Bryant!]

    Eric S 4 hours 33 min ago view
  • ben zobrist gets to ride up front tonight cause he's a good guy at sports.

    cubs with a 5 run lead and a lackey shutout through 3ip \m/

    crunch 5 hours 7 min ago view
  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 8 hours 3 min ago view
  • ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels. 

    M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores)  the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating. 

    Arizona Phil 8 hours 5 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    Arizona Phil 8 hours 15 min ago view
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 8 hours 58 min ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 13 hours 43 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 13 hours 44 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 23 hours 25 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 1 day 2 hours ago view