Game 74 Thread - Wells vs. Gee

It was nice of the Cubs to start Wells to temper any real expectations we may have had for tonight's game.

Mets
Cubs
*Nieuwenhuis, CF
*Rizzo, CF
Tejada, SS
Rizzo, SS
Wright, 3B
*Rizzo, 1B
*Duda, RF
Rizzo, LF
*Davis, 1B
*Rizzo, RF
Hairston, LF
*Rizzo, 3B
*Murphy, 2B
Rizzo, 2B
*Thole, C
*Rizzo, C
Gee, P
Rizzo, P

As everyone knows by now, Anthony Rizzo has been called up and is immediately inserted into the #3 spot in the lineup. The last highly anticipated Cubs debut was May 7th, 2010 versus the Reds in Cincinnati and Starlin didn't do much other than go 2/5 with a HR, a triple and 6 RBI's in a 14-7 Cubs win.

The Cubs may be 23 games under .500, but they have managed a non-cringe inducing 15-19 record at home. So they have that going for them. At least for one night, it'll be worth paying attention to the team. I'll probably stop by parachat tonight, at least for the Rizzo at-bats.

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if you couldn't figure out the lineup from the positions,

DeJesus, Castro, Rizzo, Soriano, LaHair, Valbuena, Barney, Clevenger, Wells

wow...bob applejacks, COL pitching coach, asked to be reassigned in the organization.

along with a player shoulder-checking jim tracy after being taken out of a game recently...this whole 4-man-75-pitch experiment isn't being met with open arms.

i wonder who's pushing this...

If anyone knows any streams I would be eternally grateful.

speaking of, but kinda not...i hope EI subscribers (only 1 feed tonight) aren't stuck with the NYM feed.

-edit- BAH! mets feed.

official scoring #1.

a should-be double play error is ruled (changed to) a single.

sigh...

anyway, rizzo has his 1st hit as a cub.

Clevenger fail on a pop-up.

Did throw out Niewenhuis (sp?) earlier.

Yes first inning

L. Duda base running fail saves the Cubs a run.

Castro/Rizzo due up, come visit Parachat.

Three things tonight:

1. Thank God the savior is here (Rizzo)
2. Thank you, Dale, for giving the hook to Wells in the 4th inning
3. Who is that #12 in LF? - With those catches and 45 RBIs, someone would pay a couple million of the $45M remaining on his contract.

Sveum pulling Wells tonight is the ONE time all year that I exclaimed out loud, "Nice move, Sveum! Yes!!"

Wells = L. Still.

But I suppose he could be a #8 starter on some teams...

concur completely. walking a pitcher who is trying to give you a free out via sac bunt? is that part of the textbook definition of "cubbery"?

Just an interesting statistical note- Rizzo currently has a career 1.250 OPS, which would be a record among hall of famers if he were to be inducted today.

Actually, he has a career .545 OPS, which would be close to a record low among hall of famers if he were elected today.

You do know that he played in the big leagues last year, right?

lol... really? That's the only thing that seemed wrong with my comment?

I hope this Theo-corp puts a mandate on not walking batters the Cubs and Iowa cubs were both 3rd in walks allowed last time i checked and Wells sucks at throwing strikes someday we will see some strike throwers in Chicago.

due to a change in official scoring, congrats to rizzo on throwing his 1st complete game shutout in his pro pitching debut of which he never took the mound. very impressive.

along with his batting performance it was a hell of a debut.

WHO?

Anthony Rizzo, clean out your fucking ears, jackass!

Am I supposed to know you, Mr. Rizzo?

It's probably better you don't, you'd be shitting your fucking pants there, beefy tits!

Only got to watch the video highlights, but Rizzo looked like he did a great job hitting the ball with authority towards left field on both of his hits (and I'd say a "hit" ruling on the first one is pretty reasonable, though the second hit wasn't a legit double). Looking forward to watching this guy play.

Also, Valbuena has 5 errors already. Stone hands? Seems like Bobby Scales redux.

無料 BOBBY SCALES!

Lulz.

Or to put it in other terms, he's striking out in 38.6 percent of all his at-bats this season. That's the second most in the minors, trailing only Astros first baseman Telvin Nash, who has 124 strikeouts in 246 at-bats.

The strikeout problem has gotten worse this month for Jackson. He's struck out an amazing 44 times in 25 games this month and Tuesday was the seventh time this month that he has struck out three times in a game.

Drew Stubbs comp in there as well although clearly saying Stubbs had better tools coming up in the minors.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects...

I hope we don't see him in Chicago anytime this season, I don't see the point.

considering he's not even on the 40-man, probably won't even get a September call-up at this rate.

"although clearly saying Stubbs had better tools coming up in the minors."

Cooper does say that Stubbs "has more speed than Jackson and a touch more power."

At Jackson's age, 23, they both had about 80 stolen bases. Then at 24, Stubbs stole 46 bases in AAA.

"A touch more power" is not clearly saying something, and in any case, it's false. Power-wise, Stubbs hit 28 homers in 426 games in the minors. Jackson has 51 in 370 games.

I don't actually predict big base-stealing numbers from Jackson in the majors. He's too big for that. He injures himself when he slides a lot, especially head first.

I'm as perplexed as everyone else by Jackson's erratic offensive performance so far this year. For the moment, I'm willing to chalk it up to Rizzo-envy.

Still, I like to add up a player's total bases, walks and steals. If you do that for Jackson's peers in the PCL, you'll find that he is #6 behind Elmore, Gose, Rizzo, Eaton and Wheeler. So he is being fairly productive in spite of the mounting K's.

He was obviously talking about what scouts graded his power tool, not power numbers. Considering the righty vs. lefty difference, different leagues, etc, it's not going to be a perfect comp.

Wells DFA'd, Dolis up.

Wells = L.

I am rooting for Maine. Every team should have a player named after a State.

In every time up, he has laid an egg at the MLB level.

We need him to be productive in some capacity.

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    6th in NL in RBI

    Go complain about something else, like, "they never play good against the good teams", or some other shit.

    The E-Man 11 hours 18 min ago view
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    billybucks 12 hours 34 min ago view
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    billybucks 13 hours 17 min ago view
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    billybucks 13 hours 18 min ago view
  • Rizzo due for a power surge -- one HR in August so far. He truly does hit them in bunches.

    billybucks 13 hours 19 min ago view
  • Sometimes I'm not as supportive of Cahill as maybe I should be. There, I said it.

    Jackstraw 13 hours 23 min ago view
  • Rough 8th inning all around -- HBP, Cahill error, Javy's poor decision.

    Oh well - given that the Cubs didn't look like they were going to score, it's better to lose in 9 innings, save the bullpen and get changed for the PJ trip home.

    billybucks 13 hours 23 min ago view
  • Baez still learning

    jacos 13 hours 51 min ago view
  • heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.

    he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.

    crunch 14 hours 55 min ago view
  • stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.

    that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.

    crunch 16 hours 1 min ago view
  • brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.

    crunch 16 hours 50 min ago view
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    VirginiaPhil 21 hours 20 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 1 day 12 hours ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 1 day 12 hours ago view
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    Rob G. 1 day 12 hours ago view
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    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 1 day 12 hours ago view