Can’t Win ‘Em All (But Try Anyway)

GAME 52 PREVIEW CHICAGO CUBS (28-25) at SAN DIEGO PADRES (34-21) PETCO Park, 9.05pm CT, TV: WGN, Chan4
SP *Darrell May SP Greg Maddux
Someone post the lineups in the comments!
Yesterday my computer's power supply unit ground to a halt. As did the Cubs' winning streak, which at seven games was their longest under Dusty Baker. I'm back up and running now though (with a brand new flat screen LCD monitor too, even if right now it's calibrated such that reds in particular are horrendously garish!). And it's the job of Greg Maddux to get this team back up and running tonight (in the final game of the first third of our season) before we watch these offences attempt the thankless task of scorings runs off Carlos Zambrano and Jake Peavy in a pitching haven of a ballpark tomorrow. Go Cubs!


Is it Peavy tomorrow? They were saying last night on the telecast that Peavy's been sick and that Woody Williams might be activated, skip a minor league re-hab assignment, and start against the Cubs. Of course, given the source I have my doubts but hopefully there's some truth to it.

By the way. In May's four starts he's gone 3.1, 4.1 and 5.0 innings twice. Sounds like a guy who would have shut down the Cubs for eight innings a few weeks ago. Let's hope today's Cubs show him no mercy.

patterson barrett


wgn radio (memmolo and kozlowski) had the same info that peavey may still be too ill to pitch, and that woody williams would be activated. memmo/koz were saying this around 4 p.m. chicago time today.

The Peavy 50/50 comment wa sin the AP story about this.

Am I the only one here shocked to see Dubois in the lineup after Hollandsworthless's 3-3 day? Especially when Dubois struck out with the bases loaded?

The starter is a LHP, so no it does not suprise me that Dubois is in there. he is teh everyday starter out in LF.

careful in the chat ... trolls among us ...

careful in the chat ... trolls among us ...

i'm sure the recent good fortune of the cubs has nothing to do with all the deep counts we're seeing. i mean, dubois walked TWICE tonight. good lord!

way to go .. doobie do bwah...

nice infield hit by barrett ...

hairy! i love seeing us shellac a real team.

mmmm Pepsi

A Lime Green Hatchback!

For a month, Ronny Cedeno studied major-league batters while mostly riding the bench as an extra infielder for the Chicago Cubs. He watched everything from the seriousness with which they approached batting practice to their hitting approach during games.

"You can't believe how much I learned by just watching," said Cedeno, who stayed hot during the Iowa Cubs' 5-3 loss to Oklahoma before a crowd of 8,730 Thursday afternoon at Principal Park.

Cedeno improved his average to .380 Thursday, but since he was with the Chicago Cubs from April 16 to May 17, he doesn't have enough at-bats to qualify yet for the Pacific Coast League batting race that is led by Tacoma's Chris Snelling at .396.

"I'm hitting the ball better than I ever have in my career," said Cedeno, a shortstop in his first triple-A season. "It's because I hit the outside pitch to right field instead of trying to pull everything."

Cedeno, 22, has hits in eight of his last nine games and in 12 of the 15 since he returned to Iowa.

"I didn't play every day when I was in Chicago, but every day I watched batting practice," he said. "I pulled the ball too much. I don't do that now. Where the pitcher throws it, that's where I hit it."

The Cubs are now at the top of the WC.

Cubs win the pennant-
So much for the theory it hurts rookies to sit with the big league club and not play. If you have a good heady player, he can take advantage of that time and learn like Cedeno did.

"The Cubs are now at the top of the WC."

Yeah, good thing the players/manager/coaches/management didn't listen to the majority of the fans in Cubs Nation and give up on the season.

It is amazing the team is as good in the standing as they are. I thought they would hover around .500 and then make a run when they got their players healthy and/or made a trade.

In Dusty We Trusty!!!

Everybody had a hit but Patterson. When can we finally put a nail in this guy's career coffin? Carmenfanzone compared Corey to Dunston. I couldn't agree more.

manny, you just have to love Cedeno after reading that story, don't you?

The Cubs are now at the top of the WC.
Posted by: Ienpw


And as I write this they have the 3rd best winning percentage in the National League behind St.Louis and San Diego.

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  • 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

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.

  • most likely cost sharing + the league is short on players anyway. not many teams are chipping in on 'advanced instructional.'

  • I'm glad this is a one game playoff coming up, because McCutchen is one of my favorite MLB players. And as a baseball fan, I rather like the Pirates. I hope we beat them bad, of course. No mixed feelings here. And, I don't want a nail biter. Too old for that shit. The team of moran fans is easy to hate, though, and more suitable for a longer series.

  • A Jurickson Profar sighting!!!!???

  • I'd guess Jackson over Coghlan for the defense.

    EDIT: Now that I think about it, is Jackson a better defender?