A Game 87 Years in the Making

GAME 59 PREVIEW BOSTON RED SOX (32-27) at CHICAGO CUBS (31-27) Wrigley Field, 1:15pm CT, TV:WGN
SP Greg Maddux SP Bronson Arroyo
CF *Johnny Damon SS #Neifi Perez
SS Edgar Renteria CF *Corey Patterson
1B *David Ortiz 1B Derrek Lee
LF Manny Ramirez RF *Jeromy Burnitz
RF *Trot Nixon 3B Aramis Ramirez
C #Jason Varitek 2B *Todd Walker
r> 3B #Bill Mueller LF *Todd Hollandsworth 2B #Mark Bellhorn C Michael Barrett Pitcher's spot Pitcher's spot Nothing like two of the more storied franchises meeting each other to get the national media on it's high horse. I'll let them try and still grasp for some sort of story line that still links the two clubs. If this series was last year, I'm not sure I could bear to watch the coverage, but with last year's improbable Red Sox championship run, we're all spared a bit of the melodrama. Now to more important matters and the actual game in hand. Maddog versus Cornrows, I mean Bronson Arroyo. (Does he still have that ridiculous hairdo?). Maddux so far has escaped the first two innings without allowing a baserunner while Arroyo has given up 2 homers to Burnitz and Holly and the Cubs lead 3-0 in the bottom of the second. Dusty stacked the lineup with lefties today as as they are hitting .295 versus Arroyo this year compared to righties hitting only .170. Seems to be working so far..... I'm going to go enjoy the game and hope some of that good fortune the Red Sox enjoyed last year, rubs off on the Cubbies before they leave town.

Comments

Ramirez was on for Holly's homer - it's 3-0 Cubs!
Happy Day!

Thanks, I was typing instead of paying attention the game..fixed.

Well, crap - now it's 3-1.

Still, the Cubs are winning. And my ex-wife's favorite team is losing.

Taking Arroyo out? Dang.

Good to see Burnitz & Aramis hitting like that. Going to make pitcher think a little better about pitching junk to Lee. I think he'll start seeing some quality pitches.

ryno

Ryno-
Congrats on the hall.

Hell yeah! Maddux homers! Curtain call!

Go Dad!

They're really laying it on. Everyone's got a hit.

Jacos - Wrong ryno. :)

Bats come alive!!!
Keep it up this weekend.

Don't look now...but Barrett is hitting .305! And Ramirez is up to .280! He was hitting .226 on may 26th.

This is the Cubs team that we were expecting.

Ok, everyone except Maddux has at least 2 hits now. They're really laying it on. That's good though, no lead is too big to have on Boston with their potent offense.

Jacos- Wrong ryno.

infield of macias, perez, hairston, and wilson.

wow thats scary

I hate to quibble during a win, but why are Wuertz and Ohman - our two best set up guys - working in a mop up game when Remmy or JoBo would do just fine?

I think its safe to say, the "guest conductor" program at Wrigley 'Stadium' either needs to stop or be retooled so actual cub fans are singing the stretch.

Its one thing to have visiting team's broadcasters sign and say root-root-root for the road team - at least you can argue its still a tribute to harry - but having two bums from the NHL come in and do it is just insulting.

chelios is still loved in chicago

and as for this series, it means nothing to me, i just want them to win.

Steve "Mongo" McMichael should sing in the stretch every game. That way we'll get all the umpire calls!

Chelios wasn't the problem...

it was O'Callahan, who said "Root, root, root for the Red Sox." Chelios just laguhed and didn't say a thing...

Absolutely pathetic. They need to think ahead - do they think a guy who went to college in Boston would be a Cubs fan? He came to the game wearing a Sox hat! Pathetic...

The best solution would be to let Ronny do the stretch... True blue Cubs fan, he'd get the fans fired up, and he'd NEVER call for rooting for the road team.

Hey guess what Cubs fans that live in Central Illinois. The Fox Network has decided that unless we live in Chicago, we are Cardinals fans, and thus this Saturday when everyone in Chicago will be watching Cubs vs Red Sox, the rest of us in Central Illinois will be treated to Cardinals vs Yankees. Why?? I have no clue, since St. Louis is in ANOTHER FRIGGIN STATE.

Either way, if you live in the Central Illinois area and would like to complain about not being able to see Cubs vs Red Sox this Saturday at 2:15 PM, go here: http://wrsptv.com/contact.html

If you are in Illinois and they're going to show the Cardinal game tomorrow, Call your local FOX station. Fox stations pretty much get to pick the game they want to broadcast, based upon which they think will generate more sales revenue.

But I'd act fast, since its Friday and most managers are probably on their way out the door already.

Who is the local Cubs affiliate in Champaign-Urbana?
It's supposed to be 1460 in Rantoul, but they haven't been carrying the games lately. Emails to the station, and to the Cubs, have gone unanswered.

Trade front is warming up....

2B Junior Spivey to Nationals
P Tomo Ohka to Breweres

Brewers also picked up Ryan Drese off waivers from Texas

Odd trade for the Nationals, I know Vidro is injured but I didn't think he would be out much longer.

I assume this opens up a spot for Rickie Weeks

Just got back from the game. A good time all around.

Afterwards, Cubs and Red Sox fans joined voices in a "Yankees Suck!" chant. Kind of heartwarming.

ohka and frank robinson had problems, ohka wouldnt hand the ball to robinson when he took him out.

I guess the Boston fans wouldn't have been open to the customary "SOX SUCK" chant.

#17 - I thought he said Red Wings. I guess I don't know which team he doesn't play for.

Also, Arroyo about facing Maddux says something abou thow he wanted to watch Maddux over harder throwers and because his stuff wasn't as good. Maybe the cornrows made him stupid. Or inarticulate. Did anyone else see this?

Uhhhhhh, the Chicago Bandits either. The first Cubs-Sox game, they said "Root, Root for Chicago." I don't care, if it's at Wrigley, it's for the Cubbies.

And don't jinx the team by saying "Let's Get Some Runs" even if they are winning. Harry ONLY said that if they were losing.

How about "root root root for the CHAMPS?" Remember that one! Damn you Bernie Mac Damn you!!!!!!!!

Good for a laugh? Check out the stats so far this year for Sammy Sosa and Jerry Hairston Jr.

So who has the highest team batting average in the National League?

Believe it or not, it's the Cubs (.276)!!
The Cubs also lead in Slugging, Total Bases, and Homeruns (77)

But, probably because they are dead last in walks, they rank only 7th in scoring.

Not good.

So which pitching staff in the National League has given up the fewest hits? Has the best WHIP? The lowest OBA?

Cubs, Cubs, Cubs

Who, against all odds, is in the lead for the wild card race?

.... Philly?

Dominance

Because infield flies are caught 97% of the time, they are just about as certain an out as a strikeout. So I've created a stat that I call Dominance, which measures how often a pitcher induces either a strikeout or infield fly as a percent of batters faced. Here are the Dominance Leaders:

Player Team IP ERA K IFFly Dom
Martinez P. NYN 79.0 2.62 92 11 0.354
Santana J. MIN 83.3 3.67 105 8 0.348
Burnett A. FLA 68.0 2.91 64 21 0.309
Escobar K. LAA 36.3 2.97 43 3 0.305
Myers B. PHI 74.3 2.06 76 9 0.294
Prior M. CHN 58.3 2.93 62 7 0.292
Peavy J. SD 76.0 2.37 78 6 0.287
Vazquez J. ARI 74.0 3.65 67 19 0.282
Harang A. CIN 66.7 2.97 57 17 0.280
Clemens R. HOU 76.0 1.30 76 6 0.279
Fossum C. TB 40.7 3.54 40 9 0.275
Zambrano C. CHN 72.7 3.22 68 12 0.275
Sheets B. MIL 37.3 4.34 39 4 0.274
Perez O. PIT 53.3 6.92 51 15 0.266
Schmidt J. SF 51.3 5.08 49 14 0.265

haha, I LOVE having DirecTV Extra Innings, so the only games I miss are on that stupid WCIU station, and that only happens about 5 times year :D

Fye Fye Foto - Interesting group of pitchers produced by the dominance equation, made more enjoyable at least here that it excludes Randy Johnson. and I guess throw "Matty Mo" in there as well, hockey beard and all.

Just back from the game myself and that's what I call fun at the old ballyard. We were in the left field bleachers and had a great view of the strikezone. If the Cubs get to a playoff series this season I want Doggie on the mound and no one else. He controlled that game like the old ninja master he is.

and also, it's been a husker's age since I've seen the ivy given such a workout..

*and* that's if the Cubs get to a 7th game of a playoff series this season... many beers at the game and two whiskeys on the southwest flight home....

File under: "y'don't say."

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/stats/aggregate...
=&sort=strikeoutsPerNineInnings&split=0&season
=2005

Copy that link then hit K/9.

..and that's with Cliff Bartosh.

Another solid outing by Jerome Williams for Iowa last night:

6.1 IP
7 H
2 R (1 ER)
0 BB
6 K
2 WP

Gotta love those "no walks"!

Going to today's game....

Yesterday was AWESOME!!!!!!!

Holly, Maddux!!!!

In Dusty We Trusty!!!!!!!

Wow did the Cubs do a job on Friday kicking butt big time

Wow did The Cubs give Boston a but kicking on Friday

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  • KKVG: Isaac Paredes is the most-impressive of the 2015-16 IFA. He has legit game power and handles himself well at SS, although I think he will likely end-up at 2B or 3B (maybe not this year, but down-the-line). It is possible that Paredes will get assigned to Eugene (and skip AZL) next month, and I would say he's the only one of the 2015-16 IFA position players who could. To accommodate Paredes at SS, the Cubs have been moving Andruw Monasterio (who was the #1 SS at AZL Cubs in 2015 and the presumptive Eugene SS going into Minor League Camp) around the infield (SS-2B-3B) at EXST. 

  • Having been a mediocre HS player, I would think at a professional level - and in their 20's - doesn't it sound actually FUN to have a chance to play different positions in a 162-Game, uber-long season?

    It has to take some of the monotony out of the job and keep you on your toes.

    In fact, the best manufacturing floor job satisfaction training theories include job rotation as a way to improve employee satisfaction.

    I hope Maddon can keep it going.

  • (It's usually KK, because his DNA is more like ours.)

  • Not just Maddon, but the organization as a whole. If the rumors are to be believed, they did a good job of letting Baez learn that he needed to change his approach, and Baez has done a good job listening to their instructions an adapting. Hopefully the same is true of Alomar, who is ripping up AAA.

    Previous management teams haven't been as good at this (e.g. Corey Patterson).

  • Man, this team makes you greedy. Going into Pittsburgh -- with Cole vs. Hammel Game 1 -- I was hoping for 2 out of 3. After winning the first 2 games 14-3, I now want a sweep. Same thing happened in STL. Very, very fun.

  • Repeating myself, but I give Maddon a lot of credit for Baez's success. Instead of talking about monster HRs and high K totals, he has talked up his defense, versatility and being a "special" player. The kid seems to have responded.

  • BOB: The attendance has taken a big hit since you left. 

  • K-DUB: I think the Cubs might consider skipping Dylan Cease past South Bend and starting him at Myrtle Beach next season, especially if he gets some time at South Bend this season and pitches well there. As a southern kid with TJS history, pitching at Myrtle Beach in April is probably a lot more attractive than pitching in South Bend, but Cease can't go to Myrtle Beach if he isn't ready for Hi-A. 

  • His story makes him someone I completely root for to succeed but it's interesting that he's not succeeding in the way anyone thought when he was just a prospect. Great defense and contact instead of power. I think failing so glaringly and getting sent back down might have been the best thing for him and his ego.

    He still swings at too many balls out of the strike zone but he's making a lot more contact on them which I think is helped by the less violent swing. So we might not get all the HRs we were expecting but I'll gladly take what he's giving.

  • "KingKongVsGodzilla"? So - was there a winner?

  • Baez is looking like a pretty special player.

  • Hey AZPhil,

    Love checking TCR for your writeups. Quick question - any of these 2015 positional IFAs stand out to you yet? I'm most specifically referring to Kwon, Sierra, Paredes, and Amaya, but I know there's a couple other guys from that class in EXST as well.

  • bored...looking at stats for the hell of it...

    felix pena (26yo) moving to the pen in AAA is looking like an insanely good fit so far in a smallish sample size

    13ip 4h 3bb 20K

    remembering back to spring training he was regularly hitting mid-90s (though he didn't have a good spring stats-wise). as a starter in the minors he usually worked low-90s.

    this could be an arm worth keeping an eye on even if he's only a 1-inning guy who was "demoted" to the pen to start the year.

  • Phil, historically this front office has been patient with their prep pitchers keeping their IP low and moving them one level at a time. I know I'm getting ahead of myself, and you may not be able to formulate an opinion on this, but you've seen a lot of pitchers over the years, so...

  • nice.

    also, after tonight's loss, STL is 13-14.

    also also, the wsox are 19-8.

  • Win tomorrow, and the Cubs would have a 6-game lead. On May 4.