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
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.


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.


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?


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."


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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  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the mlb.tv internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • 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 equation...plus 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.