Submitted by Rob G. on Tue, 08/16/2005 - 2:49pm
GAME 120 IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT] CHICAGO CUBS (57-62) @ HOUSTON ASTROS (64-54) MINUTE MAID PARK, 7:05 pm CDT, TV: WGN, Fox Sports SouthWest
In the back of my mind and locked in a box high upon a shelf, I hold out hope that the Cubs will make some mad dash toward the playoffs in these last 42 games. In reality, we have a 1.08% chance right now. The Giants have better odds right now to make the playoffs as do the Dodgers and every team in the NL East.
So, for the rest of the season I have come up with a cheat sheet for my rooting interests, in order of importance.
1. Fantasy Baseball Stats (I have Aramis, Prior and Z on my team)
2. Derrek Lee's Quest for The Triple Crown
3. Greg Maddux winning 15 games
4. Matt Murton getting playing time and doing well
5. Hendry sees enough to realize that Bakerschild (Baker/Rothschild) are not the right coaches for this team.
6. The Astros don't make the playoffs
The item above takes precedence over the item below and if the Cubs do make some remarkable run, they will of course take over precedence to all other items.
Today Maddux goes for win #10 and he's only got about 8 to 9 more starts to win 6 more games this season. I hope good old Maddog does it once again, just for the novelty and more proof that showing up everyday is almost as important as playing well when you do play.
We'll see if the Cubs can recover from yesterday's butt-whoopin'. At least with Maddux on the mound we're unlikely to be witness to a parade of walks. The long ball is another story though. Go Cubs!
|Andy Pettitte LHP
10-8, 2.62 ERA
116/31 K/BB, 11 HR in 154.2 IP
|Greg Maddux, RHP|
9-9, 4.54 ERA
96/26 K/BB, 21 HR in 156.2 IP
|RF *Matt Lawton||CF Wily Taveras|
|2B #Neifi Perez||2B Craig Biggio|
|1B Derrek Lee||1B #Lance Berkman|
|3B Aramis Ramirez||3B Morgan Ensberg|
|SS Nomar Garciaparra||RF Jason Lane|
|LF Matt Murton||LF *Orlando Palmeiro|
|CF *Corey Patterson||SS Adam Everett|
|C Henry Blanco||C Brad Ausmus|
|P Greg Maddux||P *Andy Pettitte|
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Schwarber stays back and hammers a 3-2 change-up that was down and away. Very impressive.
And a good job to drive the ball to RF to advance the runner in the 8th. Encouraging.
<p>It looks like the Cubs "post-season clinch number" is 25 right now: http://lyle.smu.edu/~olinick/riot/national_league.html</p> <p> </p>
Is the magic number 25 or 26?
Agreed, to my untrained eyes he does look better than last season. Not a finished product yet and hopefully he will continue to improve, but if he plays solid middle infield defense he will stick in the majors.
Phillips smiled at Strop and gave him a thumbs up.
That pitch Schwarber hit is the kind he's been missing a lot of lately. When Schwarber struggles it reminds me of how hard it is to hit baseballs at that level. It doesn't seem like they've found a weakness, just that he isn't seeing the ball that great and just missing. Same with Rizzo the last few days. Regardless of what the other fellas said in the thread earlier, I was pretty encouraged with Baez. The violent swing seems to be much more under control, and he took more bad pitches than he swung at.
I missed it. What did he do?
<p>JOHN B: Pierce Johnson and Rob Zastryzny were likely 2015 AFL candidates ( I mentioned them as likely candidates to get assigned to the AFL in an article about the AFL last month) because they are starting pitchers who missed part of the season due to injuries and they need to accrue more innings. Guys who have been pitching regularly as starters have thrown too many innings to be considered, so it probably came down to Johnson, Zastryzny, and Duane Underwood Jr, with Underwood odd man out because he hasn't pitched above Hi-A.
extremely classy. i didn't see his reaction until the replay after the break. baseball needs more fun in some areas and less of some 'unwritten rules' violations leading to angst.
Nice bounce back game for Grimm, and "well done" Dan Haren. We'll take that (almost) every time.
I have never been a Brandon Phillips fan, but that was a very classy way to handle Strop yelling at him after the K.
go cubs go
You know you like it https://youtu.be/2sSofokAIiw
AZ Phil: Any thoughts on the AFL Cubs? Some names on the list caught me by surprise.