Game 10 Thread / Cubs @ Phillies (1 of 3)

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SP Carlos Zambrano SP Brett Myers
  1-0, 1.32, 12 K, 1 BB 0-1, 6.30, 6 K, 5 BB
LF Alfonso Soriano CF #Shane Victorino
CF *Kosuke Fukudome 3B *Greg Dobbs
1B Derrek Lee 2B *Chase Utley
3B Aramis Ramirez 1B *Ryan Howard
RF *Daryle Ward LF Pat Burrell
C Geovany Soto RF *Geoff Jenkins
2B Mark DeRosa C Carlos Ruiz
SS Ryan Theriot SS Eric Bruntlett
#Carlos Zambrano P Brett Myers












I'll go out on a limb here and say that if Zambrano can keep up a twelve to one K:BB ratio, he'll win the Cy Young. You heard it here first. Z's start did get pushed up a day, although Mother Nature is threatening to push him right back with 50-60% chance of showers for tonight in Philly. Brett Myers vowed to be more aggressive tonight...on the mound; Mrs. Myers need not worry. The reigning, undeserved MVP, Jimmy Rollins sits another night with a sprained ankle but is available to pinch-hit. If they do get the game in, the Cubs will try to extend their winning streak to six.


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And so the F-Bomb centerfield experiment begins.

well we know it won't last long if it's accompanied by the Daryle Ward in RF experiment. Hope Z's sinker is working versus all those lefties in the lineup.

Are we possibly looking at a Pie to Iowa Murton to RF situation? Or is this just a day off so Pie can get his stuff together and get right back at it?

I talk about it a little in the Friday Notes post above this one...

Reed Johnson though will definitely play the next 2 games though against Hamels and Moyer.

i f'n hate ward in RF...ranks up there with sticking aram at SS to me.

ward was a bad RF'r many years and dozens of lbs. ago. he was a bad OF'r, period, not long after that...

philly's RF isnt exactly a small place to patrol, though its not COL.

If teams needs a swinging third strike from Soriano it's breaking ball low and away. He looks like Sammy '96/'97 out there.

so you are telling me soriano is due next year for 60?

Yeah, he looks bad on those pitches, always lunging at them.

Quick sucky game....I just hope they win one in Philly for a 4-2 road trip.

No rick-roll or whatever that was...just some Fukudome love to spread around.

Go Cubs!

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  • it's day old news, and it's got nothing to do with the cubs, but ichiro signed a $2m deal with MIA (with a $2m option for 2017).

    neat. 41 years old and damn close to 3000 hits.

    also, rain delays suck.

  • take that giants

  • I think that if a team objects to the 1-game wildcard playin game so much, they could just win the pennant and avoid themselves the trouble.

  • Per Jesse Sanchez at, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus. 

  • BLOCK: Of course any advantage is an advantage. An MLB, NBA, or NHL team getting the extra game at home in a seven game series is an advantage, I just don't think it is enough of an advantage for winning a division and/or having the best record in a conference or league over the course of an 82-game season (NBA and NHL) or 162 game series (MLB).

  • TEX takes the opening game from TOR (@TOR) 5-3.

    TOR lost bautista + donaldson in-game due to injuries...TEX lost beltre...dunno if any will be lingering issues leading to missed games.

  • Ride the Kid Magic! Schwarber hadn't homered in a long time before last night.

  • Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.

    Think Baby Maddux.

    Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.

    Kyle is on the far left.

  • I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.

  • Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.

  • That was good!

  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.