Game 18 Recap: Cubs 13, Pirates 6
- McLouth lines a single on a 2-2 pitch to right, starting the game.
- Sanchez keeps fouling balls off that whiz by Jason Bay standing on deck.
- Sanchez goes opposite field, with a liner into right, not that far from where McLouth had hit it. First and second, no outs.
- Bay pops one towards the right field bullpen. DeRosa underestimates how the wind is blowing it foul, has to speed up as he runs towards the Pirates' bullpen mound, reaches out to make a basket catch and trips over the mound, diving face-first towards the brick wall. Doesn't make the catch, but also doesn't die. We'll call it a win for the Cubs.
- Bay then grounds directly to Ramirez at third. Triple play chance? Nope, Ramirez steps on third and then throws over to first for a double play. I don't think I've ever seen the Cubs turn a triple play...
- LaRoche hits into a 3-1, Dempster escapes without damage.
Inning 1 - Bottom
- Johnson lines a double over McLouth's head in right-center.
- Theriot inside-outs a 2-1 pitch, bouncing it just to the right of the second baseman. Johnson scores easily, and on the throw home from McLouth, Theriot advances to second. 1-0 Cubs
- Lee grounds out 5-3.
- Ramirez with a sharp bounce out, 5-3 again
- Murton gets a nice hand as he comes to bat.
- And bounces back to the pitcher, ending the inning
Inning 2 - Top
- Nady grounds out to 2nd.
- Dempster makes a nice jumping, twisting grab on a ball chopped by Doumit back up the middle. 2 outs.
- Bautista strikes out on a pitch in the dirt, Soto throws him out at first. Easy inning for Dempster
Inning 2 - Bottom
- DeRosa grounds through the left-side hole for a single.
- Soto whistles one right past Duke, who somehow doesn't get beaned by it. Missed by maybe 6 inches, with Duke not having the time to react in any way. Phew. Runners at 1 and 2
- Cedeno bounces to Duke, who goes to third with it. Return throw to first isn't in time. Probably should have just gone to second with it. One out.
- Dempster with a nice bunt to advance the runners.
- Johnson pops out to second, ending the inning
Inning 3 - Top
- Bixler K's swinging on a nice biting slider
- Duke taps one a few feet down the third base line. Doesn't bother to much more than walk to first base, helping Soto throw him out.
- Happy 92nd anniversary of the Cubs first game at Wrigley, Len tells us.
- BJB with the "those guys on the[Chicago] Whales always spouting off." I love you, BJB.
- McLouth flies to right. Another easy inning for Dempster
Inning 3 - Bottom
- Theriot bounces one inside the third base bag for a leadoff double.
- Lee grounds one through the left side hole. Theriot has to see if the ball will go through, andholds at third.
- Ramirez lines one to the warning track just left of the left-center bullpen doors. Theriot scores, Lee to third, Ramirez doubles. 2-0 Cubs.
- Murton bounces up the middle, Bixler picks it up on a tough hop, spins and gets Murton at first. Lee scores, Ramirez to third, 3-0 Cubs with one out.
- DeRosa taps to Duke, 2 outs.
- Soto walks
- Cedeno lines one to Bixler and SS, who has it pop out of his glove. Scoops it up, and just barely gets Soto on the force at second, ending the inning.
Inning 4 - Top
- Sanchez lines to DeRosa, who makes a nice running catch
- In their daily text message poll question on fans favorite Cubs tradition, they include the 7th inning stretch. Len elaborates to includethat this encompasses not just Harry's singing of the stretch, but the celebrities since him. So much for voting for that...
- Bay bounces out to Ramirez
- LaRoche grounds to Lee. Dempster just mowing them down...
Inning 4- Bottom
- Dempster grounds out to shortstop.
- Johnson gets nicked by a fastball on the elbow. Down to first.
- A perfectly executed hit and run, with Theriot lining one into the right-center gap. Theriot just does stretch it into a double, with Johnson running hard all the way to score. Exciting baseball. 4-0 Cubs
- And Theriot steals third. You could asphixiate on all the scrappiness.
- Lee walks.
- Ramirez gets plunked on the left knee, and isn't too happy about it. Bases now loaded.
- Murton inside-outs one between LaRoche and the first base line. LaRoche makes a nice play, and takes it to first base, for another RBI groundout for Murton. 5-0 Cubs, two outs, runners on 2 and 3
- DeRosa flies to right, ending the inning
Inning 5 - Top
- Nady rolls one through the hole past a diving Theriot. First baserunner since the first inning, I believe
- Doumit lines out to Murton.
- Interesting ground-rule double. Bautista lines one to center that Johnson has to go back on and contend with the wind as well, misses it in a diving attempt. The ball sort of goes into the vines, but is clearly visible on TV, and Johnson puts his hands up. As he's doing so, Nady goes from first to home and Bautista circles the bases as well. The umpire comes out to check to see that the ball actually is in the vines. It is, barely, and it's called a ground rule double. Runners go back to 2 and 3. Oh, the grittiness of Reed Johnson....
- Bixler hbp on the shoulder. Bases loaded for the pitcher's spot.
- Duke pulled for Mientkiewicz
- I swear to god, I just spelled Mientkiewicz without any help. Somebody donate to TCR for that one.
- Mientkiewicz singles to Murton, everyone advances a base. 5-1 Cubs. McLouth up.
- Soto with a few nice blocks on balls in the dirt today, including one on the first pitch to MCLouth, saving a run.
- Dempster seems to have totally lost the strike zone. 3-0 count to arguably the hottest hitter in the game, bases loaded and a 4 run lead. Can any goodcome of this?
- Walks on four pitches. 5-2.
- Sanchez hits a slow bouncer to Ramirez, who can only get Sanchez at first. 5-3, runners on 2 and 3, two outs for Bay.
- Soto with another tough block on a pitch in the dirt. Again saves a run.
- Four straight balls to Bay. Bases loaded. Fans booing. LaRoche up. Parachat restless.
- Ball one.
- Dempster over 30 pitches in the inning. Was in the mid-50s at the start of the inning.
- Dempster comes back to a 1-2 count. Fans now standing and screaming for Dempster to get out of it.
- Dempster K's LaRoche, swinging. Phew.
Inning 5 - Bottom
- Franquelis Osoria in to pitch.
- Soto lines one over the SS hole into left for a single.
- Dempster called out of the on deck circle in favor of Fontenot. WGN shows him slamming his helmet and bat around in the dugout.Presumably, upset at himself, as the last inning really ratcheted up his pitch count on what had been an easy outing.
- Cedeno does a nice job battling, eventually lining a double into the left field corner. Soto comes around to score. 6-3.
- Fontenot now up for Dempster.
- Fontenot grounds one to LaRoche's left. LaRoche just sort of whiffs at it, taking a swipe with it while trying to run to first for the out, and the ball rolls past him towards the bullpen. Cedeno scores, Fontenot stays on first, error on LaRoche. 7-3
- Johnson takes a defensive flail at a pitch on the hit and run, and winds up getting a single off of Bautista's glove. Runners on 1 and 2 for Theriot, still no outs.
- Another really weird play: Theriot pops a bunt that Osiroa can't quite catch on the dive. The ball rolls towards the first base line. Fontenot rounds third, thinking the catcher will go for the play at first, but instead Doumit throws behind Fontenot at third, and he's out trying to get back to the bag. Theriot is credited with a hit, and runners are on 1 and 2.
- Lee misses a 2-1 fastball on the biggest swing I think I've ever seen Lee take.
- Lee bounces to third. Bautista throws to second, as Fontenot stopped in front of him to avoid the easy tag. Sanchez then one-hops LaRoche at first, who again makes a rather lame effort at it. Lee is safe and Fontenot comes in to score. 8-3, two outs, and our five run lead has returned.
- Ramirez launches one into the left-center bleachers, maybe a dozen rows up. 10-3. As a guy who's always been sort of sympathetic to the Pirates, this is just sad.
- Murton finally hits into some luck, with a measley little squibber up the third base line, on the dirt. Osoria has a brain fart and picks up the ball, when the only hope was to let it roll foul. What an ugly inning.
- DeRosa flies to McLouth. Inning mercifully over.
Inning 6 - Top
- Howry in.
- Nady K's swinging on an inside fastball. Soto drops it, but Nady is already returning to the dugout with his head hanging. Poor pirates.
- Doumit demolishes a ball, maybe four rows up into the right field well bleachers. Fastball over the heart of the plate.
- Bautista K's looking at a fastball on the outside corner.
- Bixler also K's looking at an outside fastball, and Howry K's the side, with a home run in between.
Inning 6 - Bottom
- Damaso Marte in to pitch
- Soto walks.
- Cedeno with another tough AB, fouling off 3-2 pitches before lining one into RF for a single. Runners on 1 and 2, no outs
- Bob Howry hitting. Left-handed. 3rd plate appearance in 606 games played. Bunts into a strikeout.
- Johnson lines to McLouth.
- Theriot walks. Bases loaded for Lee.
- Lee with another huge swing through a mid-80s fastball, 1-2 count.
- Lee lines a 3-2 pitch into left for a two-run single. 12-4 Cubs.
- Ramirez rolls an 0-2 pitch through the right side for an rbi single. 13-4
- I have Marte as a middle reliever in two fantasy leagues. This sucks. Er, I mean, way to pile on, Cubbies!
- Murton grounds to Bautista, who takes the force out at the bag. Inning over
Inning 7 - Top
- Blanco in to catch, Chris Gomez hits for Marte
- Gomez serves one in to right for a hit.
- McLouth gets knicked by a fastball, just does get his jersey. 2 runners on to start the seventh.
- Sanchez broken bat grounder to Cedeno, who just does get McLouth at second base. One out, runners on 1 and 3.
- Bay pops to Theriot, two outs.
- LaRoche takes a called strike three fastball. Tough day for him.
- Who is Bonnie Hunt, and why is she singing the stretch like it's a show tune?
- and who the hell says "by me some diamonds and crackerjacks?"
Inning 7 - Bottom
- Bonnie Hunt, though she's neither entertaining nor interestind, does seem to be a genuine and rather intense Cubs fan, so she's still better than most of the D-listers. Just please don't change the lyrics.
- Phil Dumatrait in.
- DeRosa and Blanco walk.
- Cedeno K's swinging
- Pie pinch-hits for Howry, and K's looking.
- And Johnson lines to LaRoche. Promising start to the inning, feeble conclusion.
Inning 8 - Top
- Ward in for Lee. Wuertz in for Howry.
- Nady lines out to DeROsa
- Doumit with another bomb to right field, this time just left of the well. No doubt about either one of them. 13-5
- Wuertz walks Bautista
- Ball one to Bixler. Wuertz not looking too sharp.
- Bixler hits it back to Wuertz, whose throw sails past both Theriot and Cedeno into center field. Runners stay at 1 and 2, error on Wuertz.
- Gomez flies to Murton.
- McLouth dribbles one to Ward, who takes it to the bag. Inning over with just the solo HR
Inning 8 - Bottom
- Theriot's perfect day comes to an end on a tough 3-2 count check-swing call, strikeout.
- Ward walks.
- Ramirez singles through the left-side hole, runners on 1 and 2
- Murton 6-4-3 DP to end the inning.
Inning 9 - Top
- Sean Marshall in.
- Sancehz bounces one back to Marshall, nice reflexes by Sean.
- Bay walks.
- Paulino hits for Dumatrait, and rolls a double to the right-center wall, scoring Bay. 13-6
- Paulino takes third as Nady grounds out to short.
- Fans on their feet with two outs.
- Doumit waves at a slow curve, strikes out, ending the game. 13-6, 9 straight wins over 2 years against the Pirates, and a 5-1 homestand so far.
- Oh yeah, and the Cubs take first.
- The Messmers.
- Threesomes with the Messmers.
- DeRosa's stumble.
- Fuku Fun Facts
- Potential Cubs All-stars
- Corner Gas
- Soto's ROY chances
- NL Central competition
- Rachel Ray and Dunkin Donuts, and the puns that result.
- How do you spell Selma Hayek? (Like this, duh.)
- Will the Cards' pitching hold up.
- The Murph's 76 Gas station commercials on WGN from the 80s - "Chip off the old block" etc.
- The racist Fukudome T-shirt
- Pretty cooking show hosts
- Scrappy home run hitters
- Tejada's age.
- Cardinals game
- Facing Johann Santana
- Other Cubs Traditions
- Fear Andy's links.
- Does Pat Hughes do broadcasts baked?
- The urinal stalls
- Danica Patrick
- Biggio left Johnson his elbow pad in his will.
- Oh the scrappiness of it all.....
- Future Cubs player monuments...
- Is this hot streak part of a larger change in Cubs offensive philosophy?
- Cubs lead the league in Pitches/At Bat
- Ground rules
- Alarmed with the inning.
- Jays to sign Bonds?
- Our backup outfielders.
- Brewers game updates
- "How far did it roll?"
- Freudian analysis of Dusty Baker.
- Brewers lose.
- Why we hate stairs.
- More on Thomas/Bonds/Blue Jays.
- Who is Bonnie Hunt, and why do we care?
- Who should the Pirates pitch next?
- Checking everyone's hipster music cards.
- Parachat contains few Bonnie Hunt fants.
- Comparing the 7th inning stretch with McDonalds cheeseburgers.
- More 7th Inning Stretch commentary
- Arne Harris and fan cam
- Next time the Reds visit...
- Best Cubs reliever after Wuertz and Howry?
- The Wood 20 K game.
- Good Pitchers We Don't Remember Due To Injuries.
- The humor of Diabetes commercials.
- the final season of Roseanne.
- Oh yeah - and the Cubs win!
- Record in games recapped: 3-0.
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"trout's one of the best, and at this point should probably win over donaldson (and should have more MVPs in the past, too), but the defensive aspect of valuing WAR still needs more tweaking...imo."
that's from my 1st post. there's no suck involved in that. maybe with a few less posts about bullshit that point would have jumped out more.
crunch - you do know that, taking defense out of the equation, Trout has led the AL in wRC+ each of those years, right?
And, if you want to complain about position adjustment (which would be serious #crunchsplaining), he's been in the top 3 in the AL in WC (not park/league/position adjusted). And the only players ahead of him (if there were any players ahead of him) in any of those years have been DHs or 1B that play lousy defense.
But sure - Trout sucks (or at least isn't as good as WAR says). Because it factors in defense and position.
early tim tebow stuff rolling in...
ran a 6.7 60yd (above average)...shagging flies in RF and showed off a rather impressive arm a few times, but average-at best on most of his throws...hit a few over the fence (both fields), fouled or weak contact a few...he's got a touch of power
it'll be interesting to see who bites on this project, if anyone. he probably projected himself out of RF and into LF/1st because of his arm, but unless he can make that power work on a steady basis it'll be hard for him to play himself up anyone's system.
LHP Clayton Richard (released by the Cubs earlier this month) is pitching very well as a starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres and could be a good candidate to get traded to a contender looking for a veteran SP before tomorrow night's post-season roster eligibility deadline.
Because they released him, the Cubs are paying most of Richard's 2016 salary (the Cubs are on the hooks for $2M, minus the pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum salary that is paid by the Padres).
it is honestly awesome (for real) that anyone would even have a strong opinion on AZL playoffs. i guess if you invest enough time watching it, you want to see a fair/just playoff structure.
plus, the kids deserve it.
The AZL team with the best record over the course of the full 2016 AZL season and the only AZL team to play .600 ball (the AZL Dodgers) did not qualify for the AZL playoffs, and the AZL East Division team with the best record over the course of the full season (the AZL Athletics) did not qualify for the AZL playoffs, either.
That's because of the ridiculous "split season" schedule most of the minor leagues now play, a stupid system that rewards mediocrity at the expense of the worthy.
Despite good movement on his fastball, I think location kept him from getting Ks. Left some pitches up and away that got hammered up and away. Then of course Travis Wood gave up the 2-run double in the 7th, but both runs counted against Arrieta.
"i'm gonna make you my main squeeze one day, bro. save the date."
This level of discourse is #charming.
I would be having this discussion with anyone who (a) blathered on ad nauseum about the topic. (See, "Olt, Mike, not given an opportunity") or (b) responded directly to what I posted (which you did).
Have a nice day.
what would you do without me? aside from having your posting content here cut by 75%+?
i'm gonna make you my main squeeze one day, bro. save the date.
In this instance, yes, I care more about the result of this big thing that isn't really a big thing.
Fangraphs WAR #s include baserunning and Hamilton is elite at that. He leads in SBs with the 54 and and has an 87% rate which is really good. I'm sure once he gets on base he's able to take the extra base quite often too. Both those things will up his overall WAR value.
The differences between BR and FG WAR is pretty well documented online and thus If there are discrepancies it's fairly easy to figure out why. It's fairly well accepted that BR WAR is fine as a snapshot but FG is better at predicting future value.
i have no doubt at all you quit reading at that point. you're very enamored with outcomes without caring what it takes to get there.
the fact it's exploitable, especially without someone to cover the running game for him, as well it's evolution in how people are testing possible exploits is interesting to some people...to me...i'm some people...hurrah.
some people want to check the boxscore to see who won, some want to know how it went down.
I read it as him saying it's not really that much of a concern and that the one time it really cost Lester, vs. K.C., was an anomaly.
if jeff says it, it's cool...when i say it, it's straight from the mouth of hitler.
aside from the lack of jeff touching on the insane leads runners take and lester's inability to throw if he's fielding, this is a lot of what i've said about the issue.
exploitable, needs his own personal catcher to control his shortcomings, relies on his ability to get outs along with his personal catcher keeping runners in check before things become further exploited...
That would be Rice Krispy Treat