Game 26 Thread / Brewers @ Cubs (1 of 3)

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SP Ben Sheets SP Jason Marquis
  3-0, 0.96, 24 K, 4 BB
1-0, 3.47, 15 K, 9 BB
2B Rickie Weeks LF Reed Johnson
CF Mike Cameron SS Ryan Theriot
LF Ryan Braun 1B Derrek Lee
1B *Prince Fielder 3B Aramis Ramirez
RF Corey Hart RF *Kosuke Fukudome
3B Bill Hall 2B Mark DeRosa
SS JJ Hardy C Geovany Soto
P Ben Sheets CF *Felix Pie
C Jason Kendall P *Jason Marquis












No, you're not imagining things--this is the Brewers' second visit to Wrigley Field in the season's first month while the Cubs have yet to visit Milwaukee and won't do so until after the All-Star break.

While the Cubs (16-9) were losing two of three on the road to the Nationals and scoring 10 runs this past weekend, the Brewers (14-11) were dropping two of three at home to the Marlins and scoring six runs. The Brewers, who led the NL in batting with RISP (.303) going into the series, went just 1-for-26 against the Marlins in those same situations.

The Milwaukees expect a boost tonight (no drug reference intended) from centerfielder Mike Cameron, who will be making his '08 debut after serving a 25-game suspension for taking a banned amphetamine. Cameron, you may recall, played for Lou Piniella with the Mariners from 2000 through 2002, and the two were involved in the M's Divisional Series sweep over the White Sox in 2000, in which this semi-famous play occurred:

Cameron was on first base, and Piniella (came out of the dugout and) went to the bag to talk to him.
White Sox closer Keith Foulke seemed to get rattled, and Edgar Martinez
hit a go-ahead homer to lead the Mariners to a three-game sweep.
Piniella later said he told Cameron to buy Cisco stock.

Sheets, meanwhile, is making his first appearance in 11 days, since departing a start against the Reds mid-game because of "tightness in his right triceps muscle." Big Ben leads NL pitchers with a ridiculous 0.64 WHIP and a batting average against of .146. Back on Opening Day, Sheets held the Cubs scoreless over 6 1/3 IP, allowing but two hits.

He also needs just 10 strikeouts to pass Teddy Higuera and become the Brewers' all-time strikeout leader, which should sure make for some compelling television.

In 48 career at-bats against the Milwaukee ace, Derrek Lee has 5 HR and a .681 slugging percentage, which makes a nice counter-balance to Aramis Ramirez's .192 batting average and 1 career HR in 58 at-bats against Sheets.

Jason Marquis is coming off his second Quality Start in a row, a 7-inning ND last Thursday at Colorado (8 hits, 2 ER, 2 BB).

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Crap. We really needed a good start from Marquis with their ace on the mound. Is this inning ever going to end?

Can we add Corey Hart to the Cub-killer list?

Seriously. I hate that guy.

What an embarassment -

Marquis, Hart, Marshall and Weurtz -- the Not Ready For Prime Time Pitchers.

Weurtz has been one of the biggest disappointments of the season.

"Weurtz has been one of the biggest disappointments of the season."

Absolutely. Anyone denouncing Lou for overworking Marmol needs only to look to the performances of Weurtz and Howry. They've left him no choice.

What happened to the team from a week ago? i want them back.

Nothing burns my ass more than a 3 hour, 48 minute loss.

Was at the game. I wouldn't have mind my ass burning as it might have defrosted after nearly 4 hours in the freaking frigid night.

I gotta say, the replacement ump was very inconsistent with his calls.

This Scherzer guy is pretty good. 4.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO.

From the replays, his fastball looks like the best in the game. Doesn't even dial it up to the high nineties but still gets the Astros' top hitters to be 1/2 a second late on their swings. Amazing; he's going to be a star.

Man, another game lost because of crappy cubs pitching........

Was at the game tonight until I froze my ass off in the 7th, and couldn't feel my toes anymore.

Sheets could have been had tonight. Still, he managed to get through unscathed and we avoided the big two out hit for another game. Marquis was terrible with two outs, or two strikes his whole start. This is the crap-ass pitcher that LaRussa left off the Playoff squad (and Lou as well). When I looked at the line - it was our #5 against their ace. I wasn't expecting much. Shit Cub pitching all told today. Lou's press conference afterwards - he was pissed about Hart, Worst, Marshall...would not agree that a change is in order.

The BREW is gonna be in this. And Fielder truly is a Fat Ass up close.

The QUESTION - in the 5th just before lucky Bill Hall's broken bat RBI single, I was shielded from the play where the runner (Hardy?) doubled. I thought he was out by several feet. We were right behind home for this particular game, and the "ump" (using the term loosely), called him safe @ 2nd. What did the replay show?

I stayed through the whole thing. I'm still frozen solid.

Fielder looks like he ate Rick Reuschel. I was thinking we could have our own sausage race when we play the Brewers and D. Ward could race Fielder. Winner gets 10 veggie burgers and a two liter bottle of coke.

Speaking of Ward 1-for-16.

Any time, now, Daryl. We're waiting.

0-11 PH too.

Replay showed it could've gone either way. Very close play. Len & bob weren't really sure one way or the other.

Yeah, looked like he might have snuck his hand in, but fielders usually get the call when the ball beats the runner and you put the glove down quick and come right back up with it.

Sheets was not his usual self either. I hate that guy, he is good.

At least he won't be a Brewer next year. He is my top entry in the "Most likely to get a monster contract offer from the NY Yankees pool".

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  • Shit.

    Blew my prediction! I had them signing Zimmerman and trading for another arm.

  • Damn wanted Zimmermann

  • Yeah, this market. Remember when Ted Lilly signed a 4/$40m with the Cubs? It was like "Well, I guess if you can throw a ball, that's what the 3 and 4 starters are all getting." I'm glad I'm not a GM. Of course, they're spending our money...

  • in this market that seems like a decent deal relative to the market.

    given that d.price will probably get 30m-ish a year, 22m for 29yo zimm doesn't seem bad. i wouldn't complain about him suiting up for the cubs. one less option gone...

  • Zimmermann 5/$110m with Tigers. Youch.

    And the updated predications page:

  • Cubs 3B Christian Villanueva (who is out of minor league options) is hitting 358/464/500 for Obregon in the Mexican Pacific League (LMP), and is leading the LMP in OBP, is second in BAvg and walks, is seventh in SLG, and is tied for 8th in HR. He also has struck out only 16 times in 175 PA. 

  • CTSteve, thanks for spelling Zimmermann correctly. We don't need another first baseman.

  • The media has linked Cueto and the Cubs approximately zero times this winter. I'm thinking there's just not a lot of interest there on the Cubs' part. It seems unlikely.

    If the Cubs miss on Price, Grienke, and Zimmerman, they will aim for a mid-rotation starter via free agency or trade. However, I think this scenario also significantly boosts the odds that they extend Arrieta.

  • The Tigers are going after Zimmermann and the Red Sox will be throwing money at Price. Bringing Cueto back to the NL with the Cubs is looking like a serious possibility. Thoughts?

  • Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe in the financial impact to the Red Sox for not signing Jon Lester early in the free agent process:

    It will be interesting to ultimately add up the cost of letting Jon Lester go.

    The Red Sox botched up their negotiations with Lester in during spring training of 2014, making an initial offer of $70 million that was roughly $40 million short of what it should have been. Talks broke down and Lester was traded in July.

  •'re flip-flopping again?!

    Is this legal? What is the rule here on opining definitively and then changing your mind?

    I am not only surprised at your declaration, but Cutler's better 2015 showing. I don't get it - he went through Martz, Turner, Trestman, Kromer, and now Gase...and he is still here! And. he'll be here mext year too.

  • Happ signs w Jays

    Morsi saying Price won't be a Jay

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  • As an Illinois tax payer I appreciate what they r doing

  • + Bankruptcy Court

  • +Price