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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Comments

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 ....now 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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  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 4 hours 17 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 4 hours 18 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 13 hours 59 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 16 hours 57 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 17 hours 9 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 17 hours 18 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 17 hours 24 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 17 hours 42 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 18 hours 18 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 18 hours 36 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 18 hours 38 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 18 hours 56 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 19 hours 3 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 19 hours 59 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 20 hours 16 min ago view
  • 9 pitches in and this game already rules.

    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 20 hours 21 min ago view