Game 52 Thread / Dodgers @ Cubs (2 of 3)
|SP||Hiroki Kuroda||SP||Sean Gallagher|
|2-3, 3.48, 34 K, 18 BB, 62 IP||1-1, 5.68, 14 K, 8 BB, 19 IP|
|LF||*Juan Pierre||LF||Alfonso Soriano|
|SS||Luis Maza||2B||*Mike Fontenot|
|RF||*Andre Ethier||1B||Derrek Lee|
|2B||Jeff Kent||3B||Aramis Ramirez|
|1B||*James Loney||RF||*Kosuke Fukudome|
|CF||Matt Kemp||CF||*Jim Edmonds|
|3B||*Blake DeWitt||C||Geovany Soto|
|C||Danny Ardoin||SS||Ronny Cedeno|
|P||Hiroki Kuroda||P||Sean Gallagher|
As you've probably heard by now, the Cubs are pretty good at home. 20-8 which seems like the best record, but is actually third behind the Red Sox and Braves and tied with the Rays. One of the many reasons for that 20-8 record, is the collective 308/390/498 batting line by the team at Wrigley.
But that isn't stopping Lou from tinkering with the Cubs lineup today. Ryan Theriot (.154 batting average over the last 7 days) and Mark DeRosa (.381 BA over the last 7 games) sit in favor of Mike Fontenot and Ronny Cedeno. And Geovany Soto (.182 BA over the last 7 days) and Jim Edmonds (.150 as a Cub) flip spots. What does it all mean? Probably nothing more than giving some of the bench players a few at-bats and some time off with the day game following the night game tomorrow. (Of course that theory only holds true if tomorrow was a day game...nuts!)
On the pitching side, it's Japanese phenom (because all Japanses players in the majors are called phenoms) Hiroki Kuroda for the Dodgers, who has been enjoying some early success. For the Cubs, Sean Gallagher is going to try and throw less hanging curveballs in crucial situations, as he tries to keep his starting spot.
On a sadder note, Vin Scully seems to have not made the trip to Chicago, so I'm forced to listen to Charlie Steiner and Steve Lyons do the call out here in Los Angeles.
Everytime I recall Szcur's bne marrow donation to a stranger, it makes me smile:
If Matt is out will Kawasaki get the call-up? Or "Shane"?
"Matt Szczur will undergo an MRI on his right hamstring on Tuesday."
One of the reasons I think Maddon is a great manager -- he has changed the conversation on Baez from HR & strikeouts to great defense, versatility and an all-around good ballplayer. He rarely talks about his offense, which is the only thing anybody used to talk about with Javy. He took a lot of pressure off the kid, and he seems to have responded.
Good pitching and some nifty D tonight -- nice win.
In case you didn't see it -- it was the Little League play where the guy on first gets caught in a rundown on purpose and the guy on third tries to score. It worked.
Gotta love the Pirates pitcher intentionally hitting Zobrist, then allowing Zobrist to score on a 2-out wild pitch.
Also, glad to see Zobrist coming around with RISP after my remarks last week. Heh!
ESPN reporting heyward day-to-day with an injured wrist
ESPN game tonight, btw.
Cardinal way #48
"negligent transmission of STDs"
Heyward getting the night off.
Grand Slammin' Sczcur in RF - La Stella batting 2nd
Twitterverse reporting that Heyward is dealing with a sore right wrist
Cardinal way #47
See ya on parrot chat
In what was probably the last start for RHSP Jeremy Null at EXST...
Intrasquad game this morning on Field #5 at Riverview Baseball Complex:
4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/AO, 75 pitches (50 strikes)
Next stop is likely either South Bend or Myrtle Beach (TBD)
There does seem to be something funky about closers pitching in non-save situations -- they never seem to be as effective. But, to your point, there could not have been a save situation in that game, so why not use your best reliever?
Your thought: don't pitch Rondon at all, since a save can't happen in extra innings at home.
Maddon's thought: might as well pitch him now, because there's no later.