Game 54 Thread / Rockies @ Cubs (1 of 4)

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SP *Jeff Francis SP Jason Marquis
  1-5, 6.18, 46 K, 24 BB, 59.2 IP
2-3, 4.97, 29 K, 20 BB, 50.2 IP
       
CF *Scott Podsednik LF Alfonso Soriano
RF *Seth Smith SS Ryan Theriot
1B *Todd Helton 1B Derrek Lee
3B Garrett Atkins 3B Aramis Ramirez
LF Ryan Spilborghs C Geovany Soto
2B *Ian Stewart RF *Kosuke Fukudome
C Yorvit Torrealba 2B Mark DeRosa
SS Omar Quintanilla CF Reed Johnson
P *Jeff Francis P *Jason Marquis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The darlings of the National League in 2007 make their annual visit to Wrigley Field, bypassing the normal chartered bus in favor of an escorted ambulance. The Rockies find 1/3 of their starting lineup on the disabled list (Troy Tulowitzki, Matt Holliday and Brad Hawpe), along with five pitchers and Tulowitzki's replacement, Clint "Deer Meat" Barmes. It appears the devil is cashing in on the deal they made last August.

For the Cubs, it'll be a great opportunity to add to their outstanding home record. The Rockies are the proud owners of the worst record in the National League, courtesy of a struggling offense (4th worst in the NL) and struggling staff (2nd worst in the NL).

Some game notes fun...

  • Cubs are 95-67 over their last 162 games, second best record to the Yankees over that period of time
  • Cubs are 15-11 in May, guaranteeing another winning month
  • Cubs are the only major league team this year not to lose three straight
  • Cubs have had the lead in every game since May 9th

Comments

Yahoo note said that he's a good bet to start Saturday instead of Jorge De La Rosa.

True or false:

Jim Hendry can find a way to bring Matt Holiday to the North Side.

false...

not left-handed and doesn't play center (or right).

I don't see them moving Soriano.

Brad Hawpe on the other hand would be interesting.

That all being said, I don't think the Rockies are going to be having a fire sale. They'll deal some dead weight, but I don't expect them to get rid of much.

Wasn't Barnes good until the Bambi Incident?

Barmes had a nice half season before the Bambi incident. His minor league numbers (if I recall) suggest a lot of that was some Coors field fun.

 

Heh... Barmes career splits:

Home: .290/.332/.458 OPS: .791
Away: .236/.274/.350 OPS: .624

Wow. Though, of course, that would just mean that Hendry will sign him in a year or two, and never learn from Neifi's PEB's (performance enhancing ballpark).

Can't we just DFA Marquis, put Lieber in the rotation, and keep both Cotts and Ascanio up here? Marquis is a bigger waste of a roster space than Edmonds

And who would start instead of Marquis?

The injured Marshall? The injured and ineffective Hill? The ineffective Lieber?

I love how people want 4 home-run in one inning Jon Lieber to start, but complain that Marquis is a waste of a roster spot.

I will say this over and over again. Marquis is a very serviceable 5th starter.

I don't think it's unreasonable to expect this starting rotation:
Z
Peavy
Webb
Santana
Halladay

Come on Hendry! Get off your fat donut-eating ass and do something to improve the team!

Reliable left-handed reliever = required deadline-deal.

Seems to me that Wuertz, Marmol, and Ascanio should all be able to handle lefties in addition to righties. Wuertz's slider sinks more than sweeps, Marmol's two-seamer is devastating to lefties, and Ascanio's changeup is a great pitch to throw against lefties. Slap Hart and his cutter in there and you are in business. The loogy is great to have, a waste to trade for.

Sorry Charlie, but if we are in a playoff race and relying on guys like Hart and Ascanio late in games to get out tough lefties, I'll be pissed.

I'm not talking about giving up the farm for a loogy.... but there has to be a few serviceable options that will be available on the cheap due to expiring contracts.

If we can get an effective Loogy and dump Marquis in the process, I'm for it. But I'd rather not part with Cedeno or Murt for a loogy. I just don't think they are that valuable. Eyre sure seems like a loogy to me.

Well got the game where we want it...the lead in the 8th and Marmol and Wood available and ready to go.

i wouldn't mind some insurance though and a NON-save situation.

You got your wish 10man :) looks like Woody may get to rest.

no dice.

Best record in the majors, Baby! And not in a tie with Tampa Bay, so it really counts.

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  • stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.

    that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.

    crunch 47 min 5 sec ago view
  • brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.

    crunch 1 hour 36 min ago view
  • Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 6 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 21 hours 17 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 21 hours 22 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 21 hours 27 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 21 hours 39 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 21 hours 50 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 22 hours 15 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 22 hours 55 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 1 day 8 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 1 day 25 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 1 day 29 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 1 day 6 hours ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 1 day 7 hours ago view