Game 54 Thread / Rockies @ Cubs (1 of 4)
|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
JOHN B: Pierce Johnson and Rob Zastryzny were likely 2015 AFL candidates ( I mentioned them as likely candidates to get assigned to the AFL in an article about the AFL last month) because they are starting pitchers who missed part of the season due to injuries and they need to accrue more innings. Guys who have been pitching regularly as starters have thrown too many innings to be considered, so it probably came down to Johnson, Zastryzny, and Duane Underwood Jr, with Underwood odd man out because he hasn't pitched above Hi-A.
Schwarber stays back and hammers a 3-2 change-up that was down and away. Very impressive.
And a good job to drive the ball to RF to advance the runner in the 8th. Encouraging.
It looks like the Cubs "post-season clinch number" is 25 right now: http://lyle.smu.edu/~olinick/riot/national_league.html
Is the magic number 25 or 26?
Agreed, to my untrained eyes he does look better than last season. Not a finished product yet and hopefully he will continue to improve, but if he plays solid middle infield defense he will stick in the majors.
Phillips smiled at Strop and gave him a thumbs up.
That pitch Schwarber hit is the kind he's been missing a lot of lately. When Schwarber struggles it reminds me of how hard it is to hit baseballs at that level. It doesn't seem like they've found a weakness, just that he isn't seeing the ball that great and just missing. Same with Rizzo the last few days.
I missed it. What did he do?
extremely classy. i didn't see his reaction until the replay after the break. baseball needs more fun in some areas and less of some 'unwritten rules' violations leading to angst.
Nice bounce back game for Grimm, and "well done" Dan Haren. We'll take that (almost) every time.
I have never been a Brandon Phillips fan, but that was a very classy way to handle Strop yelling at him after the K.
go cubs go
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AZ Phil: Any thoughts on the AFL Cubs? Some names on the list caught me by surprise.