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


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.


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:

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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  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.

  • most likely cost sharing + the league is short on players anyway. not many teams are chipping in on 'advanced instructional.'

  • I'm glad this is a one game playoff coming up, because McCutchen is one of my favorite MLB players. And as a baseball fan, I rather like the Pirates. I hope we beat them bad, of course. No mixed feelings here. And, I don't want a nail biter. Too old for that shit. The team of moran fans is easy to hate, though, and more suitable for a longer series.

  • A Jurickson Profar sighting!!!!???

  • I'd guess Jackson over Coghlan for the defense.

    EDIT: Now that I think about it, is Jackson a better defender?