Game 57 Thread / Rockies @ Cubs (4 of 4)
|SP||Ubaldo Jimenez||SP||Sean Gallagher|
|1-5, 5.37, 48 K, 33 BB, 58.2 IP||2-1, 4.50, 17 K, 10 BB, 26 IP|
|LF||*Scott Podsednik||LF||Alfonso Soriano|
|CF||*Cory Sullivan||SS||Ryan Theriot|
|1B||*Todd Helton||1B||*Micah Hoffpauir|
|3B||Garrett Atkins||3B||Aramis Ramirez|
|RF||*Seth Smith||RF||*Kosuke Fukudome|
|2B||*Ian Stewart||C||Geovany Soto|
|SS||*Omar Quintanilla||CF||*Jim Edmonds|
|C||Yorvit Torrealba||2B||Mark DeRosa|
|P||Ubaldo Jimenez||P||Sean Gallagher|
How do you top a 7-1 homestand and an 8-2 homestand? What about a 7-0 homestand? And let's not even think about that the Cubs would be going for the tenth straight win if it wasn't for those two unfortunate blown ninth-inning losses in Pittsburgh.
All this home-cooking might be needed, as the Cubs head out for a West Coast trip that will see them on the road for 23 of their next 32 games.
Today's lineup features Micah Hoffpauir in the three spot. I wonder what Lou had to do to get Derrek to take a game off?
Game notes fun after the jump...
- This is the first time since 1908 (see the parallel?) that the Cubs have entered June with the best record in baseabll.
- A win today and the Cubs would have their first back-to-back homestands with seven or more wins since 1984.
- The last time the Cubs started as well as 25-8 at home was 1977, the 1918 team was the last to go 26-8.
- The Cubs followed their 17-win April, with an 18-win May.
Sweep, Sweep, Sweep!!!
Strangest win of the year, and one of the sweetest. Twice I thought it was easily in the bag, then after the first 2 hitters in the 9th I thought all was lost. Big game for Grimm, Strop & Rondon. But, man, those Cards can hit for power.
Very satisfying, gut-check win today. The beers on the trip back to Chicago are going to taste fantastic.
It's still very early but this game felt very important to me and probably knocked 2 years off my life. Seemed like every inning was big.
Yes then they moved him two spot then not so much, back batting 7th
This is the exact game that the Cubs would have lost in years past to the Cardinals.
Arrieta starting. Leads of 6-1 and 9-4. You don't expect to have such a sense of relief when they win.
At least the end result was worth the wait.
I guess he's better than what they've had. He started out like the Babe there.
Fair enough, but Castro isn't really very good.
I can just hear Pat Hughes chortling "typical Cubs-Cards game..."
As long as Maddon uses him against RH he is good. Against LH - not so much.
His recent HR's obviously have not been great pitches.
So, let's just say my personal confidence in the guy is not there yet.
not that I'm agreeing with E-Man in anyway here, but Warren's FIP and peripherals are not really good (5.20 FIP/5.19 BB/9/.128 BABIP), although his actual results are a lot better. Well until today...
Trade was also to make room for Zobrist and it'll be a few years before we can really judge it.
Eventually, the Maddon "play everyone everywhere" thing was going to create a problem.
This ump blows.
So much for pace-of-game.