Game 65 Thread / Braves @ Cubs (1 of 3)

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SP *Tom Glavine SP *Ted Lilly
  2-2, 4.47, 34 K, 29 BB, 56.1 IP
5-5, 5.23, 69 K, 23 BB, 72.1 IP
       
SS Yunel Escobar LF Alfonso Soriano
2B *Kelly Johnson SS Ryan Theriot
RF Jeff Francoeur 1B Derrek Lee
1B #Mark Teixeira 3B Aramis Ramirez
LF #Greg Norton C Geovany Soto
C *Brian McCann RF *Kosuke Fukudome
3B *Omar Infante 2B Mark DeRosa
CF *Gregor Blanco CF Reed Johnson
P *Tom Glavine P *Ted Lilly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When home/road splits collide!!!!

The Cubs are best in the senior circuit with a 26-8 mark and the Braves are the worst at 7-21, and will also be without the services of Chipper Jones and his .400-plus hitting for at least today's game, if not more. The Cubs will also look to extend their 8-game home winning streak.

A quick 3-game home jaunt before the Cubs head right back on the road to start inter-league play.

Comments

Cubs is pretty good. Really pretty good.

Manny..... are you still alive?

Lilly seemed to be cruising, What happened? He get in a Jam and need Marmol-ade to get him through it

I would so love the Cardinals to be featured on the cover of SI right now.

Pujols leaves the game tonight with a strained calf.

Moo!

No, no, no. A strained calf would sound more like:

MOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Great game except for Lilly's 1st and Howry's 8th. Derrek Lee showed some positive steps to maybe turning it around although I think Glavine was mostly throwing BP when he wasn't getting that same call he got in the 98 playoffs. I don't see why we can't sweep this series with Dempster and Zambrano going in the next 2. The Cubs offense has just been unreal at Wrigley.

And yes Pujols going down is big but something tells me these Cardinals are just one of those teams that are going to win even in the face of adversity. The Cubs/Cardinals head to head is going to be unbelievable.

I agree that Glavine was throwing BP. He wasn't fooling anyone. I would have been more surprised if D Lee hadn't hit a home run.

your ace and your stud hitter for at least couple of weeks (assuming the Pujols injury requires a DL stint as it most likely will from reading the early reports). We need to play some good baseball this month to really put us in a place where we do not need to overuse are main guys in the 2nd half.

they said Glavine left the game with an elbow strain and will miss his next start.

...he did throw 72 pitches (38 strikes) in 3 innings, so that's not bad for a 43 yr old.

Pujols calf injury. Details from the mlb site and a video of what happened. Reminiscent of Garciaparra in April 2005 although that was a severe adductor tear and this is a calf strain. Still it's eerie seeing him lying in a heap just a few steps down the first base line from home plate. More Voodoo dolls?

http://tinyurl.com/56prxl

lets say Pujols's calf strain is the most severe case of a calf strain, how much time would he miss?

Isn't adductor an oxymoron? Just saying

lets say Pujols's calf strain is the most severe case of a calf strain, how much time would he miss?
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cramp: 2-3 days, rxd with Midol. (www.midol.com)
mild strain: day to day until it's reinjured
moderate strain: 2-4 weeks
severe strain: 4-6 weeks
most severe strain in the history of baseball: 6-12 weeks
Soriano's calf: remainder of contract

LOL

Thanks Dr. Nick!!

Nice to see Lilly get a warning (and not thrown out) in the 1st - inning for that message pitch. I seem to recall a certain umpire showboating last year on Lilly during a game on ESPN. What a novel idea - it's about the players, not the umps.

I don't even know if that was a message pitch. It wasn't even that far inside, McCann was just standing practically on top of the plate. It could have been but I'm not convinced one way or the other.

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