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.


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.


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


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?

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?
cramp: 2-3 days, rxd with Midol. (
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


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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  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • 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!!!!???