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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  • ESPN game tonight, btw.

  • Cardinal way #48
    "negligent transmission of STDs"

    http://mlb.nbcsports.com/2016/05/01/carlos-martine...

  • Heyward getting the night off.

    Grand Slammin' Sczcur in RF - La Stella batting 2nd

    Twitterverse reporting that Heyward is dealing with a sore right wrist

  • See ya on parrot chat

  • In what was probably the last start for RHSP Jeremy Null at EXST... 
    Intrasquad game this morning on Field #5 at Riverview Baseball Complex: 
    4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/AO, 75 pitches (50 strikes) 

    Next stop is likely either South Bend or Myrtle Beach (TBD)  

  • There does seem to be something funky about closers pitching in non-save situations -- they never seem to be as effective. But, to your point, there could not have been a save situation in that game, so why not use your best reliever?

  • Your thought: don't pitch Rondon at all, since a save can't happen in extra innings at home.

    Maddon's thought: might as well pitch him now, because there's no later.

  • It looked like the baserunner might have screened Russell some though it's still a play he should have made.

    I wasn't thrilled with the use of Rondon in that situation. In save situations opponents have a 77 OPS. In non-save situations it's a 116 OPS. We had other relievers for that spot we could have used.

  • I'm not sure if it's his normal swing but it's obvious he can hit and he's always hit for power just not HRs so if it is his normal swing there's something else going on.

    This article from spring training said he was trying to pull the ball a lot more:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/making-too-much-of-...

  • Oh, thanks. I guess I should actually look at the schedule. Yay, 3-game road trip!

  • Good call, indeed. This ought to be a good series.

  • Sorry to nit-pick -- but the games against the Nats this week are at home.

    Can't remember a worse weather-start to a season. Yuck.

  • Basically Russell booted a slam dunk DP grounder letting a run score. But he drove in the tying run in 9th. Just not their day, Rondon notwithstanding.

  • Didn't see the game, but it sounded like the Cubs gave away 2 runs with poor fielding. Bummer.

    Well, it's been a fun diet of Reds, Brewers and Braves, but now the Cubs have to play real teams in May (Pirates, Nationals, SF, Cards and Dodgers) -- hope we are all still smiling when we wake up on Memorial Day.

  • He does seem out of synch. His body seems to start forward, then his arms sort of try to catch up -- if that's his normal swing, he will never hit for power. It's an all-arms slasher swing, but the timing seems off.

    He is currently slugging .256 -- I realize the weather has been bad, but that's epically bad. Currently 92nd out of 94 qualified NL batters. Yikes.