Game 68 Thread / Cubs @ Blue Jays (1 of 3)

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SP Sean Gallagher SP A.J. Burnett
  3-2, 4.42, 31 K, 13 BB, 36.2 IP
5-6, 4.98, 78 K, 38 BB, 81.1 IP
SS Ryan Theriot RF Alex Rios
1B *Micah Hoffpauir DH *Matt Stairs
DH Derrek Lee 3B Scott Rolen
3B Aramis Ramirez CF Vernon Wells
RF *Kosuke Fukudome 1B *Lyle Overbay
C Geovany Soto C Rod Barajas
CF *Jim Edmonds LF *Brad Wilkerson
2B Mark DeRosa 2B *Joe Inglett
LF *Eric Patterson SS David Eckstein















Can the Cubs reach 20 games over by mid-June? They have a chance by winning tonight or this series, and it would be the first time since late 2004. But they'll be on the short-end of the pitching matchups for the most part. By ERA, Gallagher is outperforming Burnett at this point, but Saturday's matchup is Roy Halladay(3.07) vs Jason Marquis(4.54) and Sunday is Jessie Litsch(3.42) vs. Ted Lilly(5.13). Burnett might also have the added motivation of trying to audition for his next team, as he's one of the names certain to be bandied about during the trade deadline in connection with the Cubs.

The Blue Jays once again tried to convince themselves they could contend in the AL East and have delivered a fine pitching staff, currently third in the AL in ERA and runs allowed. The offense has struggled through injuries and poor performance though. Scott Rolen missed a month, Wells and Eckstein have also been on the disabled list, Aaron Hill is currently on the disabled list with a concussion and they released Frank Thomas early on. That doesn't even mention the horror that was suppose to be Alex Rios's MVP season (so my fantasy teams thought). That all being said, they now find themselves at the .500 mark, 7.5 back of the division-leading Red Sox and five back of the Rays. They also happen to be a half game back of last place in the division - funny how perspective works.

As promised, Lou is using the DH to give some of his stars a bit of a breather by DH'ing them and letting a bench player handle the defensive duties; tonight it's Derrek Lee with Micah Hoffpauir playing first base. Lou also tinkers with the lineup and puts Theriot in the leadoff spot with Patterson (who stays in left field) at the nine spot or the duel leadoff men that many AL lineups feature.

The next fifteen will be against the AL, here's hoping the Cubs can keep the NL mojo they had going.


Roy Halladay v. Marquis?

Groan... where's Sergio Mitre when you need him. :)~

I was AT that friggin' game!!!

Maybe we'll get lucky when Marquis pitches, and they'll close the stadium and turn the air conditioners on and blow the fly balls back into the OF.

Hoffpauir hitting 2nd? Interesting.


Well... I would rather have the base-clogging Fukudome batting 2nd! :)

Matt Stairs??? *The* Matt Stairs???

Sean, you might want to keep the ball inside the park. Might be a short night if you don't.

Cub hitters, you might want to try to stop striking out. The pitching is only going to get tougher after tonight.

Back to Back to Back (Utley-Howard-Burrell), StL 0, Phil 1st

and our luck tonight is a bit off, Edmonds just missed a 2 run HR although the double scored Koskuke

...and the "ump play" in the 6th didn't help. Although, what hurt more was a lousy AB by DeRo (takes fastballs down the middle on 2-0 and 3-1, then swings at probable ball 4 on 3-2) and Theriot's suddenly trying to pull the ball and hitting into a bases-loaded DP. That inning was their chance.

Home games are more fun.

Artificial turf sucks.

Missing Soriano already.

Wow. Toronto has a lot of left-handers. A lot.

I said this in the chat, and I know it was 8 years ago, but I don't remember Scott Downs having a slider like that. That thing is unbelievable.

marquis has to have a good game saturday as i see him
being a part of a burnett trade in july,.

marquis and ?
for burnett

Not much.

Even though he got the win tonight, Burnett is stomach churningly over rated. Look at the guy's career stats. He's never actually done anything. Toronto grossly overpaid for him, and of all the names being bandied about, he's probably dead last on the list.

That said, he'd certainly be an upgrade on Marquis.

I disagree. The guy has certainly battled some injury problems. He's only gone 200 innings twice in his 9 year career.

That being said, he's peripherals are very good. 3.84 career ERA. That ought to get you a lot farther along than a career 75-72 record, but that's what happens when you play in Florida and Toronto. He goes an average of 6.5 innings per start. Strikes out close to a batter every inning. Decent WHIP (1.28). Was 7th in the AL last year with a 1.189 WHIP. Doesn't give up too many home runs. He has been prone to the walk, but aside from that, I think calling him "stomach churningly over rated" is a major reach.

A Poll about who should start in the ASG and Geovany Soto in conspicuously absent as a choice.

That's ridiculous. I'm sure it was done on purpose just to get more page views/comments. Not only is Soto not on the list, but neither is Aramis. Unreal.

The poll is ridiculous because it's based on an article by Tim Kurkjian who was asked to pick the players HE thought should be on the
All-Star team, not who he thinks WILL be on the All-Star team.

according to the local fish wrap:

I am starting to think this division race is over unless the Brewers were to land Sabathia or we lose another core guy for a couple months.

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  • "oh yeah, and get the fuck off my lawn. :D"

    Ok, now that was funny. :)

  • KB 0-5 with 8 LOB. Really? He is torturing me with 99 RBI. He is also a very different hitter at home vs. road. I suspect most young hitters are.

  • Greinke still in for the 8th. 3 up, 3 down. After 8. 108 pitches, ERA still at 1.66 according to mlb boxscore and he's in line for a 19th win.

  • Greinke 95 pitches through 7. Gives up one run (solo HR to Hedges). ERA at 1.66. Doubt that they will let him give up 5 runs in the 8th.

    Dodgers ahead 2-1.

  • 96 wins with one game to go. Who woulda thunk it.

    Cubs 96 wins have clinched a better record than any AL team and the NL West/East division winners too.

  • cubs win, pirates lose...

  • the curse is now yours.

  • cog a HR away from the cycle after a single in the 6th.

  • Hendricks: 15 up, 15 down.

  • he strongly separates his post-playing career from his playing career, though he loves to visit the barrier of player and fan. many ex-players don't put up this barrier.

    he's not interested in going back to the clubhouse or pretty much anything field/game related, but he'll grab a ticket and observe with the fans and visit ex players on "neutral" ground. he's written 3 pieces for the new yorker and other pieces elsewhere. i remember one photo/bio piece he did, but don't remember where i read it (years ago).

  • ?
    I find your comments rather obtuse. He recognized he didn't want to pursue baseball anymore and went back to school to learn how to become a better writer - opening up a new chapter in his life.

    I don't know where you find a "sad disconnection" because he is writing about his experiences? He pursued a ball career for a long time so no doubt there is some meloncholy in his tone, but I just don't know what the fuck you are talking about.

  • he has an almost sad disconnection from the game based on his writings. even though he's "been there" (no matter how much of a minor role) he doesn't seem to feel like he belongs or deserves to belong in the boy's club.

    he seems to go to great lengths to enjoy the game from an arm's length while occasionally getting close enough for a high-5 from those who affirm him that he belongs.

  • I read that guy's article about why he quit baseball and it was really well done too. In terms of Rizzo, I have seen multiple references to how this is Rizzo's team just as much as Madden's and it makes that pick up that much better that we have someone that is not only a great player but a leader and all around great guy (been reading about all the charity work he does too). There is really nothing not to like about Rizzo.

  • Nice article on Rizzo

    Written by ex teammate

  • JD concurred with Ariettas second at bat

  • Hey AZ, Chesny Young made raised some eyebrows with his minor league season. What do you think of him?