Matt Garza's 9th inning hair

What a dominant performance by Matt Garza.
The Philadelphia Phillies get one eensy weensy perfectly placed bloop single from Jimmy Rollins to lead off the game.
Then it's just Garza magic for 7 innings - one walk, no runs, Cubs 3 Phils zeeero.
Rafael Dolis gets 3 straight in the 8th.
And then it's Carlos Marmol.

If an outfielder can record an assist, Marmol records inconsists.
He gets an out, walks two, gets another out, and Hunter Pence singles so now the bases are loaded.
Marmol then walks Ty Wigginton and a run in before Shane Victorino finally grounds out.

Victorino was the tying run.

Think that doesn't make Garza's hair go white?
It's such a nightmare.
It feels like Marmol's been pitching for hours, but you look at the clock and it's only taken him minutes to put the 7 gorgeous Garza innings on endangered species.
He's lost whatever mojo he used to have.
Remember Wild Thing Mitch Williams?
All over the place but still kinda fun.
Carlos' struggles are joyless to the average Cub Fan. 

Okay, on the other side.
Tony Campana.
2 for 4 and scores twice and his speed is Freddy Krueger scary to the Other Team.
He'll just run til he scores, which he did on Hunter Pence in the 3rd when Starlin Castro hit a shallow fly ball that nobody woulda run on.
Because for a shot putter, Pence throws pretty good. 
Campana slid right between the catcher's legs. 
Speed wins.

Now I'm not saying it will happen, but it's possible that the Cubs might just take 3 of 4 in Philadelphia.
And nowadays I absolutely love to say this:
The payroll for the Phils is the second-highest in baseball at $174,538,938.
The Cubs cost $88,197,033.
For yesterday at least, that's some serious entertainment value.


Campana is ridiculous.

we'll be saying the same thing when he's back to a .300 OBP, but it'll mean something completely different.

enjoy the ride, it sure is fun to watch when it's good.

He's faster than I ever thought he would be following him in the minors.

This is a good year for a Campana. Fun to watch and I don't care that much whether he's actually making the team better. Maybe he'll lead the league in steals and some GM will think he's that team's next leadoff guy.

He's a man of extremes... extremely small, extremely fast, extremely large glove.

I in general dislike stealing because most people who try it hurt the team more than it ends up helping. Smart base stealers though I'm all about. I have barely watched Campana but that run home though (though not a steal) was an example of a really smart slide between the catcher's legs. From people who've watched him more, does he generally make smart decisions like that or is he just fast?

Castro, for example, really needs to make smarter decisions.

I would ask...Castro is 10 of 13 stealing..which is pretty good? Has he been getting thrown out on the bases a lot?

One CS was when he overslid third. He was safe before that.

Yeah I've seen some silly base running from Castro. He's young of course but bad base running just tears my heart out every time I see it. I'm definitely a disciple of the "don't make outs" philosophy.

this morning

0.2 IP, 5 H, 7 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

GO, 2B, 2B, GO, 1B, HR, 1B (advances to 2B on error by Pin-Chieh Chen), Balk advances runner to 3B, HBP, BB

pitching change to Willengton Cruz

gives up a triple scoring all the inherited runs



He was under the impression that those earned runs would be redistributed across the pitching staff.

Is that a communist/socialist Cuban reference? Nice! :D

still trying to figure this signing out.

he's way too young to chalk up, but he showed nothing in Cuba...though pitching over his head.

this was/is theo-corp's 1st "pure scouting" sign...hope it's not wasted money/roster.

extremely fast
Campana's real competition... (recent blurb per rotoworld):

Reds prospect Billy Hamilton has tallied 29 stolen bases in 23 games this year at High-A Bakersfield.
Hamilton has also greatly improved his plate discipline from where it was last year, boasting 14 walks against 18 strikeouts and a stellar .398/.481/.591 slash line in 104 plate appearances. The 21-year-old shortstop might be the fastest player in baseball and should continue to rise steadily through the Reds' farm system.

it wouldn't be a competition

Hamilton is on another level.

I hear that all the time.

DeJesus RF, Campana CF, Castro SS, LaHair 1B, Soriano LF, Stewart 3B, DeWitt 2B, Soto C, Volstad P

Rollins 6, Polanco 5, Victorino 8, Pence 9, Wigginton 3, Nix 7, Ruiz 2, Orr 4, Worley 1

how much longer must campy hit 2nd?

asking him to hit for contact or move a runner is an adventure i'd rather not be on.

I would love to see them swap Campana and the Jesus. Even though Campana is a fairly poor hitter and isn't much for obp, he is so irritating for the opponent on the bases, that it doesn't really matter.

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  • 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!!!!???

  • I'd guess Jackson over Coghlan for the defense.

    EDIT: Now that I think about it, is Jackson a better defender?

  • Less stress on the pitching staff?

  • I recall earlier this season when the Cubs played Bryant in center instead of left due to the weirdness that is the PNC outfield.

  • AZ Phil, what is the reason the Cubs are co-oping this team? They seem to have plenty of talent that would fill a roster.

  • RF is actually easier to play than LF in PNC so I'd guess Schwarber is there and that's why he was playing it Friday but yeah I'd say that's hopefully accurate.