|SP||Jason Marquis||SP||Charlie Morton|
|7-7, 4.73, 67 K, 47 BB, 123.2 IP||3-5, 5.70, 32 K, 22 BB, 53.2 IP|
|LF||Alfonso Soriano||RF||*Gregor Blanco|
|RF||*Kosuke Fukudome||SS||Yunel Escobar|
|1B||Derrek Lee||3B||#Chipper Jones|
|3B||Aramis Ramirez||C||#Brian McCann|
|CF||*Jim Edmonds||1B||*Casey Kotchmann|
|2B||Mark DeRosa||LF||Omar Infante|
|C||Geovany Soto||CF||*Mark Kotsay|
|SS||Ryan Theriot||2B||*Kelly Johnson|
|P||*Jason Marquis||P||Charlie Morton|
UPDATED UPDATE: Marquis will start the first game in today's day/night doubleheader with our man Harden going in the nightcap. Otherwise the lineup remains unchanged from last evening.
UPDATE: Nevermind, the game has been called.
The Cubs try to stay North of the standings as they head South to play the Braves and Marlins on a six game road trip. Fresh off a 6-3 homestand, where they managed to lose a game and a half in the standings, the Cubs will look for their sixth straight road win tonight.
A quick look at how some of our minor leaguers are doing with less than a month to go on the minor-league season. My apologies in advance for any typos in the stats.
Iowa - AAA (70-52 1st place by 6 games)
(note: assuming they hang on, it's likely that most of the September call-ups will wait until the Iowa Cubs playoff run is over, although I think Koyie Hill will get called up immediately to give the Cubs a 3rd catcher.)
Notes: Hoffpauir was just named PCL player of the week. Felix Pie was out with another injury to his hand for about a week but has recently returned. He has hit .359 over his last 10 games played. Justin Berg was acquired in the Matt Lawton trade to the Yankees in 2005.
When you start writing a sports blog, there's a little handbook handed out to everyone that tells you how to drive up your traffic. The list includes posting drunken photos of players, hot women (they don't even have to be sports-related), making up trade rumors and top ten lists. The criteria for this post was the top ten moments I could remember off the top of my head...I only came up with five.
#5 - Michael Barrett grand slam home run at Wrigley
There wasn't a whole lot of hope entering the 2006 season, but there still was some if EVERYTHING broke the right way. And if Mark Prior and Kerry Wood were healthy ($5 to the TCR tip jar for uttering that phrase). The Cubs started off splitting two against the Reds on the road and then came home for three against the Cardinals. By the time Sunday rolled around, they had won the first two and were looking for blood - Cardinal blood!!
Sean Marshall got the first start of his career and put the Cubs in a quick two-run hole after giving up a first-inning blast to Scott Rolen. The Cubs battled back and by the eighth it was 4-3 Cardinals. After Ricardo Rincon walked Todd Walker to leadoff the inning, God's-gift-to-managing Tony LaRussa went to his closer Jason Isringhausen for the two-inning save. He promptly walked Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez to load them up for Michael Barrett. Barrett then nailed a 2-2 pitch deep into the Sunday night air, way out in left field to give the Cubs a 7-4 lead. They added an insurance run and won 8-4.
The Cubs made it through April with a 13-10 record and then lost about 25 straight to start May and maybe another 15 or so to end May and I think there were a few 10 and 8 game losing streaks as well in June and July. But for one magnificent evening, Michael Barrett made us feel like champions (cue theme song from "Rudy").
|SP||Chris Carpenter||SP||Ryan Dempster|
|0-0, 1.00, 4 K, 2 BB, 9 IP||12-5, 2.93, 133 K, 59 BB, 150.2 IP|
|CF||*Skip Schumaker||LF||Alfonso Soriano|
|LF||Joe Mather||RF||*Kosuke Fukudome|
|1B||Albert Pujols||1B||Derrek Lee|
|RF||Ryan Ludwick||3B||Aramis Ramirez|
|3B||Troy Glaus||CF||*Jim Edmonds|
|C||Yadier Molina||2B||Mark DeRosa|
||*Adam Kennedy||C||Geovany Soto|
|P||Chris Carpenter||SS||Ronny Cedeno|
|SS||#Cesar Izturis||P||Ryan Dempster|
Amazing game, this baseball.
Just two days ago, we were aglow over the possibility that this weekend set could end with the Cardinals nine games behind the Cubs and all but out of the NL Central race. Then on Saturday the league's highest-scoring road team bludgeoned the Cubs' nominal pitching ace and suddenly, St. Louis has a chance to win this series and close to within five games of first place with the Brewers once again also breathing down the Cubs' necks.
|SP||Braden Looper||SP||*Ted Lilly|
10-9, 4.29, 65 K, 32 BB, 134.1 IP
|11-6. 4.35, 129 K, 50 BB, 140.2 IP|
|LF||#Vince Coleman||LF||Alfonso Soriano|
|CF||#Willie McGee||SS||Ryan Theriot|
|2B||#Tommy Herr||1B||Derrek Lee|
|1B||Jack Clark||3B||Aramis Ramirez|
|RF||*Andy Van Slyke||RF||*Kosuke Fukudome|
|3B||#Terry Pendleton||C||Geovany Soto|
||Mike Heath||CF||*Jim Edmonds|
|SS||#Ozzie Smith||2B||Mark DeRosa|
|P||*John Tudor||P||*Ted Lilly|
UPDATE: Screw LaRussa, I have to get back to work. Let's see how he does with Mike Heath in the lineup from 1986.
(I'm posting this without a Cardinals batting order. Based on what Bernie Miklasz is reporting here, Tony LaRussa is waiting to see if Rick Ankiel and his strained abdominal muscle are ready to go before he posts the lineup.)
At around 8:45 this morning, I saw a middle-aged couple walking hand-in-hand in downtown Chicago, wearing matching St. Louis Cardinals t-shirts. This reminded me of two things: first, that the Cards were in town to play the Cubs, and second, that middle-aged couples should never wear matching t-shirts.
As for baseball, all of the analysis of the Cards' unexpected success this season has overlooked the obvious—Tony LaRussa and Dave Duncan are witches.
It didn't take long to find a home for Scott Eyre and Jim Hendry does him the favor of putting him in another pennant race. Eyre goes to the Phillies for minor league RHP Brian Schlitter (thanks to reader Chifan for the tip).