September 2006

Before the servers crash again, some notes and preview.... - Barrett likely out for season, details too gruesome for 50% of the population to repeat out loud - Carlos Marmol activated, Scott Moore called up - Jacque Jones left early yesterday with an infection to his tear duct. Insert crying jokes here. - Z goes for his 15th win today, would tie him for NL league with Brad Penny Go Cubs or go draft pick...either way! GAME ONE HUNDRED-THIRTY-SEVEN IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT] PITTSBURGH PIRATES (54-83 (Div) 6th - 20.0 GB; (Wild Card) 13th -16.5 GB) AT CHICAGO CUBS (55-81 (Div) 5th - 18.5 GB; (Wild Card) 12th - 15.0 GB) Wrigley Field, 1:20 pm CDT Weather: Overcast, 67 degrees, Wind in from LF @ 1 mph TV: WGN Radio: WGN, XM 189
Carlos Zambrano, RHP 14-5, 3.33 ERA, 191.2 IP 187 K, 100 BB, 19 HR 208/313/356 againstPaul Maholm, LHP 6-10, 4.84 ERA, 158 IP 70 K, 48 BB, 16 HR 261/327/428 against

*Chris Duffy, CF Joe Randa, 3B Freddy Sanchez, SS Jason Bay, LF Xavier Nady, RF #Ryan Doumit, 1B Ronny Paulino, C Jose Castillo, 2B *Paul Maholm, P *Juan Pierre, CF Ryan Theriot, 2B Aramis Ramirez, 3B Derrek Lee, 1B Matt Murton, LF #Angel Pagan, RF Henry Blanco, C Ronny Cedeno, SS #Carlos Zambrano, P

Pirates vs. Zambrano: Jack Wilson: 8-31, 258/324/290 Jason Bay: 8-26, 308/419/769 Jose Castillo: 5-20, 250/286/400 Xavier Nady: 5-12, 417/417/750 Freddy Sanchez: 2-12, 167/231/167 Cubs vs. Maholm: No Cubs with more than 10 AB's
Promising lefty Sean Marshall returns to the mound today from his oblique injury. And your welcome back gift? Barry Bonds. Marshall faced the Giants earlier this season in what I believe was our first massive losing streak (So many, too hard to count anymore) and got shelled for nine runs over three and two-thirds innings pitched. Let's hope this one goes better. A fun little note on Marshall for those worrying that the Cubs burn through young arms like their tires at an Indy Car race. Marshall hasn't gone over 105 pitches all season and has topped 90 pitches in 10 of his 19 starts. Another mild interesting note is that the #1 and #2 hitters are hitting .320 and .417 respectively off Marshall, but no one else is hitting above .270. He seems to have more trouble with the table-setters than the power guys for whatever reason. Go Cubs! GAME ONE HUNDRED-THIRTY-FIVE IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT] SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (66-69 (Div) 3rd - 6.5 GB; (Wild Card) 5th - 2.5 GB) AT CHICAGO CUBS (55-79 (Div) 5th - 17.5 GB; (Wild Card) 12th - 13.0 GB) Wrigley Field, 1:20 pm CDT Weather: Sunny, 71 degrees, Wind In From CF @ 12mph TV: CSN, DirecTV 734 Radio: WGN, XM 189
Sean Marshall, LHP 5-8, 4.98 ERA, 103 IP 67 K, 46 BB, 13 HR 262/348/415 againstMatt Cain, RHP 10-9, 4.32 ERA, 150 IP 70 K, 48 BB, 16 HR 261/327/428 against

*Randy Winn, CF #Omar Vizquel, SS Shea Hillenbrand, 1B Barry Bonds, LF #Ray Durham, 2B Moises Alou, RF Pedro Feliz, 3B Eliezer Alfonzo, C Matt Cain, P *Juan Pierre, CF *Freddie Bynum, 2B Aramis Ramirez, 3B Derrek Lee, 1B Michael Barrett, C *Jacque Jones, RF #Angel Pagan, LF Ronny Cedeno, SS *Sean Marshalll, P

Giants vs. Marshall: No Giants with more than 10 AB's Cubs vs. Cain: No Cubs with more than 10 AB's
It's hard to believe that only two months ago I reacted to a Dempsterian meltdown by taking the time to figure out what to look forward to for the rest of the year. And that was after actually watching the game! I experienced this week's back-to-back 11th-inning disasters only via the coments here and ESPNews at the gym, and it was still enough for me to write a sentence that I really never thought I'd write: I'm done with this team for this season. Seriously, what is to be gained by watching this team over the next month? Jerry Seinfeld has a well-known riff about how rooting for a specific team is just rooting for laundry, and I gotta tell ya, this laundry sucks. I'm gonna torture this metaphor for a little while: the ownership needs to sort through the laundry, throw out a bunch of it, and get some new clothes, preferably a nice pair of flat-front slacks that can hit 30 home runs and plays a passable outfield defense. Maybe a snappy blazer that can play second base, too. Oh, and a new manager. Until that happens, I can't follow this team. All of my favorite players are either hurt or traded, with the exception of Derrek Lee, and Lee isn't enough to keep me paying attention. There's just too much negativity, too much suckitude, too much "clog-the-bases" anger-making bullshit for me to deal with on a daily basis. It isn't healthy. I'm working on tabulating the results of the "Wisdom Of Us" contest (remember that?), and I'll be unveiling the results throughout October. Hopefully that month will also bring us a few decent free agent signings and a new manager. For those of you who aren't as completely burned out on this team as I am, there's a little bit of actual content after the jump:
Hill is 3-2, with a 4.09 ERA since his most recent callup and if you take out that first start versus the Cards his ERA is down to 3.38 in his last 6 starts. I think we'll all take that, let's hope he can keep it up. The Cubs are in (another) death spiral losing six in a row, 10 of their last 11 and 11 of their last 13. The Giants meanwhile are below .500 but very much in the wild card race trailing the frontrunner by a mere 2.5 games. Go Cubs! GAME ONE HUNDRED-THIRTY-FOUR IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT] SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (66-68 (Div) 3rd - 5.5 GB; (Wild Card) 4th - 2.5 GB) AT CHICAGO CUBS (54-79 (Div) 5th - 17.5 GB; (Wild Card) 12th - 15.0 GB) Wrigley Field, 1:20 pm CDT Weather: Cloudy, 70 degrees, Wind In From CF @ 13mph TV: WGN Radio: WGN, XM 189
Rich Hill, LHP 3-6, 5.81 ERA, 57.1 IP 40 K, 29 BB, 12 HR 263/350//507 againstNoah Lowry, LHP 7-7, 3.75 ERA, 136.2 IP 70 K, 48 BB, 16 HR 261/327/428 against

*Randy Winn, CF #Omar Vizquel, SS Shea Hillenbrand, 1B Moises Alou, RF #Ray Durham, 2B #Todd Linden, LF Pedro Feliz, 3B Todd Greene, C Noah Lowry, P *Juan Pierre, CF Ryan Theriot, 2B Aramis Ramirez, 3B Derrek Lee, 1B Michael Barrett, C *Jacque Jones, RF Matt Murton, LF Ronny Cedeno, SS *Rich Hill, P

Giants vs. Hill: No Giants with more than 10 AB's Cubs vs. Lowry: No active Cubs with more than 10 AB's
Barry "The Creep" Bonds is out of the lineup and it looks like it's a good day to pitch with a brisk 13 mph wind in from CF.
Just before today's deadline for setting playoff rosters passed, the Cubs dealt Phil Nevin to the Minnesota Twins for the very popular PTBNL. The dude sure gets around. It's certainly a step up from the ITBNL (Intern to be Named Later) that was rumored to be coming our way from the Dodgers for John Mabry. Very unfortunately it seems that deal fell through. Over the last month, Nevin hit 346/393/519 in 52 AB's while Mabry hit 194/231/222 with 62 AB's. Since the All-Star break Nevin had 86 AB's for a line of 314/362/547 while Mabry has had 85 AB's for a line of 224/292/400. Go Dusty! Nevin was actually about our third best hitter in his time here if you go by OPS and I'd be all for bringing him back next year if he's interested in a bench role. He also seems to really irritate the Cubs beat writers which I find entertaining. I guess we'll have to see who the PTBNL is, maybe we'll get Justin Jones back.

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