|SP||Josh Johnson||SP||Ryan Dempster|
|0-0, 3.86, 10 K, 3 BB, 11.2 IP||11-4, 3.05, 111 K, 51 BB, 132.2 IP|
|SS||Hanley Ramirez||LF||Alfonso Soriano|
|RF||*Luis Gonzalez||SS||Ryan Theriot|
|3B||Jorge Cantu||1B||Derrek Lee|
|1B||*Mike Jacobs||3B||Aramis Ramirez|
|2B||Dan Uggla||RF||*Kosuke Fukudome|
|LF||Josh Willingham||C||Geovany Soto|
|CF||Cody Ross||2B||*Mike Fontenot|
|C||Paul Hoover||CF||Reed Johnson|
|P||*Josh Johnson||P||Ryan Dempster|
With Jeff Samardzija (last name = 29 Scrabble points) in a Major League uniform for the first time and the Brewers so close you can smell the Miller High Life and cannibal sandwiches on their breaths, the Cubs go for a second win in a row against the Fightin' Fish.
Kosuke Fukudome returns to the starting lineup, as does Mike Fontenot, who has gone 14-for-41 (.341) with four homers and a 1260 OPS since the first of July.
|SP||Ryan Dempster||SP||José Contreras|
|9-2, 2.63, 85 K, 38 BB, 102.2 IP||6-6, 3.96, 56 K, 26 BB, 97.2 IP|
|DH||*Kosuke Fukudome||SS||Orlando Cabrera|
|LF||*Eric Patterson||C||*A.J. Pierzynski|
|1B||Derrek Lee||LF||Carlos Quentin|
|3B||Aramis Ramirez||RF||Jermaine Dye|
|RF||*Daryle Ward||DH||*Jim Thome|
|CF||*Jim Edmonds||3B||Joe Crede|
|C||Geovany Soto||1B||#Nick Swisher|
|2B||*Mike Fontenot||2B||Juan Uribe|
|SS||Ronny Cedeno||CF||*Dewayne Wise|
It's time for Round Two of the Cubs versus White Sox, a.k.a. Team Inferiority Complex.
The Cubs go with a lineup that's long on lefties and rich on suck. Fontenot? Cedeño?? Ward in the field??? Lou is clearly trying to win the game with one hand tied behind his back, thus completely demoralizing the hosts.
Dempster, who yielded just one run (though 10 hits) to beat the White Sox on Sunday night, gets the nod against Contreras, who the Cubs undressed last Saturday (9 ER, 10H allowed in 3.1 innings).
|SP||Javier Vazquez||SP||Ryan Dempster|
|7-5, 4.13, 93 K, 24 BB, 96 IP||8-2, 2.76, 81 K, 37 BB, 94.2 IP|
|SS||Orlando Cabrera||RF||*Kosuke Fukudome|
|C||*A.J. Pierzynski||LF||*Eric Patterson|
|LF||Carlos Quentin||1B||Derrek Lee|
|RF||Jermaine Dye||3B||Aramis Ramirez|
|1B||#Nick Swisher||CF||*Jim Edmonds|
|3B||Joe Crede||C||Geovany Soto|
|CF||*Dewayne Wise||RF||Mark DeRosa|
|2B||Alexei Ramirez||SS||Ryan Theriot|
|P||Javier Vazquez||P||Ryan Dempster|
The national ESPN spotlight shines this evening on 1060 West Addison, which can only mean one thing:
The Yankees and Mets aren't playing each other this weekend.
According to the Sun-Times' up-to-the-minute Cubs reports via Twitter, Rob Reiner and his kid are in the house tonight. Could there be any clearer indication what an important contest this is?
Regarding tonight's starters...
|SP||Ryan Dempster||SP||*Scott Kazmir|
|8-2, 2.81, 75 K, 35 BB, 89.2 IP||6-2, 1.74, 54 K, 16 BB, 51.2 IP|
|CF||Reed Johnson||2B||*Akinori Iwamura|
|SS||Ryan Theriot||1B||#Willy Aybar|
|1B||Derrek Lee||CF||BJ Upton|
|3B||Aramis Ramirez||RF||*Eric Hinske|
|DH||Geovany Soto||3B||Evan Longoria|
|RF||Mark DeRosa||DH||*Cliff Floyd|
|LF||Matt Murton||C||#Dionar Navarro|
|C||Henry Blanco||RF||*Gabe Gross|
|2B||Ronny Cedeno||SS||Jason Bartlett|
Matt Murton has been called up and Eric Patterson has been sent down. Welcome back to the Show Orange Guy, and good luck with Scott Kazmir, who has given up all of one run in four home starts this year (thanks nohit). The entire Rays team has been enjoying the comforts of Tampa, Florida with a shiny 26-11 mark at Tropicana Field. That's good for second best in the home record in the American League and has helped catapult them from the worst overall record in the league last year to the current AL Wild Card leaders. Most of that turnaround can be attributed to their pitching and defense and not that sketchy lineup that I'm looking at. But I guess you don't need good hitters if you can "Execute to the Max".
Game notes fun after the jump...
|SP||Ryan Dempster||SP||Chad Billingsley|
|7-2, 2.75, 63 K, 33 BB, 75.1 IP||4-6, 3.29, 71 K, 34 BB, 65.2 IP|
|LF||Alfonso Soriano||LF||*Juan Pierre|
|SS||Ryan Theriot||CF||Matt Kemp|
|1B||Derrek Lee||RF||*Andre Ethier|
|3B||Aramis Ramirez||2B||Jeff Kent|
|RF||*Kosuke Fukudome||C||Russell Martin|
|C||Geovany Soto||1B||*James Loney|
|CF||*Jim Edmonds||3B||*Blake DeWitt|
|2B||Mark DeRosa||SS||Chin-Lung Hu|
|P||Ryan Dempster||P||Chad Billingsley|
And so, here we are:
The final, deciding game in the Cubs' and Dodgers' best-of-2,021 game series.
Who'd have thought it would come down to this?
Tonight when the Braves visit the Mets, former Cub Rick Sutcliffe will be in the ESPN broadcast booth for the first time since he was diagnosed with colon cancer during spring training. Sutcliffe, who has been receiving chemotherapy and radiation, is scheduled for surgery on June 16th, which he hopes will lead to a clean bill of health.
|SP||*Zach Duke||SP||Ryan Dempster|
|0-0, 2.89, 7 K, 4 BB||2-0, 2.37, 13 K, 9 BB|
|CF||*Nate McLouth||CF||Reed Johnson|
|2B||Freddy Sanchez||SS||Ryan Theriot|
|LF||Jason Bay||1B||Derrek Lee|
|1B||*Adam LaRoche||3B||Aramis Ramirez|
|RF||Xavier Nady||LF||Matt Murton|
|C||#Ryan Doumit||RF||Mark DeRosa|
|3B||Jose Bautista||C||Geovany Soto|
|SS||Brian Bixler||2B||Ronny Cedeno|
||*Zach Duke||P||Ryan Dempster|
WGN Radio is reporting that Kosuke Fukudome has a sebaceous cyst on his forehead which is causing some swelling in his right eyelid and thus, some vision problems. However, according to WGN's Cory Provus, Fukudome is on medication and is expected to return to the lineup on Monday.
Nah, I'll probably just contemplate how they should've done a Padres-style all-in plan.
+they lost their playoff attempt
I didn't like the entire post, if that helps.
Making the NLCS with a young team = "crapping out of the playoffs with a young team."
I'm guessing 3/30 and all the two foot long hot dogs you can eat didn't work
Yes! In a 12-way tie for first!
Blew my prediction! I had them signing Zimmerman and trading for another arm.
Damn wanted Zimmermann
in this market that seems like a decent deal relative to the market.
Zimmermann 5/$110m with Tigers. Youch.
And the updated predications page: http://bit.ly/1NWlEek
CTSteve, thanks for spelling Zimmermann correctly. We don't need another first baseman.
The media has linked Cueto and the Cubs approximately zero times this winter. I'm thinking there's just not a lot of interest there on the Cubs' part. It seems unlikely.
If the Cubs miss on Price, Grienke, and Zimmerman, they will aim for a mid-rotation starter via free agency or trade. However, I think this scenario also significantly boosts the odds that they extend Arrieta.
The Tigers are going after Zimmermann and the Red Sox will be throwing money at Price. Bringing Cueto back to the NL with the Cubs is looking like a serious possibility. Thoughts?