|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.
from the Sunday Trib...
Motte has been on the 15-day disabled list since Aug. 24 because of a right shoulder strain, but there’s a possibility he could rejoin the Cubs if they advance deep in the playoffs.
Motte is scheduled to pitch in simulated games and in Instructional League games in Arizona.
8 in a row to end the year...let's do this playoffs thing.
3.02 era, 1.25 whip, 205.1ip, 171K
By making the start (his 32nd start of the season) he picked up $500K, and he'll get the remaining $500K if he can throw at least 8.2 IP in the game (he was at 181.1 IP coming into the game, and he needs to reach 190 IP to get the remaining $500K),
It's a bit like the old "Bowling for Dollars" TV show, but of course Haren is actually "Pitching for Dollars."
holy crap, MIL is just...awful.
i think he's currently playing for the Santo Domingo Meths. he's an Adderall-Star player there.
I'm longing for a Neifi sighting.
TBS, TNT, ESPN 1+2, etc...100% legal.
68 pitches (50 strikes)
love seeing that...especially with the batters doing very little with it.
Yeah, keep him off the playoff roster.
Or, he's looked exactly like Ted Williams.
Lately he hasn't looked like Ted Williams...
Bryant leads NL rookies in HRs (26), RBIs (99), 2B (31) and runs (86). Last rookie to reach 26 HR, 99 RBI, 31 2bs, 86 runs and 74 BBs?
Mark Gonzales @MDGonzales 4m4 minutes ago
Boston’s Ted Williams in 1939