Gameday Open Thread
|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.
|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.
Chapman shouldn't be reserved anymore on 40 man.
Interesting split on Heyward according to ESPN. As a CF, his slash line .292/.363/.375/.738. At RF: .212/.204/.300/.604. 21/72 as a CF, 58/273 as a RF.
He's also been better when batting 2nd, but he had a nice start in the 6 hole, but has slumped ever since. He was heating up before the All Star break, but is only hitting .108 in the 2nd half.
When we played the Reds with Chapman, I always thought of it as an eight-inning game. So now other teams have eight innings to try to get a lead against the Cubs. Should be a challenge, assuming three or four Cubs ever start hitting again.
I don't really try to get to know and like these players personally. I'm rooting for laundry, for the most part. Exceptions might be when a player makes trouble in the clubhouse or in the dugout. (Zambrano and Bradley come to mind. Also Papelbon.) But I don't think Chapman is one of those jerks.
Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.
The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.
Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.
If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.
Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."
This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.
I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.
They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.
However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.
I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
- They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
- Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.
new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup
Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.
.500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.
...i hate espn.
nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.
oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.
I'm liking this rookie Nathan.
Richard DFA'd. Meh...
Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.
The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.