Zee For Zambrano

GAME 50 PREVIEW CHICAGO CUBS (25-24) at LOS ANGELES DODGERS (26-24) Dodger Stadium, 9.10pm CT, TV: WGN, FSN2
SP Brad Penny SP Carlos Zambrano
SS #Neifi Perez SS #Cesar Izturis
2B *Todd Walker RF Jayson Werth
1B Derrek Lee CF *JD Drew
RF *Jeromy Burnitz 2B Jeff Kent
3B Aramis Ramirez LF *Ricky Ledee
CF *Corey Patterson 3B Antonio Perez
LF Jason Dubois 1B *Hee Seop Choi
C Henry Blanco C #Mike Rose
Pitcher's spot Pitcher's spot
The Cubs have seen the best and worst of Zambrano so far this year - he's been brilliant and unhittable in some starts, wild and certainly fallible in others. And throughout he's of course been ever emotional. Which Z will it be tonight though?

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argh...blanco's three stooges impersonation and patterson/dubois both misplaying a single fly ball are all that separates carlos from having el perfecto through 4. also, this ump's strike zone is TINY for both teams so far. anyone else agree? let's hope carlos doesn't blow a fuse at an ump on a key call later. but don't get me wrong, i'm not a "carlos needs to chill out and act mature" guy. i wish more people were firey like him. ok now i'm officially rambling

I'll take the brilliant and unhittable Z for $500.

is there a more grim proposition in a situation where any kind of contact probably wins the game than patterson vs. gagne??

"is there a more grim proposition in a situation where any kind of contact probably wins the game than patterson vs. gagne??" Sure. Having Jeromy Burnitz sac bunt. Once again, Dusty aids the Cubs in their descent into stupidball.

this is the third time zambrano has gone at least 7in and allowed 1 hit, hes 1-0 with 2 no decisions neife just singles in b-rat

ERic: "Sure. Having Jeromy Burnitz sac bunt. Once again, Dusty aids the Cubs in their descent into stupidball." Say What?? A good bunt and the Cubs score in the 9th. And oh yeah...he bunts Holly in teh 10th in the exact same situation and guess what...he gets it down good and the Cubs score.... In Dusty We Trusty!!!!!!!

what I don't understand is why corey doesn't bunt with 1 out and a runner on third. he's fast enough to beat it out. All's well that ends well but I would have loved to have gotten big Z the win. My most favorite tidbit from tonight's telecast: Michael Weurtz is tied for the team lead in wins. That's ... not a good thing.

Back in 1966, Dodger reliever Phil Regan earned the nicknsame "The Vulture" because he went 16-1 by relieving Koufax, Drysdale or Osteen after one of them had pitched a great game, and then maybe the Dodgers push across the winning run in the bottom of the 9th and Regan gets the win and Koufax, Drysdale or Osteen get a no-decision. Michael "The Vulture" Wuertz is on a pace to win 12 games this year.

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  • Arizona Phil 7 hours 55 min ago (view)

    BTW, if you haven't read my Roster Rules section lately, it has been updated for 2021 

    One of the most significant changes is that minor league affiliates no longer have individual reserve lists.

    It used to be that the AAA reserve list limit was 38 players, AA was 37, and each single-A affiliate and short-season affiliate was 35 for the entire year including the off-season.  

    Now, there are two reserve lists, one called the "Domestic Reserve List," and the other called the "International Reserve List."

     

  • Arizona Phil 14 hours 14 min ago (view)

    I know I posted the Kelley and Polanco releases during Minor League Camp and the Kellogg, Katz, and Krzeminski signings about a  week or two ago, but I probably did not post the Snelten release. 

     

  • videographer 15 hours 28 min ago (view)

    Per Baseball America:  players signed and released over the last two weeks.

     

  • crunch 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    turned into a combined no-hitter.

    miller/nance/wieck/meisinger

     

  • crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    MRI for marisnick on monday...no d/l yet, but it seems likely

    also heyward has a hand issue and that's why he was removed in the 9th for a pinch hitter.  no word on if that's going to be a thing going forward or just a "sleep it off" thing.

     

  • crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    sad thing is you can't even count on heyward slotting over to CF.  his D is getting subpar, average on a good day, and he can barely handle RF as steady as he used to at this point.

    2y/44m left on that deal...

     

  • crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    may 9th and hendricks puts in 5 innings (88 pitches) to bring the team lead in SP innings pitched to 34.2ip

    if arrieta didn't get injured (missing his last game) and pitched a hell of a game he wouldn't have hit 40ip+ unless he threw a complete game.

    might not have a single starter going 200ip this year even if they stay healthy.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    Dominating three innings for Shelby Miller in his rehab start for AAA Iowa today.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    Jake Marisnick has had several DL/IL stints due to hamstring injuries over the years, so this is nothing new.

    I would think Cameron Maybin will probably get the call-up if Marisnick goes on the IL, although adding Maybin to the 40 would require a corresponding 40-man roster deletion (60-day IL or DFA). 

     

  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    j.marisnick right hamstring strain...may or may not hit the DL.

     

  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    PIT has 3 runs on on a walk and a slew of hits with an exit velocity comparable to the arm speed of a 5 year old throwing a dry sponge.

    also, marisnick is injured and done.  he's walking off the field before being checked on.

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    crazy quiet at the park today in the 1st.

    hendricks loading the f'n bases with 0 outs isn't helping.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Shelby Miller on a rehab assignment. Hope he stays there

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    javy got a back ouchie and sitting today (sunday)

     

  • crunch 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    both him and his sister (who's since left twitter) have some interesting opinions on what civility and real americans are and are not.

    it may run in the family, but they're grown ass adults responsible for what things they put out in the world for public consumption.

     

  • Hagsag 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Piece of gabage.