Game 27 Thread / Brewers @ Cubs (2 of 3)

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SP Jeff Suppan SP Ryan Dempster
  1-0, 3.48, 11 K, 10 BB
3-0, 2.90, 21 K, 14 BB
2B Rickie Weeks LF Reed Johnson
CF Mike Cameron SS Ryan Theriot
LF Ryan Braun 1B Derrek Lee
1B *Prince Fielder 3B Aramis Ramirez
RF Corey Hart RF *Kosuke Fukudome
3B Bill Hall 2B Mark DeRosa
SS JJ Hardy C Geovany Soto
P Jeff Suppan CF *Felix Pie
C Jason Kendall P Ryan Dempster












The Cubs are one loss from dropping out of first place behind the Cardinals and into a second place tie with the Brewers. A loss would also give the Cubs their first real losing streak of the season (I start counting at three) and they'd lose a second consecutive series to their main competition for the Central crown. So yeah, today would certainly be a nice day for a win.

Dempster will take to the mound to try and help accomplish that and in the opening series. We'lll happily take another six inning, two walk, five strikeout, one earned run performance if you have it in you. He hasn't had a lot of experience (possibly the reason for his last success), but do watch out for Jason Kendall who's 13 for 28 versus Dempster for a 464/583/536 line.

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when the cubs gonna call up matt murton? =p

Maybe the Cubs offense will get going next month.

or maybe tonight? It's 12-1 Cubs in the 5th!! :) And it wasn't the offense that was lacking last night. 7 runs should've been enough. It was lame pitching that lost it for us.

so did anyone else see mark cuban in the front row wonder if he is doing the stretch

Yeah, they interviewed Cuban on ESPN right in the crowd at the top of the 4th inning (they're covering the game tonight too). He said he's very interested in buying the Cubs.

shit i am watching brewer feed

well i guess he has no more basketball to watch

cuban is supposedly sitting with the head of tribune broadcasting

never too early to suck up to potential bosses...

potential bosses? who would be whose boss?

Geez -- another concerning outing for Howry. The bullpen is Marmol, Wood and not much else right now -- Howry, Wuertz, and Hart looking very shaky. Marshall and Lieber not really relievers. How long until Lou wants some fresh arms out there? Oh -- and Geo Soto? We always loved you. Liking Cedeno more and more.....

Ronnie is now officially "Mr. Bases Loaded"

i would agree with howry he did this last year also but got better but i dont know. does murton go down tomorrow when --------- gets activated

With Cedeno playing so well, I think it's Fontenot who becomes least useful and gets sent down.

I have to say Ronny continues to impress and it seems he turned a corner. His patience is so much better tonight when compared to previous years. Maybe this kid gets it now? good to see soto get on track, missed the ABs, were they fast balls? how was he being pitched?

With Fonzie coming back, DeRo can go back to second and hopefully we won't see Theriot or Fontenot ever again.

Yeah, Theriot's .323 .396 .434 in 112 PAs this year hasn't been good at all. Send that bum to AAA! Everyone seems to be of the mindset that Ronny Cedeno somehow has the ability to "turn the corner", but Theriot is destined to forever suck. Sure, he's not likely to stay that high all year, but 112 PAs is nothing to scoff at. He could easily end up at .290 .355 .410 this year (and before you say there's no way he'll make it to a .410 SLG, his career is .386 and there's no reason he can't improve that). If Ronny can show similar numbers, maybe with a slightly higher SLG I'd love to see them as the double-play combo (making about a combined $1 million).

Oh, and for anyone who wants to have a good chuckle at my expense come October, feel free to bookmark my previous comment. That could end up being easily one of the most ridiculous predictions I've ever made. Or, it could end up being true and we'll all be ecstatic. Either way, I'm rooting for both Theriot and Ronny to keep up their hot starts.

Marmol in up 8? :( that I don't like I just hope he doesn't get hurt or anything. I guess Lou used up his pen in last nights bullpen mess. Our bullpen depth is definitely the April problem, but we are winning. Maybe these guys can do an 'Eyre' and turn it around as the season goes on.

Holy effing shit was that a debacle from Turnbow. I love to see the Cubs score runs, but I really felt bad for that guy. I was actually embarrassed for him. He's going to be having nightmares about that outing for a long time. In other news, that was awesome.

Turnbow..ugly and bad gotta feel for the guy. He has friction with Ned Yost too...his days as a Brewer may be numbered.

That was one of the very, very few times that I truly felt bad for an opponent. Really painful to watch. Cubs have played exactly 1/6 of their season (27 games)-- get out the calculators -- some pretty impressive projections... Biggest April pleasant surprise? - Dempster 4-0 with a 3.16 ERA? - Cedeno .378 avg./.451 OBP? - Soto/Fukky living up to/exceeding expectations? - Team plate discipline? - Cubs 17-10 with Soriano missing a lot of time?

Interesting note on Soto, his 8 K's in a row vs. the Nationals was barely half way to the record of 15 shared by two guys - man, 15 in a row would be rough. This was a sweet game for me. Watching the Brewers broadcast last night was brutal. Tonight was much more fun seeing them struggle to find anything positive to talk about.

17 hits, 9 walks. Word.

Cubs are pretty much at the top or near the top in all team batting categories (except stolen bases, but what does that have to do with batting, right?).

it was fun to see everybody reach base, including dempster. man this plate patience aint too bad. i think i like it. HOWEVER lilly, marquis and hill (and the shaky dempster that showed up today) are not the staff to take us to the top. we're short another stud or two. why does KC end up with the bannister and greinke stories? wtf? its nice to see the bats lively but man most of our staff and over half our pen is a big fat question mark. and THEN the summer months will take their toll on an already mediocre rotation. there's always next year though! whoo hoo! cubbies in 09!!!

Yeah, our pitching is the only thing I'm worried about. It will make or break this season.

We knew SP depth would be an issue going into the season. The team does not have a #2 starter - except it appears as if Demp is becoming one. It sure ain't Lilly yet. BUT - other than AZ, what NL team has even as much starting Pitching depth than the Cubs as of right now? We were screaming for even more runs at the game in the 8th. I had no pity for Turnbow. No pity for Gagne who has been very lucky to have 8 saves. And the cheerfully optimistic Brewers fans sitting above the Brewers dugout who stood up and cheered for Turnbow upon his exit, can go jump in Green Bay. One thing that will make the team better will be to put Lieber in the starting rotation.

One thing that will make the team better will be to put Lieber in the starting rotation. Haha... instead of who?

Can anyone in the Yahoo league please e-mail me Alex C's email?? I had some computer sccount issues, and had to delete my yahoo account, and I cannot access the league. Anyone please? Dusty Baylor [email protected]

Our team won't be better with Lieber in the rotation.

I disagree. IF there was a reasonable long-relief alternative, other than Lieber, the team is better without Marquis, and with Lieber in his stead. I was at the game on Tuesday, 8 rows behind home. Marquis had zip. zero. nada. He couldn't finish off any batter with a 2-strike count. Perhaps it was an aberration, but if he has a couple more starts like that one soon, look for a change as I suggest. Perhaps it is greedy to expect more from a #5 starter, but Lieber out-pitched Marquis in ST. But Jason makes the coin.

22 K, 19 BB's for Dempster right now...he's not keeping up a 4-0 record and 3.16 ERA. Hill's the other big worry at 14K/14 BB. Marquis is the same Marquis he's always been.

Great game last night. That makes it 6-0 for me on the year. Unreal. I checked the games i've gone to, and the Cubs have outscored their opponents 65-14 in the six games i've gone to. Please mail me all of your tickets so i can keep the streak alive! ;) Interesting to see who gets sent down today with Soriano coming back. I agree with 10man, i think it'll be Mike "horses are hung like him" Fontenot. (Don't remember who said that last year, but kudos--it still makes me chuckle!)

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  • Hagsag 1 hour 52 min ago (view)

    Predictions on the Rule 5 draft this morning?


  • Hagsag 2 hours 11 min ago (view)

    Very, very interesting Phil. Thanks for the post.


  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 22 min ago (view)

    What was the stated purpose of the 1953 Bonus Rule? 

    COMMISSIONER FORD FRICK: "We want the kind of bonus rule that will discourage the Majors from paying out big bonuses, and encourage the little fellows (he is referring here to the minor leagues) to sign these youngsters and then sell them to clubs of a higher classification."


  • crunch 8 hours 51 min ago (view)

    g.cole - yanks - 9/324m

    s.strasburg - nats - 7/245m

    a.rendon - angels - 7/245m

    boras has signed $814m of contracts for his guys this week.  not bad.


  • crunch 8 hours 58 min ago (view)

    still waiting for rich hill to happen over here...i promise to be totally not impressed or happy about it.  not a tj guy, but he's injured as hell and not expected to show up until mid-season at best.

    whoever they pick to give a few million dollars over a couple seasons to not pitch for the cubs in any of them, i welcome them.

    on a serious tip, there are rumors of a minor league deal for b.morrow.


  • bradsbeard 9 hours 32 min ago (view)

    Taijuan Walker is a good candidate. 


  • cubbies.4ever 10 hours 57 min ago (view)

    So who is left in the free Agent market that has had Tommy John surgery?  That seems to be a Prerequisite for Theo.  Cotton and Winkler both did adding to all the other signings of Theo.  I would love to see how many people Theo has signed or drafted who has had TJS.


  • Charlie 19 hours 40 min ago (view)

    I hope "isn't happening" was more like, "we'd love to continue to discuss this soon"--after extensions/trades of younger players are a bit more sorted.


  • Charlie 19 hours 43 min ago (view)

    If only they had revenue from having recently won the World Series and a string of playoff appearances along with a new TV contract! Then they could really spend.


  • crunch 20 hours 7 sec ago (view)

    i wish this team was owned by billionaires rather than these...oh, nevermind.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 20 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Apparently Cubs were approached by Rizzo's agent about an extension. They told him it wasn't happening.

    Cubs organization is performing a master class in how to burn good will among fans!


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    jdlym: The contract Brad Brach signed with the Mets includes a $850K base salary for 2020, a $1.25M club option for 2021, $400K in potential performance bonuses in 2020, potentially $2.25M in 2021 salary accelerators, and $500K in potential performance bonuses in 2021, so ordinarily the Cubs salary obligation to Brach would be the difference between Brach's new 2020 base salary ($850K) and what would have been his 2020 player option salary ($1.35M) if he hadn't been released by the Cubs. 


  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    d.ross meets the media at winter


  • jdrnym 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    Hey AZPhil, when a player is released with money/years still remaining on his contract, does his next team *have* to give him the prorated major league minimum or can they offer more (meaning the original club owes less) to "outbid" other teams that may have had interest? I'm assuming that's what happened with Brad Brach, where the Mets signed him for 2020 at $850,000.


  • crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    jeremy jeffress agrees.


  • Rob Richardson 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    It's high time if you ask me.