Ward-o-saurus Walks the Earth Again

In one of those magic moments that seem to happen during every team's playoff run, Daryle Ward went from one of the Cubs 2008 goats to Northside hero. His three-run homer in the top of the ninth was good for a .647 WPA, which

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Before that astonishing at-bat, Ward was 0 for his last 10, 4 for his last 29, and 4 for 40 as a pinch-hitter this season. Nothing like a big surprise in a big package.

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WOOOOO SPRING BREAK i never gave up on ward. honestly. he's going to have another big hit or three by the end of the year, and probably one in october. big win!!!

5.5 magic #35 when does the magic number make the front page? Go Doyers! (sic)

I vote when it reaches 2.

may you never own a stock that has a chart like the above (unless you've shorted it)

Cubs one game behind the Angels for best record.. and .500 on the road!

from the sun-times: http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/... --------------------- Piniella plans to use a left-handed lineup today against Marlins right-hander Anibal Sanchez, with Daryle Ward at first to spell Derrek Lee. Left-handed hitters Mike Fontenot, Kosuke Fukudome and Jim Edmonds also will play. ''We're trying to rest some of our people now,'' Piniella said. ''We couldn't do it as much last year because we weren't in a position to do it [in a closer division race]. This year, we have a little room.'' Aramis Ramirez didn't start Friday after bruising his left thigh sliding into home Thursday in Atlanta. But he was available to pinch-hit and might rejoin the lineup today. ''I didn't ask him [how he was],'' Piniella said. ''I talked to the trainer. A day off won't hurt him.''

so does this mean for every pinch hit HR, DLee gets a day off the next game? Kind of like it.

For what it's worth, he was planning to start Ward on Saturday before Friday's game.

Damn... Z has some gaudy numbers at the plate. He has twice as many total bases (40) as any other pitcher. In 69 ABs, he's .362/.362/.580 (patience is not his strong point :-). The only other pitcher even comparable is Backe at .316/.381/.526, and he's only had 38 ABs to date. I'd happily trade some of Z's hitting prowess for more dominating pitching performances, but still it's great to see him help himself with the stick.

did you say pitching? last night's 1-0 I-Cub win was accomplished in less than two hours! Wuertz had an impressive 10 pitch, 7 strike, 2k save; K. Hill apprehended 2 base thieves;Felix fanned twice & grounded into a DP but hustled into the left field clubhouse for a bodily putout before returning safely to the dugout in the bottom of the fifth...the game barely lasted a bag o' peanuts; it was positively Madduxian!

this is a tangent way out there... while surfing the iTunes store, I just found a band that put out a CD in 2004 called: The '89 Cubs. CD titled: There are Giants in the Earth. Not sure why they named themselves after Grace, Maddux and Jerome Walton. They are apparently from Nebraska. http://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Giants-Earth-...

according to ye olde world o' roto... s.marshall limited to 80 pitches and marquis to play long-man backing him up.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080... Big League Contracts rare this year. Interesting: Cincy caves. Gives Yonder Alonso a Big League contract. Alonso caves. Drops $8 $7 million ask and signs for $4.5 . I dunno. It doesn't seem like smart strategy to rebuild your team around first basemen. But with Alonso limited by all accounts to playing first base, Votto will have to take up permanent residency in the outfield. They both can't play there.

Cubs 37-29 (66) NYM 34-28 (62) StL 34-32 (66) Fla 30-31 (61) Mil 34-35 (69) LAD 30-33 (63) Arz 22-32 (54) Phl 27-39 (66)

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  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 50 min ago (view)

    Dillon Maples does not have the right to elect free-agency if he is outrighted to the minors, but he will be automatically declared an MLB Rule 9 6YFA at 5 PM Eastern on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series if he is not added back to the 40 in the meantime. 

     

  • crunch 10 hours 4 min ago (view)

    p.wisdom is the new cubs all-time rookie HR leader.

     

  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 21 min ago (view)

    The Cubs will very likely be splitting the AZIL position players into two 14-man squads (like they did last year), with each squad playng in every other-game, and with the other squad having a Camp Day instructional work-out on a back-field when that squad is not playing in a game. There will also be five combined Camp Days during the course of the four weeks for all players from both squads.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 11 hours 43 min ago (view)

    DJL: No. Signing a 2022 minor league successor contract would only matter with regard to a player in the Arizona Fall League, because the AFL schedule goes past the date when minor leaguers are declared free-agents. 

    AZ Instructs ends on October 16th, which is about two or three weeks before minor league free-agency, so the three guys at Cubs Instructs who are eligible to be free-agehts after the World Series (Dakota Chalmers. Nicholas Padilla, and Eury Ramos) do not need to sign successor contracts in order to play in AZIL games. 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 13 hours 47 min ago (view)

    Sorry to hear about your dad, Charlie. I lost my father almost 2 years ago now, some of my fondest childhood memories are going to Wrigley with him.

    All the best wishes to you, sir.

     

  • First.Pitch.120 14 hours 1 min ago (view)

    If you had Bote in the '11-'12- '13 Cubs draft dead pool, then you are a winner!

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 14 hours 34 min ago (view)

    Dakota Chalmers... interesting. He's scheduled to be a MILB FA, correct? Would this be a good sign he has signed a successor deal?

     

  • Cubster 15 hours 8 min ago (view)

    Maples dfa. Double Martini too.  Hoerner and Thompson back and Keegan to start today. Hoerner bats 5th.
    https://www.marqueesportsnetwork.com/cubs-welcome-back-nico-hoerner-and-...

     

  • crunch 15 hours 18 min ago (view)

    it's never a good time to be in the hospital, but things are extra complicated right now.

    hope everything goes well for everyone.

    go cubs

     

  • Charlie 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    Listening to this in a hospital room because we are blacked out on MLB.tv. I don't know which surprises me more, that the Cubs haven't beaten the Brewers since April or that the Cubs beat the Brewers in April.

     

  • crunch 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    m.rodriguez to 10d IL, a.morgan returns.

     

  • Jackstraw 2 days 18 hours ago (view)

    I like that the team was absolutely committed to not losing back-to-back games on a walk-off passed ball.

     

  • Eric S 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    And the funny thing is Rucker was the only Cubs pitcher tonight to post 0 runs allowed in the box score. You know things are really out of hand when Ross gives the okay for a Maples appearance.

     

  • George Altman 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil,

    Is there a reason Preciado hasn't been in an ACL game in about a month?

     

  • crunch 3 days 6 hours ago (view)

    i'd like the 2021 version of whatever d.ross is smoking bringing m.rucker into a bases loaded, 2 run lead in the 4th situation.

    dude saw the situation and said "gimmie that guy with the 8.44era 1.59whip" as the first pen option to protect a lead.

    rucker has been in 13 games and given up runs in 8 of them.

     

  • crunch 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    hendricks last 7 starts...

    9er, 1er, 4er, 8er, 6er, 1er, 7er

    3.68era - 1.29whip ...to... 4.81era - 1.35whip