Cubs W – Marmol Spoils Harden’s Debut

July 12, 2008

Reed Johnson drove in the winning run on a walkoff single in the bottom of the 11th….We love the W but this day was overshadowed by trouble from the Cubs bullpen.

Everything good about Rich Harden was all undone by Carlos Marmol in the top of the ninth inning in todays game. A five run top of the ninth was just full of mistakes, hit batters, walks. You name it Marmol threw it. He is starting to remind me of last years version of Ryan Dempster. The thing that baffles me is that when you are pitching against the worst offense in the NL..why not just go right at them and make them beat you…no reason to pitch the spots. Marmol got to where he is by overpowering people. Larry Rothschild has got to get this worked out. It makes me sick to hink Harden gets a ND after such a brilliant performance.

As for Harden…I am still not sure which ovation was louder…the one to start the game, or the one in the 6th when he came out. I hope he did get a curtain call, mlb.tv cut away to a commercial so I couldn’t tell…but I know he deserved one. 10 Ks…no runners past second base….quite studly. As for all of the naysayers about Harden’s velocity being down, his final pitch was a 96 MPH fastball. Case closed.

It is Saturday so Ill let the pros do the recap…click the links to the left to go to your favorite website for additional analysis.

Notes

The numbers rarely lie. In my gameday preview post the numbers said that Harden would dominate the Giants and that the Cubs would be all over Kevin Correia. Click here to see the post…and check back later for tomorrows numbers and analysis. The only thing that the numbers couldn’t tell us prior to the game is the need to position a Doctor behind the mound to perform the Heimlich Manuver on Marmol.

Player of the game 1 Harden / 1A Sean Marshall

(Random Side Note…Dick Butkus who did the stretch today belongs to my Father in Law’s Country Club in Camarillo, California…I see him all of the time…he’s not so big…I out drive him….) 

Click here to Sing Along…Go Cubs Go!


Gameday Notes

July 12, 2008

Pray for this Kid (Yahoo Sports)

Everyone is expecting harden to be hurting (ESPN)

Pretty Cool Story by the Wisdom Cube (ESPN Fan Profiles)

Before we do our First Half Awards…Lets Get A Players Opinion (Mark DeRosa’s Blog)


Cubs v. Giants Game 2 Preview

July 12, 2008

LIVE GAME CHAT TODAY>>>>TRY IT OUT!!!! CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE CHAT

Will Harden Dominate??? The numbers say yes…

HARDEN V. GIANTS 2008

20 plate apperances, 9 strikeouts, 2 walks, 1 hit (Randy Winn…whos out today)

Does he dominate today???

Inside the numbers…courtesy of BaseballReference.com

Rich Harden vs. Batters, for 2008, Min. 0 PA’s, Sorted by PA DESC, Then by Name, vs. players for SFG
PI Click on the player name for a list of plate appearances between these players.
                    **PA**  AB  H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP G_miss YR_miss
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+
 Ray Durham            3     3   0  0  0  0   0   0   1  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Fred Lewis            3     2   0  0  0  0   0   1   2  .000  .333  .000  .333   0   0   0   0   0
 John Bowker           2     2   0  0  0  0   0   0   1  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Matt Cain             2     2   0  0  0  0   0   0   2  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Jose Castillo         2     2   0  0  0  0   0   0   1  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Bengie Molina         2     2   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Aaron Rowand          2     2   0  0  0  0   0   0   1  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Omar Vizquel          2     2   0  0  0  0   0   0   1  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Randy Winn            2     1   1  0  0  0   0   1   0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000   0   0   0   0   0
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+

Has not faced: Eliezer Alfonzo, Rich Aurilia, Emmanuel Burriss, Travis Denker, and Eugenio Velez & Has not faced pitchers: Kevin Correia, Alex Hinshaw, Tim Lincecum, Osiris Matos, Sergio Romo, Jonathan Sanchez, Jack Taschner, Tyler Walker, Brian Wilson, Keiichi Yabu, and Barry Zito

How badly have the Cubs beat up on Kevin Correia in 2008? .333 BA For most of the Team!!!

Kevin Correia vs. Batters, for 2008, Min. 0 PA’s, Sorted by PA DESC, Then by Name, vs. players for CHC
PI Click on the player name for a list of plate appearances between these players.
                    **PA**  AB  H  2B 3B HR RBI  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS   SH  SF IBB HBP GDP G_miss YR_miss
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+
 Kosuke Fukudome       4     4   1  0  0  0   0   0   0  .250  .250  .250  .500   0   0   0   0   0
 Ryan Dempster         3     3   0  0  0  0   0   0   1  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Mark DeRosa           3     3   1  0  0  0   0   0   2  .333  .333  .333  .666   0   0   0   0   0
 Jim Edmonds           3     2   2  0  0  1   2   1   0 1.000 1.000 2.500 3.500   0   0   0   0   0
 Mike Fontenot         3     2   0  0  0  0   0   1   0  .000  .333  .000  .333   0   0   0   0   0
 Derrek Lee            3     3   1  0  0  0   0   0   0  .333  .333  .333  .666   0   0   0   0   0
 Geovany Soto          3     3   1  1  0  0   0   0   1  .333  .333  .667 1.000   0   0   0   0   0
 Ryan Theriot          3     2   0  0  0  0   0   1   0  .000  .333  .000  .333   0   0   0   0   0
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+

Has not faced: Henry Blanco, Ronny Cedeno, Reed Johnson, Aramis Ramirez, and Daryle Ward & Has not faced pitchers: Neal Cotts, Chad Gaudin, Rich Harden, Bobby Howry, Jon Lieber, Ted Lilly, Carlos Marmol, Jason Marquis, Sean Marshall, Kerry Wood, Michael Wuertz, and Carlos Zambrano

 

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I’ll Be a Cubs Fan ’til the Day I Die?

July 12, 2008

Cubs fans…Now after you die, the Cubs can continue to kill you. ESPN featuring this story about a Wrigley Cemetary….Here’s to hoping we can all die in peace after this year. Click Here for the full article.


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