Live from Wrigley?

August 2, 2008

BozeCubbies is at the second game of the series v. the Pirates @ Wrigley as we speak. He is has brought all of his communication devices with him to the park in an attempt to live blog the game today. We don’t know how it is going to work, or even if it will work at all…but just in case we started this game thread to pass along all of the happenings – if they happen to happen.

We will try to keep everyone updated as much as possible – but I will be commneting from my PDA too…I have to be at a couples shower (yawn). So, if it is a dead day on the borards, you know why ahead of time – but if its pinging…this is the post it will happen on…


Trade News…No News

August 2, 2008

 Cubs general manager Jim Hendry listened to a few offers over the last week but didn’t aggressively pursue anyone before the July 31 trading deadline.

The Cubs were considering adding a left-handed hitting corner outfielder, which would have moved Kosuke Fukudome to center, but decided in the long run that Fukudome’s sterling play in right outweighed the need for another bat.

“Obviously we always try to better our club, and I think we did with (Rich) Harden and (Chad) Gaudin and bringing (Jeff) Samardzija up,” Hendry said. “It just didn’t make any sense to add somebody just to add somebody.

“Now that we’re back healthy with Soriano, and the Reed Johnson- (Jim) Edmonds combination I think is very good, and Fukudome is as good a defensive right-fielder as there is and seems to have come out of his early July hitting issues reasonably well. If you try to add bodies just to add bodies and move people in spots they’re not used to playing …

“Like I said a week ago — I was very confident the guys that usually hit would hit again. I didn’t want to be disparaging at all to the guys that have put us in the spot we’re in. Its unfair to make a deal just to make a deal and eliminate (playing time) for a very productive player. It just didn’t make any sense. I wasn’t in the aggressive mode at all the last couple of days. I just sat around (Thursday), did hardly anything and just watched the game.”

You mean like us sportswriters?

“Yeah,” Hendry said. “I could’ve been a writer.”

Despite some flaws, it’s probably the most talented Cubs team since that ill-fated ’69 edition, and the chemistry in the clubhouse is as good as any team in recent years, devoid of superstars who feel the need to put their own interests in front of the team.

That’s why no move is probably the right move, at least until an injury forces the Cubs to make an audible.

“I think we have enough,” Soriano said. “The move they made with Oakland (acquiring Harden and Gaudin), was the best move we could’ve made. I think we’re fine with what we’ve got.”


Pirates @ Cubs Game Two Preview.

August 2, 2008

Well for starters I can’t say Im surprised by the cubs losing yesterday,they had never seen that pitcher before so the bucco’s had the advantage on the mound the way i see it.Could it be the cubs were just “worn” out from the big series romp over the crew?Who knows but i just had that feeling yesterday we were gonna be a bit weak,turns out the cubs were downright anemic with the offense,so lets hope we get back on track today,looking ahead to todays game.

Ted Lilly

  • #30 LHP
  • (10-6) 4.49 ERA 124 SO

Cubs:Lilly did not get a decision in his last start against the Brewers. The lefty gave up three runs on seven hits, including back to back homers by J.J. Hardy and Ryan Braun, over six innings. Lilly was mad at himself for the mistakes. He finished July 1-1 in five starts. He has faced Pittsburgh twice this year, and did not get a decision in either game.

Paul Maholm

  • #28 LHP
  • (7-6) 3.79 ERA 96 SO

    Pirates:Maholm continued his solid work in his last start against San Diego on July 27. He hurled seven innings and gave up one run on four hits. He recorded nine strikeouts and received a no-decision. Maholm has gone 5-1 in his last 11 starts. He has worked at least six innings in each of his last 15 outings.

    Ted Lilly vs. Batters, for 2008, Min. 0 PA’s, Sorted by PA DESC, Then by Name, vs. players for PIT
    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 +—————–+——-+—+—+–+–+–+—+—+—+—–+—–+—–+—–+—+—+—+—+—+——+——-+ Nate McLouth 6 6 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 .667 .667 1.000 1.667 0 0 0 0 0 Freddy Sanchez 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 1 Jose Bautista 5 5 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 .600 .600 .600 1.200 0 0 0 0 0 Luis Rivas 5 4 3 0 0 2 3 1 0 .750 .800 2.250 3.050 0 0 0 0 0 Paul Maholm 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .666 0 0 0 0 0 Ryan Doumit 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 0 0 0 0 0 Doug Mientkiewicz 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .500 .000 .500 0 0 0 0 0 Chris Gomez 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000 0 0 0 0 0 +—————–+——-+—+—+–+–+–+—+—+—+—–+—–+—–+—–+—+—+—+—+—+——+——-+Has not faced: Raul Chavez, Andy LaRoche, Jason Michaels, Brandon Moss, Steven Pearce, and Jack Wilson & Has not faced pitchers: Denny Bautista, T.J. Beam, Sean Burnett, Jason Davis, Zach Duke, John Grabow, Craig Hansen, Yoslan Herrera, Jeff Karstens, Ian Snell, and Tyler Yates

    Looks as if  Nate Mclouth,Jose Bautista and Luis Rivas have done well against the southpaw lilly this year so expect them to try and spark the Pirate offense.

    Paul Maholm 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 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 Reed Johnson 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .333 .500 .333 .833 0 0 0 0 0 Derrek Lee 4 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 1.000 1.500 0 0 0 0 0 Aramis Ramirez 4 4 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000 0 0 0 0 0 Alfonso Soriano 4 4 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 .250 .250 1.000 1.250 0 0 0 0 0 Ryan Theriot 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .250 .000 .250 0 0 0 0 0 Henry Blanco 3 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .666 0 0 0 0 0 Mark DeRosa 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .667 1.000 0 0 0 0 0 Ted Lilly 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 Ronny Cedeno 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 +—————–+——-+—+—+–+–+–+—+—+—+—–+—–+—–+—–+—+—+—+—+—+——+——-+Has not faced: Jim Edmonds, Mike Fontenot, Geovany Soto, and Daryle Ward & Has not faced pitchers: Neal Cotts, Ryan Dempster, Scott Eyre, Chad Gaudin, Rich Harden, Bobby Howry, Carlos Marmol, Jason Marquis, Sean Marshall, Jeff Samardzija, and Carlos Zambrano

    According to the stats above in the only outing for Paul Maholm this year against the Cubs they knocked him around pretty good so the Cubs should match up well against Maholm,Should be what the Cubs need to get back to hitting again after yesterdays display?

     


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