Cubs Sweep Bucs

August 27, 2008

Jason Marquis managed to not shit the bed or have one big inning. No walks? Five Hits? Player of the Game? Doesn’t sound like the Jason Marquis that I know.

Zach Duke dominated the Cubs batters most of the day, so the Cubs had to rely on small ball to score their two runs. A swinging bunt (basically) by Ronny Cedeno drove in the first run in the form of Reed Johnson, and then Lou Piniella called for the suicide squeeze with Henry Blanco executing the bunt that brought Mark DeRosa to the plate. Executed – Perefection…2-0…turns out it was all that the Cubs needed. Kerry Wood notched his 27th save of the year. The Cubs improved to 83-50….best record in the bigs.

A four game set with the Philladelphia Phillies is on tap for the Cubs next. The New York Mets will be watching with some interest in hopes that the Cubs can continue their winning ways. Check back tomorrow for a preview.


Cubs @ Pirates Game Three Preview / Game Thread

August 27, 2008

It’s a two in one post because I have 10 minutes before the game starts.

Jason Marquis  on the bump today…Will he stay away form the “one big inning?” You have to believe that if lou will give Carlos Zambrano the hook early, he damn well better go get Marquis at the first sign of trouble.

The Brewers do not seem to want to lose either, so every game matters.

Lineup seems to indicate that Kosuke Fukudome and Geovany Soto are not starting today…Either that or Lou Piniella is saving them for late offense due to the impending runs that marquis is sure to surrender.

I will be here all game again….just in case anyone decides to stop over.


Ninth Straight Series Win Already Guaranteed

August 27, 2008

Carlos Zambrano did his best to give the game away last night. So to did Neal Cotts. But Geovany Soto was having none of it. A pair of three run doubles and seven RBIs propelled the Cubs to a 14-9 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

This is a late review, and believe me, I know you know everything that happened in the game. We just need to mention the nervousness of the game last night caused us to drink a few more beers than normal. This extra few beers inhibited our review writing abilities. Man, I need some help at this site!

Now, I get up to find that the opening pitch of the third game is at 9.35 am! It seems like I just got up out of my chair a few minutes ago! I’ll keep it up….it seems to be helping the Cubs win series. Anyways – I need to do the preview….so I will stop being Tim McCarver and telling you obvious things.


Cubs @ Pirates Game Two Thread

August 26, 2008

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Jim Edmonds Was In A Slump ???

August 26, 2008

Wierd. I watch almost every Cubs game…in fact I can’t remember the last one that I didn’t see. I did not realize jimmy Edmonds was on an 0-18 coming into Monday’s game at Pittsburgh. This is a true  testament to the depth of the team. Authors at 100yi have said it before, and it is worth repeating. Edmonds can go 0-18 and it is a non story because someone else seems to pick up the slack everyday.

Jim… 3 for 5 with a triple and two doubles – Slump Over?
Kosuke Fukudome went 3 for 4 with 4 RBIs – Slump Over?
Aramis Ramirez hit another 3 run HR – Heating Up?
Soriano two SB to manufacture a run – Fully Healthy Again?
Only 7 Runners LOB – Timly Hitting Returning?

The Cubs crushed the Pirates at PNC 12-3…game two later today (605 CST)….game is on WGN….

Preview Later – Chat Here Later


Cubs @ Pirates Game One Thread

August 25, 2008

 

Will this be our DH the next time we play the AL?

We will be chatting here when the game starts….welcome to all of the dudes that come over because they are sick and tired of the bullshit bans, and the incessant trolls over at ESPN….yes thats right – you have freedom of speech here…

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Cubs @ Pirates Game One Preview.

August 25, 2008

The Cubs will head into Mondays opener against the Pirates 30 Games over .500(80-50)……..i keep asking myself is this for real?The Cubs 30 games over .500 heading towards September?Not trying to be a homer here,it’s just us Cub fans are not used to this,but rest assured all the homers will be out soon with their usual saying (Cubs)=completely useless by September,as you all know none of us here are into those sayings or black cats or the curse or any other dumb shit that rival teams fans come up with.

Seriously though why are we so much better then last year?I can think of many reasons,but here are just few,One: are pitching staff which is anchored by three guys who could be number 1 starters on many teams,everybody knew what to expect from Zambrano but Dempster has been just as good if not better.i think Dempster has been the biggest surprise this year,then we added the ridiculous strikeout machine in Rich Harden,Two:The two guys we got for hardly nothing has made a HUGE impact,Jimmy Edmonds and Reed Johnson,you know the Jim Edmonds that was said to have only warning track power according to many scouts and the media before coming to the Cubs and Reed Johnson is just one of those guys that does it all and will break every bone in his body if it meant making a catch,Johnson was actually cut by the Blue Jays in spring training.Finally,and yes im sure their are many more reasons for all the winning but this whole season their seems to be a different hero every game and the Cubs seem to play more like a team then previous years,one more thing to add,Geovony Soto,the year he is having is great and of course the man that can do it all but pitch and if needed he would probably try to,Mark Derosa.

Well i left the addition of Fukudome but as i said i could go on and on about why this team is so great,ok i better shutup now before i jinx us as mikey likes to say,then again,hell with it,today is my birthday so i can boast about how good the Cubs are if i want too,there,now there is your jinx!

Here is game one’s preview:

Ted Lilly

  • #30 LHP
  • (12-7) 4.25 ERA 148 SO

Cubs: Lilly had a no-hitter broken up by the leadoff batter in the sixth in his last start and wound up losing a 2-1 decision to the Reds. He only gave up two hits in seven innings and struck out seven. That outing lowered his ERA to 4.25, the lowest it’s been after a start all season. The lefty dominated Pittsburgh on Aug. 2, holding the Pirates to one run and six hits in 6 1/3 innings for the win. But he was touched up by them in two previous starts this year.

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          9     9   5  0  1  0   1   0   0  .556  .556  .778 1.334   0   0   0   0   0
 Luis Rivas            8     7   3  0  0  2   3   1   1  .429  .500 1.286 1.786   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
 Ryan Doumit           5     5   3  1  0  0   0   0   1  .600  .600  .800 1.400   0   0   0   0   0
 Paul Maholm           5     5   2  0  0  0   1   0   1  .400  .400  .400  .800   0   0   0   0   0
 Chris Gomez           4     4   1  0  0  0   1   0   1  .250  .250  .250  .500   0   0   0   0   1
 Adam LaRoche          3     3   2  2  0  0   0   0   0  .667  .667 1.333 2.000   0   0   0   0   0
 Andy LaRoche          3     2   0  0  0  0   0   1   0  .000  .333  .000  .333   0   0   0   0   0
 Brandon Moss          3     1   1  0  0  0   0   2   0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000   0   0   0   0   0
 Jack Wilson           3     3   0  0  0  0   0   0   1  .000  .000  .000  .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
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+

Has not faced: Raul Chavez, Jason Michaels, and Nyjer Morgan & Has not faced pitchers: Denny Bautista, Sean Burnett, Matt Capps, Jason Davis, Zach Duke, Tom Gorzelanny, John Grabow, Craig Hansen, Jeff Karstens, Ian Snell, and Tyler Yates

Jeff Karstens

  • #36 RHP
  • (2-2) 2.25 ERA 11 SO

Pirates: Karstens continues to pitch deep into games, but he also continues to give up runs. His four-run, nine-hit performance against the Mets was good enough to give his team a chance to win, but he was opposed by two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana, who threw a shutout. Pirates manager John Russell continues to praise Karstens for the right-hander’s ability to attack the strike zone and go after hitters. He’ll try to recapture the magic of his first two Pirates starts against the Cubs, whom Karstens shut out over five innings in his National League debut on Aug. 1.

Jeff Karstens 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
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+
 Jim Edmonds           3     1   0  0  0  0   0   2   1  .000  .667  .000  .667   0   0   0   0   0
 Mike Fontenot         3     3   1  0  0  0   0   0   1  .333  .333  .333  .666   0   0   0   0   0
 Kosuke Fukudome       3     2   0  0  0  0   0   1   0  .000  .333  .000  .333   0   0   0   0   0
 Derrek Lee            3     2   0  0  0  0   0   1   0  .000  .333  .000  .333   0   0   0   0   0
 Aramis Ramirez        3     3   2  0  0  0   0   0   0  .667  .667  .667 1.334   0   0   0   0   0
 Alfonso Soriano       3     3   1  0  0  0   0   0   0  .333  .333  .333  .666   0   0   0   0   0
 Geovany Soto          3     3   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Ronny Cedeno          2     2   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   1
 Jason Marquis         2     2   1  0  0  0   0   0   0  .500  .500  .500 1.000   0   0   0   0   0
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+

Has not faced: Henry Blanco, Mark DeRosa, Reed Johnson, Ryan Theriot, and Daryle Ward & Has not faced pitchers: Neal Cotts, Ryan Dempster, Chad Gaudin, Rich Harden, Bobby Howry, Ted Lilly, Carlos Marmol, Sean Marshall, Jeff Samardzija, Kerry Wood, and Carlos Zambrano


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