August 30, 2008
The Cubs are up 2-1 in this four game set v. Philadelphia….they go for the series win today. It is a holiday weekend…traffic has been low…although the game threads remain popular.
Im going to link you up to some recaps from other Cubs blogs as well as some feature posts you may have missed here at 100 Year Itch…
This post will also serve as the game four thread start….I will not be at the start of the thread…this weekend is my Club Championship….I am currently tied for 7th….I will definetly be along about midway through the game….hold down the fort until then, and if you guys dont show up to chat, Ill understand…
In the mean time – here’s what you might have missed….
Another Cubs Blog – Recap and Analysis of Game Three
Do it Yourself Game Three Recap – Bleed Cubbie Blue
100 Year Itch Featured Posts
See you guys during the game today….have a safe weekend…Drink – But Dont Drive
August 29, 2008
It was good to be a Cubs fan last night. Phillies….eh, not so much.
Ryan Dempster was very un-Dempster like giving up hard hit ball after hard hit ball. By the eighth inning the Phils had four on the board. To make matters worse, Cole Hamels was dominating the Cubs all night through seven. Thank God teams protect their pitchers today. Hamels was yanked for bullpen relief after 108 pitches. Little Lord Fontenot promptly took the second pitch out over left center to eek closer at 4-2.
Then the “draaa muh” began. Soriano doubled to deep left….Theriot singled…Lee walked to set the stage for Aramis Ramirez. Eight minutes prior I laid out the prediction that A Ram would go deep for a GS…the table was set. You know the rest of the story….6-4 Cubs.
What made it even more fun was that we had our banner day of commenting with 300+ during the game…by far our biggest one day haul here at 100 Year Itch…everyone was around for the prediciton and the subsequent celebration.
So off we go to game two….Rich Harden goes for the Cubs…Joe Blanton for the Phillies. i dont have time to get all of the stats up before the game so…Use your imagination on a Rich Harden start…be interesting to see how the Phillies respond after back to back heartbraking losses….
Not expecting as much traffic here during a day game…so it may be quiet…it may rock…who knows
Ill be here as much as possible…don’t forget if you are a new commenter, your first comment is moderated, then you are allowed to comment freely…kind of a anti troll mechanism
August 28, 2008
For the new people…this keeps the refresh time to a minimum
August 28, 2008
Big weekend series at home for the Cubbies to close out the month. The Philladelphia Phillies are coming to down for a four game set that has playoff implications for both the NL Central and NL East. In fact this whole weekend could be the weekend that everything starts getting sorted out in the National League.
Here is the NL East Picture:
- NYM Lead the Division
- PHI Half a Game Back
- FLA 5.5 Back
Here is the NL Central Picture:
- Cubs Lead the Division
- Milwaukee 6 Back
- Cardinals 9.5 Back
Here is the Wild Card Picture
- Milwaukee Leads the Race
- St Louis only 3.5 Back
- Philadelphia 4 Back
Now consider the crop of games this weekend…
- Mets @ Marlins
- Phillies @ Cubs (4 Games)
- Brewers @ Pirates
- Cardinals @ Astros
This is a make or break weekend for the NL East teams as you can and should expect the Brewers to sweep the Pirates giving them a lock on the NL Wild Card. That leaves the Mets, Marlins, and Phillies all vying for one playoff spot. The Mets are in the drivers seat on this one. If they take care of business against the Marlins they should maintain the division lead. The Phillies however, with a series win in Chicago can hope that the Marlins take out the Phillies (which is a good possibility) and they can leap frog over the Mets to take the division lead. We are getting a very dangerous team this weekend.
I could analyze the ever loving shit out of the NL East race and how fascinating it all could be….but this is a Cubs site…and I am not going to waste anyones time on the magnitude of the implications of the pontificating and conversating I could editorialize in this column. I think by just laying all of the games and standings out there that you can agree that this could be the weekend where teams can look back on and say “thats where it all turned around for us” or “thats the weekend weshit the bed.”
We have our four best pitchers going this weekend…at home.
- Game One = Dempster v. Hamels
- Game Two = Harden v. Blanton
- Game Three = Lilly v. Meyers
- Game Four = Zambrano v. Moyer
Daily previews and reviews coming….in game threads….just in case anyone actually stays here to chat after getting the previews.
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.