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


Pirates @ Cubs Game Three Preview

August 3, 2008

The Cubs’ starting pitchers continue to one-up each other. Carlos Zambrano is next in line for today’s series finale.

Chicago starters have tossed six quality starts in a row, starting with Ted Lilly in the series opener against Milwaukee on Monday. Zambrano, the staff ace, looks to make it a week’s worth of strong outings in today’s finale against Pittsburgh.

Well it’s worth saying the Cubs offense came back to life, not as much as what they are capable of but none the less we will take it after being shutout the first game of the series, one hitter Ive noticed in the Cubs lineup that is not “breaking out”or to put it simple, not hitting, I’m talking about D.Lee. He has just been awful since the All-Star break, according to baseballreference.com D.Lee has had eight hitless games since the break. He is a main guy in this Cub lineup and like Aramis Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano, he can carry a team on his shoulders when he gets hot, but D.Lee still takes his walks and brings that gold glove so even though he is not “on fire” at the plate he is still doing a decent job.

Looking ahead to today’s game:

Carlos Zambrano

  • #38 RHP
  • (12-4) 2.80 ERA 96 SO

Cubs: Zambrano struck out a season-high nine batters in a win over the Brewers in his last start. Big Z threw eight scoreless innings, giving up five hits and two walks. He also hit an RBI single. Zambrano now is batting .349 — and ranks among the NL leaders with a 2.80 ERA. He is 1-0 in two starts against the Pirates this year, facing them in back-to-back starts in late May. He went 4-1 in July, giving up seven runs over 35 1/3 innings.

 

Ian Snell

  • #45 RHP
  • (4-8) 6.04 ERA 90 SO

Pirates: Snell had arguably his best outing of 2008 against the Rockies at PNC Park his last time out. He struck out eight and walked only one on his way to a quality seven-inning performance. Manager John Russell said he hoped the start is a turning point for Snell. The right-hander hadn’t won a game since June 11. Snell is 1-5 with a 5.26 ERA against the Cubs in his career.

 

Carlos Zambrano 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   2  0  1  0   3   0   2  .333  .333  .667 1.000   0   0   0   0   0
 Freddy Sanchez        6     6   3  1  0  0   0   0   0  .500  .500  .667 1.167   0   0   0   0   0
 Doug Mientkiewicz     5     3   1  0  0  0   1   2   0  .333  .600  .333  .933   0   0   0   0   0
 Zach Duke             3     2   0  0  0  0   0   1   0  .000  .333  .000  .333   0   0   0   0   0
 Chris Gomez           3     3   1  0  0  0   0   0   1  .333  .333  .333  .666   0   0   0   0   0
 Jose Bautista         1     1   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Sean Burnett          1     1   0  0  0  0   0   0   1  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Luis Rivas            1     1   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+

Has not faced: Raul Chavez, Ryan Doumit, Andy LaRoche, Jason Michaels, Brandon Moss, Steven Pearce, and Jack Wilson & Has not faced pitchers: Denny Bautista, T.J. Beam, Jason Davis, John Grabow, Craig Hansen, Yoslan Herrera, Jeff Karstens, Paul Maholm, Ian Snell, and Tyler Yates

Ian Snell 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
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+
 Mark DeRosa           3     3   2  1  0  0   1   0   0  .667  .667 1.000 1.667   0   0   0   0   0
 Kosuke Fukudome       3     3   1  0  1  0   0   0   1  .333  .333 1.000 1.333   0   0   0   0   0
 Reed Johnson          3     3   2  0  0  0   1   0   0  .667  .667  .667 1.334   0   0   0   0   0
 Derrek Lee            3     3   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
 Aramis Ramirez        3     3   1  0  0  0   0   0   1  .333  .333  .333  .666   0   0   0   0   0
 Geovany Soto          3     2   1  1  0  0   0   1   0  .500  .667 1.000 1.667   0   0   0   0   0
 Ryan Theriot          3     3   2  0  1  0   0   0   0  .667  .667 1.333 2.000   0   0   0   0   0
 Daryle Ward           1     1   0  0  0  0   0   0   0  .000  .000  .000  .000   0   0   0   0   0
+-----------------+-------+---+---+--+--+--+---+---+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---+---+---+---+---+------+-------+

Has not faced: Henry Blanco, Ronny Cedeno, Jim Edmonds, Mike Fontenot, and Alfonso Soriano & Has not faced pitchers: Neal Cotts, Ryan Dempster, Scott Eyre, Chad Gaudin, Rich Harden, Bobby Howry, Ted Lilly, Carlos Marmol, Jason Marquis, Sean Marshall, Jeff Samardzija, and Carlos Zambrano

Ian snell has not faced the red hot Jim Edmonds this year but in his career against snell he has had 17 at bats against snell,out of his 17 at at bats he only has four hits but two of the four have been homeruns,so he might remain hot and crack a HR against snell today if he is in the lineup,another player who snell has not faced this year is Alfonso Soriano but in Soriano’s career against Snell he has lit him up in limited at bats against him going 6-12 with 3 homeruns and 5 RBI’s so look for him to remain hot and spark the Cubs offense today.

 Another game that on paper with are Ace going would suggest a blowout,but as we saw in game one of this series,its anybody’s game for the taking,Carlos Zambrano will look to improve to 13-4 and continue his Cy Young like year.


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…


Brew Hangover – Pirates 3 Cubs 0 = Troll Call!!!

August 1, 2008

The Cubs returned to the real Wrigley from Wrigley North for the first game of a nine game homestand to face the Pittsburgh Pirates today. A little hagover from the Brewers Series? Perhaps. Cubs lose 3-0.

Rather than highlight a game with out any highlights, we are instead going to highlight comments from the ESPN conversation board from the game. As usual, after a loss the idiots come back out and shit all over the Cubs fans….I wont include names, but I’ll tell you about where they were on the comment board so you can see them for yourself…

But before we get to the gems…I think it is appropriate to mention 100 Year Itch friend The Wisdom Cube for this snarky remark

Yeah, there’s this horn (kinda like a Snickers Feast Conch) that’s blown when the Cubs are down by a few runs and it’s late in the game. . . that’s known as the Troll Call. . .

So Here are the Results of the Troll Call…

#1356

Speaking of ignorant fans… all the cubs fans are still here. Guess what? You lost and looked horrible. Shut out! Come of a series win, and get shut out! At home too. I thought you guys had cameras in center field to steal signs and prevent this stuff? Guess your cameramen are as stupid as you! Too bad.

Same Dude # 1347

We had our problems with the bullpen, but still got runs across. We didn’t load the bases and have multiple innings with multiple runners on. We executed, but got beat by a good team. But comparing the Pirates and Cubs, they’re about equal so can’t say much more than they made you look horrible.

#1141

CUBBIES SUUUUCK CUBBIES SUUUCK HEY CHICAGO WHAT DO U SAY THE CUBS ARE GETTING THERE @$$ES KICKED!!! BY THE PIRATES THE LOWLY PIRATES PITTSBURGH IS THE WORST IN THE NL BUT THEY CAN STILL TAKE THE CUBS!!!!! HA HA HAAAAA HA HA HAAAAA CUBBIES SUCK AND BREWERS ROCK BUT THATS THE CUBBIES PROBLEM!!

#1333

How are the Cubs supposed to win the world series if they get shut out by the pirates?

#1338

Yankees fans are annoying, but with all those titles, they have a right to be. It’s like the really hot girl with a bit of an attitude…you still put up with her because she’s hot.

Cubs fans….well, you’re like the fat chick with an attitude…and no one gets it.

Man…this should be a daily column…but I guess that would involve me actually giving a rat’s ass what the trolls say. Anyways…enough with the comedy relief…looking forward to Out of the Box observations…

I’m looking at my hand and I see four aces coming up…so there may not be too much comedy on the boards anyways….Lilly v. Maholm tomorrow…Preview in the morning.


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