September 16, 2008
The Dale Sveum (sp?) Era begins tonight for the Milwaukee Brewers as they travel to Wrigley for a three game set against the Cubs. This three game set is followed by a three game set at Miller Park in about ten days. Needless to say, these six games could determine whether or not the Brewers make it to the post season. Chicago is all but assured of a spot with their magic number at 6.
Should be a fun game to watch with CC Sabathia and Ryan Dempster on the bump for the Brewers and Cubs respectively. The Brewers will be pressing a bit, but also can play with relatively no pressure now that they fired their manager…it all depends on how the players internalize the situation. The Phillies who are tied for the Wild Card lead “tee off” an hour ahead of this game, so the Brewers will have one eye on the scoreboard all night as well. The Cubs could be positioned for a letdown of sorts after a no-no by Carlos Zambrano and a near no-no by Ted Lilly. The Cubs bats however have woken up the last two games.
We will be here to chat the game later today.
August 23, 2008
Aramis Ramirez hit two three run homeruns to power the Cubs past the Washington today. One day after the Nationals pounded Cubs pitching to the tune of 13 runs, it was the Northsiders who did the pounding. The 9-2 victory could have been much worse as through the first three innings the Cubs left the bases loaded twice and two on in the first.
Ryan Dempster notched his 15th victory of the year, which is a career high…but it was Dempsters candid comments of the shot to win 20 games this year that is endearing him to the Wrigley faithful…
“I don’t know. I’m not worried about that. It’s a great personal accomplishment, but my motivation is one reason and one reason only and that’s to get to the playoffs and win the World Series,” Dempster said. “I will take 15 wins and a World Series and I’d be the happiest player in baseball.” (ESPN)
Dempster is on a Cy Young pace and would be at the top of the discussion if not for Brandon Webb of Arizona having a monster year.
You know where to go to get the professional recap…I am going to say what matters most. The Cubs will go for their EIGHTH straight series win tomorrow. If they can win series for the rest of the year and not get too upset about dropping a game or two, then the pressure is on everyone else.
August 23, 2008
A party on Friday + an Early Saturday Game + We aren’t a Professional News Organization = No Preview
Funny shit here from The Wisdom Cube form yeterday’s Troll Call…In the mean time Ryan Dempster is on the bump today for the Cubs…We wont have to see Marquis until next week…that’s always a good thing…
Chat here during the game if you would like…but I gotta be honest, I am beginning to wonder if Cubs fans are massochistic and like the Trolls…..any thoughts?
July 30, 2008
Another fine performance by both Ryan Theriot and Ryan Dempster. Theriot finished the night going 3-3 with a triple, two walks and three RBIs. On the mound, Dempster pitched seven strong innings giving up only one run (on an 0-2 wild pitch) while striking out nine.
Dempster earned his second road decision and he improved his overall record to 12-4. He should be mentioned, along with his teammate Carlos Zambrano for the NL Cy Young. Meanwhile, Theriot has been the catalyst for the Cubs all season. He is leading the team in hits and is closing in on 50 multiple hit games.
The importance of these two is so huge to this team. I didn’t think Dempster was gonna be one of the best pitchers in the league this year making the switch from closer last year to starter this year, but he has been invaluable. The same can be said for Theriot.
These two should be considered for the team’s first half MVP. Some may argue, but without these two, who knows where this team would be. Especially snce no one predicted at the beginning of the season that they were gonna be such important pieces to this Cubs team.
Dusty Baker, among his many faults when he was at the helm, never really gave Theriot a chance. Dusty always did play his favorites including Neifi Perez. So, credit must be given to Sweet Lou for giving Theriot the chance to play every day and for sticking with him. He is definetly the most improved player on this Cubs team this year from last year. He is on his way to 200+ hits this year. If that isn’t a catalyst, I don’t know what is.
The two Ryans….MVPs of the team? One does it on the mound, the other with the glove and the bat. If you list all these two have done for this team this year and then subtract those contributions you gain more of an appreciation of their impact. Carlos Zambrano, Rich Harden, Derek Lee, Aramis Ramirez, and Alfonso Soriano get the press – Ryan Dempster and Ryan Theriot simply get it done.