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I think Jacque Jones needs to sire a few more kids as he went 3 for 5 last night with three RBI's, a homer, a double and three runs in his triumphant return to the starting lineup after taking a few days off to be with his newborn daughter. Congrats to Jones and his family and keep the hot-hitting up. Tonight is the final night game of the year and the final opportunity to watch Rich Hill pitch. Then the last off day of the year which I'm sure will be used as a mandatory practice day and the final showdown with the Rockies to finish the year off. Cubs lost out on the first pick in the draft last night with their victory and the Royals loss. Second place is still in reach, but so is fourth place as the Pirates have to contend with the Astros and Reds the rest of the way who are both trying to unthrone the rapidly collapsing Cardinals. Go Cubs! GAME ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-NINE IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT] MILWAUKEE BREWERS (73-84) AT CHICAGO CUBS (64-94) Wrigley Field, 7:05 pm CDT Weather: Clear, 63 degrees, Wind from L to R @ 15 mph TV: CSN, DirecTV 743 Radio: WGN, XM 188
Rich Hill, LHP 6-7, 4.29 ERA, 92.1 IP 83 K, 37 BB, 13 HR 226/304/424 againstDave Bush, RHP 12-11, 4.54 ERA, 202 IP 161 K, 38 BB, 26 HR 256/305/427 against

Brady Clark, CF Tony Graffanino, 2B Jeff Cirillo, 1B Bill Hall, SS Corey Hart, RF David Bell, 3B Mike Rivera, C Vinny Rottino, LF Dave Bush, P *Juan Pierre, CF Ryan Theriot, 2B *Jacque Jones, RF Matt Murton, LF *John Mabry, 1B Henry Blanco, C *Scott Moore, 3B Ronny Cedeno, SS *Rich Hill, P

Brewers vs. Hill: No Brewers with more than 10 AB'sCubs vs. Bush: Jacque Jones: 5-17, 294/294/588, 4 K, 1 HR, 2 2B Juan Pierre: 6-14, 429/429/714, 1 HR Ronny Cedeno: 3-11, 273/250/545, 1 HR Aramis Ramirez: 3-10, 300/417/700, 1 HR


blah blah *insert lineup complaint dujour* blah blah dusty blah blah *insert bad joke* blah blah misconception blah blah why cant matt murton play catcher blah blah mabry has 2 broken legs blah blah something something pancakes.

seriously, though...how many homers hill gonna give up today? =p

im still scared of this dude's pitching arsenal even if 2 of them are plus pitches.

crunch: blah blah *insert lineup complaint dujour* blah blah dusty blah blah *insert bad joke* blah blah misconception blah blah why cant matt murton play catcher blah blah mabry has 2 broken legs blah blah something something pancakes.

Oddly enough this is more coherent than some TCR comment posts.

I see Ramirez is not in the lineup again tonight. I'll repeat my comments after seeing yesterday's lineup.

Ryno, September 26, 2006 10:24 PM: I may be reading too much into this, but for Ramirez to miss a game for a "sore leg" doesn't make sense. Putting yourself in the shoes of Ramirez:

You have, what, 6 games left, on the verge of 40 home runs and the biggest contract you'll sign in your career. It's going to take more than a sore leg to keep me from playing.

So... and this is just conjecture, either it's worse than a sore leg, or the Cubs have already agreed to terms and he's no longer worried about impressing possible suitors.

So is it a sore leg again tonight?


I'm 6 days from a big payday, why the hell am I going to risk pulling up lame with another quad injury and scare a bunch of teams off?

At least we have some consistancy.


I thought he was in Japan!

Pinch hit in the 7th for the Phillies and drew a walk.

What a riot to see him again in a playoff race!

According to Len and Bob, the Cubs have set a major league record for pitching changes in a season.

Can someone explain the situation where Juan Pierre DOESN'T score from second on a basehit? Was it a bloop? or a liner that just missed an infielder's glove?

Can someone explain the situation where Juan Pierre DOESN'T SCORE ...

So what's new about Juan Pierre NOT scoring? He's really remarkably good at it.

In this case it was a bloop to center that gave him pause. It's always something.

the funny thing about that bloop is that jones could probably have been forced at second had the ball not topspinned away from the CF's glove on the short hop for a second.

That would have made for some awesome early-season late-season symmetry

I know Blanco missed the sign on the squeeze and all, but what the hell are you doing squeezing with your backup catcher (who's actually hitting) at the plate and your LF (who actually runs slower than backup catcher) on third base?

Cubs baseball, baby. About as fundamentally sound as your local 5-7 year old T-Ball team. Also, perhaps managed by one of those 5-7 year olds.

blanco has layed down a perfect one earlier this season. I think it was a game winner too.

Oh and CWTP, all I read was blah, blah, blah, blooped, blah, blah blah

All appologies Crunch.

end of season haiku

three hundred murton
red headed slugger we have
what a second half

Murton has decent speed, average at worse, I'd probably go with slightly above average. Which LF did you think was on third?


Ridiculous comment on Pierre. No one would've scored on the bloop unless there were two outs.

Pierre has been on base 231 times via hit or walk (didn't have HBP or error totals). He's scored 85 times. Dave Roberts: 179 times, 77 runs. Kenny Lofton: 180 times, 75 runs. We all wish Pierre's OBP was better. I guess what I'm trying to get at is, are you blaming his high caught-stealing numbers or something for him not scoring? Because it seems to me that if he's on base 231 times and is caught stealing, say, 20 times, that leaves 211. And if he doens't score a lot after being on base 211 times without taking himself out of the equation, doesn't that mean the other hitters' suckitude has something to do with it?

David Bush was dealing last night, our lineup was horrendous, Blanco has successfully laid down a squeeze before, and at the time, it was conceivable that it was going to be a 1-0 game.

While I hate "manufacturing" runs, this was a time to do it.

As for Pierre not scoring from second, it was a bloop that landed right between the 2B and CF. Nobody would have scored. (It probably should have been caught. The CF was playing shallow.) Jones might have been forced at second, but the CF bobbled the ball.

If Rich Hill pitches 200 innings next year, he might lead the league in HRs allowed. Fun to watch but frightening.

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  • Mine has been really slow to load -- on different computers from different locations.

    JoePepitone 58 min ago view
  • Anybody else have issues accessing the site this afternoon/evening?

    Eric S 1 hour 58 min ago view
  • Boras is 63, maybe he'll be retired or dead by the time Bryant, Russell, Almora, Albertos all hit free agency. Doubt he will be before Jake hits there though.

    cubbies.4ever 5 hours 19 min ago view
  • Interesting choices when guys get healthy.

    LaStella, Fowler & Soler replace Coghlan, Almora and Sczcur? I assume they don't want Almora to sit.

    Despite MIggy's demise, I assume they keep him around to mentor Contreras?

    billybucks 6 hours 32 min ago view
  • I believe Willson now has more CS than MIggy. The kid has an arm. Also, Russell is amazingly good on those plays at 2nd.

    billybucks 7 hours 44 min ago view
  • oh yeah...thanks joe/billy.

    poor outing, still got the win, go cubs.

    crunch 8 hours 22 min ago view
  • Although it felt like it, Jake didn't lose to them -- he got the W. (Assuming you are referring to Monday's game)

    billybucks 10 hours 3 min ago view
  • Arrieta didn't lose to the Reds. He got the win -- he just didn't pitch like we expect him to.

    JoePepitone 10 hours 3 min ago view
  • almora's 1st HR!

    crunch 10 hours 11 min ago view
  • it's not like this CIN team is lost-cause horrible, but aside from defense and power this is a truly horrible team.

    kinda crazy arrieta lost to them and yesterday's game had to go 15 innings for the cubs win.

    crunch 10 hours 27 min ago view
  • It looked like Hamilton got screened by Duvall and that Duvall just barely deflected the ball off of his glove--redirecting it slightly without taking away much of its momentum.

    At least it didn't turn into a Schwarber/Fowler situation. Hamilton and Duvall are both pretty important youngish players for the Reds.

    Charlie 10 hours 35 min ago view
  • he walked off the field on his own. aside from a concussion watch and some attention to his leg/knee that buckled a bit under him, the biggest thing hurt was probably his pride after the ball knocked off his skull.

    crunch 10 hours 53 min ago view
  • After last night, an inside-the-park HR seems kind of run-of-the-mill somehow.

    Sounds bad for Hamilton. Hope he's okay--listening on the radio.

    Brick 11 hours 10 min ago view
  • SHOW ME THE MONEY: Jose Albertos has signed with Mega-Agent Scott Boras.

    Albertos has already received his signing bonus and won't see any additional significant money until he reaches the big leagues, so this is a long-term investment for the Boras Corporation.  

    Other Cubs represented by Boras include Jake Arrieta, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, and Albert Almora Jr. 

    Arizona Phil 11 hours 17 min ago view
  • I am glad Joe is managing this team and not Old and Blue!

    Hagsag 13 hours 39 min ago view
  • Baez had Maddon's ass last night. I didn't hear the reason for taking Contreras out last night but whatever game management thingy it was, you don't take out your second hottest hitter. Or is he third? Anyway, you don't take him out. The guy can probably play anywhere in the field, anyway. Did anybody see that nice catch in left he made? I don't think he got a late start on that, just tracked it damn well for a catcher.

    Old and Blue 15 hours 35 min ago view