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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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  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 6 hours 27 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 7 hours 10 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 7 hours 21 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 7 hours 28 min ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 7 hours 31 min ago view
  • new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 7 hours 42 min ago view
  • Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.

    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 7 hours 48 min ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 8 hours 3 min ago view
  • I'm liking this rookie Nathan.

    CTSteve 8 hours 4 min ago view
  • Richard DFA'd. Meh...

    The E-Man 10 hours 55 min ago view
  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 13 hours 28 min ago view
  • The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.

    chitownmvp01 14 hours 59 sec ago view
  • If the ball didn't deflect off the pitcher's mound, the game wouldn't have ended. Montgomery did miss his location though, but if that same contact was made and went in any of direction, good chance of ground out if it doesn't get through.

    If it was 1 night later, Chapman would be out there and we probably would be going to extras.

    Also, If KB wasn't robbed of a HR, perhaps we would have won. We will never know. Nice play by Melky though.

    chitownmvp01 14 hours 2 min ago view
  • The comparison isn't Chapman replacing Rondon. It's Chapman replacing Richard (hopefully) in the pen. Chapman's better.

    billybucks 15 hours 59 min ago view
  • I'm with you, Rob. You pretty much summed up how I feel about it.

    JoePepitone 18 hours 19 min ago view
  • Been quite the roller-coaster the past two days -- both games, plus the Chapman kerfuffel. How about a couple of nice, comfortable wins before facing Sale? Cubs should definitely wear throwbacks for that game.

    billybucks 19 hours 15 min ago view