Game 150 Thread / Cubs @ Cards (4 of 4)

Game Chat : BR Preview : Game Notes Jason Marquis vs. Mark MulderLineups:
A. Soriano LF A. Miles 2B
M. DeRosa 2B R. Ankiel RF
D. Lee 1B A. Pujols 1B
A. Ramirez 3B
> J. Edmonds CF M. Murton RF R. Ludwick LF C. Monroe CF S. Spiezo 3B G. Soto C Y. Molina C R. Cedeno SS M. Mulder P J. Marquis P B. Ryan 2B Mulder is coming off two brutal starts following his return from the Disabled List. This past Tuesday, the Reds tagged him for seven hits and seven runs (two unearned) in just four innings...which was arguably better than his earlier start against the Pirates--eight hits and six runs allowed, also in four innings. Lifetime, the lefty is 2-3 against the Cubs, but has given up 54 hits in just 42 2/3 IP. Derrek Lee hasn't just hit Mulder hard, he has savaged him: 11-for-15 with a homer, five RBI and a 1.698 OPS. Cub starter Marquis, who has been better this year at Wrigley than on the road, is following a not-so-good no-decision against the Astros. Right before that, however, he had consecutive strong outings against Houston and the Dodgers. Marquis is 2-1 against his former teammates this season, including a sterling 7-inning, no-walk, no-runs-allowed start back in April. Jason, I think we'll take one of those, if you don't mind.

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Yay!! All righty lineup.

YAY! All righty lineup.

Well, there's real hope that Cincy can win today in Milwaukee. It's Belisle vs Vilanueva. Matt Belisle has been significantly better on the road (5-1 4.40 away) than at home while Vilanueva (4.96 ERA at home) has done better on the road. Of course most of Vilanueva's stats come from relief appearances. He's been much better in his three starts. So, it's really a question of which Vilanueva shows up today.

Reds @ Brewers just about to start now. GO REDS!!

Oh yeah, a few minutes ago the Reds announcers said that Cincy BUSES the club up to Chicago. Is that right?? They don't fly? or were they just being flip.

pretty normal to bus it from Milwaukee to Chicago, an hour and a half to two hour trip.

Really, all the MLB teams bus between Milwaukee and Chicago? What's the mileage cutoff between flying and driving between cities?

Bases loaded, no outs = no runs. Why does it seem that the Cubs have the same killer instinct as PETA.

Agreed adrosen. That was a miserable performance by Ramirez who refused to walk. Soriano who just stood at third base watching the slow grounder. And Murton who went from a 3-0 count to hitting a double play ball to end the inning. Should have scored two at least.

it takes longer to deal with the airports and fly between Milwaukee and Chicago than to drive. It's a 90 minute drive.

3 for 3 so far

CLEARLY--the Biggest mistake the Cubs have made this year was not bringing Soto up a couple months ago and letting him play. Instead we got a College of Catchers this year.

Brewers pouring it on in the fifth. 5-0 now. This game is now another one of those "must-wins" for the Cubs.

End of 5

Brewers 5 Cubs 4 Cardinals and Reds 0

What, no double that inning?!

Marquis pitching in the 6th with very large stones.

Those deep fouls to LF corner from Pujols warrant an underwear change

Nice job. No runs.

CUBS WIN!!! CUBS WIN!!!

Unfortunately, so did MIL. Still all tied up in the all important loss column and both team controls their own destiny with 14 days to go (or maybe 15 if things stay the same). Go Cubs!!!

College of catchers > College of coaches.

it takes longer to deal with the airports and fly between Milwaukee and Chicago than to drive. It’s a 90 minute drive.

I commute by air between Santa Barbara and Burbank.. 89 miles. It beats driving.

I commute by air between Santa Barbara and Burbank.. 89 miles. It beats driving.

I believe most MLB teams do not fly from LA to San Diego either.

cwtp...not sure what your point is. Apples and Orange Countys?

I commute by air between Santa Barbara and Burbank.. 89 miles. It beats driving.

First off... the drive from Burbank to Santa Barbara is different than the drive from Chicago to Milwaukee.

Second... there is a big difference between driving yourself 90 miles and taking a bus 90 miles where someone else drives.

never been to Santa Barbara airport but Burbank is a breeze to get in and out of...

On the other hand, O'Hare is not.

Another reason to hate Roy Oswalt. From yahoo sports:

Sep 17 Oswalt's scheduled start on Wednesday will be pushed back due to the pending birth of his second child, the Associated Press reports.
Recommendation: He's tentatively slated to go on Saturday in St. Louis.

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  • The key for Heyward's offense: get early leads. Heard a stat on Mike & Mike on the way to work that his avg/power much better this year when the Cubs have the lead. And true to form he gets the two run dinger with Cubs winning 3-0 ...

    Eric S 17 min 52 sec ago view
  • I'm sorry - I was probably not looking at the correct line, or spot, or...who knows!

    I could blame it on the weed, but I stopped smoking many years ago.

    Fortunately, I can rely on the rest of you sober and astute folks to bring the correct info forth.

    The E-Man 45 min 20 sec ago view
  • Oh yeah! It just felt like one for some reason.

    Old and Blue 1 hour 51 min ago view
  • Agreed. I was not including Fowler or Heyward.

    I'm just not a fan of 2016 Coghlan.....

    Dusty Baylor 1 hour 57 min ago view
  • @Dusty Contreras if it's a Lester or Arrieta start. TLS is good PH too. You also forgot about Heyward, assume Fowler is CF.

    chitownmvp01 1 hour 59 min ago view
  • I expect Soler to get optioned as well when activated and Cahill to replace Grimm. It wouldn't surprise me if Coghlan and/or Soler is included in a trade.

    Maybe Coghlan is up to see if he can get on track before someone acquires him.

    This move could also be to assure that we have as much OF depth as possible to maximize Joe's ability to rest players in September once we've clinched.

    chitownmvp01 2 hours 1 min ago view
  • Maddon basically said as much...Fowler still kind of sore, they're being proactive, etc.

    Tito 2 hours 3 min ago view
  • La Stella at 2B...Baez at 3B, or vice versa. Zobrist in RF, Bryant in LF No one gets bumped.

    Dusty Baylor 2 hours 11 min ago view
  • If Coghlan is leading off, I assume Fowler is getting the day off. Who is supposed to lead off, then? Someone has to get on base for Bryant and Rizzo. Coghlan's OBP is .346 with the Cubs. Jackson's was .304. LaStella can lead off, but then he has to play second or third, and bump Zobrist or Baez.

    Unless he gets hot, Coghlan will likely change places with Soler soon.

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 13 min ago view
  • I suspect the Cubs asked Chris Coghlan if he would accept an Optional Assignment to the minors and he refused (Coghlan has one minor league option left), so either you keep LaStella on the 25 and release Coghlan, or option LaStella to AAA for about a month and have both LaStella and Coghlan available in September-October. (As an Article XIX-A player, Coghlan must give his permission before he can be optioned to the minors, while LaStella has not accrued enough MLB Service Time to refuse an optional assignment).

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 34 min ago view
  • Given today's lineup -- maybe they just wanted an extra OF to give Dexter a few days off (i.e. day game after a night game).

    billybucks 2 hours 36 min ago view
  • Tommy LaStella has three minor leaue options left so it's no big deal to send him to Iowa, but as of right now he projects to be at 2+124 MLB Service Time by the end of the of the 2016 MLB regular season, which will place him "on the bubble" as far as being eligible for salary arbitration as a "Super Two" post-2016.

    But if he spends at least twenty days on optional assignment this season (anything less than twenty days and he will accrue a full season of MLB Service Time), he will not have enough MLB Service Time to have a chance to be a "Super Two."

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 47 min ago view
  • this will be his 4th time leading off for the cubs this season...WITH A .500 OB%! HAIL MADDON! THE PLAN (c)2016! HE HAS RISEN! #YOLO #SWAG! KONY 2012!

    crunch 2 hours 55 min ago view
  • I don't hate Coghlan as a PHer but he's leading off today which is as bad as Austin Jackson doing so last year. He doesn't even have the speed.

    johann 3 hours 44 min ago view
  • TLS has options. He will be up again in Sept, and maybe earlier.

    Rob Richardson 3 hours 55 min ago view
  • Very odd -- TLS .308/.419 in July (in 26 AB). Strange move for a team struggling to score runs. Hard to imagine Coghlan doing better than that. Maybe they like Coghlan better as a PH?

    billybucks 4 hours 5 min ago view