Game 157 Thread / Cubs @ Marlins (1 of 3)

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DeRosa 2B Uggla 2B Lee 1B Hermida RF Ramirez 3B Cabrera 3B Murton RF Jacobs 1B Soto C Olivo C Monroe CF Linden LF Theriot SS Carroll CF Lilly P Willis P Just 16 days short of four years ago, the Cubs hooked up with Willis in Miami, Aramis Ramirez clubbed a first-inning grand slam, and every Cub fan on the planet was scrambling to figure out who he would have to bribe, suck up to, or kill in order to get himself a World Series ticket. Now only Ramirez, Carlos Zambrano and Kerry Wood remain from that star-crossed Cub team, and the sights will be set a little lower for the moment, with the focus on getting the Cubs one step closer to locking up the NL Central. Willis was a winner in his only start against the Cubs back in May. Lilly lost to the Marlins in the finale of that same miserable series, a three-game Florida sweep in Wrigley that left the home team 22-29, six games behind the first-place Brewers, and looking almost completely hopeless. At cubs.com, Carrie Muskat points out that the 9-4 Cub loss on 5/29 was so bad, it prompted a players-only meeting before the game on 5/30...which the Cubs then went out and lost 9-0 behind Lilly. I'm glad it's now and not then. Among the current Cubs, Alfonso Soriano has had the most luck against the Florida lefty (8-for-17 with a home run). Overall, the Cubs have won 10 of 12; the Marlins have lost 7 of 8.

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How's the weather looking? Anyone actually in Florida?

I am going to hijack this thread like AZ Phil's got hijacked...

So back to the Instructional league game - nice to see Vitters take a couple of walks.

Mateo looked OK, pitching two innings of shutout ball and getting ground ball after ground ball with a hard-driving sinker, although he did surrender three ground singles along the way.

If I were to assume that groundballs in AZ in September to an infield of guys in there first year of professional ball is not the quickest way to success, would you agree with me, or is the field kept in close approximation of a ML diamond?

Let's kick some ass!!

Froggy went a courtin' he did ride, crambone...

She'll be comin' round that mountain when she comes...

I've been working on the railroad...

If you're ever down in Texas, look me up...

I love symmetry.

So earlier in the season, the Cubs were well under .500 and ran into a Marlin team that swept us. Now at the end of the season things are reversed and we are well over .500. Perhaps fate will allow us to return the favor and all but guaranteeing us a trip to the playoffs.

We just need StL to take one off them Brewers and I will feel so much better.

I LIKED THE FIRED UP CHAD BETTER!

WHERE'S THE ADRENALINE? WHERE'S THE IN-YOUR-FACE COCKINESS?

GO CUBS GO!!! LET'S KICK ASS!!

andy I am so jittery right now i can barely walk yet get fired up. I want to crawl under my bed and hide.

ok FUCK THAT...

I SAY WE HAVE OURSELVES AN OLD FASHIONED FISH-FRY!!!!!!!

WHO'S WITH ME!!!!??!???!!!!?!?!?!

I'm in. Hand me the seal ejaculate!

http://www.weather.com/weather/local/USFL0316...

currently cloudy, spotty patches of green, 60% chance of rain, "watch for lightning"

Radar map was about 3 hours ago though.

How's the weather lookin?

Here's the Biscayne Bay Cam looking at Miami ~~~live!~~~.

http://www.weatherusa.net/skycamnet/showcam.p...

http://www.local10.com/wxmap/11024606/detail....

latest image around 6:30 local time, small patch of green over Miami with larger patches of green possibly moving in..

HAHAHAHAHA Brick!

I'm in!

I remember thinking "Holy %$^&*, we're in the Series" after Ramirez's GS. Oops.

I hope this fish fry is an all-you-can-eat

Here's a live feed from the Centerfield camera at Prolphin stadium

http://www.markgracesslumpiestbusters.html

AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

WHY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT 2003???

It's bad juju!

I think it was a sweep in Miami last year that made me think the season was officially over.

"I think it was a sweep in Miami last year that made me think the season was officially over."

Maybe a Cubs sweep in Miami this year will make you realize that the post season is officially (almost) just starting?

Again, symmetry!

KICK SOME MARLIN ASS CUBS

Gorzelanny?

/buys Chad a Corona

Damnit. Can we stop seeing with Monroe in CF? His .220/.304/.317 ain't cuttin' it.

Well 3 wins puts us into what I consider the 'post season', though technically I guess it is considered part of the regular season.

I have trouble thinking of symmetry, I think more along the lines of 'man, it's been a long time since we beet the marlins and some of those HR's we pounded out against the Pirates would be warning track outs (or maybe doubles) in Prolphin Stadium.

Neal, I know that 3 wins does not clinch the division but I really doubt that the Brewers are going to sweep the Cards and Pad. So our 3 wins (almost - did you miss the almost last time?) puts us in the post season.

For the record a 1 game playoff counts as the regular season.

Ahh, but the almost could apply to the date (the post season starts on the 2nd) rather than on the clinchidness of the title.

Anyway it looks good for the Cubs and it seems like we have historically roughed up the D-Train pretty well so I like the chances to lop one off our magic number tonight.

I full expect the Brewers to win five of six. Really the only tough pitcher they face is Young, and the way the Pads are going they may have nothing to play for by Saturday.

Nice to see Pinhead is swinging back into his overmanaging mode. Intentional walks in the first inning? Genius! Hopefully the Cubs will start sacrifcing if they can get a runner on in the 2nd.

Rotoworld is saying Dunn will have knee surgery on Wednesday. So no Dunn and Griffey should equal Cubs sweep this weekend.

This doesn't look good.

We look like crap out there tonight.

meh

This looks like May all over again.

i can't recall a team more inclined to swing at the first pitch immediately following a walk.

hopefully, the decide to show up tomorrow night.

What a disgusting offensive effort thus far.

How could a team come flat on a game like today? It absolutely amazes me. Maybe Lou should get fiery.

..and LaRussa's "Look, I'm a genius!" move of batting the pitcher 8th backfires. 2nd and 3rd, 2 outs, #7 hitter up...and the Brewers intentionally walk him to get to Looper, who K's with the bat on his shoulder.

Gee, Tony, given how your team has crumbled --maybe go back to a normal batting order?

Looks like the Cubs will need to win 4 of their last 5 to win the division -- Brewers are taking no prisoners at home, and the Cards and Pods are dead.

Why can't the Cubs beat this team?

One lousy inning. Hits by the 7, 8 and 9 hitters. Why does this sound familiar?

Very queasy.....very, very queasy.

OH NO! WE SUCK AGAIN!

Yeah, now Chad has got me nervous. If MIL wins, which they are 4-1 right now thru 5, the magic number will still be 4 and the Cubs will be up 2 games with 5 to play. Still think the Cubs will do it, but doubt is definitely creeping in. Hold on for the ride...

"I hate myself and I want to die"

- Kurt Cobain

NOW ITS MY FAULT?!??!?!?!?!?!!?!?

Chad:
"NOW ITS MY FAULT?!??!?!?!?!?!!?!?"

HA HA. I gotta blame someone right now, maybe someone else will step up and be the scapegoat tomorrow...:)

Reason #1,099 to hate the Cardinals...

Cubs now 0-4 vs. the Fish.

Cue the ominous music.

Good thing they are on the road, so they can't feel the panic that has crept in since Sunday.

Cards load the bases with one out in the 6th, but don't score. There's your ballgame.

Two up with 5 to play.

Funny...a few days ago, that would sounded great...

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  • 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 2 hours 17 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 3 hours 30 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 4 hours 41 min ago view
  • oh yeah...thanks joe/billy.

    poor outing, still got the win, go cubs.

    crunch 5 hours 20 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 7 hours 39 sec ago view
  • Arrieta didn't lose to the Reds. He got the win -- he just didn't pitch like we expect him to.

    JoePepitone 7 hours 1 min ago view
  • almora's 1st HR!

    crunch 7 hours 9 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 7 hours 24 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 7 hours 32 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 7 hours 51 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 8 hours 8 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.  

    Arizona Phil 8 hours 15 min ago view
  • I am glad Joe is managing this team and not Old and Blue!

    Hagsag 10 hours 37 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 12 hours 32 min ago view
  • Per Fangraphs...

    Bryant took over NL lead in WAR after yesterday's effort. 3.9. Rizzo's at 2.8 and 8th in the league. Rizzo actually with better offensive numbers (161 wRC+ versus 146 for Bryant), but Bryant gets a good bump because of defense and position(s) played.

    Fowler with a 2.8 WAR as well (9th), Zobrist with a 2.7 (14th).

    M. Carpenter leads NL with 163 wRC+ just ahead of Rizzo who is 2nd.

    Rob G. 18 hours 34 min ago view
  • Amen

    jacos 20 hours 12 min ago view