Game 18 Thread / Pirates @ Cubs (3 of 3)

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SP *Zach Duke SP Ryan Dempster
  0-0, 2.89, 7 K, 4 BB
2-0, 2.37, 13 K, 9 BB
       
CF *Nate McLouth CF Reed Johnson
2B Freddy Sanchez SS Ryan Theriot
LF Jason Bay 1B Derrek Lee
1B *Adam LaRoche 3B Aramis Ramirez
RF Xavier Nady LF Matt Murton
C #Ryan Doumit RF Mark DeRosa
3B Jose Bautista C Geovany Soto
SS Brian Bixler 2B Ronny Cedeno
P
*Zach Duke P Ryan Dempster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WGN Radio is reporting that Kosuke Fukudome has a sebaceous cyst on his forehead which is causing some swelling in his right eyelid and thus, some vision problems. However, according to WGN's Cory Provus, Fukudome is on medication and is expected to return to the lineup on Monday.

In the meantime, Matt Murton gets to hit against Zach Duke, vs. whom he has had considerable success (10-for-22 with two doubles, a homer, 3RBI).

Regarding the game at hand, can't we just play the Pirates forever? The Cubs go for the sweep against Pittsburgh and try to improve theirseason record against the Bucs to 6-0 this afternoon at Wrigley.

Ryan Dempster has been generally terrific in his three starts, allowing just 9 hits in 19 IP. Good thing, too: with the struggles of Lilly and Hill, the Cub bullpen has thrown more innings so far this season that any other NL relief corps besides the Marlins'.

 


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I swear to Cey, I showed up to actually, you know, help, and was making the game thread when I saw yours get created.

 

But yours is much prettier.  :)

 

Go Redheads! 

I wouldn't have missed the opportunity to use the word "sebaceous" for all the world.

Indeed, it is the best use of the word "sebaceous" I have seen in the last week.

Sebaceous is Japanese for "gross!!"

Does anybody else think that Soto belongs in the 5th spot yet? I think he offers decent protection and putting Fuku in the second spot would be great.

A Murton sighting!!!!

I have stolen the technology from the TLFC super computer, and have created the MMFC super computer.

And it has predicted a 2-4, 1 2b, 1 rbi, 1 run game for Big Red.

Yes. That is right. A double.

1 for 6 with 2 rbi and 5 left on.
probably mis-placed as the 5 hitter.
let's see what lou says.

probably mis-placed as the 5 hitter.

Amazing what you can tell from one game.

But I don't really disagree with you. Murton really isn't a #5 hitter, but today's game doesn't tell us that.

Murton owned Duke before today so probably why he was batting 5th...

nonetheless, wtf is with his swing? 

moved due to bad comedy

He's been taking batting lessons from Juan Pierre. They've become close since Pierre left Chicago.

Try his swing out for yourself sometime. All will be clear what's wrong.

Spread your legs as far apart as you can. Then swing without moving them and you too will be able to hit groundballs to all parts of the infield.

Works about the same for golf as well.

Logan,

I do like Fuku in the #2 slot, followed by Lee, ARam, and DeRosa/Soto, but probably DeRosa in the 5th with Soto 6th.

Thoughts?

The Messmers really can sing...

Now why are there only two people in parachat?

That's ideal Jordan. I like the way that the lineup has great opportunities to roll over and reset almost like an AL lineup. Having that speed at the bottom, albeit sometimes coming with low OBP, is great with decent hitting pitchers. Do you guys think that the Reed Johnson lead-off stuff is gonna work for long?

No. His K:BB ratio is not so great in his career, even in 2006 when he put up good offensive numbers. His OBP will only remain decent if he continues to hit for a high average. Then again, who do we have who would make a good leadoff hitter? Theriot when he's at his best is good at the top, but he is terrible when he slumps. How long before we call up McLouth from AAAA?

Anybody else notice that with the Fukudome scratching, the outfield today is completely different than what we imagined at the beginning of the year- Murton, Johnson and DeRosa are no Soriano, Pie and Fukudome (billed as the best defensive outfields we've had in a long time).

Still, the team's playing well, as we're pounding the ball against a solid pitcher yet again.

I'm not quite sure what I'm trying to say, but I thought our outfield today should be noted.

hitless in his last 21 at bats

filed under: Roster additions only Dusty could love

Wow This team hasn't looked this good offensively a LONG time maybe never? Yes keep reminding ourselves its against the Pirates :) 12-4 bottom 6.

Yes, the club is hitting - but the Pirates have a porous defense right now, with gloves that don't catch and arms that are bent sideways (at least from what we've seen so far). Great performance, but let's see how they do vs. the Mets.

Pounding teams we should be pounding. Winning the close games. Overcoming injuries.

I like this team.

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    Cubster 12 hours 31 min ago view
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    crunch 12 hours 57 min ago view
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    Cubster 13 hours 20 min ago view
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    crunch 15 hours 16 min ago view
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    Arizona Phil 15 hours 46 min ago view
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    Non Roster Invitee 15 hours 58 min ago view
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    Arizona Phil 16 hours 1 min ago view
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    chitownmvp01 16 hours 4 min ago view
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    chitownmvp01 16 hours 12 min ago view
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    billybucks 18 hours 56 min ago view
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