Ward-o-saurus Walks the Earth Again

In one of those magic moments that seem to happen during every team's playoff run, Daryle Ward went from one of the Cubs 2008 goats to Northside hero. His three-run homer in the top of the ninth was good for a .647 WPA, which seems to be the biggest hit of the Cubs season.

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Before that astonishing at-bat, Ward was 0 for his last 10, 4 for his last 29, and 4 for 40 as a pinch-hitter this season. Nothing like a big surprise in a big package.

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WOOOOO SPRING BREAK

i never gave up on ward. honestly. he's going to have another big hit or three by the end of the year, and probably one in october. big win!!!

5.5 magic #35

when does the magic number make the front page?

Go Doyers! (sic)

I vote when it reaches 2.

may you never own a stock that has a chart like the above (unless you've shorted it)

Cubs one game behind the Angels for best record.. and .500 on the road!

from the sun-times:
http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/11109...
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Piniella plans to use a left-handed lineup today against Marlins right-hander Anibal Sanchez, with Daryle Ward at first to spell Derrek Lee. Left-handed hitters Mike Fontenot, Kosuke Fukudome and Jim Edmonds also will play.

''We're trying to rest some of our people now,'' Piniella said. ''We couldn't do it as much last year because we weren't in a position to do it [in a closer division race]. This year, we have a little room.''

Aramis Ramirez didn't start Friday after bruising his left thigh sliding into home Thursday in Atlanta. But he was available to pinch-hit and might rejoin the lineup today.

''I didn't ask him [how he was],'' Piniella said. ''I talked to the trainer. A day off won't hurt him.''

so does this mean for every pinch hit HR, DLee gets a day off the next game?

Kind of like it.

For what it's worth, he was planning to start Ward on Saturday before Friday's game.

Damn... Z has some gaudy numbers at the plate. He has twice as many total bases (40) as any other pitcher. In 69 ABs, he's .362/.362/.580 (patience is not his strong point :-). The only other pitcher even comparable is Backe at .316/.381/.526, and he's only had 38 ABs to date.

I'd happily trade some of Z's hitting prowess for more dominating pitching performances, but still it's great to see him help himself with the stick.

did you say pitching? last night's 1-0 I-Cub win was accomplished in less than two hours! Wuertz had an impressive 10 pitch, 7 strike, 2k save; K. Hill apprehended 2 base thieves;Felix fanned twice & grounded into a DP but hustled into the left field clubhouse for a bodily putout before returning safely to the dugout in the bottom of the fifth...the game barely lasted a bag o' peanuts; it was positively Madduxian!

this is a tangent way out there...

while surfing the iTunes store, I just found a band that put out a CD in 2004 called: The '89 Cubs.
CD titled: There are Giants in the Earth.

Not sure why they named themselves after Grace, Maddux and Jerome Walton. They are apparently from Nebraska.

http://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Giants-Earth-Cubs/...

according to ye olde world o' roto...

s.marshall limited to 80 pitches and marquis to play long-man backing him up.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080816&c...

Big League Contracts rare this year.

Interesting: Cincy caves. Gives Yonder Alonso a Big League contract.

Alonso caves. Drops $8 $7 million ask and signs for $4.5 .

I dunno. It doesn't seem like smart strategy to rebuild your team around first basemen. But with Alonso limited by all accounts to playing first base, Votto will have to take up permanent residency in the outfield. They both can't play there.

Cubs 37-29 (66)

NYM 34-28 (62)

StL 34-32 (66)

Fla 30-31 (61)

Mil 34-35 (69)

LAD 30-33 (63)

Arz 22-32 (54)

Phl 27-39 (66)

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  • That's a hell of a first impression by Montgomery. Brian Cashman having a good laugh on that debut.

    Eric S 42 min 20 sec ago view
  • ...and it's a 3 run homer.

    hey, vogelbomb had a HR on his 1st game with SEA AAA, too!

    crunch 1 hour 2 min ago view
  • montgomery comes on with men on 1st/2nd, 2 out, in the 8th.

    crunch 1 hour 4 min ago view
  • from rotoworld...

    "Tommy Stokke of FanRag Sports reports Chris Sale was sent home from U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday after cutting up throwback jerseys that he did not want to wear.

    crunch 1 hour 11 min ago view
  • I thought the same. It'd be great luck to face these non-contenders after the trade deadline.

    Charlie 2 hours 54 min ago view
  • ...why isn't j.lucroy playing for TEX yet?

    :(

    2r HR on a 12-pitch AB.

    crunch 3 hours 28 min ago view
  • nathan to join the cubs tomorrow.

    crunch 4 hours 2 min ago view
  • Wow in deed.

    Rob Richardson 4 hours 6 min ago view
  • FOX Sports @MLBONFOX
    Chris Sale was scratched from tonight's scheduled start due to a clubhouse incident before the game

    ...wow

    he was sent home by the team, too. the wsox released a press statement and everything. they stated it was non-physical in nature.

    crunch 4 hours 11 min ago view
  • He was scratched from his start today. No reason given.

    Rob Richardson 4 hours 16 min ago view
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    johann 5 hours 20 min ago view
  • sale's skills and insane value makes it almost too hard to have a market for the guy...he's got 3/38m owed to him over 3 seasons (2 team options). he could easily pull in 30m/yr if he was on the market as a FA.

    he's throwing a bit differently this season, especially with more sliders and less changeups like earlier in his career, but all his stuff still looks great even if the HRs are a little elevated and the Ks are down.

    crunch 7 hours 15 min ago view
  • Torres, Happ, McKinney, Jimenez, and Candelario for Sale. Deal or no deal?

    "The White Sox are reportedly asking for “five top prospects” for Chris Sale, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports."

    John Beasley 7 hours 28 min ago view
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    Charlie 7 hours 59 min ago view
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    crunch 8 hours 14 min ago view
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    Charlie 12 hours 8 min ago view