Monday, July 18, 2011

Series Preview - Cubs

Philadelphia Phillies (59-35) @ Chicago Cubs (38-58)

Pitching Matchups:
Monday, 8:05 - Roy Halladay v. Rodrigo Lopez
Tuesday, 8:05 - Cliff Lee v. Matt Garza
Wednesday, 2:20 - Vance Worley v. Ryan Dempster

Season Series:
Phillies 3-1 Cubs

Little Bears Batting:
Runs - 388 (16th)
AVG - .261 (7th)
OBP - .314 (21st)
SLG - .397 (12th)

Little Bears Pitching:
ERA - 4.69 (29th)
WHIP - 1.48 (30th)
BAA - .270 (28th)

Their Michael Martinez:
Statistically, the worst offensive player on the Cubs' active roster is Koyie Hill (.213-2-8) but he's a backup catcher. So the nomination instead will go to a player the Cubs already demoted, outfielder Tyler Colvin. Colvin was hitting .105 with a .386 OPS when he was sent down. The former first round pick hit 20 homers last season, until this happened:

"Colvin's season ended Sunday when a shattered bat punctured his chest. Colvin was headed to the plate from third base when catcher Wellington Castillo’s bat broke as he was hitting a double to left field. Colvin was hit in his upper chest, allowing air into his chest well. He was being treated with a chest tube to prevent a collapsed lung."

Their Danys Baez:
John Grabow - 5.40 ERA. 1.63 WHIP. $4.8 million dollars in salary this season.

What We're Drinking:
Corey - Arizona Unsweetened Iced Tea - I hate sweet tea but sometimes I'm too lazy to brew my own batch of tea or too impatient to wait for it to get cold. So, I shell out a few bucks for Arizona's Unsweetened Tea. It's not as good as brewing your own tea because they add some citric acid/preservatives but it comes in a big jug, it's refreshing, and it has zero calories.

Carson - Samuel Adams Longshots. Friar Hop Ale, Honey B's Lavender Ale, and Blackened Hops. I aspire to have one of my homebrews win a competition and be made by a brewery like these three lucky "longshots" have.

Magic Number:



GM-Carson said...

A sweep would be nice. Especially since the Braves remain hot.

SirAlden said...


GM-Carson said...


Aaron said...

ummmm Roy?? What the deuce.

RoLo throwing a perfect game with a hit and run scored while roy gets torched against one of the worst teams in the game........WTF.

GM-Carson said...

Phils approach against Lopez disgusts me. Even Wheeler was bitching about it, and he hardly ever says anything negative about the PHils.

The way T-Mac and Co. are talking, it's the hottest day in the history of Chicago tonight. I get it, it's hot. I poured concrete via wheelbarrow for 3 hours today and then went for a 4 mile run. I'm alright and I'm just a fat ol' blogger.

GM-Carson said...

Halladay pulled after only 4 innings, had to come out because he wasn't feeling right. Holy shit this is scary.


Aaron said...

dude what the hell is wrong with Roy. Hopefully its heat exhaustion or something like that and not anything arm related.

GM-Carson said...

I'm praying heat exhaustion. Any real health problem and I'm crying.

GM-Carson said...

Phils look flat. I don't normally say that, but tonight it's true.

Preserve Jon said...

GM - Agreed.

DBrown needs to show some more hustle. I think we've all seen him dog it at inopportune moments. When you're down 4 late in the game he's got to bust it down the line. No matter how hard you hit the ball, show some hustle.

Phils do not have a good track record against RoLo, if memory serves me correctly. (Baseball-Reference anyone?)

Also, I've seen enough of Mini-Mart. He's not a two-hole hitter, he's the twenty-fifth man on the bench. Get him out of the everyday lineup. Maybe Charlie plays him because he thinks Winning Pitcher Valdez is better off the bench?

Mayberry is the Chris Carter of this team. All he does is get extra base hits.

Lastly, the ump had Francisco out before Pena even caught the ball. WTF

/Rant Over.

SirAlden said...

Pirates claim sole possession of first place.

M&M moves above the Mendoza Line (over .215 BA) and goes 1 for 4 while
fielding flawlessly.