Saturday, April 8

Cubs Cards Round 2

Today we've got Zambrano going up against the Cards' ace: Chris Carpenter. ESPN would have you believe that Zambino has dominated the Cards and we're the favorite. Looking a little closer at the stats (complied by another blog, why compile stats when other blogs will do it for me?) paints a different picture. Carpenter has a solid track record against us (6-1) and Z has been fair (4-4) when considering ALL his starts (12) against St. Louis.

Anyway, I'm thinking we'll see Z recover from his opening day performance. He's back at home and I think he'll go at least 6. Murton and Cedeno will continue to add sparks at the plate and in the field. Jacque Jones? I'm guessing he'll continue to be worthless.

It looks like another windy day at Wrigley so we'll see how that goes...we played small ball yesterday and it worked well. Hopefully today will be more of the same. With any luck (OK, lots of luck) we'll clinch this series today and Marshall will wrap up the sweep tomorrow night (now I'm officially hallucinating). Oh, and Walker is starting today, nice.

EDIT: How could I post w/o mentioning Dusty?



We all know this is his do or die year and he will be talking contract throughout the season. He recently said "money is important to everybody, but you can't have money as your primary focus." Easy to say when you're already one of the highest paid managers in the game...

17 Comments:

At 1:43 PM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

Highest paid manager meaning what, he still earns less than most players?

I'm excited for today. Mostly I just wnat the Cubs to pound Carpenters ERA into oblivion - for the season. 10 Earned runs in about 3 innings ought to do it. Asking too much?

 
At 1:52 PM, Blogger DS said...

It's easy to say I'm not worrying about money when the only manager making more than you is Torre. Would Dusty take a paycut or even just extend his current salary to stay in chi-town? I doubt but we'll see how it plays out...

I'm excited as well...there's nothing I'd like to see more today than Carpenter getting his ass handed to him. You might be asking a little much for 10 runs in three innings but nothing's impossible...especially if the wind is blowing the right diretion today.

 
At 2:02 PM, Blogger JT said...

I put this in the last post's comments, but I'm putting it here as well for good measure.

Zambrano in 2005 vs. "Ace" Pitchers [aka #1 pitchers for their clubs]

Ben Sheets [W, 4-0]
Dontrelle Willis [W, 4-0]
Roy Oswalt [W, 4-2]
Chris Carpenter [W, 7-4]

Say no more, St. Louis! Z gets his game face on!

 
At 2:05 PM, Blogger JT said...

Today is April 8, but on April 10 2005, he put up this sickening line against the Phillies:

3 1/3 IP, 10 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Let's hope he channels that this afternoon.

 
At 2:36 PM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

Z threw 20 pitches in the first, giving up a double and a walk - not a great start. Apparently the strategy against Edmonds this weekend is to let him hit a fly ball out to the warning track.

 
At 5:03 PM, Anonymous lazlo said...

CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN!

 
At 8:12 PM, Blogger Jim said...

Small ball on Friday, long ball on Saturday.

 
At 8:39 PM, Blogger DS said...

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At 8:41 PM, Blogger DS said...

Jim -- I don't care how we do it as long as we win!!

 
At 8:47 PM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

Wish we would've scored on Carp. That guy just makes me angry. Not as angry as Edmonds makes me, though.

Also, Z deserved the win today, but judging by the Gameday line on him after the errors (walks, etc.), it seemed like he was throwing a hissy fit. Still, good first 5 innings or so out of him.

 
At 9:47 PM, Blogger DS said...

I wouldn't say big Z threw a hissy fit after the errors. I'm sure he was pissed though.

I didn't see the game either but going off the ESPN gamecast but it looks like he walked Schumaker, Miles was walked intentionally and he struck out Carpenter. Not all that bad really.

 
At 10:36 PM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

I hope you're right. I was noting the walk to Schumaker, primarily.

I just watched the highlights (Lee and Barrett really smoked both of those homers, both line drives). Jones got booed after his third K. 4 games in and already booed? Not a good start.

 
At 11:02 PM, Blogger DS said...

I saw a clip of Lee's homer...def got out in a hurry.

Jones got booed? Good, he deserves it. Hopefully he noticed and will get his shit together. I'm not asking for much...I'd just see him get a hit tomorrow (he's yet to do this if you guys haven't noticed).

 
At 12:11 AM, Blogger Jim said...

Lee dropped the ball. Again. It's been rumored that he's wearing his gold glove under his first baseman's mitt.

Twice in four games he's dropped balls that even I could catch. What's up with that? Jinx-of-the-honor? Good thing he's been hitting like that other Lee up in Beertown, eighty miles north.

 
At 12:17 AM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

Beernuts Lee wishes he could hit like D-Lee.

 
At 1:21 AM, Blogger DS said...

No worries about Lee's glove...it'll catch up w/his bat soon enough.

Agreed Lazlo, Los dreams of hitting like D-Lee.

 
At 12:24 PM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

By the way, not only does Jones have yet to get a hit, but reached base yesterday on his own for the firs time. Prior to yesterday's game he'd reached #1 on an error by Dunn, #2 on an intentional BB, #3 on an error by Encarnacion (he than ran himself into an out at second). Yesterday he reached on an unintentional BB. Now, if only he could prove that he can hit the ball somewhere in fair play that it won't be caught, we might have a right fielder worthy of the #8 spot in the lineup.

 

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