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Chicago Cubs headlines for Thursday

Chicago Cubs at Detroit Tigers.
Why wasn't this photo taken from the opposite direction?
I think today there are four words that best describe yesterday's game: Tigers rule, Cubs drool.

The Cubs (34-34) were 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position and stranded 13 runners Wednesday, a day after leaving a dozen runners on base.

In fact, they've only scored 7 runs in their last three games, leaving 31 runners on base in the process.


And I've become addicted to this segment, so once again we'll turn to What Did Lou Say?


"Maybe we'll draw the names out of a hat," Piniella told reporters. "Leave a couple of guys doing the job in their positions and draw some names and see where they fall. We can't do any worse."


Lou's also sick and tired of being sick and tired, and sick and tired of Kevin Gregg allowing home runs:


Manager Lou Piniella didn't realize the Cubs had blown 11 saves in 26 chances entering Wednesday, putting their save percentage at 58 -- third-worst in the National League. What he did notice was the six home runs allowed by closer Kevin Gregg, the most by a Cubs full-time reliever.

''One thing about this young man, he gives up a lot of home runs in the closer spot,'' Piniella said before the game against the Detroit Tigers -- a day after Gregg blew his third save by serving up a two-run, walkoff home run to pinch-hitter Ryan Raburn. ''Look, you don't like to see that out of your closer too much, I'm going to be honest with you. Usually when you give up home runs late like that, they end games.''


So why isn't Carlos Marmol closing!?


By comparison, Marmol had allowed one home run entering Wednesday. Marmol also held opponents to a .152 batting average; Gregg yielded a .242 batting average. The biggest different between the two: Marmol allowed 33 walks -- and hit six batters -- in 33 2/3 innings; Gregg allowed 15 walks and hit two batters in 32 1/3 innings.


Oh yeah, there's that, isn't there. Hmmmm.


And who else is excited about the return of Ryan Freel?


"We just can't continue to play short," manager Lou Piniella said. "I don't want to DL him. I'd rather have him sound and playing. I enjoy watching him play. But if he can't play for another five or six games ... plus, remember, these airplane trips, these hotel beds, they aren't adding to his comfort with this thing."

Johnson was just beginning to heat up for the Cubs, with four home runs and 10 RBIs over his last 18 games. Without Johnson, the Cubs have no other right-handed-hitting outfielder who can play center field against lefties. Kosuke Fukudome is not a viable option because he's hitting .167 (2-for-12) against left-handers, and is slumping lately against right-handers as well.

I call small sample size!

And we'll end on a happy note, with the extension of no-longer-GIDPLee's hitting streak. He's over a third of the way to Joe DiMaggio! Watch out, Broadway Joe.

Derrek Lee extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a seventh inning single, the longest by a Cubs hitter since Jerome Walton's 30-game streak in 1989.

Jerome Walton is clipping today's Tribune for his scrapbook as we speak.

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26 Comments

flyball said:

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Lou is listening to me! isn't that basically what I said he should do for the lineup last week?

JulieDiCaro said:

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I think we should blindfold the players, spin them around a few times, and then push them out onto the field. Wherever they wind up is where they play.

millertime said:

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Strangely enough, our defense would not get the job done, due to the fact that we had 1 pitcher, 1 catcher, 3 first basemen, 2 second basemen, and 2 shortstops.

JulieDiCaro said:

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i'm willing to try anything. maybe two shortstops is what we need?

millertime said:

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I call softball rules, we get to use an extra outfielder.

flyball said:

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can we use kickball rules and just throw at the runner to get an out?

JulieDiCaro said:

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i doubt anyone would be able to hit a moving target. maybe Z.

flyball said:

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good point

millertime said:

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As long as we limit the other team to having to kick the baseball into play, our pitching staff will do just fine. Even Ggggregggg.

thisyearcub said:

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The answer to yesterday's trivia question was Heilman btw, I think someone got it right.

JulieDiCaro said:

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yabbut he's been good lately.

Rich Beckman said:

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I don't understand the caption to the pic. Why wasn't the pic taken from the opposite direction? And why is the question being asked?

JulieDiCaro said:

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Because we would rather look at Rich's butt than Lou's.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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I feel good that Ted Lilly is pitching today. Or at least better.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Unless he can throw a complete game, I don't feel good about it.

millertime said:

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Can he? Yes. Will he? That is up to Ted to decide. Does Ted not entertain? Does he NOT entertain? Is that not why you are here?

JulieDiCaro said:

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Oh my.

If you've ever watched WGN, you've seen the "Bob Rohrman" commericials:

"A Chicagoland auto dealer known for his TV ads is suing a plastic surgeon for stealing the romantic interest of his estranged wife.

Bob Rohrman, president and owner of Rohrman Auto Group, which he claims is the 22nd largest dealership group in the country, filed a lawsuit in DuPage County last week against Dr. Sami Bittar, a plastic surgeon with offices in Chicago and La Grange.

Rohrman contends that Bittar "solicited and initiated a romantic and sexual relationship" with his wife, Ronda."

Hee hee hee.

flyball said:

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you didn't say it right, its Bob Rooooooohrman

that the Eagle Insurance Commercials and the original Empire Carpet commercials make me relive my childhood

gravedigger said:

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so, i think we should trade lee while his value is high

jtbwriter said:

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Good Morning all from cloudy So Cal.
I so hope someone's being funny-no D-Lee, no chance! Remember it's rent-an-owner still....
Love the mental pic of Z picking off a runner, literally!

flyball said:

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my guess is that gravedigger is not making a funny and is in fact serious

I'm one loss away from returning to the trade em all and start over younger camp

gravedigger said:

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admittedly, i haven't put a lot of thought into this. in fact, i could not tell you at all what any of his statistics are right now. or what his contract is.

really, that was just my way of saying that when the hitting streak ends, i expect a return of GIDPlee, and it won't be pretty.

flyball said:

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not that long ago there was a vocal group wishing that Lee had been traded when his stock was high

jtbwriter said:

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Okay, I'm dense....and eating cookies for lunch because I'm taxi girl today and taking my mother and sister to drs appts. What is GIDPlee?

flyball said:

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GIDP=Ground into Double Play, gd just adds Lee to it so that his name it groundintodoubleplay Lee

jtbwriter said:

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Thank you, Fly-for letting me know. This is the first chance I've had to go online since this morning-it's been a zoo and with the sad news about Farrah and Michael Jackson-I didn't even get to watch either the Cub or Dodger games.

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