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Sports News - October 07, 2008
These guys watched last night's game


Our very favorite team went into last night's game knowing that the Cardinals had lost and they were facing the worst team in the Central.  Their opposing pitcher was a 32-year-old making his second career start and looking for his first win since 2006. And Rich Harden was pitching at night.

All the stars were properly aligned, right? With the exception of the offense of the May Chicago Cubs showed up last night, and the Cubs lost 4-0. While it's true that you can't win 'em all, you'd at least like to win most of them like this. Lou, in his own special way, once again said it best:

"The best part of tonight is that we have a day off tomorrow," Cubs manager Lou Piniella told reporters. "We didn't play very well. We had a chance to go into first place by ourselves, and we didn't take advantage of the opportunity."
Though I'm not sure I'd say that the best part is having the day off today. Now I have to wallow in self-pity all day.
Rich Harden went six innings, allowing three runs while striking out nine, but there was precious little else for the Cubs to hang their hats on:

While they won the series against the Reds, the Cubs looked fundamentally challenged in the loss. Mike Fontenot missed a swipe tag on a steal of second, Rich Harden made an unforced error on an ill-advised throw to third, catcher Koyie Hill threw to second while a base-runner was on his way to steal third, Alfonso Soriano was picked off first and shortstop Aaron Miles allowed an infield hit on a routine grounder to short.

"We got beat on some routine plays tonight," Hill said. "I just felt we got out-hustled. That's something I believe can't happen. Nothing in baseball is guaranteed, but one thing you can control is your intensity, hustle."

Harden, who gave up a two-run homer to Scott Rolen in a three-run second, agreed that the intensity level was low.

"We just didn't have it," he said. "Guys taking a day off a little too early."

Koyie Hill's starting streak will be coming to an end soon, I wonder if he'll get a gold watch from management?

Koyie Hill's 26-game streak as the Cubs' starting catcher ends Friday when Geovany Soto returns to the lineup in Denver.

The Cubs went 16-10 during Hill's streak, and are 28-17 for the season in games when he starts.

"We know the record," manager Lou Piniella said before Wednesday's 4-0 loss. "He has done a really, really nice job and we're appreciative, but we have to get Soto ready to catch too, and we'll share the responsibilities. It might be 60-40, somewhere in there. Believe me, we're not going to go strictly one way."

Hill became just the third Cubs catcher over the last 50 years to start 26 or more games in a row, joining Randy Hundley, who did it seven times, and Jody Davis, who did it twice.

Our favorite guessing game of the last month has been "Who Will Get Sent Down?". Now that Soto's coming back, we'll get to play again.  Lou says it won't be a pitcher, as he doesn't want an 11-man staff heading into series against the Rockies and Phillies. My two guesses: Sam Fuld goes down or Aaron Miles is DFA'd. Let's all keep our fingers crossed that it's the latter.

 One thing we now know for sure is that the Cubs won't be getting a B.J., though with the new-found left-handed pitching depth, it's not a big deal:

''He just didn't feel like he was going to be able to help us this year and kind of wanted to go home and regroup,'' Hendry said.

Ryan, who has struggled since last season, never regained velocity beyond the mid-80s in five scoreless appearances at Iowa, including three of the previous four games.

''He was really professional,'' Hendry said. ''He gave it everything he had and was a pleasure to have around the other guys, was very helpful, very professional with our coaches. He just felt like he wasn't going to be able to get it back and help right now.''

Hendry said Ryan was told he could take as long as he wanted.

''And if he feels like he's gotten better in the offseason and wants to give it another whirl, I'd certainly give him another chance,'' Hendry said.


Speaking of the bullpen, Lou's looking for more communication from Kevin Gregg:


Piniella asked for better communication from Gregg, saying he needs to know if a reliever has a "tired arm" before the game.

"I just can't read somebody's mind," he said. "I can look at the stuff, but by the time I look at the stuff, it's a little late.

"The ball is out of the ballpark, and the mojito doesn't taste very good."


And no big surprise here, but Ted Lilly's superhuman powers of recovery have him ahead of schedule on his rehab:


Ted Lilly is expected to return during the San Diego series, Aug. 17-19 at Petco Park. He will have one rehab start in the minors beforehand.

"He's way ahead of schedule," Piniella said.

Will Tuesday night's impressive winner, Tom Gorzelanny, go to the bullpen or head to Triple A to continue starting?

"I don't know," Piniella said. "I do know we're pleased with the progress Lilly is making. He seems to think he'll be ready by the middle of next week, but we're not going to rush him."


Finally, we'll bid a fond farewell to Jason Waddell, who seems like he needs to get his shit together:

Left-hander Jason Waddell, who made three appearances for the Cubs this season, was released from the organization for violating team rules.

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Sammie said:

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Hello? Is anyone here? This site sucks.

gravedigger said:

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There are posters here known for their sucking, but the site as a whole tends to just avoid the subject publicly.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Dude--we don't clock in until 9:00.

Doc said:

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That guy is crankier than I am.

gravedigger said:

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LOL... so Lou's a mojito guy. He always struck me as a martini guy, but I can still see that.

gravedigger said:

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And a special thanks, Carl, for working "getting a BJ" into today's thread.

Doc said:

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And Jim Hendry didn't like the BJ. Go figure.

flyball said:

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yeah, last night's game put me to sleep too

JulieDiCaro said:

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LMAO!!! Vegetable Lasagna will take you down:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNvQdUipFeE&feature=related

gravedigger said:

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LOL -- I loved how they showed it over and over, I just kept laughing...

Doc said:

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They had to repair multiple cracks in the Miller Park foundation after the belly-flop.

millertime said:

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I still can't believe last night happened. Lets have a blame storm, I'll start. IT IS YOUR FAULT AARON MILES! BOO THIS MAN!

Doc said:

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With Miles back, my confidence in winning the division has slipped significantly.

thisyearcub said:

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It's a fairly simple formula.

Cubs+Aaron Miles in the lineupxappearance by Samardizja=loss

Remove those variables!

JulieDiCaro said:

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those aren't variables. . .those are constants.

oh, math humor! LOHO posters are the smrtest!

thisyearcub said:

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Cubs are my constant

flyball said:

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no offense, but thats James Earl Jone's speech

thisyearcub said:

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Daniel Faraday's too!

flyball said:

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isn't he a bad guy? a bad guy can't steal JEJ line! he'll go Darth Vadar on their ass

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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A guy in the Daily Herald comments section said he'd looked through each of Samardzija's 15 appearances this season. He's allowed runs in 9 of them, in 5 others has allowed a hit or a walk. The only game he didn't allow a baserunner? He pitched 1/3 of an inning.

flyball said:

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maybe he has Dempster's mentality and wants to be a starter where giving up a run or 2 supposedly doesn't really matter

thisyearcub said:

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When Lilly's back, that dude is gonzo back to Iowa.

Next hopefully comes Heilman down, Cashner up

JulieDiCaro said:

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I'm having a hard time with FB today, and I JUST madmened myself!

JulieDiCaro said:

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Oh--no wonder! Both FB and Twitter are messed up. AAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!

gravedigger said:

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just what?

flyball said:

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my roomie did the same thing, it makes a little ad type cartoon out of your avatar

J Pep said:

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I am thinking that Lou has some gambling issues. That can only explain why Miles is in any lineup and batting second at that.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Here---send me yours and I'll post them later in the afternoon diary:
http://www.amctv.com/originals/madmen/madmenyourself/

Wait until you see how FABULOUS mine is!

baturkey said:

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I can't get mine to download. I'll try again later.

JulieDiCaro said:

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LMAO! Twitter is down, so everyone ran over to FB and crashed it. Hee hee hee!

"Twitter down today? Yup, so of course the social media addicts head on over to FacebookFacebook, which is experiencing outages of its own, although fortunately less frequent ones. MashableMashable staff are experiencing everything from “Network Errors” (below) to a good percentage of pages simply failing to load. "

Karen said:

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I want to know what Waddell did to violate team rules.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Me too.

jtbwriter said:

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Morning from not as hot So Cal...

So that's why FB wouldn't let me in this morning-sigh. First Worldwinner and GSN.com crashed for almost 2 hours last night, then FB and Twit? Weird.

Poor Lou, maybe we should have another tee for him-holding a margarita and saying "The ball is out of the ballpark, and the mojito doesn't taste very good."

If it's any consolation-the Angels lost to the evil ones again last night and the Dodgers were pathetic....so when the Cubs lose-it's a trifecta of angst.

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