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Saturday Chicago Cubs Headlines and Live Game Thread: Maybe Today They'll Win?




Carlos Zambrano gave up the go-ahead runs yesterday in the eighth inning. It went a little something like this:

After coming into a 6-6 game in the eighth inning in his new role as set-up man, Zambrano promptly plunked the first batter he faced, gave up a single to the next batter and then served up a 3-run homer to Garrett Jones as the Pirates rallied for a 10-6 victory, their fifth straight win over the Cubs.

As Jones circled the bases, Zambrano circled the mound looking like it was the last place he wanted to be while the 39,000 fans on hand let him have it with a cascade of boos that didn't stop until the inning mercifully came to an end.


The Zambrano haters must've been salivating, waiting for him to do something so monstrously stupid they'd be able to give him a good public flogging.

How in the world would he act when reporters circled around him at his locker afterward?

Cool as a cucumber, that's how.

But how is that possible?

"Because I'm a professional," Zambrano said. "This was my first blown situation. I just have to keep my head up and come back ready for tomorrow. I'm ready to pitch back to back to help this team."

Once again, the question of leaving the starting rotation was asked. And he once again acted like an adult.

"Listen, let's get this clear; I wasn't happy the first day after they told me about (the switch)," he said. "I wasn't sure it was going to work. Now I accept it. I'm a reliever now and I have to do my job as a reliever. I'm happy now. I'm here and I can help this team."

We've been wondering why the Cubs haven't put it all together yet this year. One further reason for the crapfest that's been the 2010 Cubs? The defense.

As if the Cubs didn't have enough problems on the mound and at he plate, there are also worries in the field.

They started this weekend ahead of only the Marlins in errors and in the "lead" in unearned runs allowed.

In their first 36 games, the Cubs have been charged with 31 errors, leading to 25 unearned runs. Even the Marlins, who had committed 33 errors, had allowed only 12 unearned runs in 35 games.

In comparison, the Giants had allowed only four unearned runs in 33 games and the Phillies seven in 33.

"We should be (better)," manager Lou Piniella said. "When you're not scoring runs, what's your best offense? A good defense. That's one area of concern that if we're going to win consistently, we have to improve."
I'm not sure that any of us were thrilled when the Cubs signed Marlon Byrd, but there shouldn't be a single one of us who's not thrilled to have him on the team at the moment.


He was 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and scored 2 runs Friday, boosting his average to .345 for the season.

It was his 16th multi-hit game of the season and he has now hit safely in 20 of his last 24 games.

In addition, his seventh homer of the season in his 35th game of the year, puts him on pace to hit 31 this year. Last year he didn't connect for is seventh until June 30, his 66th game played.

But if you think Byrd is celebrating his accomplishments, think again.

"We have expectations to win; we go up on a team and we're going to have to figure out how to shut the door," Byrd said after Friday's 10-6 loss to Pittsburgh. "We have to figure how to finish them off."


Today's game starts at 12:05 Central and can be seen on CSN and is of course on WGN radio.  Paul Maholm (2-3, 4.61) pitches for the Pirates, with Ryan Dempster (2-3, 3.44) going for the Cubs.

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summerguy said:

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Ughhhhhhhhhhhh

Ill be on hand at the game today... shoot me.

Teebob2000 said:

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I have tickets for tomorrow. Save some bullets for me.

summerguy said:

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Under seat number 3 in aisle 25, you will find exactly 2 bullets. Feel free to take out a member of the Cubs "offense"

AndCounting said:

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My optimism meter is at a .399.

Unfortunately, I have no idea what scale that is on.

Teebob2000 said:

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Uhhh... Mine scale is 0 - 100 if that's any help. And yeah, I'm under 1 too.

millertime said:

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Lets go Cubs!

millertime said:

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Lineup for Cubs:

Theriot, 2B
Byrd (Superstar), CF
Lee, 1B
Ramirez, 3B
Soto, C
Soriano, LF
Nady, RF
Castro, SS
Dempster, P

gravedigger said:

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Let's go Pirates!

gravedigger said:

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What's going to be super fun is when Byrd and Soriano and the rest cool off and Ramirez and Lee continue to stink up the joint and this teamloses 20 straight. Right? It'll be hilarious!

millertime said:

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That does sound like fun! Huhzah!

Teebob2000 said:

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Are you still here?

gravedigger said:

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Julie loves me. As long as that's true, I'll be here.

JulieDiCaro said:

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And IIIIIIIIIII----eeeeeeiyahIIIIIIII will always love, youuuuuuuuuu-oooooo-ooooouh!

Teebob2000 said:

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Is that the pre- or post-reality show Whitney?

Edelweiss said:

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Even tho you look like a slimy green booger?

millertime said:

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At least that way we can go back to yelling at Soriano for every single thing he does wrong.

Edelweiss said:

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It may have already started.

millertime said:

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huh. Cubs are losing a little bit ahead of schedule today.

millertime said:

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3-0 Pirates.

Teebob2000 said:

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C'mon WTF. Well, at least my fantasy opponent this week is starting Dempster. Go Bucs.

millertime said:

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So far, I think we have Dempster and Sloth (it's easier to spell than his real name) moving to the Bullpen, as long as the "let up three runs in one inning" rule still applies.

LostinFla said:

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Actually, this shaping up along the lines of that Gilligan's Island episode where Gilligan becomes sheriff and locks up everybody. Including himself. This, of course, botches a rescue possibility.

For the Cubs, who probably can't be rescued, eventually all their starters will be in the pen with Big Z. Which will make the beginning of games interesting since there will be no one left to start...

millertime said:

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Nice Giligans's Island reference.

Teebob2000 said:

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That paints a picture. All 12 of them trying to sit on a half-dozen folding chairs, scattering wildly when the inevitable line-drive double off an opponent's bat comes screaming in.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Hey! Why didn't anyone TELL me the game was at 12:05?????

Teebob2000 said:

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C'mon -- did you REALLY want to know?

JulieDiCaro said:

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Hey!!!! Ramirez is on base again!!!

What gives?

millertime said:

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3-2 Cubs! Ramirez with a 2-Out Double!

I am still entertained by this team!

Teebob2000 said:

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Hey! 2 days in a row Ramirez hits the ball hard that contacts the ground in fair territory before an opposing player catches it!

Teebob2000 said:

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I could have seen from here that send was doomed to fail.

JulieDiCaro said:

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HA---from my buddy Angelene on Twitter:

For @aleagueofherown--her favorite-ever player in the on-deck circle. (Yeah, I'm here.) #Cubs #Pirates #mlb http://twitpic.com/1o1xln

JulieDiCaro said:

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WTF? Why is Nady in the game again?

JulieDiCaro said:

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Ooooooh.

Len: "Here comes a very dangerous Garrett Jones."

That sounds sexy.

Teebob2000 said:

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Settle down. It means he hits 5 for 5 against us every game, not that he'll attack you with his wiener.

gravedigger said:

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Post of the day nominee

JulieDiCaro said:

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you don't know that!

cadarnell said:

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if we lose this game I'm drinkin till I cant stand up tonight .... well if we win Ill probably do that too ....c'mon in the bottom 9th ....go cubs!!!!!

summerguy said:

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I'm sick of watching this team.

Dmband said:

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this team f**** sucks. Sorry.

I cant take it anymore

JulieDiCaro said:

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oh, you'll take it all right, and you'l like it.
if you guys think you're leaving me here to watch this crappy team by myself all summer, you'd better think again!

cadarnell said:

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cheers cub fans !!!! ... lets all drink to the 2011 cubs tonight ... ;)

summerguy said:

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I still think this is the year... that will finally kill Ron.

gravedigger said:

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i concur.

LostinFla said:

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This is a bad team and one (outside of Castro) that is hard to pull for. I don't even like Theriot, yet the stats this year suggest he's one of the few people you would have wanted at bat for the Cubs in the 9th, and Byrd, of course, has been a huge surprise. And then the scuffling Octavio Dotel K's them both. Unbelievable.

Snakebit. Cursed. Whatever it is, they don't even look capable of getting lucky anymore. Dempster at least is consistent: he loses to the Pirates once again. Since his peripherals are good, I'd really try to move him at the deadline or sooner. He should actually bring something, perhaps a 2nd baseman, or prospect, that could remove Theriot (and his 5 extra base hits in 154 ABs this season and soon to be sub .700 OPS) from the lineup.

Edelweiss said:

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Anyone can strike out in the 9th, so we can't fault Theriot for that. What we can fault him for is his sulky-ass attitude. We need bullpen help, and Theriot makes enough to be worth something in trade. the streaky, inconsistant Fontenot is more useful to the team than the morose Theriot, and he gets along better with his team mates, including Castro. On the upside, Theriot has been seen less in front of a microphone.

gravedigger said:

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im all for trading theriot for bullpen help.

gravedigger said:

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They lost AGAIN to the pirates? HAHAHAHAHA this is really just too funny. This team is one big steaming pile of shit.

Edelweiss said:

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Gravedigger, that was crude, but on the mark. By the way, I spoke to one of my front office contacts, and showed him the picture in question. He said it WAS the little guy's package. He also said the players wear their cups in the field, but a guy going in to only pinch hit would not use the cup or the sliding shorts. Then he said the kid has a reputation for going commando, and for showing off his boy parts, something he learned from the Dominican and Venezuelan players, who have more respect for guys who have something to show off. He also said that is why guys like Theriot, Baker, and Gorzellany, as well as Gregg (2009) are not popular. You would be surprised at what goes on in the clubhouse. He also said the "haves" use the showers first after the game, and the "have-nots" use it later, which is why Theriot is always available after the game for an interview. Now you have too much information.

gravedigger said:

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If thats really his junk, show him this way. my bf and i will show him what to do with it.

Edelweiss said:

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He is totally into females

JulieDiCaro said:

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I agree that this team is difficult to like. We've got 4 guys in the top 10 ba's in the league (or somethibg like that), and yet we can't score any runs. This tells me that people areb't getting hits when it matters . . . Which is the only thing that enrages me as much as the 'fake hustle.' I don't care if you 2-4 every game if you strike out the two times you come up with men on base!

The other reason this team is hard to like is because of the deer-in-the-headlights look they all have every time they blow it. I would much rather have Zambrano out there stomping around and squawking and laying an egg than the rest of these blank-faced losers. At least I know Z cares.

On a semi-related note, I can't stop laughing about Ricketts saying this team could win the +- when they can't even beat the Pirates.

FrankS said:

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Here's how unclutch the Cubs are. They got 4 doubles and a triple and only scored three runs.

LostinFla said:

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The Cubs have less clutch than my friend's old 1983 Mazda RX-7.

gravedigger said:

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i couldnt totallytranslate that bc im drunk but i agree

dragonmaster63 said:

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they need to trade Aramis Ramirez and Baker for some patching. I think Castro will be alright but how much longer must we wait for Ramirez to find his game. Something is wrong if he haven't made some type of improvement at this point in the season. We won't talk about his past injuries that kept hime out so many games. If Lou has to play his put him batting 8th he won't have to swing the bat that much and he could even get on base more often with walks.

Edelweiss said:

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We can't trade Rami-his contract says so. We can't trade Baker unless we get someone else to back up first and third, and, anyway, what could we get for Baker, who now has butt scars?

gravedigger said:

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butt scars, lol

Perkins said:

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And it's a complete trainwreck by May 15th. This reminds me of the 90s. It's like the baseball gods are striking down Cubs fans with great vengeance and furious anger for 2009. Have to say, this is kinda fun to watch.

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