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July 2009



Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired

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I don’t know what to do with this team. I get excited and then get kicked in the gut. Harden going seven strong innings had me jacked up only to see Samardzija give up a 3-run bomb in the 13th. I just sick and tired of being sick and tired with this team. Today becomes very important to salvage the series. If we can win this one, though I thought it would be the Rodrigo Lopez game, we end the trip 5-2. I know “good teams” beat “good teams” as well as “bad teams”, but at this point we have a team that just needs wins, regardless of where they come from.

Today I want to see Sam Fuld in CF…oh wait, we demoted him and kept Hoffpauir for some reason. In all seriousness, I want to see Fukudome back in the leadoff spot today and Fox behind the plate. Hill needs a day off and Fox plays well when he gets in there. We need to jump on Moyer early and give Z something to work with. All is not lost, but I’m a little disappointed with our showing against Philly.

Scouting Today’s Starters

Carlos Zambrano is coming off a win against the Nationals in which he lasted only five innings — but that was because the right-hander ran up his pitch count early in the game. Zambrano struggled through a 40-pitch first inning but gave up only one run, and it was unearned. In his past four starts, Big Z has posted a 2.25 ERA. His start against the Nationals was only the second time in 17 outings this year in which Zambrano did not go past five innings. He also helped himself by hitting a two-run double. Since 2005, Zambrano leads all Major League pitchers with 16 homers and 43 RBIs.

Jamie Moyer continued his mastery of the Marlins in brilliant fashion during Thursday’s win. The 46-year-old retired the first 12 and last eight hitters he faced through seven shutout innings, giving up just one hit and one walk while striking out four and throwing 94 pitches — 67 for strikes. The only inning he even put runners on was the fifth, when Jorge Cantu broke up his perfect game with a leadoff single and Ronny Paulino walked two batters later. Moyer is now 13-2 in 15 career games against Florida. Against the Cubs, with whom he debuted in 1987, he’s 3-0 with a 4.19 ERA in six career starts. Moyer was pushed back a day so Joe Blanton — whose start was rained out after 1 1/3 innings on Saturday — wouldn’t completely lose a turn in the rotation. (

Still a wily veteran, he gets hitters out with great location, late-breaking movement and overall deception. He has seen it all and doesn’t get rattled. When his stuff isn’t working, things get messy in a hurry. At this stage of his career, he is more prone to surrendering the long ball than ever before. A steady mid-rotation starter. (

Jamie Moyer’s Pitch Usage

Farm Report

  • Esmailin Caridad struck out 7 batters and only allowed 2 earned runs over 6.0 innings pitched
  • Andrew Cashner pitched 6.0 scoreless innings
  • Brett Jackson was 3-for-5
  • Jose Valdez was 3-for-4

Andrew Cashner lowered his ERA to 1.37 over four games at the Double-A level. (Jerry Hale/

  • “I don’t know what to do with this team.”

    Get a plastic bag and a pooper scooper….

    At least it is fun when the Cubs play mediocre teams.

  • MJ

    For one, WE don’t get wins or loses. WE are just fans. The Cubs, are the ones playing the games.

    Two, I thought they played well last night. They’re playing a hot team, and after the evening before, I figured they’d lay another egg. They were in the game far longer than I expected. Except for Monday, these have all been well played games.

  • playtwo

    Not making playoffs will like have new owners making big time changes

  • rob

    The new owners will not be able to make changes. Terrible contracts and no trade clauses mean for a long few years.

  • MJ

    Good job, Mr. Hendry

  • Seymour Butts

    A 5-2 road trip is respectable no matter the opponent. Losing 2 of 3 to a red hot Phillie team is not awful, and a single HR in any of 12 innings last night would have made it taking 2 of 3. We (the fans) can’t be too critical.
    We (fans) also need to remember that the hot hand at the end of the season often goes far. If we (the team) get hot at the end of the year, it could end up much more satisfying than last years 97 wins.
    Sure I’m disappointed that we (team) has mostly looked like dog Gregg, but we (team again) are tied for 1st in the loss column. We (fans) never have it easy, but I’m not throwing in the towel , in fact I think the question is: Have we seen the last of .500?
    I think if we (team) take 2 of 3 from the reds, the answer is yes. But the Brewers have a very easy next month, so I expect there i to be a race for some time yet.

  • Doc Raker

    I think we can conclude that Milkit is not the left handed hitter Hendry wanted. Ironically, his numbers are better from the right side of the plate and it is his left side that he is hitting .205. Play Fukudome and Hoffa when you need a left handed bat and please play Fox, Lou- please play Fox.

    I think this series vs the Phils is this Cub team in a nutshell. A losing team vs contenders with under performing veterans. We could easily be a team that wins these series but we need to use our quality youth to spark the team, otherwise we will continue to lose these series.

    Good teams need quality youth to bring energy, clubhouse excitement and ultimatley a championship. Teams loaded with veterans- even all star veterans and no youth, see Yankees of recent years, have a hard time winning championships. We have some great young talent in Randy Wells, Fox, Hoffa, Marmol and Guzman- we need to ride their energy- it can pick up the vets and get us on track to start winning these series against contenders instead of losing them.

    I am not a Bradley hater, I just hate seeing him in a Cubs uniform, especially in a Cubs uniform in a batters box during a Cubs game.

  • MJ

    Just going off of “competing” teams (SF, STL, DET, PHL, MIL, CHW, etc.) the Cubs are 17-23. That’s not terrible. It’s not good either.

    I’ve actually read that the Yankees clubhouse is the best it’s been in years. The group this year is the closest since the early 90’s.

  • Terrelle Pryor 2

    PlayTwo: I think Ricketts will make changes. He has deep pockets, he is on the Forbes 400 list, and wants to win. Side note, he lives in my hometown