June 27th, 2007


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
Colorado 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0   4 6 1
Chicago 0 1 3 1 0 0 1 0 X   6 6 0
W –  C. Zambrano (9-6)  L  – J. Hirsh (3-7) S – C. Marmol (1)
Homeruns: M. DeRosa (7) M. Fontenot (3)

Box Score

I’m going to do this recap a little different today. I took the day off of score keeping and instead just used my clipboard to jot notes. As I did, I found that my notes over the past few games have basically be very similar. So rather than write the same stuff over and over, I’d like to open this one up for some discussion on your part, especially with the off day going tomorrow. That should give us a good long time to get some good debates in. With that being said, here are the questions I’d like to pose to you, along with my general answers. I’m keeping my answers brief so as to not spoil the discussion element.

  • What did you think of the performance of Billy Petrick? – Personally, I thought the kid did about what we could have expected. When you look at the box score, it looks as if he was terrible, but I don’t think he was. He pitched a perfect 7th inning, getting two of the hitters to strike out. He probably should not have come back out in the 8th inning, but with the amount of taxation on the pen over the last few days, Lou really wanted to get some of them some rest. Even that inning, Petrick looked good. His velocity was in the mid 90’s and aside from the walk to Matsui, he had good command and control.
  • If you look at the current corp. of relievers, what is your confidence level when they come into the game? If you had to rank each guy from 1-10 with 1 meaning you are not confident at all and 10 meaning you write it in the books. I’ll wait to give my rankings until there is a bit of discussion.
  • Kaz Matsui botched a pop fly and was given an error because the ball hit him. Troy Tulowitzki also botched one because of the “sun” and was not charged with an error. What are your thoughts on the way errors are given for fly balls that should be caught but due to the fielder being retarded, drop in front of them? Should they be errors or hits?
  • Do you feel bad for Florence Loewe, the 104 year old lady at the game today? She was somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 years old when the Cubs won the world series and will probably die without ever really seeing one (who remembers things when they are 5 years old?)
  • Finally, I took the liberty of taking a look at the lineup construction that Lou Piniella has put on the field this year. In 76 games leading up to today, Lou has used 64 different batting orders and 53 different player lineups, not including pitchers. That got me to thinking about what my ideal Lou lineup would be. Here it is:

    Alfonso Soriano (LF)
    Mike Fontenot (SS)
    Derrek Lee (1B)
    Aramis Ramirez (3B)
    Cliff Floyd (RF)
    Mark DeRosa (2B)
    Felix Pie (CF)
    Rob Bowen (C)
    Pitcher Slot

    I’m not 100% sold on the idea of Soriano in the leadoff spot, but he’s the best option right now. I toyed with the idea of putting Fontenot at leadoff with DeRosa hitting 2nd and moving Soriano to the 5th spot with Floyd protecting him. What are your thoughts?

    STARS OF THE GAME – All based on WPA

  • First Star – Mark DeRosa (27.2%)
  • Second Star – Carlos Zambrano (17.9%)
  • Third Star – Carlos Marmol (7.8%)
  • Turd of the Game – Jason Hirsh (-21.2%)

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