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April 28, 2012

Game 20: We Beat Roy Halladay….With Paul Maholm?

Filed under: Featured,General — Joe Aiello @ 7:43 am

Cubs 5 @ Phillies 1

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

Do you ever have one of those days where you get excited about watching a game only to find out that your DVR didn’t record it? That was my night. I took my son to the urgent care and finally got him to sleep around 9p. I settled in on the couch and turned on the TV. What did I find? The game had never started to record for some reason and the channel wasn’t available. I spent the night frustrated and went to be early. As a result, all I know about the game is what you can read from the box score. So, I challenge you guys that watched it to tell me your impressions of what you saw in the comment section. Initial impressions from me:

  • Paul Maholm pitched the way I thought he would when he came over from Pittsburgh. Was he that much different from the other starts or does his box score just look good?
  • James Russell is off to a really nice start replacing Sean Marshall in the left specialist role out of the pen. He was awful at times early last year, but his development has been very quick. It just backs up my theory to develop a pen with organization guys.
  • We continue to see speed on the basepaths. The Cubs have been far more aggressive stealing than we’ve seen in a long long time. What is concerning is the success rate. We’re at 68%, which is just a hair less than the general threshold considered useful. If we’re going to be aggressive with the steals, it’s fine. Just make sure we’re doing it intelligently. Last night Tony Campana had two and Starlin Castro had one and was caught one. 75% on the night is acceptable.
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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids and helps people protect their assets as an independent insurance agent. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail

  • Doug S.

    Wish I could help, was traveling and missed the game. Way surprised to see the score. Hope your guy’s OK.

  • Buddy

     A wise man once said, “If you’re stealing at less than a 75% success rate, you’re better off never going at all.”

  • BLPCB

    I hate when my DVR does that. It makes me so mad! I haven’t been able to see a single game this year because the apartments here at Disney don’t have WGN. Saw the highlights on SC though. Campana bunted, slid headfirst into first and was safe, and then stole 2nd

  • Norm Bothwell

    Very wise!

  • Doc Raker

    Campana had the best steal percentage in the big leagues last year, 24-26. It is nice to know a walk is a double with him and maybe even a triple. I can’t remember the last time the Cubs had that kind of threat. The Phillies radio broadcasters said they had no chance of throwing him out on one of his steals and we are actually manufacturing runs because of our running game. The opposition actually fears the nefarious Tony Campana.

  • Norm Bothwell

    Campana and Castro should probably be the ONLY guys stealing bases.

  • Doc Raker

    They are 15-17 combined between them, that is a very nefarious.

  • RichBeckman

    I turned this game on with “realistic” expectations. Guess I should have raised the bar a bit.

    I love how Reed Johnson gets into the game in the eighth as a “defensive replacement” for Soriano and then triples in the ninth with an rbi and a run scored. I love defense!

  • cap’n obvious

    nefarious as an adjective should never ever be confused with the significantly less useful Neifiarious.  Let’s make sure we confuse the two.  Carry on.

  • cap’n obvious

    that we DO NOT confuse the two.  Typo.

  • Buddy

    Agreed Cap!

  • Eddie Von White

    To quote the MLB network: “Tony Campana is all over this highlight reel.”

  • Doc Raker

    Neifarious- 1) A lousy baseball player on a Dusty Baker big league roster that should be buying a ticket to get into said big league park.  2) A mediocre minor league baseball player that has compromising pictures of a big league general manager thus making him a lousy big league player. 3) Neifi Perez

  • Gymjok

    Another case where stats can be misleading if looked at just on the surface and not more deeply like they should be.
    The Cubs this year have been using the hit and run often- and will continue to do. Rightly so.
    If no contact is made at the plate, most of our guys that are used on this play will be “caught stealing”. 

  • Gymjok

    Never liked the headfirst slide into 1st. The only time you should slide into 1st is to avoid a tag.

  • Buddy

    I agree that stats can be misleading, but you still don’t want to run with guys who are bad at it. Pounding a square peg into a round hole usually leads to bad results, like leading the league in outs made on the bases. 

  • http://elizababble.com/ Lizzie

    Joe I hope your little guy is feeling better, and that you have better luck with your DVR for tonight’s game. :-)

  • 022649

    I was at the game last night and am still in mildly pleasant shock.  But these aren’t the same Phillies (with all their injuries and aging) that we’re used to seeing.  Pleased to see the spark of Campana and Castro at the top of the lineup and the sturdy work of Maholm and two innings of good work by Dolis. Thought it was interesting that Sveum went to Russell first out of the bullpen in the seventh to face some right handed batters.  Good game but it’s only one game. Let’s hope we’re not back to the same old Cubs for the rest of this series.

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    He did that exact thing.

  • Buddy

    Here’s hoping Russell doesn’t face many righties going forward. 

  • Jedi

    It’s just as important to have a good base-runner on when using that tactic, as it is to have someone up who can figure out how to make contact. We lack guys who can do the hitting part…

  • BLPCB

    4) A guy with more hits than Roger Maris

  • BLPCB

    Sliding into first doesn’t help you. In fact it hurts you bc you are allowed to overrun the bag. Sliding into 2nd and 3rd makes sense bc it let’s you stay at top speed as long as possible, to get into the bag without overruning it.

  • Buddy

    5) A guy who made more outs than any human who ever lived. 

  • flyslinger2

    I proudly used nefarious properly on here the other day and had a comment about its usage! I think it is quickly becoming a plausible choice for topical discussions.

  • flyslinger2

    Live by the steal die by the tortoise.

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