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Game 51 – Wrecked 'Em? Dioner Killed 'Em!

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White Sox 3, Cubs 9

Box Score / Highlights

The Good  Cubs’ backup catcher Dioner Navarro had the kind of day we dream about as children. He hit three homers and walked once, scoring every time he came to the plate Wednesday and driving in six of the Cubs’ nine runs. It was a simply remarkable day at the plate, especially for a guy who came into the game hitting .200 with only three homeruns in fifty-five at-bats.

The Bad  Hard to find anything bad with the game, but potentially bad for the season is Scott Feldman’s ongoing campaign to be this season’s Paul Maholm. Feldman continues to over-perform, holding the White Sox Wednesday to two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts over six innings (my favorite stat–no walks). Is Feldman a long-term building block? Obviously not. But when the Cubs decide to move him and his cheap contract before the trade deadline, he Cubs will be a less interesting, less enjoyable team to watch.

The Ugly  With a seven-run lead in the eighth inning, Carlos Marmol made an appearance in the only situation I can trust him in these days. And while he didn’t completely melt down, he did manage to give up a double, a pass ball, and a run-scoring sacrifice fly. He’s the poster boy for the Cubs’ leaky bullpen, which took another hit Wednesday when the team announced that Kyugji Fujikawa needs Tommy John surgery.

  • The Best: JJ’s title. Well played.

    I’m also curious what goes down with Bizarro Kramer. Outings like this are nice reprieves from C-Jax’s shit-shows, which makes me wonder if we’ll see more of Feldman. I’m not sure when the experiment is done…seems like he is ready for the show over here.

  • The Best: JJ’s title. Well played.

    I’m also curious what goes down with Bizarro Kramer. Outings like this are nice reprieves from C-Jax’s shit-shows, which makes me wonder if we’ll see more of Feldman. I’m not sure when the experiment is done…seems like he is ready for the show over here.

  • Doc Raker

    Why is Feldman not a long term option? Fuji needs a cameo on the Murton LaHair sitcom now that he has some time on his chopsticks.

    • Jeremiah Johnson

      Not sure he’s not an option, I just don’t get the sense that he’s the kind of guy they’re looking to build around. He’s old and cheap, and they seem to prefer young and cheap right now. Too much of a Maholm redux. And if he keeps up his performance, I think the offers might become too overwhelming to ignore.

      • BLPCB

        I don’t see that as a bad thing

  • Doc Raker

    Why is Feldman not a long term option? Fuji needs a cameo on the Murton LaHair sitcom now that he has some time on his chopsticks.

    • Jeremiah Johnson

      Not sure he’s not an option, I just don’t get the sense that he’s the kind of guy they’re looking to build around. He’s old and cheap, and they seem to prefer young and cheap right now. Too much of a Maholm redux. And if he keeps up his performance, I think the offers might become too overwhelming to ignore.

      • AC0000000

        I don’t see that as a bad thing

  • BRAVO Mr. Johnson

  • Josh Cornwall

    BRAVO Mr. Johnson

  • Darlin_Starlin

    I got no problem with Marmol giving up an unearned run in that situation he was throwing strikes with a 7 run lead and he gave up one hit and struck out 2. Solid confidence building outing for him if you ask me. And his ERA is back down to a respectable 4.05.

    • BLPCB

      I’ve never understood why the pitcher gets charged with an earned run for throwing a wild pitch, but if its charged as a passed ball, the run becomes unearned, but when the pitcher commits an error, the runs scored are unearned. #stupid #makesnosense

      • Doug S.

        No catcher should be charged with a passed ball when Marmol’s throwing.

      • BLPCB

        I generally agree, but the concept is stupid nonetheless

      • Doc Raker

        I see your point, why does the type of error matter or who made the error matter, if a run after an era is unearned than after a wild pitch which is an error a run should be unearned. Although a pitcher concerned with his own era could intentionally throw a wild pitch with men on base to make any resulting runs unearned. So a stat rule should not encourage an error and if a pitcher has stat concerns that could happen. That is probably why the rules is such.

      • BLPCB

        But why would a pitcher want to allow a run to score to begin with, even one who is concerned about their stats?

        And even if there is a passed ball that allows the runner to advance a base, and he later scores, if there are hits after the score, that run becomes earned, because it would have scored even without the passed ball.

      • Norm

        The earned run on a wild pitch was caused by his pitching.
        The unearned run on a pass ball was not caused by his pitching.
        When the pitcher commits an error, again, the run was not due to his pitching, and ERA is only measuring his pitching, not his defense.

      • BLPCB

        But the pitcher shouldn’t throwing wild pitches. Without those wild pitches, the runners wouldn’t be able to advance. Or the dropped 3rd strikes

  • Darlin_Starlin

    I got no problem with Marmol giving up an unearned run in that situation he was throwing strikes with a 7 run lead and he gave up one hit and struck out 2. Solid confidence building outing for him if you ask me. And his ERA is back down to a respectable 4.05.

    • AC0000000

      I’ve never understood why the pitcher gets charged with an earned run for throwing a wild pitch, but if its charged as a passed ball, the run becomes unearned, but when the pitcher commits an error, the runs scored are unearned. #stupid #makesnosense

      • Doug S.

        No catcher should be charged with a passed ball when Marmol’s throwing.

      • AC0000000

        I generally agree, but the concept is stupid nonetheless

      • Doc Raker

        I see your point, why does the type of error matter or who made the error matter, if a run after an era is unearned than after a wild pitch which is an error a run should be unearned. Although a pitcher concerned with his own era could intentionally throw a wild pitch with men on base to make any resulting runs unearned. So a stat rule should not encourage an error and if a pitcher has stat concerns that could happen. That is probably why the rules is such.

      • AC0000000

        But why would a pitcher want to allow a run to score to begin with, even one who is concerned about their stats? By that logic, the pitcher could deliberately bobble a batted ball to him, and then airmail the CF, for a double error, to allow everyone on base to score, and that is an unearned run.

        And even if there is a passed ball that allows the runner to advance a base, and he later scores, if there are hits after the score, that run becomes earned, because it would have scored even without the passed ball.

      • Norm

        The earned run on a wild pitch was caused by his pitching.
        The unearned run on a pass ball was not caused by his pitching.
        When the pitcher commits an error, again, the run was not due to his pitching, and ERA is only measuring his pitching, not his defense.

      • AC0000000

        But the pitcher shouldn’t throwing wild pitches. Without those wild pitches, the runners wouldn’t be able to advance. Or the dropped 3rd strikes

  • Eddie Von White

    It’s all good. Even the TV announcers were good. And now the wrap up.

    • BLPCB

      What do you mean the TV announcers were good? You do realize that both teams have been using their own broadcasters for home and away for 10 years now, yes?

      • Eddie Von White

        No, WGN had Steve Stone and some other guy whose name I didn’t catch. Hawk took a sick day. Len and J.D. were no where to be heard and the Cubs were the home team.

      • BLPCB

        Then you were watching the trash’s feed. The Cubs feed would have probably been on CSN. Considering that I haven’t lived in Chicago the last 2 baseball seasons, I could be wrong, but when I was there, from 2004 onwards I was able to get the Cubs feed even when they were playing at the trash’s park. Before that, you would only get the home team’s announcers when they played each other. Thank god both teams had their own radio feeds, so when the Cubs played at the trash’s park, I’d watch on the idiot box, mute it and listen on the radio

      • So, yeah, Eddie. Apparently everything was good, and then a whole bunch of rambling nonsense. Go Cubs.

      • Eddie Von White

        Due to my geographical location and the MLB agreement with television I cannot get the Cubs on CSN. We get the pre-game then when the game starts we are blacked out. Apparently our tv rights are owned by the Brewers.

      • BLPCB

        Where are you living? Kenosha?

      • Eddie Von White

        I am in the southwest corner of Wisconsin, exactly 2 miles north of the Illinois border, but not close enough to get CSN Chicago.

      • BLPCB

        Oh so you’re closer to the Iowa border. That stinks. Stupid MLB TV rules. Anarchic.

      • Seymour Butts

        not to mention Archaic or Anachronistic.

      • Doc Raker

        Anytime you can watch a Cubs game and avoid Len Kasper it is a good day.

      • BLPCB

        But having to listen to the trash’s feed is infinitely worse.

      • Jedi

        Way to find the turd at the end of the rainbow.

      • Seymour Butts

        Bad Leprechaun.

  • Eddie Von White

    It’s all good. Even the TV announcers were good. And now the wrap up.

    • AC0000000

      What do you mean the TV announcers were good? You do realize that both teams have been using their own broadcasters for home and away for 10 years now, yes?

      • Eddie Von White

        No, WGN had Steve Stone and some other guy whose name I didn’t catch. Hawk took a sick day. Len and J.D. were no where to be heard and the Cubs were the home team.

      • AC0000000

        Then you were watching the trash’s feed. The Cubs feed would have probably been on CSN. Considering that I haven’t lived in Chicago the last 2 baseball seasons, I could be wrong, but when I was there, from 2004 onwards I was able to get the Cubs feed even when they were playing at the trash’s park. Before that, you would only get the home team’s announcers when they played each other. Thank god both teams had their own radio feeds, so when the Cubs played at the trash’s park, I’d watch on the idiot box, mute it and listen on the radio

        Here:
        http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/schedule/broadcast/index.jsp?c_id=chc
        http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/schedule/broadcast/index.jsp?c_id=cws

      • So, yeah, Eddie. Apparently everything was good, and then a whole bunch of rambling nonsense. Go Cubs.

      • Eddie Von White

        Due to my geographical location and the MLB agreement with television I cannot get the Cubs on CSN. We get the pre-game then when the game starts we are blacked out. Apparently our tv rights are owned by the Brewers.

      • AC0000000

        Where are you living? Kenosha?

      • Eddie Von White

        I am in the southwest corner of Wisconsin, exactly 2 miles north of the Illinois border, but not close enough to get CSN Chicago.

      • AC0000000

        Oh so you’re closer to the Iowa border. That stinks. Stupid MLB TV rules. Anarchic.

      • Seymour Butts

        not to mention Archaic or Anachronistic.

      • Doc Raker

        Anytime you can watch a Cubs game and avoid Len Kasper it is a good day.

      • AC0000000

        But having to listen to the trash’s feed is infinitely worse.

      • Jedi

        Way to find the turd at the end of the rainbow.

      • Seymour Butts

        Bad Leprechaun.