Posted on: October 15, 2008 4:13 pm

Cubs/Brewers Breakdown Recap

Well I think CBS deleted the thread (knew I should've made it a blog entry too)...but I have it saved on my computer for reference.

  • C- I picked Soto, and I got it correct. I caught some flack for this choice, but Soto was the definite choice offensively, and was a very nice defensive catcher.
  • 1b- Picked Fielder and I was correct. Although Prince had an off year (or what I'd guess will be his norm year) he was still better than Lee offensively.
  • 2b- Picked DeRosa and I was correct. Caught a lot of flack for this one too. The 'Weeks had a great September' and 'every GM in baseball would rather have Weeks' people. My ass. Rickie Weeks sucks, and Mark DeRosa was awesome this year.
  • 3b- Picked Aramis and I was correct. Do I really need to explain this one?
  • SS- Picked Hardy and I was correct barely. Theriot was great at what he is, and Hardy is one of the least clutch players in the game (.221 w/ RISP). But still the defense and power gives it to Hardy, barely.
  • Lf- Picked Soriano and I was wrong. Although I blame that on Soriano getting hurt, twice.
  • Cf- Picked Cameron and I was right on a techincality. Cameron was better than Pie, although the Cfs that replaced Pie were much better than Cameron.
  • Rf- Picked Hart and was Correct. Both were All-Stars...lol...both sucked hardcore towards the end of the season. Hart sucked less.
  • 4th OF- Picked Reed and was correct. Not only was Reed awesome (.303 6 HR 50 RBIs .778 OPS), but Gywnn barely played at all.
  • PH Specialist. I picked Ward and I was correct. Well it helps that Gross ended up in Tampa, and that Ward hit this.
  • UTL Infielder. Picked Cedeno and I was correct. Got a lot of flack for this one, but come on...it's Craig Counsell.
  • Other Bench Player- Picked Dillon and I was wrong. Dillon didn't play that much and Mike Fontenot was Lil' Babe Ruth
  • Ace- Picked Carlos and I was wrong. The difference in ERA beats out the better record for Carlos, the fact that he was actually able to pitch in the postseason, and the fact that Carlos is the best hitting pitcher in baseball.
  • 2nd- Picked Lilly and I was right. Lilly was great, again, and Suppan wasn't.
  • 3rd- Picked a Wash and I was wrong. Dempster was simply amazing. Nuf said.
  • 4th- Picked Hill and I was wrong. I don't know how I could've predicted Steve Blass Disease. CV was good as a reliever, but as a starter he sucked. Yeah take that Ballinglove1.
  • 5th- Picked Parra/Gallardo and I was right. Lot closer than expected though.
  • Long Relief- Picked Lieber/Hart and I was wrong. Another one chalked up to injury.
  • Middle Relief- Picked Hart and was wrong. Damn did Hart suck, Mota was well Mota. He probably found another HGH supplier.
  • MR2- Picked Wuertz and was wrong. Wuertz lost it this year, and Torres was good until he ran out of gas.
  • Lefty specialisr- picked ADV none and was wrong. Piggy couldn't throw strikes and Eyre got traded...Brewers win by default.
  • 7th inning- Picked Marmol and was correct. Although he wasn't the 7th inning guy Marmol was still nasty. If I remember correctly, he has the lowest H/9 rate for a reliever in the history of baseball
  • 8th inning- Picked Howry and was correct. You might think to yourself, how in the world was Bob Howry a winner...well the other guy was Derrek Turnbow. Oh
  • Closer- Picked Wood and was correct. Took a lot of flack for this one too. Well who's laughing now. Sadly not me, cause Wood didn't get to pitch in October, so it's a repressed excitment.
  • Manager- Picked Lou and was right. Do I have to explain this one?

That makes me 16-10. I'll take that.

Category: MLB
Tags: Brewers, Cubs
Posted on: September 17, 2008 1:03 am

State of the Cubs: Week 24

91-58 9 Gms up Magic Number 4

Little late in doing this. But this have seemed to turn around. A no-hitter will do that to you. Then a one-hitter. lol. Then beating CC. The world is right again

Prediction: Cubs take 2 out of 3 from the Brewers, then clinch the first game of the St. Louis series. After that who cares until October!

Category: MLB
Posted on: August 3, 2008 9:10 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2008 4:39 pm

State of the Cubs: Week 18

67-45 5 GMs up on the Brewers

The Week that Was:

The Milwaukee Series: Complete and Utter Domination

The Pittsburgh Series: In game 1 the Cubs struggled with a pitcher they had never seen before...surprise surprise. In game 2, they beat their ace Paul Malholm and Lilly turns in another gem (his ERA has been creeping down slowly, it could be below 4 by season's end). And in game 3, they only let Z throw 82 pitches for rest purposes. The bullpen blows the lead, but Reed Johnson hits a clutch 2-run PH HR to give the Cubs the lead, the game and the series.

My Prediction: Better than expected. They go 6-1, a game better. I called Soriano gettting hot and Harden's first win in Cubbie Blue.

The Week that Will Be:

The Cubs remain at home to face the Houston Astros. The Astros are coming off a sweep of the Mets and have won 7 out of their last 9. This is the first of 3 more series the two teams will play this season. The Cubs then get a much needed off day, after going for 20 games in 20 days. After that they see the Cardinals for the first Wrigley series between the two teams this year. The Cubs also see the Cardinals for 3 more series this year. Expect Kerry Wood to return for the Cards series.

Game 1 Ryan Dempster vs. Brian Moehler. In Dempster's last start vs. the Astros, he gave the Cubs 8 scoreless innings for their first win after the break. The Astros also gave Dempster his first loss of the season, all the way back in May. As usual, the Astros to look out for are Lance Berkman (12-40 4 HR) and Carlos Lee (5-15 HR). Moehler is coming off of a great start against the Reds, 8.2 IP 2 ER. And also pitched a gem against the Cubs in July. Jim Edmonds absouletly crushes him (13-37 6 HR) and Alfonso Soriano hits him pretty well too (4-9)

Game 2 Rich Harden vs. Wandy Rodriguez. This is Harden's first career outing against the Astors, but we can all expect him to continue his dominance. Harden is yet to surrender more than 1 ER in any start as a Cub, and every run he has given up has been from a solo HR. Carlos Lee is 3-9 against him. Wandy is coming off a bad 4.2 IP 6 ER preformence against the Reds. Derrek Lee (8-19 2 HR) and Ryan Theriot (8-14 HR) hit him well. Carlos Zambrano and Jason Marquis have also hit HRs off of him (Pinch Hitting maybe )

Game 3: Jason Marquis vs. Brandon Backe. Marquis hasn't won since June, despite the fact that 4 out of his last 5 starts have been quality starts. Expect Berkman (19-39 HR) and Lee (10-29 3 HR) to continue to rake. Backe has been a mediocure pitcher for most of the season (4.72 ERA) and his last loss was against the Cubs. Aramis Ramirez (7-19 HR) hits him well.

Game 4: Ted Lilly vs. Braden Looper 8 of Lilly's last 10 starts have been quality starts. And he's 1-0 with a 3.26 ERA vs. the Cardinals this season. Pujols is 8-21 with 2 HRs against Ted. Looper has lost 4 out of his last 5 decisions including a lose to the Cubs on July 4th. Geovany Soto (3-5 HR) is the only Cub hitter that has had success against him.

Game 5: Carlos Zambrano vs. Todd Wellemeyer. Carlos has won 4 out of his last 5 decisions and has a 2.28 ERA at home this year. He shut down the Cardinals for 6 IP of scoreless ball earlier in the year. No Cardinal hits him well, not even Albert Pujols, who hits .240 off Big Z. The ex-Cub Wellemeyer posted a 5.88 ERA in July, including a loss to the Cubs. He's yet to lose on the road this season. No Cub has seen him much, but Aramis is 3-3 against him. 

Game 6: Ryan Dempster vs. Chris Carpenter. What a matchup for a Sunday night game. Dempster takes his 10-1 home record to face St. Louis, something he hasn't done this year. Jason LaRue hits him well (5-11 HR). The Former Cy Young winner Carpenter will be making his 3rd start, and no indication on how many pitches he will be able to throw. He only threw 67 in his first start, lasting 4 IP. Derrek Lee (11-35), Alfonso Soriano (10-25 2 HR) and Big Z (6-10) all hit him well.

Predictions: Cubs win 5 out of 6, losing Marquis' start. Soriano continues to hit well and Wood returns with 2 SVs

Category: MLB
Posted on: July 28, 2008 1:46 am
Edited on: July 28, 2008 1:50 am

State of the Cubs: Week 17

61-44 1 GM up on Milwaukee

The Week that was:

Important Notes:

  1. Alfonso Soriano is back, and ready to go on one of his tears.
  2. Kerry Wood is on the DL should be back this week, but in his place comes the Shark. Who has been mighty impressive, mixing a nice splitter with a 96 MPH tailing fastball and a good slider. We may have found a new short reliever.
  3. Harden continues to pitch dominantly, without support from the team
  4. Justin Miller, Jeremy Hermida and the rest of the Marlins need to just go away
  5. I saw a win in person for the first time in a long time
  6. Reed Johnson and Mike Fontenot are crushing the ball

My prediction: Not good

The week that will be:

Game 1: Cartsen Charles Sabathia vs. Theodore Roosevelt Lilly I'm not worried about having to face Sabathia. The Cubs hurt lefties pretty bad and he walks quite a few. Plus by now he should be ready to have a heart attack on the mound from all the beer, brats and cheese. I'd be a bit worried about Ted, he had the one bad start against them earlier in the year, but that wasn't this Ted Lilly. But he did struggle with them last year, and they kill lefites more than the Cubs do. Alfonso Soriano (8-25 3 HR), Reed Johnson (8-21 HR) and Aramis Ramirez (3-7) hit him well. Braun hits Lilly well (4--8 HR). Sabathia has a career 34.71 ERA against the Cubs.

Game 2: Carlos Zambrano vs. Ben Sheets. Sheets had one good start (opening day) against the Cubs and one bad one (7 BBs) whereas Zambrano has been much better (13 IP 1 ER). Derrek Lee (16-46 6 HR), Mark DeRosa (6-21 3 HR) and Big Z (5-14) hit him well. Kendell (10-30) and Braun (4-12 HR) hit Z well.

Game 3: Ryan Dempster vs. Manny Parra The Brewers have lost 4 out of the last 5 games Parra has pitched and the Cubs have barely seen him. Dempster has the only 2 wins against the Brewers this year, and Jason Kendell (13-29) hits him well

Game 4: Dave Bush vs. Rich Harden Bush is 1-6 lifetime vs. the Cubs including a shalaking as he surrendered the first win of the season for the Cubs. He happens to be a much better home pitcher, so Ned Yost platoos him. Good call Ned, really helped him in his last start. Aramis Ramirez (7-21 2 HR), Soriano (7-21) and DeRosa (4-11 HR) hit him well. All current Brewers hit harden at a .071 clip

Then back home for Pittsburgh yay

Game 5: Jason Marquis vs. John Van Benschoten. The number to know for JVB is 2.55. No that's not his ERA, that's his WHIP. He's coming off a 1.2 IP 7 ER nightmare. Marquis is 2-0 with a 3.17 ERA vs. the Pirates this year. Jason Bay crushes him.

Game 6: Ted Lilly vs. Paul Malholm Malholm has been the one good pitcher for the Pirates sofar and threw a 8 IP 5 ER preformence vs. the Cubs earlier in the year. He has a 4.60 road ERA this year. Lilly has been ugly against the Buccos this year (8.38 ERA)

Game 7: Carlos Zambrano vs. Ian Snell. If there has been one person this season that I've been most wrong about it's been Ian Snell, I thought he'd be great. Um..no. Snell lost his one start vs. the Cubs this year. Alfonso Soriano (6-12 3 HR) crushes him. Zambrano has been only decent against the Pirates. Jason Bay kills him (14-39 5 HR)

Predictions:  The Brewers are hot, no doubting that, but the Cubs match up really well with them. Expect them to win 3 out of 4, losing the Lilly start in a slugfest. Then we get to face the Pirates, who have just traded Marte and Nady. We'll win 2 out of 3, also losing the Lilly start. Harden finally gets his first win in Cubbie Blue and Alfonso Soriano goes on one of his tears.


Category: MLB
Posted on: April 29, 2008 7:43 pm

Official Omnipotent Cubs/Brewers Game 1 Blog

Cubs vs. Brewers

Jason Marquis vs. Ben Sheets

From BCB...

Sheets and Carlos Zambrano matched zeroes on Opening Day in a game that the Brewers eventually won. Since then Sheets has thrown great -- when he's been healthy; he hasn't pitched in 11 days. If it seems as if he is always pitching against the Cubs, he pretty much is -- Sheets has made 23 career starts vs. the Cubs, 12% of all his career starts. He's 9-7 lifetime, 3.70, and Derrek Lee hits him well (15-for-47, 2 doubles, 5 HR, .319/.313/.681, and no, that OBA isn't a misprint -- that's what happens when you have zero walks and a sacrifice fly).

Jason Marquis will have to be "on" tonight -- he doesn't have that much success vs. the Brewers (4-6, 4.01 in 13 career starts). The pesty Craig Counsell (8-for-21, 2 doubles, a triple, a HR, 4 walks, no strikeouts) hits him well. Marquis might be able to help himself -- he's 1-for-4 (a double) vs. Sheets.

Today's game is on cable in Chicago and in Wisconsin and as usual, more at the MLB.com Mediacenter.


Milwaukee Brewers
2B Rickie Weeks
CF Mike Cameron
LF Ryan J. Braun
1B Prince Fielder
RF Corey C. Hart
3B Bill Hall
SS J.J. Hardy
P   Ben Sheets
C   Jason Kendall

Chicago Cubs
LF Reed Johnson
SS Ryan Theriot
1B Derrek Lee
3B Aramis Ramirez
RF Kosuke Fukudome
2B Mark DeRosa
C   Geovany Soto
CF Felix Pie
P    Jason Marquis

Category: MLB
Tags: Brewers, Cubs
Posted on: April 28, 2008 6:55 pm

State of the Cubs Week 4

16-9 .5 games up in divison.

The week that was: Cubs sweep Mets at home, take one out of two from the Rockies, then lose 2 out of three to the Nationals. I'm not sure if I'm disapointed or content with the week. The starting pitching was great, the only loss by a starter was Ted Lilly's 6 IP 2 ER preformence from yesterday. The offense was obviously the key for the week. In the 4 wins, the Cubs scored 7 or more runs in every one, but in the losses they never reached 4. The series with the Mets, and the one with the Rockies were obviously pluses. But you have to be a bit disapointent for only getting 1 win in DC. But, of course, you must realize that just some days of the year any team can beat any other team. And it just so happened that we ran into good preformences by Odalis Perez and John Lannan.

My prediction from last week. I got the first two series perfect, but then botched the Nationals series. I also had 3 SVs for Kerry Wood, but Ronny Cedeno put a stop to that twice.

Coming around.

  • Aramis Ramirez started to hit, going .296/.406/.630 with 2 HR 8 RBI 3 2b in 27 AB
  • Ted Lilly 1-1 2.25 ERA 1.17 WHIP 11 K in 12 IP
  • Ronny Cedeno .375/.400/.625 1 HR 7 RBI 3 2b in 24 AB
  • Felix Pie .445/.500/.727 1 HR 4 RBI 3 R in 11 AB

What to expect this week: 3 game set vs. Milwaukee and a 3 game set in St. Louis, and unfortunately we face the 3 best pitchers of both teams (altough those include Kyle Loshe, Todd Wellimeyer and Jeff Suppan). Jason Marquis throws twice, everyone else once. Alfonso Soriano is eligible to come back on Thursday.

My prediction: Cubs go 4-2, dropping the first game of each series. Zambrano pitches an 8-inning shutout vs. the Brewers. And Alfonso Soriano comes back in a big way, in his 4 games of the week he hits 2 HRs and drives in 5.

Category: MLB
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