Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Pirates – 04/02/14

Game Two: Cubs (0-1) vs. Pirates (1-0)

  • Game Time – 6:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 183, 844
  • Location – PNC Park, Pittsburgh

Edwin Jackson (0-0, -.–/-.–/-.–) vs. Charlie Morton (0-0, -.–/-.–/-.–)

Weather permitting … The Cubs resume the season tonight in search of Rick Renteria’s first win as a big league manager as well as the team’s first run of the new season. Rick Renteria will debut his left-handed hitting lineup with the righty Charlie Morton on the hill.

While Edwin Jackson begins his redemption tour, as it was labeled on Tuesday, the offense will try to erase the miserable 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position from Opening Day.

The weather for tonight’s game looks questionable but Thursday looks like it could be rained out. Look for the Pirates to try everything they can to get this one in.

Tonight all begins with Edwin Jackson …

Edwin Jackson is coming off a bad season … one both he and his boss agree did not go as planned. Jackson was not able to eat the innings the front office thought he would and seemed to battle himself all year. Jackson seemingly had one bad inning every time he took the mound and if he could correct that, the Cubs might have another trade chip this summer.

Edwin Jackson posted an 8-18 record in 31 starts a year ago with a 4.98 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. Outside of Wrigley Field, Jackson was 4-10 in 18 starts with a 5.36 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.

For all of his inconsistencies, Jackson pitched rather well against the Pirates last season. Jackson was 2-2 in four starts with a 3.48 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP … at PNC Park, 0-2 in two starts with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.

Pirates Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

  • Andrew McCutchen: 8-for-20 with two doubles, two home runs and three walks
  • Neil Walker: 2-for-15 with one double and three walks
  • Clint Barmes: 4-for-16
  • Russell Martin: 2-for-15 with one walk
  • Pedro Alvarez: 2-for-15 with one home run
  • Starling Marte: 5-for-11
  • Travis Snider: 1-for-10 with one triple
  • Jose Tabata: 0-for-7 with one walk
  • Travis Ishikawa: 2-for-6 with one double
  • Charlie Morton: 0-for-4
  • Gaby Sanchez: 0-for-5 with one walk
  • Josh Harrison: 1-for-3
  • Jordy Mercer: 0-for-2

Charlie Morton was very good in 20 starts for the Pirates a year ago and Pittsburgh’s front office rewarded him with a three-year, $21 million contract extension. Morton was 7-4 with a 3.26 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP with nearly a 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio (85 strikeouts, 36 walks). Morton says he is healthy and ready to pitch a full season, something he hasn’t done since the Pirates acquired him from Atlanta in 2009 … Morton started 29 games in 2011. For as good as Morton was last year, he was even better at home. Morton was 2-2 in nine starts at PNC Park with a 2.85 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.

Morton has struggled during his career against the Cubs. In nine starts, Morton is 2-4 against the Cubs with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. The Cubs faced Charlie Morton three times last season and while he did not beat the Cubs (0-1), he allowed seven runs on 14 hits with six walks and 16 strikeouts in 18 innings (3.50 ERA, 1.11 WHIP).

Cubs Career Numbers against Charlie Morton

  • Nate Schierholtz: 5-for-17 with one double, one triple and one walk
  • Starlin Castro: 6-for-15
  • Darwin Barney: 1-for-10 with one walk
  • Anthony Rizzo: 1-for-9
  • Luis Valbuena: 2-for-8 with one walk
  • Edwin Jackson: 2-for-6
  • Ryan Sweeney: 0-for-3 with one walk
  • Jake Arrieta: 1-for-3
  • Welington Castillo: 2-for-2 with one double and one walk

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Bonifacio 2B
    Valbuena 3B
    Castro SS
    Rizzo 1B
    Schierholtz RF
    Sweeney CF
    Castillo C
    Kalish LF
    Jackson P

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Kalish starting! But sorry to not see Olt in there. Guess its a rightie but a guy like him should be able to hit average righties, even early in his career. He will have to.

      Rizzo needs to have a good night. But I hope he doesn’t hear that. We need him to not press.

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  • Tom U

    Finally, the Iowa Cubs have published their roster:

    http://atmilb.com/1hBMqwg

    • brent carmona

      Is jae hoon ha injured tom?

      • Tom U

        In extended spring training following wrist surgery. Reports day that Ha can do everything but throw at this time.

    • cubtex

      That will be a fun team to watch. Look forward to seeng them in Round Rock.

      • Tom U

        It depends on how much playing time the dead weight on the roster gets.

        • cubtex

          Curious to see if Alberto Cabrera goes unclaimed how he would fit in with Iowa. Would like to see him moved back as a starter but looks like there is no room.

    • Tom U

      Chris Rusin has been named Iowa’s opening day starter.

    • Denver Mike

      The pronunciation guide at the bottom is priceless! I hope everyone found themselves sitting there talking to themselves like I did.

  • bpot92

    Bonifacio doesnt help the team with his speed if he keeps gettin gpicked off first. by righties no less…

    • Josh Man

      Definitely a bit troubling how often he’s getting beat by the pitcher at 1st. If the first baseman didn’t drop the ball early in Opening Day, he’d already have been picked off 3 times this year! That’s not okay!

      • bpot92

        He has to know pitchers are going to key on him as not many Cubs have speed.

    • cubtex

      Can’t ever remember anyone getting picked off twice in 2 games like that. Should have been 3 times if 1st baseman didn’t drop the ball one other time

      • bpot92

        Cubs just can not make pitchers pay so far for letting the lead off man on base

  • Tom U

    Daytona is having their annual exhibition against Embry-Riddle College. I’m only able to get reports on Twitter.

    So far, Daytona leads 2-0. A SAC fly by Tim Saunders drove in the first run, with the second coming on an Albert Almora double. Gioskar Amaya has two stolen bases, while Dan Vogelbach also swiped a base.

    Yao-Lin Wang started and went 4 innings: 0R 4H 0BB 6K. Austin Kirk is following.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Could Morton have made that look any more obvious?

    • bpot92

      Have to make them pay for putting the lead off man on!

    • Tony_H

      I don’t get why he drilled Rizzo. Nothing intentional about EJAX hitting Marte.

  • Josh Man

    2 on nobody out and we don’t even really threaten to score a run.

  • cubtex

    How many innings will it take for them to score their 1st run of the year?

    • Denver Mike

      Over/Under 18?

      • Denver Mike

        Should have said 19, yesterday was 10 innings :)

      • cubtex

        I got to take under. They should be able to score off Morton

        • Denver Mike

          I agree, I’m feeling especially sarcastic after work today. I’m going to predict the 4th.

        • Denver Mike

          I agree, I’m feeling especially sarcastic after work today. I’m going to predict the 4th.

      • cubtex

        Can I change to the over :))))

  • Denver Mike

    It’s only been 13 innings, but yikes (w/ RISP)!!!

  • cubtex

    Should have had that Kalish

  • cubtex

    Should have had that Kalish

  • Tom U

    Breaking: Neither RHP Dallas Beeler nor LHP Tommy Hottovy are on the Iowa Cubs roster. Neither are present in extended spring training. Their status is unknown at this time.

  • cubtex

    Typical EJax. 2 walks and a HBP and hasn’t even pitched 2 innings yet

  • CerranoReadyNow

    What a throw by Castillo!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Agreed, excellent play and bailed out Jackson

  • Josh Man

    I’m not a fan of retaliation, but there are times when I sort of understand the argument. Throwing at Rizzo intentionally after that clearly accidental hit by pitch of Marte makes zero sense though, and in my opinion just weakens the argument for ever retaliating.

  • Josh Man

    We’re probably not that far from both leagues utilizing the DH. Normally I’m against that, but that Edwin Jackson at bat makes me reconsider.

  • Josh Man

    Please don’t get picked off again…

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Hey guys…am I crazy… Comcast user, and Cubs aren’t on an HD channel? Bulls are playing on the 200 HD channel.

    Crappy.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      nevermind…ch 285. haven’t used that one before.

  • Denver Mike

    As Deshaies is talking about the curveball that Morton threw to Jackson he referred to it as “droppin’ the deuce on him”. I know what he meant, but the child in me couldn’t help but laugh. I know, I’m sick.

    • Tom U

      Another Bevis & Butthead moment

      • Denver Mike

        Haha, it was indeed

  • Tom U

    Rock Shoulders crushes a two-run homer as Daytona extends their lead to 7-0 in the 6th.

  • Josh Man

    0 for 14 with RISP. That has to change soon, right?

    • JasonPen

      Maybe if we didn’t have Castro and Rizzo 3 and 4…

      • cubtex

        Next in line for 3 spot should be Schierholtz

        • GaryLeeT

          In the infamous words of Hillary “What difference does it make?”

          • cubtex

            Yea. We knew this team will struggle to score runs all year. Just frustrating they have no RBI guys on entire roster

          • GaryLeeT

            Has any Cub gotten a ball that wasn’t hit down the line, to the warning track dirt? I don’t think anybody from the 25 man roster did in the last 2 ST games in AZ.

  • Bryan

    Someone needs to coach Castro that perhaps he might be able to hit the ball if he didn’t have a full wad of sunflower seeds in his mouth. What is with this kid and the sunflower seeds…at the plate, in the field….geez.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      the chicks dig it. When you are in your early 20′s, that trumps everything else.

      • Josh Man

        The chicks dig the long ball too. That would have been more useful in that spot.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    I think EJax just struck a guy out on a ball that bounced twice before it crossed the plate. Sweet.

  • CerranoReadyNow

    Nice play by Bonni!

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    after that play, we can trade Barney now. Bonafacio won’t be that much of a dropoff defensively.

  • Tom U

    Daytona defeats Embry-Riddle U. in an exhibition 7-0.

  • GaryLeeT

    Would a right handed Lake do any worse than the left handed Sweeney?

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      I would rather see Lake. We don’t know his ceiling yet…but Sweeney is what he is at this point in his career.

    • JasonPen

      everyone needs to get time, its early

      • GaryLeeT

        Why does Sweeney need to get time? Is he being developed to be part of “the core”?

        • JasonPen

          you’re right, we should just go with a 24 man roster, who needs him…

          • GaryLeeT

            Might as well, he’s worthless.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            He was playing excellent baseball before his injury last year. I he gets back there he has trade value.

          • GaryLeeT

            I do appreciate the trade value talk, but realistically, only players that can actually help a team that is in contention, have trade value. For example, can anybody name the player the Cubs got for David DeJesus?

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Sweeney was at a near all-star pace before his injury. He probably would have been the all-star rep had he not been hurt. If he gets that form back he would bring more than DeJesus. Or he could play in our outfield for a couple years as a bridge player and provider of veteran leadership. Not saying that will happen but the guy isn’t just a bum. He was raking before his injury and is 29 years old.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    I figured out the conspiracy: if you don’t score runs, the pitchers stay more focused and pitch better.

    If Shark and EJax pitch better, we get better prospects when we trade them.

    Man…Theo…you are a sly fox. I C U.

    • Eugene Debs

      Flip them for inventory and “roll forward the savings.”

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    2-hitter for EJax…yet you know you don’t trust it. Nothing surprises me with this guy…put up a shutout or give up 7 runs in 5 innings.

    Is he the Cubs’ version of Good Rex / Bad Rex?

    • GaryLeeT

      The Pirates almost have as inept of an offense as the Cubs………almost

      • JasonPen

        Nah, its just our top notch pitching…

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        2nd game of the season. Pitchers are way ahead of hitters. Let’s let them play a month before we pronounce anything conclusive.

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          Not saying either will turn into an offensive juggernaut but it’s game 2.

          • GaryLeeT

            So the Cubs are not the 62 win team that every prognosticator on the planet picked them to be?

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Going into the season I’m on record saying that no they aren’t. I think they can push to be .500. After 1 3/4th games I’m not going to change that prediction.

  • JasonPen

    Thats the way it goes… very unlucky

  • brent carmona

    No freaking way man…

    • JasonPen

      unlucky

      • brent carmona

        Why us? Lol I can only laugh…

  • No Baseball In Indiana

    Choose your own adventure, pick how the Cubs will lose.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Ejax really sweats the runners. just strike out the part-time guy at the plate.

    And he just did.

    So that was pointless worrying.

    • JasonPen

      my mlb.tv stopped working… 2 days into it and it has stopped both days… customer support is clueless too, they barely can speak english. this sucks

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        here is what you are missing:
        EJax looks back at runner…takes a breath…steps off rubber…looks at runner…wipes sweat off brow with sleeve…throws a pitch. Repeat ad infinitum.

        • GaryLeeT

          It is maddening to watch him.

      • brent carmona

        Mine stopped too..restarted my ps3 and connection..nada :( going to have to go with Pat on the radio which is okay with me

        • GaryLeeT

          Directv boys. It’s the only way to go.

        • JasonPen

          its working on the computer but not on my roku, why am i paying for this if it wont even make it through a whole game?

  • JasonPen

    yaaay Castro

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      maybe a pretty color in the stands was distracting him.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        or a bird. maybe he saw a bird.

  • No Baseball In Indiana

    Ole!

    • bpot92

      who would you rather have thats on the 25 man roster?

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        I think he is a 2B though…not sure why we always defend his mental errors. I think 2B is a safer place for him to be.

        • bpot92

          Safer? maybe…but mental errors happen at every postition

          • bpot92

            To clarify, mental errors WOULD happen at every position.

          • No Baseball In Indiana

            I loved how he watched the first pitch fastball down the middle into the glove then struck out on the high inside fastball. He’s broken.

      • No Baseball In Indiana

        Baez up Castro gone.

        • bpot92

          I said 25 man roster because I knew someone would say Baez. How do we know he is ready and if he isn’t then we have exactly what castro is: a underperforming young shortstop with solid offensive potential and a lot of errors.

  • JasonPen

    I think that I could do just as good of a job as those last 3 batters… 3 straight K’s… ridiculous

    • JasonPen

      20 K’s and 0 Runs in 2 games

      • GaryLeeT

        They were picked to be the worst team in baseball, so we can’t really say it’s coming from pressure they are putting on themselves to fulfill high expectations.

  • Eugene Debs

    Will the Cubs ever score?

    Let me guess – we’re facing a “tough right hander” today, right? Those dudes with a 4.70 career ERA can really humble a lineup…..

    • JasonPen

      20K’s and 0 Runs in 17 innings…

      • Eugene Debs

        That’s actually hard to do! Maybe we should be proud?

        • JasonPen

          yeah… if we were Pirate fans…

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Castro with a nice play when no runners are in scoring position.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good inning for Grimm

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      yep…he wasn’t messing around. So much faster than EJax too…I felt like I blinked and the inning was over.

  • JasonPen

    What are the odds Bonni gets picked off again?

  • Eugene Debs

    Maybe this is the inning we score.

    • JasonPen

      nah, Castro and Rizzo are due up with possible RISP

    • JasonPen

      they should pinch hit for Castro

  • JasonPen

    Yes! Hitting Rizzo was better than the strikeout that was going to happen!

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Did Rizzo sleep with all the Pirates’ wives or something?

    • Sonate

      I’m wondering too. This will be paid back later, I expect. The Pirates Andrew M. might “counsel” his pitchers not to throw at someone who stuck out 3X last game, because he (McCutchen) is likely to suffer consequences. This is simply the way the game is played.

  • JasonPen

    he should be ejected… first pitch bean ball… again

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    calling Nate with a grand slam here.
    Then he won’t get a hit for 4 games.

    He is like former Cub Alex Gonzalez in that way.

    • JasonPen

      hahahahahahaha

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        I jinxed it.

        But I was thinking this guy wasn’t on the bag…might be a replay.

  • paCubsFan23

    Ugh, double play.

    • paCubsFan23

      Gamecast is slow. YAY! Force out for a run!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Mercer was off the bag

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      whoo hoo! anyone get an RBI in that case?

      • bpot92

        Should be Nate. Fielder’s choice I would guess?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Yes, Schierholtz

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Call reversed … Cubs scored a run

  • cubtex

    Guys on mlb tv going nuts saying neighborhood play is not reviewable for safety of middle infielders.

    • JasonPen

      yeah… but i dont trust harold reynolds on anything

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      they are probably drunk.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      The neighborhood play is not reviewable they are correct. The arguement was he did not catch the ball near the bag.

      • cubtex

        Ok thanks for clarifying

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          I just posted a link to the rules

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Here are the rules … I did not think that play could be reversed.

      http://chicagocubsonline.com/major-league-baseball-instant-replay-rules#.Uzy9P_ldXK0

    • CerranoReadyNow

      The throw pulled him off the bag therefore its not a neighbourhood play.

  • John G

    For years there have been a lot of phantom forces at second, particularly on double plays. Maybe this whole replay process will keep the umps honest. About time.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      The neighborhood play at second is not supposed to be reviewable. The reason being given is because the throw pulled him off the bag.

      http://chicagocubsonline.com/major-league-baseball-instant-replay-rules#.Uzy9P_ldXK0

      • GaryLeeT

        I think part of that equation should be that the runner is bearing down on the player receiving the ball at 2nd. Rizzo was at least 30 feet away when the ball got there.

      • John G

        That whole “neighborhood play” thing is BS. Sometimes those guys are almost out on Sheffield Ave.

        • cubtex

          Try playing middle infield and you would understand.

          • John G

            You mean like when Ty Cobb was sliding into second with spikes that he filed down to razor blades?

          • cubtex

            Yea. Like that :) Guys are a lot bigger stronger and faster than in those days as well.

          • J Daniel

            EXACTLY … just trying to protect players just a bit? It is no big deal IMO.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          For what it’s worth, I agree with the neighborhood call. There would be a ton of injuries.

    • cubtex

      And middle infielders more nervous about their health

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    watch as game 2 tensions boil over and the Cubs/Pirates rivalry reaches epic levels!

    • Sonate

      Agreed.

  • paCubsFan23

    what just happened? What did PIT challenge?

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Strop looks like Marmol when he was still good.

  • JasonPen

    come on Bonni! You’re our only hitter, hit a game tying triple!

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Theo needs to wrap up Boni with a 5 year deal…he is a CORE guy!!!

    • cubtex

      8 hits in 2 games!

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        how many of the Cubs total hits does he have…he is the whole team. Small sample size, but I like him as a super utility guy.

        • JasonPen

          I’ve been saying the next Ben Zobrist

        • texcubnut

          You are just about right, Jason. Only Bonifacio, Valbuena, Lake and Schierholtz actually have a ‘batting average’. Everybody else, and I mean everybody else, has a 0.000 batting average. Very ‘ Bluto Blutarski’!!

      • SuzyS

        Keeps this up…he’ll bring 2 TOR by himself:-)

  • cubtex

    Have a start to the season Emilio!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Lake scores, Valbuena ties it up with a hit.

  • Eugene Debs

    Nice job Valbuenai

  • JasonPen

    So… do you pinch hit for Castro?

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      no…he can still hit. probably hits it hard here…hopefully it lands somewhere good.

      • Eugene Debs

        Screaming liner to end the top of the 9th.

        • JasonOfTheBurbs

          I am easily the biggest jinx on this site. I will voluntarily stop calling hits now. lol

          • JasonPen

            Nah, just call a strikeout or triple play and maybe the opposite will happen

          • Eugene Debs

            My wife walks in the room twice tonight. First time was the 4-6-3 not-a-double-play-after-all and Castro’s ripping liner that practically killed the outfielder. She is banned from the man cave for the rest of the game.

      • cubtex

        I think that was supposed to be sarcastic

        • JasonOfTheBurbs

          I was serious. An oracle, I am not.

          • cubtex

            I meant the pinch hit comment

      • JasonPen

        yeah, pretty hard hit… I was expecting a K

  • GaryLeeT

    Raise your hand if you feel that since the Cubs did not take the lead in the 9th, they will not win.

    • JasonPen

      oh, of course, that was a given, bonnifacio wont be up until at least the 12th now…

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      I think they will be decent in extra innings this year, if they make it to the tenth.

      Most of their team feels like bench players and multi-purpose utility guys, so I think they are well-equipped for late-game substitutions.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent inning for Rondon … free baseball

    • brent carmona

      I thought it was odd using rondon there in a high leverage situation…worked out very well though

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        I do not agree with using Rondon for a second inning. He was not good a year ago in these situations.

        On Rondon, if you go back and look at his numbers in the second half they were good.

        • brent carmona

          I understand, remembered his success in the 2nd half. Just don’t remember him being in high leverage situations much last year. He was up for the challenge tonight however…

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            He did well in his second inning. And Schlitter did his job … onto the 12th

  • TinTin Rexach

    Liking Rondon!

  • Eugene Debs

    I know I’m about to ruin it, but a great job from the pen tonight.

    • JasonPen

      Nah, you can’t ruin Cubs baseball.

  • CerranoReadyNow

    This strike zone is a little ridiculous. At least stay consistent.

    • bpot92

      A strike against Valbuena was way outside. Then strike 2 on this batter was a strike but the next pitch, which was closer was a ball? Inconsistent/ridiculous indeed

  • CerranoReadyNow

    Nice outing by Rondon.

  • Sonate

    Barney bunting with a runner in scoring position?????? This is just stupid. It’s been proven mathematically and empirically. SHEESH!

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      Weak hitter, great bunter. 1 out, man on 3rd allows runner to score on most contact. You may disagree but it’s hardly a “sheesh,” call. There’s going to be a ton of baseball people that would say a bunt is th right call in that situation with that hitter.

    • CerranoReadyNow

      Barney is the best bunter on the team. Moving the runner to 3rd with one out is smart baseball.

      • Sonate

        Respectfully, it is not true. The probability of scoring from third with one out is less than scoring from second with no outs. That also assumes the bunt IS successful, which it is often not. (I agree, however, that with a poor batter, like Barney, it’s better to with a runner at first, in order to get the runner in scoring position.)

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          You lineup 10 managers you get 50/50 different ipinions. You can argue either way but it’s not “sheesh,” worthy.

          • Sonate

            Rider, I agree that managers would render different opinions. However, the math shows them wrong. Thanks for your respectful disagreement. It’s something that makes this site wonderful.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Indeed my friend, indeed. All on the same side here…

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Been listening on MLB At Bat some Monday and all evening tonight. Theboardrider approves of Mr. Ron Coomer

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Valbuena is making a strong case to play everyday.

  • bpot92

    A slap hitter who leads off gets intentionally walked… have never seen that before, even though he is on fire

  • JasonPen

    o-8 and gets the 3-0 green light…

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      He’s due. Are we really gonna 2nd guess every call? Gonna be a long season for every fan of every team doing that.

      • JasonPen

        i would have Castro take until he gets 2 strikes… every at bat.. maybe he might learn to draw more walks..

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          I probably would too. But I’m not the manager. After 1 game of te season it’s just too early to start second guessing individual calls. Also this is his first time as the head guy making those calls. He’s nowhere near havin his own style or fallback call in those situations.

          • JasonPen

            I dont think that renteria gave a call on that 3-0…I think Castro just cant lay off anything… Except strike 3 down the middle,, he’s laid off on those pretty frequently

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Very possible. He likes the sound his bat makes when he swings it…

      • John_CC

        THANK YOU. Someone had to say it. I’ve been scanning this thread for updates to what happened because it used to be the best place to find up to the minute stuff. But instead of any useful information there are over 200 posts of uselessness.

        Its the second friggin game! SHEESH is right.

  • JasonPen

    Come on Rizzo, put one in the seats!

    • JasonPen

      called it!!!

  • Tony_H

    Rizzo with a Home Run to break the tie!

  • CerranoReadyNow

    Rizzo!!!! What an at-bat!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo with a big fly

  • Tony_H

    Just tuning in, but the crowd at PNC is pretty annoying to listen to in the background…or is it just me.

    • JasonPen

      They’re pretty silent now lol

      • Tony_H

        LOL, that was pretty good.

        • Eugene Debs

          There’s about 10 people left in the stands.

    • GaryLeeT

      Did “the wave” most of the night. That alone makes me want to go postal on them. Saw it tried a couple of times on Saturday games at Wrigley, luckily they were booed into submission.

      • John G

        HaHa. I was at a ST game at Mesa this year and some Brewer fans out on the lawn tried to start a wave. Didn’t work.

  • AaronOR

    I think we might have decent bullpen this year! I like what I have seen so far for the most part.

  • GaryLeeT

    He’s OK, but I could see somebody other than Veras, being the closer this season.

  • JasonPen

    This is going to be a long season if every game comes down to the wire like this!

  • Eugene Debs

    Uhhhh…no.

    • JasonPen

      ummm, so yeah, Cubs Baseball is back

  • JasonPen

    Damn

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And Veras gives it up

  • CerranoReadyNow

    I thought we traded Marmol to the Dodgers

    • JasonPen

      Oh well, 100 loses is good

  • Eugene Debs

    Lame.

  • JasonPen

    The ump is all over the place

  • JasonPen

    Im smelling a K

    • JasonPen

      Im good at this lol

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Renteria probably needs to develop a quicker hook. Veras tonight and Russell Monday even though he got Martin out. But it’s easy for me to say from my La-Z-Boy.

  • Tony_H

    Terrible inning for Veras, but that was a gutsy, and a very nasty slider to K McCutchen

    • Eugene Debs

      That was a rough inning but it could have been worse! Lets go ahead and get a couple of runs.

    • brent carmona

      I think Veras watched Glengarry Glenn Ross…he’s got brass balls

  • CerranoReadyNow

    Wow.

  • Eugene Debs

    I like free baseball and everything, but this is a long game. Very few guys left to bring in.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      On my second re-write

  • EqDoc

    Oh man, I ain’t gonna be able to watch this all season…

  • GaryLeeT

    Love to see this one through, but this is all this EST guy can take during the work week.

    • Sonate

      Agreed!!!! Good Night!

  • Guest

    Travis Wood in the 3 hole… show Castro how its done right here-

  • JasonPen

    Replays need to be streamlined

    • bpot92

      Maybe have a headquarters like the NHL does in toronto where the call is made there from multiple views

      • JasonPen

        They do have a headquarters in NYC

    • JasonPen

      Like they should already have an answer when the manager comes out, NYC should already be looking, so the Ump knows the answer as soon as he puts the headset on.

      • Tony_H

        They do. As soon as the manager comes out on a close call, they are giving the MLB umpire that is working headquarters all of the replays. But if the manager comes out quick and says I want to challenge, it may not be enough time to have all the angles covered.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    That was a 7-2-3 double play

  • JasonPen

    I dont understand the intentional walk here…? Why not pitch around him? Let him hit himself out.

    • CerranoReadyNow

      Set up the force at any base.

      • JasonPen

        Yeah, but you also cant afford to walk him. The force out at second worked there, but he could have very easily went to first. It worked out, but I just don’t understand why you want to set up a chance for a walk to lose it.

        • CerranoReadyNow

          Would you rather a) have your 3rd baseman throw to first and possibly throw it into the stands or b) have him simply step on the bag.

          • CerranoReadyNow

            That’s just how I look at it.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And the game goes to the 14th inning …

    • Bredstik

      Wow, I can’t believe they got out of that. Nice job by Wright.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Great call by Renteria bringing Lake in as extra infielder. Bases loaded no out and it got them out of it. Now go get a run and end this thing!

  • JasonPen

    MLB network posted that the Cubs are 1-13 with RISP…

    • JasonPen

      Harold Reynolds is still arguing the neighborhood play….

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Cubs are 1-for-13 tonight with RISP and have left 15 men on base

      • JasonPen

        WOW

      • JasonPen

        This would be a good time to make it 2-for-14…

        • JasonPen

          nevermind, 1-for-14 it is

  • John G

    Is there a 14th inning stretch?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Yes

  • bpot92

    It seems like neither team wants to win this game! At least USA is up 2-0 vs Mexico!

    • DWalker

      it does feel that way

  • JasonPen

    Scared me

  • CerranoReadyNow

    Let’s get some runs now. The heavy hitters are coming up

    • JasonPen

      They called up Baez and Bryant?? Awesome!

      • CerranoReadyNow

        Hahaha I was talking Bonnie and Valbeuna!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bonifacio with another hit

    • JasonPen

      So I think we know who our team rep at the all-star game will be….

      • DWalker

        Barney?

  • JasonPen

    Why does a first base coach have to wear a helmet, yet the umpires down the line do not?

    • paulcatanese

      I believe that a third base coach was seriously injured a few years ago, prompting that decision.

  • JasonPen

    Replay is getting annoying

    • Denver Mike

      I was just thinking the same thing. Even if the play doesn’t get reviewed it seems to be causing the managers to go out and plead their case a lot more.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Neil – current record for most comments on a post? Up to 259 here.

    Side note: shout out to Gramps for picking up Bonifacio in his fantasy league.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I think it is 305

  • CerranoReadyNow

    “Maybe there isn’t a why”. Hahaha Jim is growing on me.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    I am calling Rizzo with a 2nd HR here…putting him on a pace for 162 homers.

  • JasonPen

    It would be cool to see Bonni play all 9 positions tonight, he must be getting close

  • JasonPen

    Let’s go 26 innings and set the record, I’ll stay up. Who’s with me?

    • DWalker

      not me, I am fading fast

  • CerranoReadyNow

    Nice job by Valbeuna to bounce back from tipping over on the previous pitch.

    • paulcatanese

      I think he tweaked a muscle below his right rib cage, as he was holding it after the throw to second, or when he slipped on the previous pitch.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Everyone may not agree, but so far I like what I see from Renteria. He’s strategic and not afraid to play chess out there. He seems smart and intuitive. I’d like to see him use the relievers a bit more situationally but that’s tough to do completely in these marathons. And again, small sample size and I don’t have a bunch of examples other than bringing Lake in to play infield with bases loaded. But he just seems capable. I believe in him and think we may just have the right guy. Time will tell.

    • JasonPen

      I agree

  • JasonPen

    Villanueva is about to have 2 loses in 2 games lol

    • JasonPen

      change “is about to have” to “has”

  • John G

    Good Night

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 4-3 to the Pirates in 16 innings on Wednesday … Edwin Jackson: 2R, 1ER, 2H, 4BB, HBP, 5K, 5.1IP (94 pitches, 57 strikes)

    Rizzo: 1-5, HR, BB, 2 HBP; Bonifacio: 5-7, R, IBB, 2
    SB; Valbuena: 3-6, RBI, 2BB; Schierholtz: 2-8, RBI; Lake: 2-5, 2B, R, SB

  • CerranoReadyNow

    Well that’s disappointing. I hope Veras either figures it out soon or they give the job to Strip.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    good pitching so far. need to see more from lake, rizzo, and castro, or the offense will struggle.

    I am going to bed now.

    Bonifacio is Mark Grace combined with Mark Derosa.

  • paulcatanese

    Could not get the game until the 12th inning, what happened with
    Castro? Why did he not finish the game?

  • brent carmona

    Anybody have anything to say to make me/us happy after tonight’s game?

    • Tony_H

      I only saw a short amount of the game so far, but our bullpen as a whole looks pretty good. I will keep saying it, but Bonifacio needs to keep starting….but that’s about it.