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Oh the things I was ready to write about this game. But now, I get to do the overreactions in the other direction: I take back everything I ever said about Reed Johnson!!! Matt Garza is back!!! Jeff Samardzija walked a tight rope but he got it done!!! Marlon Byrd actually had an RBI!!! First place Cubs!!!

  • deej

    nail biter but you’ve gotta love the result…. marmol is good for 2 or 3 of these a year… at least we finished this one off.

    but now do we have enough pitchers to play another?

    • Dan0mite

      I’d imagine the only one that won’t be available will be Samardzija. The rest had very brief outings. Also, don’t forget that Wood didn’t pitch at all I’m game one and Coleman is reportedly available. With the off day tomorrow I’d expect the bull pen to be used in full(ish) tonight.

    • Michigan Goat

      Always look on the bright side of life…

  • Michigan Goat

    I don’t know what Garza’s pitch count was but it would have been nice to see him at least attempt the 7th; and although I glad we got the win, did we have to use three pitchers to get through the 7th! Is anyone else concerned about how often we use 5+ arms out of the pen in a game? I admit how to use a bullpen is something I don’t fully understand, but are we over using the pen already? How many starters have gone into the 7th even the 8th? What is the league average over the last couple of years? Too many question can’t compute… BAM, POW

    • Dan0mite

      Garza was at 114 pitches when he finished the 6th.

      • MichiganGoat

        thx, wow that 6th was full of pitches

    • Ace

      The starters absolutely have not lasted so far this year; though that’s not that uncommon in April. Of course, they’ve mostly been pulled due to ineffectiveness rather than pitch counts…

  • czechxican

    Cubs are now 4-1 in one run games…

    • Ace

      Don’t jinx it!

  • Joe

    “Matt Garza is back!!!”

    Uhh, yeah, about that…

    114 pitches over only 6 innings.

    6 hits and 3 walks over those innings (a 1.50 WHIP)

    and while he did K 9, they were
    Mosley (Pitcher)
    Hawpe (.119 BA – 40.5 K% coming into game)
    Venable x2 (.154 BA – 23.4 K% coming into game)
    Ludwig (.161 BA – 26.9 K% coming into game)
    Headley x2 (.241 BA – 28.0 K% coming into game)
    Hudson x2 (.263 BA – 27.8 K% coming into game)

    Realistically, he stuck out a high number of huge K guys on the second highest K’ing team while keeping the worst scoring team scoreless, despite allowing a .299 OBP to reach base 1.5 times an inning. All the while he managed not to provide the absolute one thing we truly needed from him – a bunch of innings!

    It wasn’t a good start at all, and he was just lucky not to give up runs.

    • Ace

      Joe, I’m assuming you saw the part where all of those things are overreactions, right? Do you think I really take back thinking that Reed Johnson is not the best fit as a 5th OF on this team or that Jeff Samardzija actually did well?

      I appreciate the analysis, though – and I think it’s spot on.

      • Joe

        ahh, sorry. I guess the overreactions were not overreaction-ey enough for me to catch it after misreading the first sentence. I’m used to Cubs ‘fans’, who generally add a bunch more flair to prove their ‘points’

        Maybe next time it could go more like:

        See, just give Johnson more playing time already!!! We could have like 2 or 3 more wins if Quade just played him instead of that bum Colvin! And how about that ACE Garza showing his true dominance? Uh, WINNING!!! We SO won that trade… By the way, do I smell a breakout for the Shark coming??? Oh, and you “our 3-5 hitters cant score runs” whiners can take that Byrd RBI and cram it in your piehole – the man is Money!!!!! The Cubs, back in First like all REAL FANs knew they would be!!!!

        – see, that’s the kind of reactionary paragraph I expect from a Cubs ‘Fan’ on the warpath ;)

        • Ace

          CUBS R TH GRATEST!!!1!!! BIG Z AND PRYOR I LOVE THEMM!!!!!!!LOL!!!

  • pfk

    After first game…”OMG, OMG, we are in first place!! Quade for manager of the year. Where do I get my playoff tickets?” After second game…”These guys suck. Fire Quade. Trade everyone.” Don’t you just love being a Cub fan? Not that I over react or anything.

    • Ace

      We are trained to be human pendulums.

      • Jeff

        My doctor diagnosed me with bipolar disorder. Now I know it’s just because I’ve been a Cubs fan my whole life.

        • Joe

          Yeah, its pretty likely.

          Of course if you live near Sox fans, it could always be contact-high induced as well…

  • Willis

    Out of the 6 hits Garza gave up, I think 4 were infield dribblers. He was dominant yesterday. Just was missing a lot of bats and his pitch count got up a little high.

    I don’t care if you are throwing against the bad news bears-6 IP with zero ER is a good start.

    • Joe

      Yeah, lets put this into perspective…

      .213/.299/.318 with 131 K (a 24.7 K%)

      This Padre team is a real, serious contender for the worst hitting team of All-Time, to go down in history with the likes of

      10 Mariners – .234/.298/.338
      81 BlueJays – .226/.286/.330
      55 Orioles – .240/.314/.320
      65 Mets – .221/.277/.327
      69 Padres – .225/.285/.329

      Yet the worst part for the Padres? They don’t have any legitimate hitters in their lineup – Orlando Hudson with his .340 wOBA/110 OPS+ range marks is basically their big bat

      Meanwhile opposing starters had averaged this line against the lineup prior to the game
      6.1 IP, 2 ER, 7 H+W, 6 K – for a 2.93 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 8.1 K/9
      I mean, just look what they did for Sam LeCure – 6 IP, 1 ER, 0.50 WHIP, 8 K

      Honestly, if you were looking for a club with which to compare the BadNewsBears – well, you definitely picked the right club…

      And realistically the start, its extreme WHIP and a ton of K’s because the other club was getting itself out, is really reminiscent of the Pirates start (a similarly horribly hitting club, but one with at least a couple hitters who should be better over the season) with just a lucky break on the number of guys crossing the plate this time…

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