Enhanced Box Score: Pirates 3, Cubs 1 – September 2, 2011

As I said in the Series Preview, in the last 10 years, if you take a middling minor league starter – any middling minor league starter – and throw him out there against the Cubs, he’ll dominate.

So it was today, as the Cubs flailed away. I’m polishing Brian Burres’ Cy Young trophy as I type.

Ryan Dempster ended up with another bare-minimum quality start, which has become his speciality this year (though he did strike out a ton this year). Carlos Pena homered … there, you know the offensive story for the Cubs. (And, before people say it, the reason Quade pinch hit with DeWitt in the bottom of the 9th with two outs instead of Bryan LaHair is presumably because the Cubs needed two runs to tie. Not that I’m going out of my way to defend Quade….)

 

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8 responses to “Enhanced Box Score: Pirates 3, Cubs 1 – September 2, 2011”

  1. Cheryl

    He still should have let LaHair hit. It would have been a way to get his feet wet/ How many games will LaHair be in? I’m guessing two or three at the most.

  2. Ron

    Left right match ups? You sabermetric nerds, everyone knows the starting pitcher has to pitch a minimum of six innings no matter the score and we have wood, marshal and marmol for the rest.

  3. Dan0mite

    “I’m polishing Brian Burres’ Cy Young trophy”

    Is that what the kids are calling it now.

    1. Fishin Phil

      Sure hope Brett doesn’t go blind!

  4. ry

    what a bunch of sacks of shit! Nothing like Mr Burress mesmerizing us all day. Do we really have to suffer watching these turds play out their schedule? Oh yeah, Marlon Byrd sucks ass still!

  5. ry

    does quade even know who lahair is? i doubt it. hopefully qball, you have less than 30 days of employment with the cubs left.

  6. Ian Afterbirth

    It’s interesting – the statement “if you take a middling minor league starter – any middling minor league starter – and throw him out there against the Cubs, he’ll dominate” has been true for more than ten years.
    It’s been true, at least since I started paying attention to the Cubs in ’77-’78, with mostly poopy (ry!) Cubs teams but also some excellent ones.
    I don’t think this is selective memory I honestly think it’s been the pattern for decades.
    Why?