Oct
02

NLDS Game 2: Dodgers @ Cubs

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Pitcher A: 14-6, 3.91 ERA, 6.20 Kper9, 1.44 GB/FB, 4.23 FIP
Pitcher B: 16-10, 3.14 ERA, 9.02 Kper9, 1.70 GB/FB, 3.35 FIP

Which would you rather have; probably Pitcher B, right? Well what if I told you A made $16,000,000 this year while B made $415,000? Then it’s a no-brainer.

Pitcher A takes on Pitcher B in Wrigley tonight, Zambrano vs Billingsley. Torre’s boys look to take a commanding 2-0 lead. Enjoy the game.

Los Angeles
1. Rafael Furcal, SS
2. Russ Martin, C
3. Manny Ramirez, LF
4. Andre Ethier, RF
5. James Loney, 1B
6. Matt Kemp, CF
7. Blake DeWitt, 2B
8. Casey Blake, 3B
9. Chad Billingsley, P

Chicago
1. Alfonso Soriano, LF
2. Ryan Theriot, SS
3. Derrek Lee, 1B
4. Aramis Ramirez, 3B
5. Mark DeRosa, 2B
6. Jim Edmonds, CF
7. Geovany Soto, C
8. Kosuke Fukudome, RF
9. Carlos Zambrano, P

Categories : Game Threads
  • Steve

    Big Z tonight. Dodgers dont stand a chance.

    • Steve H

      Not so sure about that, look at the beginning of this thread.

      • Steve

        I was kidding.

        • Steve H

          my bad

  • pat

    awesome video of Big Z drilling kids with tennis balls at a fake baseball academy
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDZPN0mjaAA

  • Ivan

    I,ve always like to watch Billingsley pitch.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I wonder what they pitch is he’s been trying to put guys away with. It came in at 88-90mph, but it moved like a slider. Too hard for a slider, too much movement for a cutter. If that’s a slider … nasty.

      • Ivan

        It’s a cutter. That’s been his go to pitch. Alot scouting reports would tell ya it’s a cutter. It’s been a pitch he learn a year or two back and has been a huge pitch for him. Hopefully Hughes throws his cutter that lethal.

  • E-ROC

    Mike, did you get your NHL game in? What team are u playing with?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Yeah, barely squeezed it in. Using the Rangers, lost to the Canadiens 3-1.

      5 minute boarding major did me in. They scored 3 freaking times on that one power play.

      • E-ROC

        Ouch.

  • A.D.

    Dodgers running wild????

  • TheLastClown

    Tryin to barehand that…..not smart

    • A.D.

      yeah loney isn’t exactly a speedster, he’d be able to throw him out

  • A.D.

    Whew, knocked Kemp back on that one

  • A.D.

    Nasty

  • A.D.

    Wow DeRosa…wow

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Looks like the Cubs were guilty of the rare over-grit right there.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    I don’t believe in curses, but damn, how many things can go wrong?

  • E-ROC

    Let the paranoia begin, if it already hasn’t

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Jesus.

  • Ivan

    Lee makin a error wow.

  • E-ROC

    Here comes the boogeyman.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Zambrano’s ready to explode. He’s going to go club some baby seals between innings.

  • TheLastClown

    I tend not to believe in superstitious hocus pocus…..but it looks like a force bigger than the Dodgers don’t want these Cubbies to win.

    Or they’re channelling their inner little-leaguer infielders

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    I’m sure the Dodgers didn’t mind Billingsley K’ing. Don’t risk the GIDP.

  • Ivan

    I don’t trust big Z in situations like this. He tends to implode when shit doesn’t happen his way.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Heh, did you know that approximately 12% of all internet sites are porn-based?

    • TheLastClown

      You really do love stats huh? :)

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        Yessir. Mathematics and statistics feed into my OCD. ;)

    • steve (different one)

      that’s all?

    • pat

      not nearly enough

  • Ivan

    Wow nice bunt by Furcal.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Furcal doing his best Brett Gardner impersonation. Z’s fuming.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Bunting? Wow, Torre, you couldn’t think of that in Game 6? You know, when the pitcher was on one ankle.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      I take that back. That was probably all Furcal.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I’m sure Furcal did that on his own. Martin has to get on base here, get Manny up with the bases juiced.

  • Ivan

    That’s gonna clear the bases. Boy I tell ya, Big Z implodes with the best of them.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    I always thought Zambrano was over-rated.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Not for nothing, but does it seem like the Big Z will shut you out or give up nine runs in two innings?

    • Ivan

      Is that ace material?

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        Seriously, how can people consider Carlos Zambrano an “ace”, but continually shit on Chien-Mang Wang while doing so?

        • Ivan

          CMW is asiansand isn’t flashy with his emotions.

          • Ivan

            *asian and*

        • pat

          ones a yankee ones not.

      • TheLastClown

        No, but with some work, it could be Daniel Cabrera

  • A.D.

    panic time

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    He’s going to beat the shit out of the watercooler. The left hand Z, use the left hand!!!

    • E-ROC

      Naw. He’ll beat the crap out of DeRosa, Theriot, and Lee.

  • Ivan

    See, Phil Hughes wouldn’t give up 5 runs in an inning in a playoff game.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Torre magic baby.

  • E-ROC

    Zambrano will take his frustrations out on his plate appearance. He’ll hit a jack.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    I’ve always wanted to know, how did you guys deal with 2004? I was only 15 at the time, and to be honest, it didn’t hit me until 2006. Why? I have no idea, but I was literally numb to it for about 18-months. I don’t know, it’s like a cloudy memory to me. Like when I recall it, I think to myself “Wait, that doesn’t make sense. How can we lose four straight after taking a 3-0 lead?” I literally think to myself sometimes that there has to be some mistake.

    So what was your initial reaction? If you had no initial reaction, when did it hit you? How about now; how do you feel about it now?

    • Steve H

      I’m sorry, I don’t know what you’re talking about.

    • A.D.

      I lived in Kenmore sq at the time…it hit real quick

    • Ivan

      ……………………………………………………………………………………………… that was my reaction.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      As soon as Johnny Damon hit that grand slam, I kicked my dog. Then I realized I didn’t have a dog. Who the hell did I kick?

    • E-ROC

      I put my head in my hands.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    You know what I was reminded of today? Joe Mauer spent only half a season in AA before reaching the bigs. That’s nuts.

  • E-ROC

    What was the pitch that Soto struck out on?

    • Ivan

      A Cutter. It moves like heck.

      • E-ROC

        Ok cool. I didn’t know what the heck it was.

  • Ivan

    If Billingsley pitches like this, the game is O-VA.

  • Manimal

    Who would you want more/would be more logical to trade for, McClouth or Victorino for CF next year?

    • E-ROC

      I’d rather have Victorino.

      • A.D.

        agreed the flying Hawaiian would be pretty cool, however I think the Phillies are pretty high on him, I know rumblings are they’d probably trade him, but they’d have to get pretty good value

    • Ivan

      I’ll go Victorino. Better fielder, faster, switch hitter. To be honest, Im not a huge McClouth fan.

    • Steve H

      Victorino. McClouth has had one 1/2 good season. I think he’d cost way more, and is less of a sure thing going forward.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      McLouth. Younger, more power, and an infinitely better defender.

      • Steve H

        What would you give up for him?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Not nearly as much as they’d want. I wouldn’t go much more than
          IPK + Melky.

  • Ivan

    Hey Mike why ya think Z is overrated?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Put too many runners on base, and he’s been on a steady 3 yr decline.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    That was his Curveball, no?

    • Ivan

      Yeah it was a curveball.

  • Ivan

    Billingsley is nasty. His curveball is just makin hitters look like bitches.

  • E-ROC

    I didn’t know Zambrano was a switch hitter.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    How does pitch f/x differentiate between a Cutter and a Slider?

  • Ivan

    Isn’t Z a switch hitter?

    • E-ROC

      yup. TBS showed a highlight of him hitting a homer batting right handed.

  • Ivan

    Surprise that Billingsley had that many walks this year.

  • E-ROC

    The Cubs defense is tough to watch.

  • TheLastClown

    Has there been an infielder who hasn’t booted the ball?

  • Ivan

    Big Z head is gonna explode.

  • A.D.

    who starts game 3 for the cubs

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      I think it’s Harden.

    • A.D.

      right, Harden….almost forgot they traded for him

  • AndrewYF

    I can’t believe the Cubs are getting destroyed by the Dodgers. The Cubs are such a superior team. It’s like watching the Yankees.

  • Steve

    I think the Dodgers might want to resign this Manny guy, he looks like a hitter.

    • Steve H

      Cancer in the clubhouse. You bring him in, you’ll only win 2 titles in 7 years, after such a glorious previous 86 years.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Yo Manny, I dunno if you’re here, but we should totally start an EASHL team. I’m sure we can dig up 6 players off the site for a team. Hell, we can even call them the River Ave. Blues.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Over/Under for the amount of DUI’s that will be handed out after tonight’s game at 25,000.5.

  • Alex

    Speaking of Manny, I know it’d be ridiculous if the Yankees signed him, but what do you guys think of a 2 yr/(54-60)M contract, strict DH proposition. Would Boras really throw that out the window?

  • Ivan

    This game sucks ass.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      I’d be shocked if more than 5% of that crowd is sober.

  • pat

    damn our CF of the future almost made a sick play

  • pat

    wow i just realized billingsley is one day older than I

  • pat

    well how about this, instead of packs of cigarette’s being used as currency in prison, the new type of money is MACKEREL.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    So is this what baseball outside of the AL East looks like?

    I hate it.

    • pat

      its so quiet you can clearly hear the sound of the ball hitting the cachers mitt

  • donttradecano

    maybe the cubs really are cursed

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Heh, that kid they just showed in the red shirt is going to get owned at school tomorrow. He looked like such a dork giving fist pounds to his sister and father, and cheering by himself.

    • pat

      this makes it even better that they have been given a little bit of hope

  • Ivan

    Fukudome sucks.

  • Ivan

    Great Job Cubs.