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May 26, 2012 – Lineups!

Paul Maholm faces a familiar foe as he takes the mound for his 97th career start at PNC Park, and he will end the Cubs 10 game losing streak tonight, book it.  Here are the lineups!

Pittsburgh Pirates Lineup

1. Jose Tabata, LF
2. Josh Harrison, RF
3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
4. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
5. Neil Walker, 2B
6. Matt Hague, 1B
7. Rod Barajas, C
8. Clint Barmes
9. Kevin Correia, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. David DeJesus, RF
2. Starlin Castro, SS
3. Joe Mather, CF
4. Bryan LaHair, 1B
5. Alfonso Soriano, LF
6. Ian Stewart, 3B
7. Darwin Barney, 2B
8. Blake Lalli, C
9. Paul Maholm, P

 

Thanks, go Cubs!
– George

Sox Sweep Cubs, Thanks to Cubs Offense

 

On a day when a little leaguer, a small one, could have hit a ball out of Wrigley the Cubs managed no runs on five hits en route to their sixth straight loss.  Not only that, but they were swept by the Sox at home, which is pretty much the low point of the season.  The Cubs were outscored 15-6 in the series and really had no shot yesterday or today.  Paul Maholm looked good early on but couldn’t keep the ball down the longer the game went, couple that with the wind blowing straight out and that equals a disaster.  Maholm went 6 and 1/3rd while giving up five runs on nine hits, he was tagged with the loss which drops him to 4-3 on the season.

The Cubs approach at the plate was better, but still not good enough.  Waytoo many times hitters are going to the plate with one thing on their mind, swing.  It doesn’t matter if the pitch is a strike, the situation doesn’t matter either.  Bryan LaHair had one of his better games in the last week as he went 1-for-2 with two walks, that was basically it.  The Cubs left the bases loaded twice towards the end of the game which just made the outcome that much more aggravating.  Dale Sveum said he will make some lineup changes moving forward because of the lack of offense, that’s all well and good, but if the Cubs approach doesn’t change neither will the outcome.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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May 20, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. White Sox

Please don’t get swept, that is all.  Wind is blowing straight out, it’s in the mid 80’s, it could get crazy today.  Let’s hope Jake Peavy doesn’t need his pacifier today, because he’s been rather cranky lately.  Go Cubs!

DeJesus – RF
Campana – CF
Castro – SS
LaHair- 1B
Soriano – LF
Stewart – 3B
Cardenas – 2B
Hill – C
Maholm – P

Thanks,
– George

Same Old Late Inning Story for Cubs

Saying it’s getting old might be a little bit of an understatement for this Cubs team.  Yet another scrappy effort, and a late inning lead fall by the wayside as the cubs bullpen can’t hold a lead once again.  Same crap, different day for Kerry Wood as he was the culprit once again.  Wood started the 7th inning by walking Furcal on four straight pitches, none of which were close.  As is the case so often lead off walks in the late innings usually come back to haunt you, and it did, as the Cardinals put together a rally to tie the game at five.  A Matt Carpenter home run in the 8th inning off of James Russell looked like the final nail in the Cubs coffin. 

Alfonso Soriano said not so fast as he launched an 0-1 fastball from Jason Motte over the right centerfield wall for his first home run of the season to tie the game at six.  The excitement was short-lived however as the Cardinals were able to push across a run in the bottom of the ninth of Dolis to win the game 7-6.  The Cubs, specifically Ian Stewart didn’t make it easy on the Cardinals as he flashed some major leather in the 9th in an effort to extend the game, unfortunately Yadier Molina had the last laugh.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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May 15, 2012 – Lineups!

What a beautiful day for a sweep, I don’t care if it’s two games or not, I want a sweep.  Paul Maholm takes the ball and looks to continue the dominance that he has displayed over his last four starts (4-0).  Opposing him will be Kyle Lohse who just seems to just win ever since he came to the Cardinals.  Early start today 12:45 PM CST, here are the lineups.  Go Cubs!

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
– George

May 14 – 15; @ Cardinals – Series Preview

 St. Louis Cardinals Logo - Two cardinals perched on a yellow bat between Cardinals script in red

Nothing says fun like a two game series, it’s rare, but they Cubs have two of them this week, the first being in St. Louis against the Cardinals.  This is the third time already that these two teams have faced each other.  The Cubs have played the Cardinals tough so far, splitting the six games they have played.  The Cubs lost two out of three in St. Louis and took two out of three from St. Louis in Chicago.  The Cardinals are licking their wounds after being swept over the weekend by the red-hot Braves.  While the Cubs come in after avoiding the sweep in Milwaukee yesterday afternoon.  If the Cubs are going to have success in this series they are going to need a solid effort from their starters.  The Cubs pen looks tired, and Sveum is having to go to guys that no one in the Northern hemisphere trusts late in games.  If the Cubs can get deep outings they should be in a great spot to get a split or even sweep the short two game set.  Full preview/breakdown after the jump.

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LaHair, Maholm Lead Cubs to Series Win

 

Now that’s a baseball game right there, I hope you didn’t blink at all because if you did you probably missed another stellar Cubs victory.  Paul Maholm and Tim Hudson were both at the top of their game this afternoon and the result was a 1-0 Cubs victory in just two hours and five minutes.  After six straight shut down innings the door was open for the Cubs and they busted through.  David DeJesus led the 7th off with a base hit, Campana sacrficed him to second, and Castro grounded out to the right side to move him to third with two outs.  Then Bryan LaHair came up with a ginormous hit to put the Cubs on top 1-0 which was all they needed.  

Cubs starters have been dominant, especially in this series, and Maholm was no different today.  Maholm worked seven spotless innings only allowing three hits while earning not only his fourth win of the season but his fourth straight victory.  A 4-2 home stand is good, it’s great considering the opponents.  The Cubs won four of six from two of the best teams in the National League, they are showing just how good they can be, and it’s a treat to watch.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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May 9, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Braves

The Cubs go for another series win today behind Paul Maholm.  Maholm is coming off 3 spectacular starts and has always had success against the Braves.  Alfonso Soriano will not be in the starting lineup today because of a sore knee so rookie Adrian Cardenas makes his first big league start in left field.  1:20 PM first pitch, go Cubs!

 

Thanks for reading,
– George

May 7 – 9; vs. Braves – Series Preview

Atlanta Braves Logo - Braves in scarlet with navy outline above a scarlet tomahawk

The Cubs look to keep things rolling as they welcome the Atlanta Braves to Wrigley Field for a three game set.  This will be the second series in a row where the Cubs will be facing one of the best teams in baseball.  The Cubs first test was over the weekend against the Dodgers, and they passed with flying colors taking 2 out of 3.  If the Cubs are going to do the same thing in this series they are going to need an outstanding pitching effort.  They have been getting that lately, but they will be really tested in this series against the top run scoring team in the National League. 

The Braves are led by the usual suspects in Chipper Jones, and Brian McCann, but are also getting solid production from Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward.  The Cubs should be able to take advantage of a Braves pitching staff that has been knocked around a bit this season.  The Braves come into the series with a 4.41 ERA which ranks 14th in the National League.  The Cubs haven’t lost a series since the April 20-22 series to the Reds, let’s keep that going, go Cubs!

Full preview/breakdown after the jump.

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Maholm Starts, and Dolis Finishes Cubs Victory

Paul Maholm’s Cubs career got off to a frustrating start for Maholm and Cubs fans alike.  Luckily for all involved Maholm has taken that frustration out on his opponents in each of his last three appearances.  The Dodgers were today’s victim as Maholm carved up Los Angeles over 6 innings en route to a 5-4 victory.  Alfonso Soriano had a solid day at the plate going 3-for-3 with two doubles, crazy I know, and two RBI’s.  David DeJesus didn’t let Soriano have all the fun at the plate as he finished the day a home run short of the cycle as he went 3-for-4 with an RBI.  The Cubs of course held a one run lead as the game moved to the ninth inning, how anyone could expect anything different after yesterday’s debacle is beyond me as baseball always seems to work in mysterious ways.  However unlike yesterday, Rafael Dolis was able to shut the door on the Dodgers for his second save of the season, and a big Cubs win to start the home stand.  Full box score and highlights after the jump.

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