Crosstown Cup Open Thread

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(note: I have one usable arm at the moment so this is short and sweet)

We have pitchers going against their pitchers. Ours are better

We have hitters, as do the White Sox. Ours are pretty good and theirs suck

I want to see how Yoan Moncada does and thats about it for them

We have won a lot lately and they havent won in like 4 months

this is a rivalry the same way men with guns and deer is a rivalry

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  1. cerulean

    I have one usable arm at the moment so this is short and sweet

    Homestar Runner gets by with zero arms. No excuses.

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  2. Gbts

    I have one usable arm at the moment so this is short and sweet

    Are you watching the replay of Schwarber and Addy cutting down Carpenter? I only had one arm available too after that.

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  3. Berselius is too lazy to login

    dmick89:
    84-85 with a 77-79 mph chancge up. Doesn’t get much worse than that.

    Strange, apparently his velo looked a lot better in his Iowa start last week.

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  4. dmick89

    I missed the 1st inning, but over the last two innings, Hendricks has ranged between 83-85 and has hit 86 a couple times. His change up has ranged from 77-80.

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  5. dmick89

    Kyle almost certainly has to have some kind of arm injury (elbow or shoulder) that he’s not talking about. Pitchers just don’t lose as much velocity as he has in less than a year. That’s especially true for someone his age.

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  6. Perkins

    Hendricks has been pretty inefficient to boot. But I guess it’s hard to be efficient with velocity that low.

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  7. dmick89

    Montgomery and maybe even Anderson are better bets than Hendricks if this is the guy that is back. He’s even worse than before he went on the DL.

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  8. Perkins

    It’s not like Miguel Gonzalez is terrible and the Sox are basically a minor league team or anything. Of course the Cubs only have one run.

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  9. Rizzo the Rat

    The Sox left Gonzalez in to face Schwarber with a LOOGY in the pen. They’re not even pretending to want to win this game. And yet…

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  10. Perkins

    With the amount of base runners the Cubs have had, this game should be a laugher.

    Though I guess you could say that of the Sox, since Hendricks had a ton of sequencing luck.

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  11. cerulean

    dmick89:
    I don’t think the NL Central deserves a playoff team this year.

    Temper that unbridled optimism—your* only setting yourself up for disappointment.

    *for Ryno 😉

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  12. dmick89

    Worse than losing to a shitty team is that Kyle Hendricks looked like complete shit. His velocity was even down from what it was when he went on the DL and there’s about a 6 mph difference between his sinker and his change. He’s either going to need to learn to throw the change slower or he’s fucked.

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  13. dmick89

    Rice Cube,

    Yeah, this team all season has had troubles avoiding losing streaks so it’s really just about coming back and winning a couple or few in a row. They probably had their worst starter going today and could easily have been blown out. The White Sox stranded a lot of runners early. Hopefully the offense wakes up tomorrow because Lackey will surely give up several runs.

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  14. Rizzo the Rat

    The Royals and Padres swapping Travis Wood and Trevor Cahill is the most Royals-Padres thing ever.

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  15. Rizzo the Rat

    “I have a Cubs bullpen castoff you might like!” “Ooh, would you like a Cubs bullpen castoff as part of the return package?”

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  16. cerulean

    myles,

    I would do that in a heartbeat. It will take more than that.

    I don’t understand why people are saying that Verlander no longer has it—his fastball is still excellent. It’s his slider and curve haven’t been as effective (and are likely the reason for the walk and hard contact spikes). If for less than $20M a year for the next three years, Verlander is taking the mound every fifth day, I will take that. He is four years younger than Lackey and has always been a better pitcher.

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    myles

    I think Verlander can eat innings and be a #3 or #4 starter in the playoffs, which is worth 20 MM a year. thinking on it, you might be right insofar that the Cubs might need to throw in a touch more.

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  18. cerulean

    myles:
    I think Verlander can eat innings and be a #3 or #4 starter in the playoffs, which is worth 20 MM a year. thinking on it, you might be right insofar that the Cubs might need to throw in a touch more.

    If they sent Lackey and Grimm the other way too, maybe that would do it.

    (dying laughing)

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  19. cerulean

    Now that I think about it, I would send Candelario and de la Cruz and Caratini if they also took Lackey and Grimm.

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  20. dmick89

    If the Cubs want Verlander, they should offer to pay the entire contract and send a smaller package for him and whoever else they also want (Wilson?). The Cubs don’t need salary relief.

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  21. dmick89

    If you’re going to intentionally hit someone, you better keep him from scoring.

    I was gone for a bit, but came back to see Joe arguing. What happened?

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  22. Berselius is too lazy to login

    dmick89:
    If you’re going to intentionally hit someone, you better keep him from scoring.

    I was gone for a bit, but came back to see Joe arguing. What happened?

    Bryant ejected on the third called strike three that was a foot out of the zone on the day.

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  23. Berselius is too lazy to login

    I have a feeling things might get a little testy in the rest of this series.

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  24. Perkins

    Really glad Lackey got that plate appearance with runners on just so he could be removed before recording an out.

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  25. dmick89

    Perkins,

    I think it was about the 49th time Joe has done it this season. The Cubs were good enough to get away with that kind of stupidity the last couple years, but not this year.

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  26. Perkins

    cerulean,

    Huh, didn’t realize there was a delay. But I’d take a delay over Hawk. His voice is like ear sandpaper, and I can only assume he’s even more insufferable now that the Sox have punted on the next couple seasons.

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  27. cerulean

    Perkins,

    I would have to watch through MLBTV via VPN. I had been muting the audio but unmuted it to see the double play. His certainty that it would be overturned and ensuing tirade about umpire bias because the Sox rubbed some ump back in New York (or wherever) and this someone spiked the obviously proper call was simply beyond belief. It’s like having Alex Jones in the booth.

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  28. dmick89

    The only thing that is needed to strike Baez out is someone who can throw the ball 85 feet. As long as you can do that, he doesn’t stand a chance.

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  29. cerulean

    It didn’t occur to me before, but the reason Lackey kept hitting guys is because a foot inside is part of Barksdale’s zone. Sorry it took so long for me to notice. I am a little dense.

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