Cubs live game thread: No, these are not “pitchers’ duels”

Last night, the Chicago Cubs were shut out at Wrigley Field for the third game in a row for the first time since 1924. 1924. One. Niner. Two. Four. That’s almost as long ago as the Cubs won the World Series.

I understand getting shut-out by Mat Latos, but I do not understand getting shut out by Stephen Fife and Chris Capuano.


And don’t tell me these are pitchers’ duels. Not being able to score a run does not a pitchers’ duel make. Greg Maddux vs. Pedro Martinez was a pitcher’s duel. Jeff Samardzija and Chris Capuano is not a pitchers’ duel. I also don’t want to hear about how keeping David DeJesus around is good for the youngens. If you haven’t noticed, none of the youngens had all that great of a season this year. In fact, just don’t bother telling me anything until this team scores again. It’ll only make me mad.

Jeff Samardzija is back on the mound tonight for the Cubs, and it remains to be seen if his decision not to sign a long-term deal with the Cubs in Spring Training is still affecting his pitching.¬†Samardzija’s WHIP has been doing steadily downhill since mid-June this season. He’ll look to right the ship tonight against Homer Bailey (7-10, 3.73).

Tonight’s lineup:


By the way, for all you Donnie Murphy haters, you should know he’s currently OPSing 1.218. Okay, so he’s only had 24 at-bats. But still! 1.218!

First pitch tonight is at 7:05 pm CT on CSN & MLBN.

21 thoughts on “Cubs live game thread: No, these are not “pitchers’ duels”

  1. Oh No Romo says:

    But they COULD BE pitchers duels.

  2. juliedicaro says:

    I pitchers’ duel implies both sides are participating in the duel.

    1. Oh No Romo says:

      All they need are dueling pistols.

    2. juliedicaro says:

      Hmm.. comments aren’t nesting again.

    3. sloanpeterson2 says:

      Define “participating”…

  3. Oh No Romo says:

    And some guy with a monocole and a pocket watch, BUT STILL.

  4. Oh No Romo says:

    You just HAD to go with Anna Kendrick…


  5. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Since when is St. Louis closer to L.A. Then Chicago?

      1. sloanpeterson2 says:

        MLB chose the cardinals game for the west coast, which is why I asked…

  6. secdelahc says:

    Hmmm… looking for something positive here. At least they scored a run?

    1. juliedicaro says:

      Is it over? I fell asleep.

  7. secdelahc says:

    Sheesh. What a bunch of nincompoops.

  8. Doc Blume says:

    Donny Murphy is soon to become the next Cubs great according to the stupid half of the Cubs fan-base.

  9. juliedicaro says:

    Oh hey — they tied it up. It’s a miracle.

  10. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Strop in to pitch…

  11. secdelahc says:

    Hopefully, it won’t go too long into extras. i’ve got to be in the office at 6am. Best case scenario- Cubs win it in the bottom of the 9th.

  12. secdelahc says:

    Darn. I guess we’re not lucky enough to end it before extras.

  13. juliedicaro says:

    Cesar Izturis is still around? Sheesh.

    1. J says:

      I’m guessing he has physical evidence of something gone horribly wrong at a swingers party with Dusty. Seriously, extortion is the only way my brain can imagine a 57 year old still has job where he plays middle infield on a MLB team.

      1. juliedicaro says:

        How would you like to be Ryan Theriot? Someone chose Cesar Izturis over you.

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