Yes, you have to look at it again: Relief pitcher Carlos Marmol of the Chicago Cubs stands on the mound as Derrek Lee of the Pittsburgh Pirates rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam scoring teammates Xavier Paul, Jose Tabata and Andrew McCutchen during the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
When the Brewers defeated the Astros 8-2 on Saturday night, the Cubs were mathematically eliminated from the NL Central race. Of course, they were really eliminated quite some time ago and we all know that, but last night, the math became impossible.
If the Atlanta Braves win today and the Cubs lose -- and the way yesterday's game went, anything's possible -- the Cubs will then be mathematically eliminated from the wild card race; their elimination number from that race is 2. Incidentally, along those lines, the Phillies -- who are probably headed to the best record in franchise history -- have a magic number of 10 to clinch at least a playoff spot.
So it goes. 2012 can't get here soon enough.
Castro ss, Campana rf, Ramirez 3b, Pena 1b, LaHair lf, Byrd cf, Barney 2b, Hill c, Wells p
There you have it -- LaHair's first start.
Presley lf. Harrison 3b, McCutchen cf, Lee 1b, Walker 2b, Jones rf, Cedeno s, McKenry c, Morton p
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
|2011 - Randy Wells||6-4||18||18||1||1||0||0||105.0||108||60||59||19||37||69||5.06||1.38|
|2011 - Charlie Morton||9-8||25||25||2||1||0||0||149.1||162||70||62||6||63||94||3.74||1.51|
Randy Wells not only threw the best game of his career in his last outing, vs. the Giants last Monday, but the best game by any Cubs starter in... well, in a long time. It would be nice to see him repeat that today; however, current Pirates are hitting .294 (24-for-82) against him, with the key culprit being Andrew McCutchen (8-for-16, a double, a triple).
Charlie Morton has thrown two games against the Cubs this year, and in posting a 1.38 ERA with just two walks in 13 innings, he has a win and a no-decision. No current Cub has more than nine career AB against him, and no one has homered off him. So, as I often say here -- clearly, we are doomed.
Today's game is on WGN and ROOT Sports Pittsburgh. Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.
Today's first pitch thread will be up at 1:20 p.m. CDT and the overflow threads will post at 2:15 pm, 3:15 pm and 4 pm CDT. If you need more overflows due to extra innings or rain delays, post them in the fanshot section.
Discuss amongst yourselves.