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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Pirates (58-44) @ Cubs (43-58), Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 8:05pm

PIT:A.J. Burnett (35, RHP, 12-3, 3.52)
CHC:Ryan Dempster (35, RHP, 5-5, 2.25)

The Primer Chimp Posted: July 31, 2012 at 10:00 AM | 47 comment(s)
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   1. Spahn Insane Posted: July 31, 2012 at 12:46 PM (#4197087)
Odds that Dempster actually starts this one?

Damn--Burnett's having a nice year.
   2. Brian C Posted: July 31, 2012 at 01:16 PM (#4197146)
Odds that Dempster actually starts this one?

Hard to say. I'll lay the over.

(That's how gamblers talk, right?)
   3. Cabbage Posted: July 31, 2012 at 02:45 PM (#4197275)
Carrie Muskat tweeted that all roster moves will be announced once the players arrive for tonight's game. I presume this just refers to minor-league call ups, and that trade announcements will be made by the deadline.
   4. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: July 31, 2012 at 08:14 PM (#4197619)
So is Coleman just a spot starter or will we again be subjected to his utter shittiness every fifth day?
   5. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: July 31, 2012 at 08:19 PM (#4197624)
Man, and I posted that BEFORE the grand slam.
   6. These Guys Suck Posted: July 31, 2012 at 08:20 PM (#4197627)
Hey, Coleman's back!!!
   7. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: July 31, 2012 at 08:21 PM (#4197628)
I want to reiterate that Coleman is in the running for my most hated Cub of all time. I seriously can't remember a start where he wasn't anything less than pretty terrible.
   8. Spahn Insane Posted: July 31, 2012 at 08:27 PM (#4197632)
Agreed, Walks. He's not even a viable placeholder.
   9. These Guys Suck Posted: July 31, 2012 at 08:49 PM (#4197644)
So is the LaHair experiment done? One XBH in the last six weeks! .615 OPS since June 1.
   10. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: July 31, 2012 at 08:51 PM (#4197646)
I was kind of disappointed he wasn't packaged into some sort of deal, truthfully. Pretty nice feel good story, but I think we all knew he didn't have a ton of staying power.

And when it comes to Casey Coleman, I believe the most apt description of watching him is, "Death by a thousand cuts."
   11. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: July 31, 2012 at 08:57 PM (#4197648)
What a bizarre way to record three outs in one inning.
   12. SouthSideRyan Posted: July 31, 2012 at 09:02 PM (#4197650)
I imagine Raley will be up soonish to take Coleman's spot.
   13. SteveM. Posted: July 31, 2012 at 09:03 PM (#4197651)
Casey Coleman just plain sucks. There is no one better at AAA or AA?
   14. Brian C Posted: July 31, 2012 at 09:03 PM (#4197652)
I seriously can't remember a start where he wasn't anything less than pretty terrible.

I couldn't either, but believe it or not, he has 9 career quality starts. That seemed hard to believe, so I looked them up. Fortunately, it didn't take long:

8/23/10 at Nationals: 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K
9/12/10 at Brewers: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3 K
9/18/10 at Marlins: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 5 K
9/25/10 vs Cardinals: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 4 K
10/1/10 at Astros: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
5/7/11 vs Reds: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 6 K
8/28/11 at Brewers: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 6 K
9/3/11 vs Pirates: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 6 K
9/19/11 vs Brewers: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 8 K

That's out of 26 career starts, including tonight, in which obviously he's already blown it.
   15. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: July 31, 2012 at 09:20 PM (#4197659)
Burnett looks like he has no-hit stuff tonight.
   16. Spahn Insane Posted: July 31, 2012 at 09:39 PM (#4197670)
Hm....Cubs have never been no-hit in my lifetime. I have personally witnessed them be one-hit on two occasions, however.
   17. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: July 31, 2012 at 09:42 PM (#4197672)
One of them being that game in 2004 where Jason Schmidt threw like 150 pitches to finish the job, right?
   18. Spahn Insane Posted: July 31, 2012 at 09:44 PM (#4197673)
That is correct...and the only hit was an infield dribbler by Michael Barrett, reminiscent of the only hit Kerry Wood allowed in his 20 K game. The other was a combined one hitter, in

this game.
   19. Spahn Insane Posted: July 31, 2012 at 09:47 PM (#4197676)
I enjoyed riding the el home tonight--a group of 18-year-olds (or so) were like half an hour late to the game, and they were complaining that the Cubs were down 4-0 already. "Dude, Dempster's pitching tonight." "Uh, he got traded." "What? No way! To who?" "Texas." "Dude, no way!"
   20. Spahn Insane Posted: July 31, 2012 at 09:50 PM (#4197683)
Ah, good to see Rizzo's drawn the only walk tonight, at least. So, thinking long term, should I be worried that Rizzo's only walked 6 times (I think)? Obviously, if he continues to slug in the high 5's with an average way over .300, I don't much care.
   21. McCoy Posted: July 31, 2012 at 09:56 PM (#4197691)
A tiring Burnett? Goes to 5 pitches on a reliever and now walks DeJesus.
   22. Spahn Insane Posted: July 31, 2012 at 09:57 PM (#4197693)
At 70 pitches, I'd think not.
   23. McCoy Posted: July 31, 2012 at 09:59 PM (#4197694)
Bottom of the 7th should be a very important inning for this no-hitter.
   24. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: July 31, 2012 at 10:00 PM (#4197697)
Yeah, I think Burnett has it if he can get out of the 7th.
   25. McCoy Posted: July 31, 2012 at 10:10 PM (#4197701)
Wasn't Soriano's strongest throw.
   26. McCoy Posted: July 31, 2012 at 10:11 PM (#4197702)
It always seems that the pitcher loses the no hitter after a long inning for his offense.
   27. Spahn Insane Posted: July 31, 2012 at 10:16 PM (#4197707)
Let's see if Rizzo's the one to break it up.
   28. Spahn Insane Posted: July 31, 2012 at 10:18 PM (#4197708)
Guess not.
   29. McCoy Posted: July 31, 2012 at 10:18 PM (#4197709)
Looks like he is back
   30. McCoy Posted: July 31, 2012 at 10:20 PM (#4197711)
I think he's got it.
   31. Spahn Insane Posted: July 31, 2012 at 10:20 PM (#4197712)
Wow. 7-pitch inning against the heart of the lineup.
   32. These Guys Suck Posted: July 31, 2012 at 10:22 PM (#4197713)
That was the play. Cubs are getting no hit.
   33. McCoy Posted: July 31, 2012 at 10:23 PM (#4197715)
Look out Houston, here we come.
   34. Srul Itza Posted: July 31, 2012 at 10:25 PM (#4197717)
Hey, guys did you hear that AJ Burnett was pitching a no hittter?

Wow.
   35. McCoy Posted: July 31, 2012 at 10:26 PM (#4197719)
So who is going to be the first to break out the bunt?
   36. McCoy Posted: July 31, 2012 at 10:32 PM (#4197727)
Rung that bell.
   37. Guapo Posted: July 31, 2012 at 10:32 PM (#4197728)
CHARGE THE MOUND!
   38. Srul Itza Posted: July 31, 2012 at 10:33 PM (#4197731)
Toss him!
   39. Spahn Insane Posted: July 31, 2012 at 10:37 PM (#4197732)
In addition to the Cubs not having been no-hit in 47 years, hasn't it been a really long time since the Pirates threw a no-hitter?
   40. Spahn Insane Posted: July 31, 2012 at 10:39 PM (#4197733)
Wait--Cordova and Rincon combined for one in '97. I remember because I decided last minute not to go to that one.
   41. Brian C Posted: July 31, 2012 at 10:39 PM (#4197735)
Cardenas!
   42. Spahn Insane Posted: July 31, 2012 at 10:40 PM (#4197736)
And Cardenas makes his return from Iowa a memorable one.
   43. Srul Itza Posted: July 31, 2012 at 10:40 PM (#4197737)
YES!
   44. McCoy Posted: July 31, 2012 at 10:40 PM (#4197738)
I'm surprised it wasn't a double.
   45. Brian C Posted: July 31, 2012 at 10:42 PM (#4197739)
I was extremely nervous there, guys. I know it's irrational and dumb, but I really like that non-no-hit streak the Cubs have going, and I'm relieved to see it still intact.
   46. McCoy Posted: July 31, 2012 at 10:48 PM (#4197743)
Castro Tracker: 16/15
   47. Spahn Insane Posted: July 31, 2012 at 11:00 PM (#4197749)
Hell of a game, though. Dominant.

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