Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Gamecast: August 2nd at Marlins

Ryan Dempster (5-5, 4.31 ERA) vs. Ricky Nolasco (7-7, 5.24 ERA)

Story Lines

Well, Games 1 and 2 have been very interesting to say the least, but the Cubs still have a chance to win the series. To do that, the Cubs need a better performance out of Ryan Dempster.

Dempster was not sharp in his last outing, but of course he was just coming off the DL. According to Lou, Dempster had to take that start, because the Cubs did not have another option. Hopefully, one start was enough for Dempster to get tuned up.

Nolasco has been sharp of late, Since being recalled in June, he's lowered his ERA almost 3 runs. In his last two starts, he's given up 2 runs in 13 1/3 innings.

In other news, ESPN is slowly becoming my most hated network. They are now coming up with a new Documentry about Steve Bartman.

I mean, can we please give this story a rest? It is pretty crazy that this is still going on six years later. There is no way that game came down to Bartman.

The Cubs were dealt a couple blows last night with Carlos Zambrano and Aramis Ramirez leaving the game early. The Cubs say there was nothing wrong with either guy. It probably means Jake Fox will get a start today at 3B.

Who's Hot

Derek Lee - Lee had four hits and three RBI yesterday, including the game-winning HR in the 10th.

Ryan Theriot - Theriot came off the bench last night and picked up two hits, including his 2-run triple in the 9th.

Who's Not

Jeff Samardzija - AJ said this morning that he expects Jeff to shipped to Iowa, and I think he's right.

Kevin Gregg - That was a rought outing for the closer. He gets a couple runs of support and then gets the first two outs in the inning. Well, Carlos Marmol is not really breathing down his neck, so lets hope that it was just a one game blow up.

Conclusions

Unless you live in Chicago or Miami, you will not be seeing today's game thanks to Florida's crazy 5 p.m. start of the game. That means it gets blacked out on MLB Extra Innings. The Cubs could really use a good start to the trip before heading up to Ohio.

Gregg

Dempster did just fine....but our "closer" failed once again to get his job done. Even a three run lead isn't safe when Gregg trots in. I never liked the Ceda for Gregg trade nor was I feeling the least bit comfortable with the thought of annointing Marmol the closer. One easy decision for Hendry this winter will be letting Gregg walk and collecting the draft pick compensation, and then signing a true, lights-out closer. Well, it should be easy anyways. There should be several big arms out there as FA options including Rafael Soriano, Heath Bell and Huston Street. Sign a "closer" and let Guzman and Marmol set him up from the RH side, and then sign a top LH setup man like a George Sherrill or a Scott Downs.

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