Cubs Organizational Report Week 18
|Chicago Cubs||54-57||(Div)16.0/4th |
|West Tenn Diamond Jaxx*||25-17||2.0/2nd||5-5|
TRANSACTIONS MLB SS Nomar Garciaparra actived from 60 day DL on 08/05/05 RHP Kerry Wood activated from 15 day DL on 08/05/05 RHP Scott Williamson activated from 60 day DL on 08/05/05 OF Jerry Hairston Jr. placed on 15 day DL on 08/05/05 with torn ligament in left elbow LHP Mike Remlinger designated for assignment on 08/05/05 AAA/Iowa RHP Sergio Mitre demoted on 08/05/05 LHP Phil Norton placed on DL on 07/29/05 AA/West Tennessee NONE TO REPORT Advanced A/Daytona RHP Jordan Crews assigned from Rookie League on 08/02/05 OF J.D. Westphal assigned from Rookie League on 08/02/05 OF Kevin Collins placed on DL retroactive to 07/29/05 RHP Nate Sevier placed on DL retroactive to 07/29/05 A/Peoria NONE TO REPORT Low A/Boise LHP Donald Veal promoted from Rookie League on 08/07/05 Rookie Leauge/Arizona NONE TO REPORT
INJURY UPDATES (BOLD indicates an update to a pre-existing injury) MLB P - Carlos Zambrano left game after 3 innings on 08/07/05 with stiffness in back. OF Jerry Hairston left game after hurting elbow on 08/03/05; MRI showed partial tear of ligament and was placed on DL on 08/05/05; Was able to swing a bat with both hands yesterday; P - Chad Fox transferred to 60 day DL on 05/17/05; Has "nerve issues" in his right elbow; Still undetermined whether he'll attempt another comeback AAA/Iowa LHP Phil Norton placed on DL on 07/29/05; Reason unknown AA/West Tennessee LHP Sean Marshall placed on DL on 07/24/04; Complaining of shoulder and bicep soreness, tests to be done OF - Felix Pie sprained ankle on 06/16/05; Placed on 7 day DL on 06/21/05; Expected to be activated on Tuesday LHP - Jon Connolly placed on DL on 07/16/05 with "recurring" shoulder injury; Will be out all season INF - Jemel Spearman out sine 04/26/05 because of wrist injury; Had surgery at some point and it should cost him the season P- Angel Guzman out with forearm stiffness and inflammation in pitching elbow; Has started pitching once again and could see game action in a week or two in Arizona; If all goes well, he'll be assigned to the Arizona Fall League P ñ Rocky Cherry left game on 4/21/05 after 1/3 of an inning. Tommy John surgery performed on 05/05/05 Advanced A/Daytona OF Kevin Collins placed on DL on 08/02/05 with bone spurs in his foot; Retroactive to 07/29/05 RHP Nate Sevier placed on DL on 08/02/05 for unknown reasons; Retroactive to 07/29/05 RHP Billy Petrick placed on DL on 06/24/05 with shoulder woes; Had season ending shoulder surgery A/Peoria 1b Alberto Garcia out for season with fractured fibula; Occurred on June 15th while sliding back into first base LHP Ed Campusano placed on DL, reason and date unknown Low A/Boise NONE TO REPORT Rookie Leauge/Arizona NONE TO REPORT Other Notable Injuries OF - Nic Jackson had more surgery to clean out his shoulder; Probably out until 2006 P - Chadd Blasko - shoulder surgery; Probably out until 2006 P - Matt Clanton - shoulder surgery; Had 2nd shoulder surgery during off-season, probably out all season PROSPECT WATCH LIST (BOLD indicates injury, * bats lefty, # switch-hitter) Hitters: 3B *Mike Fontenot (AAA) .284/.390/.439 2B Richard Lewis (AAA) .209/.278/.288(AA) .246/.373/.333 OF *Corey Patterson(AAA) .273/.347/.420 C Geovany Soto (AAA) .248/.359/.317 SS/CF *Buck Coats (AA) .284/.348/.397 OF Adam Greenberg (AA) .276/.382/.421 3B Casey McGehee (AA) .297/.342/.414 OF Luis Montanez (AA) .309/.349/.469 (A) .305/.384/.521 OF Felix Pie(AA) .304/.349/.554 13/22 SB opportunities 1B/OF Brandon Sing (AA) .294/.407/.588 2B Ryan Theriot (AA) .308/.358/.407 1B Brian Dopirak (High A) .244/.299/.384 OF *Kevin Collins (High A) .265/.346/.507 3B *Scott Moore (High A) .275/.349/.487 C Tony Richie (High A) .296/.339/.437 C Jake Fox (High A) .293/.366/.466 OF Ryan Harvey (A) .270/.320/.509 2B *Eric Patterson (A) .331/.408/.511 32/42 SB opportunities C *Mark Reed (Low A) .265/.323/.402 (A) .135/.167/.192 Pitchers: RHP Bobby Brownlie(AAA) 6-4 4.46 ERA/33 BB/54 K/8 HR/80.2 IP LHP John Koronka (AAA) 7-10 4.71 ERA/37 BB/82 K/8 HR/109.0 IP RHP Jon Leicester (AAA) 1-6 1 Save 5.97 ERA/30 BB/45 K/11 HR/66.1 IP LHP Russ Rohlicek (AAA) 3-1 3 Saves/3.93 ERA/36 BB/45 K/3 HR/52.2 IP LHP Carmen Pignatiello (AAA) 0-2 5.84 ERA/11 BB/28 K/4HR/24.2 IP (AA) 5-4 2.68 ERA/28 BB/77 K RHP Todd Wellemeyer (AAA) 2-2 3.02 ERA/23 BB/44 K/1 HR/47.2 IP RHP Jermaine Van Buren (AAA) 2-2 20 Saves/1.94 ERA/19 BB/55 K/5 HR/46.1 IP RHP David Aardsma (AA) 4-0 2 Saves/2.65 ERA/19 BB/31 K/1 HR/37.1 IP (Norwich) 6-2 2.93 ERA/13 BB/30 K RHP Carlos Marmol (AA)3-2 2.98 ERA/26 BB/35 K/6 HR/45.1 IP (High A) 6-2 2.99 ERA/37 BB/71 K LHP Sean Marshall (AA) 0-1 2.52 ERA/5 BB/24 K/1 HR/25.0 IP (High A) 4-4 2.74 ERA/26 BB/61 K RHP Ricky Nolasco (AA) 11-2 3.15 ERA/38 BB/137 K/10 HR/131.1 IP LHP Reynel Pinto (AA) 8-2 2.15 ERA/46 BB/91 K/3 HR/100.1 IP (AAA) 1-2 9.93 ERA/24 BB/24 K RHP Jae-kuk Ryu (AA) 8-7 3.44 ERA/42 BB/100 K/11 HR/133.1 IP RHP Billy Petrick (High A) 1-4 5.59 ERA/19 BB/25 K/0 HR/37.0 IP RHP Sean Gallagher (A) 12-4 2.24 ERA/43 BB/115 K/5 HR/124.2 IP RHP Grant Johnson (A) 2-6 3.64 ERA/21 BB/41 K/6 HR/54.1 IP RHP Mike Billek (A) 1-0 5.11 ERA/6 BB/10 K/12.1 IP (Low A) 0-1 2.65 ERA/6 BB/20 K/0 HR/17.0 IP LHP Darin Downs (Low A) 4-2 2.08 ERA/11 BB/42 K/3 HR/43.1 IP LHP Luke Hagerty (Low A) 0-1 21.94 ERA/21 BB/3 K/0 HR/5.1 IP RHP Michael Hyle (Low A) 2-4 2.70 ERA/14 BB/27 K/0 HR/33.1 IP LHP Donald Veal (Low A) 1-0 1.80 ERA/1 BB/3 K/1 HR/5.0 IP (RL) 0-1 8.10 ERA/4 BB/9 K/2 HR/6.2 IP LHP Mark Pawelek (RL) 0-3 2.42 ERA/14 BB/35 K/0 HR/26.0 IP OTHERS NOTABLES: 3B Scott McClain (AAA).284/.347/.575 INF Nate Frese (AAA) .273/.343/.430 OF Ben Grieve (AAA) .249/.367/.469 RHP Talley Haines (AAA) 2-1 1.47 ERA/1 BB/20 K/1 HR/18.1 IP (AA)4-2 13 Saves/ 1.78 ERA/2 BB/20 K/0 HR/25.1 IP RHP Andy Shipman (AA) 3-4 8 Saves/3.00 ERA/26 BB/56 K/0 HR/54.0 IP LHP Paul Schappert (High A) 0-0 1.19 ERA/4 BB/16 K/2 HR/30.1 IP (A) 1-0 4.50 ERA/8 BB/16 K/1 HR/24.0 IP OF *Sam Fuld (A) .285/.367/.412 OF *Davy Gregg(Low A) .281/.340/.326 29/37 SB opportunities GREG MADDUX INNINGS WATCH 362.1 IP over the last 2 years; Needs to pitch 37.2 IP over the rest of the season for his $9 million 2006 option to vest; Assuming he starts 33 games (like last year), needs to average less then 4 and a third innings per start over the rest of the season. KOREY WATCH (Career) K/PA - .236 (2005) K/PA - .247 (2005 AAA) K/PA - .198 (estimated but can only go lower) (Career) BB/SO - .21 (2005) BB/SO - .20 (2005 AAA) BB/SO - .42 MINOR LEAGUE LEADERS Hitting HR - Scott McClain (25) RBI - Ryan Harvey (82) AVG - Eric Patterson (.331) OBP - Eric Patterson (.408) SLG - Brandon Sing (.588) SB - Chris Walker (45) Pitching IP - Jae-kuk Ryu (133.1) ERA - Sean Gallagher (2.24) WINS - Sean Gallagher (12) SAVES -Jermain Van Buren (20) K - Ricky Nolasco (137)
When we played the Reds with Chapman, I always thought of it as an eight-inning game. So now other teams have eight innings to try to get a lead against the Cubs. Should be a challenge, assuming three or four Cubs ever start hitting again.
I don't really try to get to know and like these players personally. I'm rooting for laundry, for the most part. Exceptions might be when a player makes trouble in the clubhouse or in the dugout. (Zambrano and Bradley come to mind. Also Papelbon.) But I don't think Chapman is one of those jerks.
Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.
The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.
Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.
If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.
Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."
This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.
I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.
They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.
However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.
I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
- They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
- Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.
new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup
Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.
.500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.
...i hate espn.
nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.
oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.
I'm liking this rookie Nathan.
Richard DFA'd. Meh...
Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.
The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.
If the ball didn't deflect off the pitcher's mound, the game wouldn't have ended. Montgomery did miss his location though, but if that same contact was made and went in any of direction, good chance of ground out if it doesn't get through.
If it was 1 night later, Chapman would be out there and we probably would be going to extras.
Also, If KB wasn't robbed of a HR, perhaps we would have won. We will never know. Nice play by Melky though.
The comparison isn't Chapman replacing Rondon. It's Chapman replacing Richard (hopefully) in the pen. Chapman's better.