A few quick notes...
- Jake Fox will play some left field and first base
when he goes to the AFL, along with right field and catching that he's already doing in AA. Grant Johnson was moved to the bullpen when he returned from the DL in June
and it looks like that's where he'll stay. Reports are that his velocity is back in the low 90's.
- Then there's this weird article from the Trib
headlined: "Marmol's pitch count too high, Baker says". Baker says Marmol throws too many pitches early in a game but then says guys get put on the DL right away now when before they'd pitch through it. And here's a fun quote talking about Maddux throwing 167 pitches in a game early in his career:
"If I left somebody out there 167 pitches, you'd [criticize] me."
Is he saying that high pitch counts can lead to injuries (like in Marmol's case) or that pitchers today and their organizations are just wimps? Once again you baffle me Dusty. He also downplayed
that whole USA Today article
about Cubs fans being racist.
As for our current Cubbies, nice to see the real Angel Guzman step up yesterday even if the offense couldn't crack the wife-beater(let me guess, the fans at the park didn't boo Myers?) for most of the night. Guzman's got the repertoire of a #1 pitcher and he just needs to get the experience that the last few years of injury took from him. The kids going to be good if he can stay healthy which you can probably say about 95% of top pitching prospects.
Speaking of top pitching prospects, Cole Hamels and his 10.30 K/9 rate show up today. I wonder if him and old pal Lee Gwaltney (now in the Cubs minor league system) got together and toured the Wrigleyville bar scene this week. Have a few drinks, get in some fights
, use your pitching hand to throw a punch and then get one of your friends
released because he's a bad influence.
It should be a fun pitching matchup, the over/under on Zambrano's walks today is 7. Get your bets in.
GAME ONE HUNDRED-TWENTY-SEVEN IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT]
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (64-62 (Div) 2nd- 13.5 GB; (Wild Card) 3rd - 1.5 GB) AT CHICAGO CUBS (53-73 (Div) 5th - 13.5 GB; (Wild Card) 12th - 12.5 GB)
Wrigley Field, 1:20 pm CDT
Weather: Cloudy, 75 degrees, Wind out to CF @ 9 mph
WGN, XM 187
|Carlos Zambrano, RHP
13-5, 3.34 ERA, 177.2 IP
173 K, 98 BB, 19 HR
206/317/360 against||Cole Hamels, LHP
6-6, 4.40 ERA, 90 IP
103 K, 33 BB, 13 HR
| #Jimmy Rollins, SS
#Shane Victorino, RF
*Chase Utley, 2B
*Ryan Howard, 1B
*David Dellucci, RF
Chris Coste, C
Joe Thurston, LF
#Abraham Nunez, 3B
*Cole Hamels, P|| *Juan Pierre, CF
Ryan Theriot, 2B
Aramis Ramirez, 3B
Phil Nevin, 1B
Matt Murton, LF
Michael Barrett, C
#Angel Pagan, RF
Ronny Cedeno, SS
#Carlos Zambrano, P |
|Phillies vs. Zambrano:
Abraham Nunez: 2-17, 118/250/176, 3 K, 3 BB, 1 2B
Jimmy Rollins: 3-14, 214/267/286, 2 K, 1 BB, 1 2B
Jose Hernandez: 2-10, 200/400/200, 4 K, 4 BB, 0 XBH
||Cubs vs. Hamels:
No Cubs have ever faced Hamels|
Hey look, Jones sitting versus a tough lefty. You go Baker!