Guzman Extends Pitch Count At Fitch Park
While the EXST Cubs were losing 8-3 to the EXST Giants this morning on Fitch Park Field #3, Angel Guzman continued his rehab from September 2007 TJ surgery, throwing 20 pitches in a "simulated game" on Field #2.
Facing five EXST Cubs who were not in the starting lineup on Field #3 (Junior Lake, George Matheus, Nelson Perez, Kevin Soto, and Josh Vitters), the 26-year old Guzman once again had good velocity (consistently throwing his fastball 92-94 MPH, same as last Thursday), but also once again struggled with his control, (throwing ten balls and ten strikes in his one inning of work). But at least nobody hit the ball hard off him.
The same could not be said of Guzman's "simulated opponent," Daytona RHP Jon Mueller, who is also rehabbing at Fitch Park.
Mueller threw one real ringer-dinger, as Nelson Perez unloaded a bomb over the RF fence onto 8th Street to put an exclamation point on Mueller's two innings (30 pitches) of mostly subpar work.
Meanwhile, in the EXST game versus Giants on Field #3, RHP Jose Pina (2007 TJ surgery) got his first game action of 2008, throwing one shutout inning (one hit, no walks, and one K). He threw strikes and with decent velocity, and had no control problems at all.
The 22-year old Dominican spent most of the 2007 season in the starting rotation at Peoria, going 5-8 with a 4.29 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 23 games (19 GS), with a 37/71 BB/K and 107 hits allowed in 107 IP, before getting shut-down with a sore elbow that eventually resulted in season-ending surgery.
17-year old Dominican Jeffrey Antigua followed Pina to the mound and got clobbered, easily Antigua's worst outing of EXST 2008. The young left-hander allowed six runs on a triple, two doubles, four singles, and three walks, in just two innings of work.
19-year oldn Dominican RHP Miguel Sierra followed Antigua to the hill, and allowed two runs on five hits over four innings, and then ex-catcher (now RHP) Jake Muyco made his EXST Cactus League debut, throwing one inning, while allowing one hit but no runs.
Muyco had good velocity on his fastball, but the one hit he allowed was a hanging breaking ball. (I'll bet he didn't throw too many of those when he was behind the plate!).
Muyco has the typical look of a catcher-turned-pitcher, throwing with a cocky "bulldog" short-arm motion that is completely artless and totally lacking in style points. But he attacks the opposing hitters with an aggressive, sneering demeanor, and rapid-fire pace.
In EXST roster moves, infielder Gian Guzman was promoted to Peoria, replacing 2B Jeffrey Rea, who has returned to Fitch Park (he is injured again). Also, Tennessee infielder Robinson Chirinos has been sent to EXST at Fitch Park to learn to be a catcher.
Here is today's abridged box score (Cubs players only):
1. Cesar Salazar, CF: 1-2 (RBI, BB, HBP, SB)
2. Kyler Burke, RF: 0-3 (BB)
3. Carlos Perez, DH #1: 0-4 (GIDP)
4. Drew Rundle, DH #2: 1-4
5a. John Contreras, 3B: 0-2 (K, GIDP)
5b. Junior Lake, 3B: 0-2
6a. Marwin Gonzalez, SS: 0-2 (R, BB)
6b. Roberto Sabates, PH: 0-1 (K)
7. Dwayne Kemp, 2B: 1-3 (R, BB, K)
8. Alvaro Sosa, C: 2-2 (RBI, R, BB)
9. Bryan Jost, 1B: 0-2 (BB, K, GIDP)
10. Jose Made, LF: 0-2 (RBI, HBP, K)
1. Jose Pina - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (2/0 GO/FO)
2. Jeffry Antigua - 2.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 3 BB, 1 K (3/1 GO/FO)
3. Miguel Sierra - 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP (4/4 GO/FO)
4. Jake Muyco - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (1/2 GO/FO)
5. Israel Camacaro - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (2/1 GO/FO)
Alvaro Sosa: 1-1 CS
WEATHER: Cloudless, sunny, and hot, temperature over 100 degrees (headed for an expected mid-afternoon high of 110).
And here is the updated 2008 CUBS EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING ROSTER (as of 5/19)
53 PLAYERS (41 ACTIVE):
37 ON ACTIVE ROSTER
3 ON ACTIVE REHAB
1 ON RESTRICTED LIST – ACTIVE
12 ON DISABLED LIST - LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY
* bats or throws left
# bats both
ACTIVE players in BOLD
PITCHERS (31 TOTAL – 24 ACTIVE):
Alberto Alburquerque (SHOULDER SURGERY REHAB – LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
* Jeffry Antigua
* Michael Bunton (INJURY REHAB - LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
Rafael Dolis (TJ SURGERY REHAB - LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
Angel Guzman (ACTIVE REHAB)
* Cody Hams
* Arik Hempy
Robert Hernandez (RESTRICTED LIST - ACTIVE)
Kitt Kopach (SHOULDER SURGERY REHAB - LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
Oswaldo Martinez (TJ SURGERY REHAB - LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
Jon Mueller (ACTIVE REHAB)
Jake Muyco (ex-catcher - POSITION CHANGE)
* Mark Pawelek
Jose Pina (ACTIVE REHAB)
Andres Quezada (ex-OF - POSITION CHANGE)
Cedric Redmond (LABRUM INJURY REHAB - LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
Larry Suarez (TJ SURGERY REHAB – LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
* Luke Sommer (ex-OF - POSITION CHANGE)
CATCHERS (5 TOTAL – 4 ACTIVE):
Robinson Chirinos (ex-2B - POSITION CHANGE)
Jose Guevara (HAND INJURY REHAB – LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
# Alvaro Sosa
INFIELDERS (10 TOTAL – 8 ACTIVE):
Starlin Castro (FINGER INJURY REHAB - LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
# Marwin Gonzalez
* Bryan Jost
* Jeffrey Rea (LEG INJURY REHAB - LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
OUTFIELDERS (7 TOTAL – 5 ACTIVE):
* Kyler Burke
* Jeff Culpepper (SHOULDER SURGERY REHAB – LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
* Clark Hardman (INJURY REHAB – LIMITED ACTIVITY ONLY)
* Nelson Perez
* Drew Rundle
# Cesar Salazar
stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.
that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.
brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.
Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.
video of Maddon.
always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.
#Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs
Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.
Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.
Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.
I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.
If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?
#Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.
Fun with FIP
- J. Hammel 3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
- J. Arrieta 2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
- J. Lester 2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
- K. Hendricks 2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
- J. Lackey 3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k
he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.
JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.
My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.
Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...
joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1
not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.
really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.
Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.
Classic Scully - great stuff.
Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)
Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:
"And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."