Game 55 Thread / Rockies @ Cubs (2 of 4)
|SP||Aaron Cook||SP||*Ted Lilly|
|7-3, 2.82, 35 K, 22 BB, 76.2 IP||5-4, 5.23, 58 K, 21 BB, 62 IP|
|CF||Willy Taveras||LF||Alfonso Soriano|
|RF||#Jonathan Herrera||2B||*Mike Fontenot|
|LF||Ryan Spilborghs||1B||Derrek Lee|
|3B||Garrett Atkins||C||Geovany Soto|
|1B||*Todd Helton||RF||*Kosuke Fukudome|
|C||Chris Iannetta||CF||*Jim Edmonds|
|RF||Jeff Baker||3B||Mark DeRosa|
|SS||*Omar Quintanilla||SS||Ronny Cedeño|
|P||Aaron Cook||P||*Ted Lilly|
With rain falling and plenty of those intimidating orange and red spots on the weather radar, we could well be looking at a rainout. That being the case, I'm going to save all of my good Omar Quintanilla material for another occasion.
This is the Rockies' only visit to Wrigley this season, and the Cubs have already made the trip to Denver, so a washout would presumably create a doubleheader. I imagine Saturday would be the DH day, so as not to complicate the teams' travel plans. (The Rockies play in Los Angeles Monday night, while the Cubs will be in San Diego.)
IF the game is played, the team with MLB's best record (Cubs at 33-21, .611) will be matched with one of the teams carrying MLB's worst record: the Rox and Seattle are both 20-34, .370.
Aaron Cook, who was very tough on the Cubs in an April start at Coors (8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER) is scheduled to make his first-ever appearance at Wrigley Field. Scheduled Cubs starter Ted Lilly, who beat Colorado twice in '07, walked away from his last start, at Pittsburgh on Sunday, with an ND. He was tagged for 10 H and 4 ER in 6 innings.
Today's random positive thought: while the Cubs have won 33 games, they're actually underperforming against their Pythagorean record, which, thanks to the team's +88 run differential (far and away, the best in MLB), is 35-19. The Cardinals are 2 wins better than projected; the Astros are one better.
Today's random negative thought: the Cubs are hardly the first professional
sports team to attach some sort of cheerleading anthem to the at-game
experience, but I'll bet they ARE the first professional sports team to
feature an anthem that is, in fact, an extended jingle on behalf of the
television station that broadcasts their games. (From Go Cubs Go:
"...you can catch it all on WGN.")
Embarrassing isn't the word. I'll bet even as the late, great Steve Goodman, a huge Cubs fan, is enjoying each of these home victories from his La-Z-Boy in the Great Beyond, he's also thinking about how he might contact his agent so he can pull the usage rights to the song.
Probably a good idea to give Rizz a couple of days off (slumps happen to the best -- Harper just broke a 4-for-33 with a HR yesterday). Never been a big fan of an all-RH lineup. The pitcher has the same look and same target for every hitter. At least, as a mediocre HS pitcher, facing a mixture of LH/RH hitters messed me up. A lack of talent and weak-ass stuff may have also been contributing factors.
Would you say Brooks doesn't have any upside going forward? Seems like he could be one of those hybrid starter reliever types maddon seems to like having in his bullpen. But I haven't seen a ton of him, and he got hit around pretty good last year in mlb
I've been wracking my brain to work a "Room With a View" reference in there but I just haven't gotten it to work.
Bryant might be playing SS during an infield shift, no? Usually he is moved to 2B but it could happen.
I won't really be happy until I see Bryant at shortstop.
Yeah, Underwood impresses the internet scouts more than the opposing hitters. Blackburn and Williams have pitched well but they would be more interesting if they missed more bats.
Myrtle Beach has a couple of guys--Trevor Clifton and Jake Stinnett--worth keeping an eye on.
South Bend has the best record in the Midwest League but it's more about their bats than their starting pitching.
Thanks Steve, I always forget about that.
Maddon spins the wheel-o-lineups and Bryant is playing 1B.
The line-ups, by the way, appear in the Twitter box on the left and usually very soon after they are made available.
Looks like no Heyward or Rizzo in the lineup today.
HAGSAG: Kevonte Mitchell has shown some improvement in 2016. He takes a lot of walks, shows occasional power, and he's an athletic defender capable of making the big play in the OF.
However, he strikes out way too much, he doesn't always take the most-direct-route to get to balls hit into the air, and he sometimes runs himself into outs on the bases. He is still very raw.
E-MAN: I don't think Dallas Beeler has a long-term future with the Cubs, but (when healthy) he has gotten the call over the past couple of years as the "26th man" when the Cubs needed an extra starter in a doubleheader.
PHIL: Thanks for the wrap. A 2010 early-ish round Hendry draft pick, why do you surmise the new management team just doesn't cut bait on Beeler? Not shown that much as a starter. Does he have a power arm when right? Is he another Schlitter? Or, is he rosyer filler while the org waits out the lower-level arms to surpass him?
Ryan Kellogg is still a fringy prospect despite being very old for low-A. He's putting up very good numbers no matter who he's facihg.
Great article on Yosh and Nobe. Thanks for including it Trans.
Phil, it looks like Kevonte Mitchell has made some progress this Spring. Your thoughts please, thanks.