Game 67 Thread / Braves @ Cubs (3 of 3)
|SP||Tim Hudson||SP||Carlos Zambrano|
|7-4, 2.86 54 K, 23 BB, 91.1 IP||8-2, 3.01, 63 K, 29 BB, 92.2 IP|
|SS||Yunel Escobar||LF||*Eric Patterson|
|2B||*Kelly Johnson||SS||Ryan Theriot|
|3B||Chipper Jones||1B||Derrek Lee|
|1B||#Mark Teixeira||3B||Aramis Ramirez|
|C||*Brian McCann||RF||*Kosuke Fukudome|
|RF||Jeff Francoeur||C||Geovany Soto|
|LF||#Greg Norton||CF||*Jim Edmonds|
|CF||*Gregor Blanco||2B||Mark DeRosa|
|P||Tim Hudson||P||#Carlos Zambrano|
I believe this is what our ancestors called a pitching duel. They probably called it that in 1948 as well, which is the year they will be honoring with today's "Turn back the clock" event. Both teams will break out the 1948 uniforms in honor of WGN's 60th anniversary. I hope they had a better logo in 1948 then they do now. To keep in the 1948 spirt, the first two innings will be broadcast in black and white with similar camera angles that they used back then and minimal graphics. I believe the plan is to add more graphics and cameras as the game goes on. Len and Bob will be wearing authentic 1948 garb as well.
For the Cubs, it's day one after Soriano's latest injury. The Cubs roster juggling included sending Kevin Hart down and calling up Micah Hoffpauir and the hot-hitting Eric Patterson. As Lou did the first time, he's keeping Theriot in the number two spot in the lineup. For today at least, he's giving Eric Patterson a shot at the leadoff spot and left-field. I will be curious to see though if he keeps E-Pat out in left and DeRosa at second, or is he just playing the percentages today with a lefty-heavy lineup and Zambrano's groundball tendencies? DeRosa is proably a stronger defender at both positions than Patterson, so we very well might see Lou change this up depending on the matchup. And I'm sure we'll see Hoffpauir in left as well for a few games.
Jake Arrieta gives up first inning run
For the first time in a year, 33 starts.
Old news, sorry if it's 3/44-
J-Hey being classy by repaying an old teammate:
With Paredes moving to 3B, how do you see playing time shaking out between him and Galindo? Do you think Galindo gets starts at 1B? Galindo is more of a prospect than Paniagua, right?
Phil, your knowledge of the Cubs Minor League system is unbelievable.
This kid would be a key piece in a trade for a pitcher, imo.
This might be old news but Hammel was on ESPN 1000 and said that he changed his diet and workout routine over the off season and tweaked his delivery so it'd be more repeatable so he'd have a better second half. So...some cause for optimism anyway.
CHILDERS: RHSP Dylan Cease and LHSP Bryan Hudson are probably the top two SP prospects in the organization right now.
LHSP Jose Paulino has electric stuff (91-94 MPH fastball with sinking action and a mid-80's slider), but he also has trouble commanding it.
RHP Jose Albertos (2015 IFA - Mexico - $1.5M bonus) just turned 17 in November, and his fastball already sits at 95-96. He also throws a curve and a change-up, and is fairly advanced for a kid his age.
AZBOBBOP: Most of 2016 draft picks will get assigned to either Eugene or AZL Cubs, but the Opening Day Eugune roster will probably be almost 100% from the Extended Spring Training squad roster (pending the arrival of draft picks).
I think I can probably tell you which pitchers and players at EXST are in contention for roster slots at Eugene and which are in contention for slots with the AZL Cubs - AS THINGS STAND RIGHT NOW - (listed alphabetically):
* bats or throws left
# bats both
Eloy Jimenez atop the leader board for minor-league home runs in the Cub system, with seven. Tied with Balaguert and Vogelbach, two 24-year-olds. Jimenez won't be 20 until late November. Leads the Midwest League in SLG and OPS. Maybe he'll get promoted to the Myrtle Beach squad that visits Woodbridge, VA, in June or Frederick, MD, in August.
Watched two Pelican games at Frederick the other week. Was most impressed by Stinnett and Happ. Happ may swing harder than Javier Baez, though more compactly. (Also got to see Brockmeyer hit a bomb.)
E-MAN: Jose Paniagua isn't a string-bean, but I wouldn't say he necessarily bulked-up during the 2015-16 off-season either, He led the DSL Cubs in HR and doubles in 2014, and he showed XBH power when he arrived in Mesa last year, leading the AZL Cubs in HR, doubles, and RBI in 2015. It's just that he has taken his HR power to a new level this year.
Paniagua displayed plus-HR power in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training games in March, and that got him a slot on the South Bend Opening Day roster. But he was sent to EXST after only six MWL games.
More on the Cub Way.
Martinez is one of my least favorite pitchers in baseball. I'd love to see a game like yesterday's against him.
Send Soler down!
Awesome thanks AZ
Great report, Phil! This organization has so many hitters to be excited about.
Ben Zobrist is very enjoyable to watch!!!!!!