Ex-Cub Watch

A quick tour of some of the Cubs that have been recently vanquished by Jim Hendry and the Hendry-nots

Michael Wuertz -  He entered today with 7 scoreless innings, no walks and 9 K's plus a win and a hold. He was called upon today in a tie game with a runner on versus the Yanks and the runner got caught stealing but Wuertz's scoreless streak came to an end with back-to-back doubles followed by back-to-back singles to give the Yanks a two-run lead which the A's subsequently erased to get Wuertz off the hook for the loss.

Felix Pie - Playing left fied mostly for the Orioles with a few stints in center...he's sporting a 135/220/216 line so far with a a home run and 11 K's versus 4 BB's in 42 PA's.

Rich Hill -  Expected to begin a rehab assignment later this week that should last the full 30 days.

Luis Montanez - Just got called up by the Orioles to replace the DL'd Ryan Freel. Montanez had a 29-game streak of reaching base in the minors dating back to last year and an OPS at 1.000 so far this season. He went 1-for-5 with a double and a strikeout in his first game back.

Matt Murton - A crowded Colorado outfield forced the Rockies to send Murton to Triple A where he's responded with a 1.169 OPS along with 5 BB's to just one 1 K, plus 5 doubles and 3 HR's.

Scott Eyre - 2.2 perfect innings so far on the season with three strikeouts in five games. Will strikeout lefty for food.

Jerry Blevins - He only got two outs in two outings for the A's before being optioned to the minors. Doing a little better in the minors with a 3.38 ERA in 2 outings.

Sean Gallagher- Three appearances for the A's out of the pen this season, giving up runs in two of them and an 8.10 ERA.

Eric Patterson - Hitting well in Triple A with a 311/415/578 line in 45 AB's.

Jason Marquis - A 4.26 ERA in three starts including a win over the Cubs last week. Just Jason being Jason.

Casey McGehee - Beat out Mike Lamb for a spot on the Brewers bench and saw him play second base last night when Rickie Weeks went out with an injury. Hitting 250/250/250 in just 8 PA's.

Mark DeRosa - Batting just 241/323/431 but with 15 RBI's which is tied for third in the AL (6 of those RBI's came in Saturday's laugher at Yankee stadium).

Kerry Wood - A 6.23 ERA in the early going but 2 of 2 in save opportunities with 9 K's in 4.1 IP.

Bob Howry - A 3.38 ERA in 6 games (5.1 IP) for the Giants, 5 K's to just 2 BB's and no HR's allowed. He has 2 Holds and 1 Blown Save.

Ryan Harvey -  267/290/567 for the Rockies Double A affiliate with 2 HR's in 30 AB's and 8 K's to just 1 BB.

Ronny Cedeno - Has played LF/SS/2B/3B for the Mariners while hitting 174/240/348 in 25 PA's.

Henry Blanco - Blanco has hit 2 HR's for the Padres in 18 PA's for a total line of 188/278/563.

Comments

I like the Abreu, Bradley watch myself....

Milton Bradley - .053 BA, .308 OBP, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 RUNS, 19 AB's.

Abreu - .373 BA, .421 OBP, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 6 runs, 7 SB's, 51 AB's.

I like the neighborhood watch myself...

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Remember. The enemy is syphilis.

So where on the Internets would a fellow look to find out if anybody has picked up Ryan Harvey, Mark Pawelek, etc?

PS, and if you don't berate me for missing Harvey in your list above, I'll keep quiet about that ace pitcher the Cubs gave up in the trade for Pierre that you failed to list. Mitre, was it?

Nolasco has a 6.6 ERA in three starts but 12 K's in 15 IP against just 3 BB's.

Pawelek and G. Johnson haven't found a team it appears. I just type in their last name at milb.com to see if they're playing. It is possible they were picked up but not assinged anywhere yet.

I believe the correct answer is, "Ricky Nolasco".

Edit: Serves me right for not refreshing the comments. Rob beat me to it.

Cubs gave up in the trade for Pierre that you failed to list. Mitre, was it?
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Ricky Nolasco: (lost vs Pitt today): 1-2, 6.86 ERA but was the Marlins opening day starter.

Sergio Mitre: Tommy John surgery 7-15-08 and released by the Marlin's at the end of Sept 08. Signed with the Yankees in the offseason to a minor league deal. Now serving a 50 day suspension for violating the league drug policy.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090106&c...

Renyel Pinto 5.2 IP, 1.59 ERA, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5K. He's a better lefty than Cotts although has some bouts of being wild too.

Thanks to all 3 above.

if the Cubs and Cards lose tonight, Pirates will be tied for first place.

Why isn't Rich Hill in bold? Wow, I'm bored.

he had no 2009 stats to link to...

I'll take it, but I don't have to like it.

Where's Mark Prior?

"Where's Mark Prior?"

Here

Poor Matt Murton

Just never been toolsy or soulful enough to get a legitimate shot.

Could be worse I suppose. Industrial machine sales aren't quite as lucrative as they once were.

"Just never been toolsy or soulful enough to get a legitimate shot."

I am a big Murton fan, but I don't think you can say he wasn't given a shot. He has 1002 PAs in four major league seasons, and put up a not horrible 288/354/438 line. If he were a middle infielder, hit for a lot more power or had any other tool he would be an everyday major leaguer (see Theriot).

Career lines of current cubs ofers

Reed Johnson .284 .345 .410 .755
Kfuk 265 .370 .405 .775
Gathright 262 .327 .303 .630
Milton 279 .369 .455 .825
Soriano 282 .329 .519 .849

Murton 288 .354 .438 .792

For 500K in Salary he'd be the 3rd best offensive ofer on the roster. Especially since Milton or Soriano will miss half the games between them. Luckily we have Joey Gathright for just such an occasion.

You may be right, but it seems to me that Murton's problem was not as you stated that he wasn't give a shot, he was, it was that he was exposed as one dimensional. Sure he has a good eye, but he has limited speed, limited power (for a corner outfielder) and is horrible defensively. If he could field as we as any of the players you listed or had Gathright’s speed he would still be on the club. He doesn’t which is why he is in the minors.

That's a great answer, Rob. One-dimensional players have no shot. Murton is a good hitter, but he hits like a middle infielder or a centerfielder, and he can barely play left.

The Cubs used to specialize in 1-D players. I'll omit the obvious ones and just mention Eric Patterson who, when they thought he might be able to hit ML pitching, had to compete for a spot in left because there was nowhere else he could do the job.

Look around the Cubs' minors today, you see guys who can play D and also hit a little. There isn't a crowd of people around first base.

Except... Murton actually played left well...

Of course, the same people that think that Soriano is a bad LFer probably thought that Murton was a bad LFer.

7-7 in the 12 in NY and two 0-0 games in the 7th in the NL. Odd.

is this shit suppose to make me want to read Mlb.com crap?

from their front page...

for their blogs
Pitching will make the difference in [the AL Central], and the winner will need production out of all five starters.
-- South Side Statesman

and

for their message boards
Justin Morneau and Carlos Lee are the most clutch in clutch situations, what do you think?
-- Cubfannnn

That's obvious. But who is the most clutch in non clutch situations? I'm going with Soriano.

Three quick thoughts:

1. I went to the MLB.com forums to post a complaint about the blackout rule (what else is new), but the denizens of their forums made me back slowly out. The gay marriage debate was the cherry on the crap sundae.

2. Bob reminded me last night why I'm glad he didn't get a manager's job in the offseason. "If a goat gets thrown on the field, I'm going home."

3. Finally, I'd like to announce the birth of my son on Saturday. His name: Geovany. My wife isn't the Cubs fan that I am, but she said she really liked the name, so... :)

Congratulations. I'd have gone with Kosuke, but that's cool.

Congrats! I hope Geo doesn't turn into...well...many of the Cubs player who flamed out. 15 years from now "You named me after who? a .220 career major league catcher? Thanks dad"

Samninja recalled from Iowa. No word on who gets the boot to make room for him. Cotts, Patton and Vizcaino, any could be it. I think it has to be Cotts.

Muskat has it as Vizcaino... Not much sense there... Cotts is clearly the one that should be gone...

I don't think it makes a darned bit of difference. They're both not very good.

Aardsma, he's produced good numbers for Seattle so far this year.

new post up on the move which is happening tomorrow....

This morning I checked on up on buddy Oh-man!

He's around 3.50, couple of hr's. And, several yells by Torre.

Luis Montanez goes by LOU Montanez now? That's what the graphic on TV reads, and he's Lou in the transactions too.

Where there's smoke, there's fire.

Congrats Fireball.

My wife had our second daughter two weeks ago. Her middle name is Leigh.

EX-Cubs Corey Patterson and Freddie Bynum reunited. Guess where?

Golf course?

Newark Bears or St. Paul Saints?

Syracuse Chiefs.

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  • Not sure I agree with this logic. The Cubs are one of the best teams in baseball, they have spent heavily on the team over the past couple of seasons, have more hitting prospects than they have places for them to play (and more on the way), a clear weakness in the bullpen, and have a 1.5 year window with Arrieta (to say nothing of the likely declines of Lester and Lackey).

    Unless you think (maybe even if you do think) Schwarber is the next coming of Babe Ruth, I would certainly consider trading him if it brought back a couple of the best relief pitchers in baseball.

    Rob Richardson 14 min 15 sec ago view
  • Miggy was going to sit anyway with Lester starting.

    In related news, do any of the Cubs pitchers want to throw to Contreras?

    Rob G. 26 min 24 sec ago view
  • Only Russell and Miggy failed to reach base yesterday. Both sit today.

    billybucks 34 min 55 sec ago view
  • Trading Schwarber actually makes a lot of sense because his actual position is currently being taken by Anthony Rizzo, unless they vote in the DH this offseason.

    Trading him for a reliever is never going to happen though. I don't think you can trade Schwarber unless you get a CF'er for a few years (presume Fowler finds his multi-year deal next offseson) or a couple of high end young starters...or an established starter...a good one like Chris Sale.

    Rob G. 46 min 17 sec ago view
  • I don't see what the Yanks have that the Cubs need.

    Ryno 51 min 6 sec ago view
  • peter gammons on MLB network pushing the yanks/schwarber angle...says insiders from the yanks say brian cashman highly covets him.

    unless that conversation starts with a.miller (2/18m left on contract) i dunno how you even start that conversation given the "not trash, but no stars" state of the yanks minor league system.

    they got corner OF'r aaron judge, C gary sanchez, RHP james kaprielian's questionable elbow, RHP domingo acevedo...all interesting, none expected to impact the game like schwarber's power potential.

    crunch 1 hour 24 min ago view
  • Zo, Heyward, KB, Riz, Contreras (LF), Baez (SS), Szczur (CF), Ross, Lester

    Cubster 1 hour 32 min ago view
  • damn. low sample size blah blah whatever, but that slash got sneaky good. 10 hits, 4 walks, 2hr, 1 double through 39 PA...nice

    crunch 1 hour 52 min ago view
  • Buddy Ryan takes his place alongside George Allen as the great Bear head coaches who never were.

    VirginiaPhil 4 hours 46 min ago view
  • Well, at least he can still hit: Jake slashing .294/.368/.868. Forget hitting 8th -- he should hit 6th.

    billybucks 5 hours 5 min ago view
  • Curious to see today's lineup vs. a LHP: Ross needs to catch Lester, Joe likes Javy at 3B when Lester pitches. Heyward with back-to-back good games at the plate, and is actually hitting a little better against LHP (.247/.341) than RHP (.232/.321), although neither is much to write home about. But, tomorrow is an early day game, so some regulars will probably sit either today or tomorrow.

    Maybe Willson in LF, KB in RF and Almora in CF? If so, Albert Jr., assume every ball is yours.

    billybucks 5 hours 10 min ago view
  • "Pitching prospects not looking so hot"

    That reminds me that Lucas Giolito will start for the Nats tonight.

    VirginiaPhil 5 hours 13 min ago view
  • Well, there you go. Federowicz is one of the best at balls in the dirt.

    VirginiaPhil 5 hours 32 min ago view
  • Reds pitching meeting tomorrow:

    "Hey coach...maybe we should walk Bryant?"
    "No...keep challenging him with fastballs! What kind of man are you?! The Cubs walked Harper, and look what happened there! They got teased for it, by one of the Nat players! Is that what you want?"

    billybucks 16 hours 13 min ago view
  • How can I get that feature? I think it woudl be a win-win for all involved.

    billybucks 16 hours 17 min ago view
  • Ian Happ is hitting.733 after 5 games at Tennessee. He went into tonight's game hitting .667 -- and went 3-for-3 to raise his average.

    2-for-3, including a bomb, for LaStella at Iowa. Pierce Johnson very bad -- 2IP, 5ER. Pitching prospects not looking so hot -- Underwood has been awful.

    Did Jiminez get hurt? I noticed he came out early yesterday.

    billybucks 17 hours 5 min ago view