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.
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.
Miggy was going to sit anyway with Lester starting.
In related news, do any of the Cubs pitchers want to throw to Contreras?
Only Russell and Miggy failed to reach base yesterday. Both sit today.
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.
I don't see what the Yanks have that the Cubs need.
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.
Zo, Heyward, KB, Riz, Contreras (LF), Baez (SS), Szczur (CF), Ross, Lester
damn. low sample size blah blah whatever, but that slash got sneaky good. 10 hits, 4 walks, 2hr, 1 double through 39 PA...nice
Buddy Ryan takes his place alongside George Allen as the great Bear head coaches who never were.
Well, at least he can still hit: Jake slashing .294/.368/.868. Forget hitting 8th -- he should hit 6th.
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.
"Pitching prospects not looking so hot"
That reminds me that Lucas Giolito will start for the Nats tonight.
Well, there you go. Federowicz is one of the best at balls in the dirt.
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?"
How can I get that feature? I think it woudl be a win-win for all involved.
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.