Game Preview: Cubs(18-22) @ Phillies(24-14)

Theriot, 2B #Victorino, CF
Castro, SS Polanco, 3B
Lee, 1B *Utley, 2B
Ramirez, 3B *Howard, 1B
Byrd, CF Werth, RF
Soriano, LF #Rollins, SS
Baker, RF *Ibanez, LF
Soto, C Ruiz, C
*Gorzelanny, P *Moyer, P

Jeff Baker gets an odd start in right field against the lefty Jamie Moyer. No word yet if Xavier Nady is injured or Lou just wanted to get Baker a start, albeit it with the current 5 outfielders already fighting for at-bats, worrying about Jeff Baker getting his hacks would be the least of my worries. For what it's worth, which is absolutely nothing, Baker is 2/7 against Moyer including 1/3 with a double last year.

Jeff Stevens has been called up and will take the bullpen spot of Esmailin Caridad who is back to the disabled list with a right elbow strain. Sean Marshall will get the bulk of the 8th-inning set-up duty until Lou and Larry change their mind again. Marshall's new job probably won't start until tomorrow though as Marshall has pitched three days in a row.

The Phillies are tops in the league in runs scored and tops in the league in OPS against lefties at .846. Good luck to you, Sloth (hat tip to Jacos for the find).


That is one ugly m'fer.

Interesting statistical note on tonight's game:

Philly starter Jamie Moyer is older than the entire Cubs starting lineup combined...and multiplied by 6!

There has to be a backstory regarding the Baker start, doesn't there? As Rob said, it's not like Baker has some incredible history against Moyer.

he's just not played...hardly been seen since castro came up.

now, why riot/castro isn't getting a rest with nady in RF and baker playing 2nd...hell if i know.

There's a certain guy, I am not going to name any names but he didn't drive in any runs last while batting fourth, and his first name sounds suspiciously like "error-miss", who could have sat for a day. There's also a guy who stands across the diamond from him, who K'd three times last night, and has a history of neck trouble who could maybe have taken a day off to rest after the short turn-around from last night's game.

Submitted by Cubnut on Wed, 05/19/2010 - 3:58pm.
Interesting statistical note on tonight's game:

Tonight's Philly starter Jamie Moyer is older than the entire Cubs starting lineup combined...and multiplied by 6!

There has to be a backstory regarding the Baker start, doesn't there? As Rob said, it's not like Baker has some incredible history against Moyer.


CUBNUT: Maybe Lou wants to see if Jeff Baker can handle RF, and if he shows that he can, the Cubs might release Xavier Nady and bring up Chad Tracy. By releasing Nady, the Cubs would not be on the hook for his $2M in potential performance/incentive bonuses, and they could at least salvage about $300K in salary once Nady signs with another club.

Or it's possible that Nady has already agreed to waive his automatic "No trade" (it expires June 15th anyway), and the Cubs might believe they can trade him somewhere where he can play 1B or DH (at least in a platoon), especially if the Cubs eat some of his salary. BTW, if Nady is willing to waive his "no trade" and the Cubs did trade him, prior to June 15th, they would only be able to take back player contracts or cash not in excess of $50,000 aggregate.

Great insight from you, AZ Phil, as always.


I understand why we would get rid of Nady, but don't we have 3 outfielders that can play RF in Wrigley? Fukudome, Colvin and Byrd could all play there. I understand that Byrd would then have to play RF against LHPs, but I can't imagine he's bad enough that you'd prefer Jeff Baker there. Am I missing something?

You're not taking into account that Lou is retarded. This is just what his lineup-magic-eight-ball spewed out. It also picked Z as a long man, btw.

And also, Sloth love Chunk.

Left handed hitting Cubs are not allowed to face left handed pitchers.

Colvin looked fantastic vs. Romero.

Good point. All manager decisions should be based on one at bat against one of the better lefty specialists in the majors.

Was just making a comment, Neal. I can understand why Colvin doesn't play much against lefties. I guess I'm the only one.

For his minor league career, Colvin hit .277 against LH and .276 against RH pitchers. He slugged .460 and .461, he walked less against LH, so yes, you're the only one, besides the most important one, Great Grandpa Lou.

what a confounding organization we're hitched to...

Indeed. Cubs bring Howry back.

My first baseball prediction ever.

I think I saw that post of yours. I assumed you were just making a joke. GAH!!

It's easy to see now why Marlon Byrd was so confident with his playoff guarantee.

Yeah...not saying I'm particularly thrilled, but it made too much sense for Hendry not to jump on it. Dunno if he'll continue to suck, but there's not much risk at this point.

btw, i know trades only happen after exhaustive scouting, but still - does it make any sense for the cub brass to basically be telling the world that zombie ain't what he used to be?

That's the Cubbie way. Completely devalue a player, THEN attempt to trade them. It worked so well we got Fontenot that way.

Plus we got Carlos "The Stopper" Silva - so really it pretty much guarantees you're going to "win" the trade. Bradley is back tonight, ironically. Wonder if the shrink did him any good.

That's true. Two examples proves the rule, I always say.

I think "Sloth" should be Gorzo's new nickname.

I'd be coole with "The Mask" too.

Boy, the Cubs defense must have read about the bad BABIP that Gorzelanny's been treated to and are trying to correct things tonight. Three really nice plays so far.

he'll pitch a simulated game on Monday, 60-70 pitches

good, because it looks like gorz might need 2 weeks off thanks to taking a comebacker off of a fist full of fingers.

That would really suck - not sure how it missed his glove. Hopefully the fact that he was able to finish that play means it's not broken.

looks like he threw both hands up at the same time...only his throwing hand was in front of the glove hand.

also, k.hill thinks he's a gigantic wuss and needs to walk it off.

xrays negative on gorz...left ring finger

Yeah, I can't see how Castro makes our team any better either.

If you're implying what I think you're implying, then I'm going to take a bit of umbrage with you, sir.

You know as well as I do that Theriot's rocket arm would have made that throw from deep in the hole on a maximum of three bounces.

You know as well as I do that Theriot's rocket arm would have made that throw from deep in the hole on a maximum of three bounces.

3 bounces, eh? Why would he have been throwing to second base?

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  • To have Billy Hamilton break your shut-out with an HR is like Iceland winnng in soccer.

    The E-Man 6 min 3 sec ago view
  • Hamilton - good grief. Does he have Lester's number or what!

    Eric S 7 min 32 sec ago view
  • and there it is...

    time to sweat it out now.

    Rob G. 9 min 1 sec ago view
  • Yeah - I was waiting for someone else to comment first so they could shoulder the blame should cubbery prevail.

    Eric S 11 min 34 sec ago view
  • he'd actually have to get through these last 2 innings in 13 or less pitches to pull off an actual Maddux (CG in less than 100 pitches)...and I probably jinxed the whole game with my comment so I'll shut up now.

    Rob G. 14 min 38 sec ago view
  • An efficient one-hitter through seven innings - seems reasonable to me.

    Quite the contrast from last night

    Eric S 17 min 7 sec ago view
  • It's really quite enjoyable watching Lester dissect the strike zone and a lineup like this...dare I say Maddux-like?

    Rob G. 21 min 57 sec ago view
  • Eloy Jimenez and Jeimer Candelario named to Futures Game...

    See past Cubs' participants here. Let me know if you see a mistake or any other info that may prove useful and I can add it.

    Rob G. 1 hour 11 min ago view
  • Now pitching for the Cincinnati Reds:

    QuietMan 1 hour 27 min ago view
  • Sorry if I made it sound like a Schwarber for Sale straight up deal was reasonable, obviously Cubs would need to give up more than that. You don't trade Sale unless you're rebuilding and if you're rebuilding you want more than one piece. Easily 3-4 pieces with Schwarber being the main one...but that type of an ace arm or All-star talent with a few years of control is the type of return the Cubs should look for if they move Schwarber. I don't think they'll move him until he's healthy though. TheJedi are pretty good at maximizing trade value.

    Rob G. 1 hour 31 min ago view
  • I think you're very much overvaluing Schwarber if you think he can fetch Sale by himself. An unproven rookie with demonstrable offensive flaws he hasn't had the chance to show he can overcome and with no defensive upside will never fetch an ace of the quality of Sale in today's market where pitchers are fetching insane prices, especially with Sale's team friendly contract. You'd for sure need to throw in a pitching prospect in return at least.

    johann 2 hours 23 min ago view
  • best relievers in baseball tend to not be the best relievers for very long though...

    also, when you start just trading away guys for marginal benefits, that window will shrink. The window is easily through 2021, just have to look how long Rizzo is signed for and how long they have rights to Bryant, Russell and so on down the line.

    Can't say I'm too worried about the SP, they've done nothing but land guys on the cheap and on the expensive since they've arrived. TheJedi will figure that out.

    Rob G. 2 hours 59 min ago view
  • 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 5 hours 42 min 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. 5 hours 54 min ago view
  • Only Russell and Miggy failed to reach base yesterday. Both sit today.

    billybucks 6 hours 2 min 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. 6 hours 14 min ago view