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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  • Thanks for the updates Phil. Too bad about Frazier.

    Hagsag 2 hours 57 min ago view
  • The Cubs have released RHRP Scott Frazier (2013 7th round dfraft pick - Pepperdine).

    A Cubs pitching coach told me in Spring Training 2014 that he thought Frazier had the best pure stuff in the organization. Absolutely electric fastball & breaking ball combo. Other pitchers would gather behind the screen just to watch him throw "live" BP. That's how amazing he was. 

    Arizona Phil 8 hours 5 min ago view
  • Got a chance to see Diamondbacks RHSP Zack Greinke (15-day DL - strained oblique) throw a rehab start at Sloan Park Friday night. Four of the first seven AZL Cubs hitters singled and the Cubs did score an unearned run in the bottom of the 1st inning, but then Greinke got serious and struck out five in a row.

    ZACK GREINKE: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 4/0 GO/AO, 49 pitches (34 strikes)

    Arizona Phil 8 hours 20 min ago view
  • Eloy Jimenez grand slam tonight. Hoping Soler power returns and gets hot but future looks bright in the outfield regardless.

    Eric S 12 hours 31 min ago view
  • Have fun - It may be good for Arrieta to be facing a team that doesn't know him as well as the NL teams. A nice shutout would do wonders for his confidence. He is confident in public but baseball is hard and he could use a boost, I'm sure.

    Old and Blue 13 hours 11 min ago view
  • Me too. I'll be at the game tomorrow and would love to see Good Arrieta.

    Brick 13 hours 36 min ago view
  • Last few games have been the April version of the Cubs that disappeared completely the past two months.
    Hope they can sustain it.

    blockhead25 14 hours 3 min ago view
  • Don't sell yourself short, Judge.

    Jackstraw 14 hours 30 min ago view
  • I love this team.

    Looks like Mother Nature is trying to call this fight.

    Rob Richardson 15 hours 58 min ago view
  • Hey! I remember this team!

    billybucks 16 hours 6 min ago view
  • The key for Heyward's offense: get early leads. Heard a stat on Mike & Mike on the way to work that his avg/power much better this year when the Cubs have the lead. And true to form he gets the two run dinger with Cubs winning 3-0 ...

    Eric S 17 hours 33 min ago view
  • I'm sorry - I was probably not looking at the correct line, or spot, or...who knows!

    I could blame it on the weed, but I stopped smoking many years ago.

    Fortunately, I can rely on the rest of you sober and astute folks to bring the correct info forth.

    The E-Man 18 hours 28 sec ago view
  • Oh yeah! It just felt like one for some reason.

    Old and Blue 19 hours 6 min ago view
  • Agreed. I was not including Fowler or Heyward.

    I'm just not a fan of 2016 Coghlan.....

    Dusty Baylor 19 hours 13 min ago view
  • @Dusty Contreras if it's a Lester or Arrieta start. TLS is good PH too. You also forgot about Heyward, assume Fowler is CF.

    chitownmvp01 19 hours 14 min ago view
  • I expect Soler to get optioned as well when activated and Cahill to replace Grimm. It wouldn't surprise me if Coghlan and/or Soler is included in a trade.

    Maybe Coghlan is up to see if he can get on track before someone acquires him.

    This move could also be to assure that we have as much OF depth as possible to maximize Joe's ability to rest players in September once we've clinched.

    chitownmvp01 19 hours 16 min ago view