Cubs Triple-Down on A's at Fitch Park
Rafael Disla, Cody Shields, and Xavier Batista ripped RBI triples in a five-run Cub 7th, leading the EXST Cubs to an 8-3 victory over the EXST A’s in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #3 this morning in Mesa.
21-year old Cuban Defector RHP Juan Yasser Serrano got the start for the Cubs and went three innings, allowing one run on four hits and a walk, while striking out two. This was Serrano’s third appearance in the last week, and his pitch count has been increased each time out (one inning - 13 pitches last Saturday, two innings - 23 pitches this past Tuesday, and now three innings - 40 pitches today), as it appears that the Cubs are making an effort to get him through Extended Spring Training as quickly as possible. Serrano received a reported $250K bonus (essentially equivalent to "4th round money") when he was signed by the Cubs this past March.
Here is today’s abridged box score (Cubs players only):
1. Vismeldy Bieneme, 2B: 1-4 (K, 1B, F-7, 6-3, RBI, R, SB)
2a. Kyung-Min Na, CF: 1-3 (K, 1B, 5-3, RBI, R)
2b. SLOT SKIPPED 4th TIME THRU ORDER ALTHOUGH NA REMAINED IN CF
3a. Blair Springfield, DH #1: 0-3 (5-3, E-6, K, CS)
3b. SLOT SKIPPED 4th TIME THROUGH ORDER
4. Xavier Batista, RF: 2-4 (F-8, P-2, 1B, 3B, RBI, PO)
5. Bobby Wagner, DH #2: 1-3 (1B, BB, P-6, K)
6. Albert Hernandez, 1B: 0-4 (6-4 FC, 5-4-3 GIDP, E-5, L-8, R)
7. Sergio Burruel, C: 0-3 (F-7, K+WP, BB, F-9, R)
8. Rafael Disla, 3B: 1-4 (F-7, F-8, 3B, L-3, 2 RBI, R)
9. Wes Darvill, SS: 1-4 (4-3, 3-U, 1B, 1-U, RBI, R)
10. Cody Shields, LF: 2-2 (BB, 1B, 3B, RBI, 2 R, SB)
1. Juan Yasser Serrano – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 GIDP, 1 BALK, 5/2 GO/FO, 40 pitches (29 strikes)
2. Eduardo Figueroa – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 1/4 GO/FO, 66 pitches (41 strikes)
3. Andres Quezada – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 38 pitches (26 strikes)
4. Rogelio Carmona – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 19 pitches (11 strikes)
WEATHER: Sunny, cloudless, and breezy, with temperatures in the 80’s
it's going to be hard to take down scherzer.
kershaw is supposedly coming back soon, though he'll probably need a good amount of deep innings to match up with scherzer...probably too late at this point. tanner roark, bumgarner, and hendricks are probably going to steal some votes along with kershaw.
I absolutely love Javy's game, and I love the way Maddon changed the perception of him as a ballplayer, but I really wish he would just make the routine plays routinely. On the ground ball in the 9th, he made an unnecessarily fancy pick. He made the play, but tried the same thing last night and made an error.
How many wins does Kyle need for serious Cy Young consideration? Would 17 be enough if he leads the league in ERA? My goodness, what a season -- makes a Dartmouth alum proud.
hendricks WHIP drops to 0.98 over 159 innings after throwing 7ip 3h 1bb 4k, 0r/er
ERA down to 2.09 on the season.
I am pretty well fed up with the majority of home plate umps. Just terrible inconsistencies.
Oh shit forgot about that
Shark and Sczur right?
Yes, football player?- check.
If it was 2006 Hendry would be there w a Bible and a contract
he subscribes to my twitter, he's beyond TCR. #yolo #swag
Whoops. Maddon must have been reading TCR (for his daily crunch) and got confused.
kuhl is a righty, not a lefty.
i think maddon might think kuhl is a lefty, too. i wonder what the reasoning is for baez leading off vs a rightie.
"trout's one of the best, and at this point should probably win over donaldson (and should have more MVPs in the past, too), but the defensive aspect of valuing WAR still needs more tweaking...imo."
that's from my 1st post. there's no suck involved in that. maybe with a few less posts about bullshit that point would have jumped out more.
crunch - you do know that, taking defense out of the equation, Trout has led the AL in wRC+ each of those years, right?
And, if you want to complain about position adjustment (which would be serious #crunchsplaining), he's been in the top 3 in the AL in WC (not park/league/position adjusted). And the only players ahead of him (if there were any players ahead of him) in any of those years have been DHs or 1B that play lousy defense.
But sure - Trout sucks (or at least isn't as good as WAR says). Because it factors in defense and position.
early tim tebow stuff rolling in...
ran a 6.7 60yd (above average)...shagging flies in RF and showed off a rather impressive arm a few times, but average-at best on most of his throws...hit a few over the fence (both fields), fouled or weak contact a few...he's got a touch of power
it'll be interesting to see who bites on this project, if anyone. he probably projected himself out of RF and into LF/1st because of his arm, but unless he can make that power work on a steady basis it'll be hard for him to play himself up anyone's system.