Cubs Recap for April 7, 2012
I didn't get to do a major league recap and I'm off on vacation this week. Apologies in advance if things get untidy around here. As for the major league game, it was déjà vu all over again. Marmol and Wood blowing a second consecutive game, the bullpen blowing a win for Garza or the Cubs just blowing a game, pick whatever storyline suits your needs...it's like choose-your-own adventure Cubs storytime.
Round Rock 7 - @Iowa 2; The Rangers affiliate took it to Chris Rusin who goes 5.1 IP with 4 ER, 3 K, 2 BB, although he did manage 2 pick-offs at first base. Jackson had the only extra-base hit of the game for the Cubs and him and Lalli the only multi-hit games.
@Chattanooga 10 - Tennessee 2; D. Beeler with the start and actually pitched well, going 5 innings and giving up a run. It was Daniel Berlind that got toasted for 8 runs in two thirds of an inning. C. Weathers is gonna C. Weathers, 3 BB's in 1.1 IP and 1 run allowed. Watkins and Ha with the only multi-hit games, although Ha did committ an error.
@Brevard County 1 - Daytona 0; An encouraging start from Hayden Simpson who went 4.1 IP, giving up just a run on 5 hits with 2 K's and a 0 walks. He did give up a home run. OF John Andreoii with two hits and a walk was the only offense worth speaking about.
Peoria 6 - @Beloit 2; The only win in the organization last night. J. Rosario with the start and gets the win on the back of 5.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K. Yao-Lin Wang, A. Reed and A. McKirahan combine for 3.2 IP of scoreless ball out of the pen. Multi-hit games from Eduardo Gonzalez, Brad Zapenas and Taylor Davis. DeVoss and Hoilman get on-base twice as well with a hit and walk, DeVoss's of the extra-base variety.
Cubs try to avoid the sweep on Sunday with this lineup against Jordan Zimmermann ; DeJesus rf, DeWitt 2b, Castro ss, Soriano lf, Stewart 3b, LaHair 1b, Byrd cf, Clevenger c, Samardzija p
2nd in defensive WAR, NL.
6th in NL in RBI
Go complain about something else, like, "they never play good against the good teams", or some other shit.
Addy really has trouble breaking through .250 BA -- after his hot streak got him to .251, he has gone 1-for-17.
Thank goodness for Jansen's 2 WP on Friday -- otherwise this would have been a sweep.
There seems to be a direct correlation with overconfidence in the Cubs offense against mediocre/young pitchers and really poor offense against mediocre/young pitchers. So, let's fear the Pirate pitchers!
Rizzo due for a power surge -- one HR in August so far. He truly does hit them in bunches.
Sometimes I'm not as supportive of Cahill as maybe I should be. There, I said it.
Rough 8th inning all around -- HBP, Cahill error, Javy's poor decision.
Oh well - given that the Cubs didn't look like they were going to score, it's better to lose in 9 innings, save the bullpen and get changed for the PJ trip home.
Baez still learning
heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.
he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.
stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.
that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.
brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.
Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.
video of Maddon.
always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.
#Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs
Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.
Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.
Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.
I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.