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

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Max lefty lineup. 4 left-handed hitters in the lineup. No remaining lefty pinch hitters though. (Z giggles).

Jackson off to a solid start so far. He just keeps getting on base.

DeWitt out with back spasms. Barney in at 2B.

Z gives up 3 runs to Reds in first. Double, single, walk, walk, bunch of fielder choices.

No one at Parachat; great.

Carlos! I was in parachat for the first time in years the other day.

Dare I say Ninja looking really good early

Damn. I really wanted to see him finish this one. What a game for a guy who's only ever been borderline useful before today. Samardzija with control could be a really nice middle of the rotation guy--top of the rotation if he has control and a consistent slider.

In parachat if anyone wants to join me.

So I feel we can base the entire season on this one game:

1) the Shark is gonna be the best pitcher in the MLB
2) Castro is the worst fielder ever though also the best hitter ever
3) Marmol is clearly an epic closer who's gonna post a 0.00 ERA the rest of the season
4) Clevenger is clearly a great hitter and might compete for a batting title
5) Soriano is the best cleanup hitter ever

I'm ok basing all that on this one game right?

Nothing wrong with that logic, imo.

Castro will also have 324 sb's this year. Only over 200 if you include the first two games.

I say at least for this season, we should be allowed to be over-excited for every little positive thing because there might not be a lot of them.

lol

BOS fail...great extra innings game.

also, NYY/BOS are both 0-3 to start the season.

Considering the strength of Los Angeles, Texas, Detroit, and Tampa, it'd be quite a fresh breath for them both to miss the playoffs. But it would take another team to step up and get the last wild card.

$375m of combined payroll...$200/$175...philly is barely 2nd in payroll at a touch above BOS's $175.

it's hard to screw that up even if you're carrying mistakes and bad contracts...at least staying competitive right til the end, anyway.

laa/det/tex..and maybe SF (dunno how the cain contract effected money, if at all) all at $120m+...miami really close.

the graduate course in moneyball, i mean TB...$65m

Just watched Cashner on mlb.tv. Fastball sitting at 98-99 mph and missing bat, control a little shakey. Really hope the front office man crush on Rizzo is on target.

Here's the rotoworld blurb:

Andrew Cashner pitched an inning of scoreless relief in Sunday's game against the Dodgers. Cashner's fastball was clocked between 96-101 mph. The Padres want to limit his exposure initially, but he's looking like the closer of the future. PitchFX data had Cashner averaging 102.2 mph with his fastball last month.

Olney tweets above that Samardzija averaged 96+ mph in the ninth inning. Regarding Rizzo, you're right, that man crush better be right. They've gone after him what? Three times between the two of them? If they're right, I'll take an impact player at first base for years over a closer any day. I hope it just turns out to be a trade that works for both sides.

heavy price to pay for rizzo (though some believe relievers can be found anywhere in the system if you look hard enough).

that said, a MLB-ready/near-MLB-ready power bat is something the cubs didn't have and could use...price paid.

i don't have an issue with it, but it should be interesting.

Marmol used to be the league's best reliever and we held onto him...so many relievers drop off after a good year or two (Putz was amazing in Seattle). I'll certainly take Rizzo's potential over a reliever's. Mariano Riveras are just too rare.

cubs need a young/cheap power bat more than they need a reliever of any caliber, but that aside they gave up a reliever of very high value. some still think he could be a starter, but even if that's his future it'll be at least 2013/2014 before he can even throw 200ip...2014 the way SD is currently using him.

I agree with everything you say.

Tomorrow night we get to see Aramis in a Brewer uniform. So far he's 1-11 (.091), one double, one walk...in 3 games vs Stl at Miller Park.

He was quoted in the sunday paper about not knowing how the Chicago fans will greet him, but expects the fans to boo Braun.

if the fans don't standing O aram they got issues...even if he plays for a division rival.

well, at least give him a hell of an applause even if not a standing O.

we no longer have to hear about the "santo curse/position curse/whatever"...and that wore thin after a few decades.

Have a lousy career in Milwaukee, Aramis, but thanks for the memories. I know I'd be on my feet for him if I was there.

Me too. One of my favorite players during his tenure with the Cubs. Always happy to see him up to bat.

I'm pretty sure he'll get a standing O for his first at bat, but that should be it, from then on he's the enemy.

He's going to do pretty terrible in Milwaukee, I predict. I don't really have a reason behind that prediction other than a hunch.

Hmm.. well his career #'s at Miller Park aren't great... .264/.320/.492, 15 HR in 344PA's. We'll see though.

I predict that Aram and soriano go 0 for 24 combined in this series, and for once, that will only equal ONE absolute black hole in the cubs lineup in early April....

You raise a good point... I think... Though A Ram is pretty crappy at the beginning of the year, he is usually a beast down the stretch. Maybe that's what Milwaukee was looking for: A September offense pick-me-up.

I actually just went back and looked at soriano's stats in the past few years, and he actually does pretty well in April, contrary to what I remembered... Doesn't mean he will this april, but oh well...

Aramis should get a big hand from Chicagoans!

Nothing to dislike. He was a good Cub, and he got paid more somewhere else than he could've gotten here. Anyone who has ill will against him needs to bite off.

I agree, but there are a lot of fans, and I think some on this board, who didn't like him. He's lazy, admires his HRs, not good enough with the glove, etc.

I thought he was great.

He's alright, but I'm so tired of free swingers.

That's a good point about free swingers.
I'd take one that put up a .294/.356/.531 with the Cubs though. Hopefully the Cubs can find some players to put up those type of numbers, and who will be more selective.

This always annoys me. As a fan, I have the right to dislike a player and still value his contribution to the team. Just because I say I don't like someone doesn't mean I don't think they were a good player or helped the team or were better than other players. I greatly appreciated Ramirez's .294/.356/.531 line. And if I were given the option of that line by him and a worse line by someone I liked more I would of course take Ramirez. But I can still say that he was not my favorite Cub and that I really disliked his style of play and in fact really hated some aspects of him as a player.

Pointing out that he was a "free swinger" but was a productive hitter.
That's it.

Soriano, again impressing, reached out and got a low, outside slider (!) for a single with a man on third, and made another nice catch (!). LaHair with two doubles. Ninja looking like he belongs in the majors. Me likes.

I-Cubs split the 4 game series vs Round Rock with a late rally, 6-5.

http://iowa.cubs.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.js...

Rizzo with a 3 run HR in the 8th and BJax with a walk-off double in the 9th.
Campana with 3 hits and a stolen base. Cardenas and Valbuena with 2 hits.
JJax started, Jeff Beliveau with 2 scoreless innings and 4 K's, Scott Maine with a scoreless 9th got the W.

rizzo's hr off of lh [same guy he singled off of fri. night when tc was out @ plate w/ tying run]...

Tenn beat Chattanooga 7-4

http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=...
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Daytona and Peoria seemed to get Easter off.

I just heard from the SF/COL broadcast: "One thing Ryan Theriot is known for is coming through in the clutch." Indeed.

i can only see him in gaudy golf outfits in my mind thanks to his charity event a few years ago...the image is burned into my brain.

http://ryantheriot.com/images/ryan_theriot_gi...

"One thing Ryan Theriot is known for is ________________ ."

'Coming through in the clutch' is very low on my list of phrases to finish that sentence.

'4x4 trucks and cassette tapes of Sara Evans', perhaps?

Known for....getting thrown out badly on the basepaths...

Well played.

Ryan Theriot: The player most responsible for the creation of the TOOTBLAN stat (Thrown Out On the Bases Like A Nincompoop).

Please keep that away. It is the love of another site that shall not be named

It's so accurate though

Ronny Cedeno still in the league?

In horrifying news for Mets fans, he's replacing David Wright in the lineup (according to David Wright's yahoo news/notes).

COL official scoring continues to be the biggest joke in the game...they did a great job trying to make Helton look better than he is for years...

...hard shot bouncing -right in front- of sandoval, lays a glove on it, goes into the OF...ruled a hit. very typical COL official scoring. no one seems to care how lax/selective they are about hits/errors in COL over the years.

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  • Just read that when Hendricks starts the Cubs have won 33 times in his first 50 games which is the best for any Cubs starter since the 1940s. So he might not be getting a ton of wins but he's at least leaving the team in a winnable spot

    That and we've had a lot of terrible teams.

  • I agree, but just wanted to point out that Hendricks didn't really have a significant difference between his first and second half like Hammel did. Instead he had alternating good and below average months last year, without much fluctuation in his peripherals except a BB-heavy August and some up-and-down in opp avg. Mostly the team just couldn't win games for him in the months he pitched well. His 16 starts in May, July, and Sep/Oct (in which he limited opponents to OPS+ of 88, 75, and 44) resulted in a 4-2 record.

  • I think with Hammels and Hendricks struggles the 2nd half we forget how dominate of 1st halves they had and how many games they won us as the offense was struggling. We also forget they are back of the rotation guys and we can't be expecting ace quality there.

  • Maybe it's just Werth & Ross I'm noticing. Weird.

  • CRAIG: Jose Albertos is not chunky like Fernando. He's built more like Dylan Cease. Exact same body type. And his delivery is free & easy. He's definitely not a "max effort" guy.   

  • Hendricks after 50 MLB starts: 17-11, 3.45 ERA, 1.12 WHIP. Not bad for a #5 starter. He may be a 6-inning max guy, but, if he can keep those stats up, I will gladly take it.

    Speaking of WHIP -- last year, he was tied for 11th in the NL. Tied with Hammel.
    Last year's NL rank in WHIP: Arrietta 2nd, Lester 9th, Haren 10th, Hammel T11th, Hendricks T11th. Wow.

  • I went to a Nats game in DC two years ago while looking at colleges with my son -- it's a fun park, worth a visit if you are in the area.

    I also saw the "slowness" thing -- particularly Werth, who would mosey out of RF about 5 seconds before the inning started.

    Weird.

  • It's Dusty's fault. It'll be the end of them.

  • Speaking of how teams "look", my take on the Nats- It's really weird, but the pace of the entire team seems slow. Slow walking to the plate, slow on the mound, even on some routine groundouts, it looked as if there wasn't a ton of hustle. Don't get me wrong, when the ball is hit to their outfielders, they get after the ball, I'm really referring to non-critical action- they mosey around. It's kind of odd. Maybe that "calm power" is part of the Nats ethos, idk.

  • My favorite moment of Hendricks' performance last night was the last strikeout he rung up- the cajones it took to throw a high, 86MPH fastball to Zimmerman on a 0-2 count. And he swung the bat like it was a 96MPH heater. I literally laughed out loud.

  • In listening to Maddon's post-game, he is interested in how these other teams "look" to him. He is assessing for today...and tomorrow. I love this guy.

    One observation from last night: Joe Ross is incredibly slow. 20-30 seconds between pitches at times. Hendrix had a nice, peppy rhythm which is great to see.

    I know there are plenty of purists here which I applaud, but the game just will not sustain itself unless change of pace rules come into play. Pitch clock, improve the shit-ass reviews, mound visits (there is a clock for this), batter time outs, etc.

  • Thanks, Phil. Albertos at 17, and having gotten a good signing bonus ($1.5, even though as Mexican prospect I think his team gets half of that?), throwing in the 90's and showing some command of a curveball sounds pretty interesting, even if that control is only for a dozen-pitch sample.

    What kind of a frame does he have? Is he on the stocky and short-ish side (I'm recalling Fernando Valenzuela!), or somewhat taller? A lot of 17-year olds have projection, "when he fills out" projection. Would that apply at all for Albertos?

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  • Ha

  • I definitely hang around here looking to reply to your comments as noticed by my nearly year long absence.

    there's a fine line between posting something relevant, useful or at least humorous versus posting something irrelevant, useless or unfunny...actually it's rather quite a thick line and easy to see for most people not named crunch.