Cubs Recap for April 15, 2012
And I'm back from the high seas...
@Cardinals 10 - Cubs 3; Maholm is gonna look like the goat in this game and he certainly didn't pitch particularly well, but he also wasn't helped out one tad bit by his manager or his defense. Sveum puts out the B-squad against the right-hander Jake Westbrook including Jeff Baker, Joe Mather, Reed Johnson and Blake DeWitt with the team having an off-day anyway tomorrow. Then in the second I counted three plays that in my humble opinion a better second basemen would have turned into more outs. The first run scoring single by Matt Carpenter looked like a makeable play for a more rangey second basemen, let's call him Darwin Barney. The next a ground ball to Castro that looked like two, but DeWitt couldn't turn. And then another groundball to DeWitt that he fumbled out of the glove costing yet another double play. Nonetheless, Sveum was essentially giving this one away with the lineup he put out there as is. Good news is that the farm system should look great over over the next few seasons with all the losses the major league team is going to accumulate.
@Round Rock 11 - Iowa 10 (13 innings); The Iowa offense pounds out 22 hits, but loses in extra innings. Let's start with the bad and that means their starting pitcher Randy Wells who goes 2.1 IP and gives up 8 ER including one long ball. Ryan-Rowland Smith gave up 2 in his 2.2 innings of work, but Caridad and Maine combine for 5 shutout innings to keep the game alive. Corpas had to go 2.1, presumambly to save some arms and got saddled with a loss that he probably didn't deserve. All the starters managed a hit on the offensive side with Amezaga managing a 5/7. Others with multi-hit games included Campana (3/4), Rizzo (3/7), Valbuena (2/4), Cardenas (4/7), and Tolbert (2/5). Campana, Valbuena and Lalli each took one over the fence. Campana stole his 6th base but also got caught for the 2nd time this year. Brett Jackson still walking(2) and still striking out (3).
@Huntsville 5 - Tennessee 4; Elliot Soto with the only multi-hit game, both doubles, although he was also caught stealing. Watkins reached base in all 4 of his plate appearances including 3 walks and stole a base, but did commit an error. Nick Struck goes 5 IP and gives up 2 ER on 3 H, 4 BB and 1 K. M. Hatley gets the dunce cap and the loss giving up 3 ER in 2 innings of work.
@Dunedin 2 - Daytona 1 (12 innings); Rubi Silva and John Andreoli manage the only multi-hit games for Daytona in the loss. Szczur managed the only successful stolen base of the night while 3 Cubs get nabbed (Silva, Andreoli and Eliessar Bonne). Solid pitching though as Austin Kirk goes 7 innings giving up just a run and 4 H, 1 BB and 1 K. A.J. Morris(0.2 IP) and C. Harman combine for 3 scoreless innings. L. Suarez gets the loss with 1.1 IP, but 5 hits allowed and giving up the deciding run in extras.
Peoria 5 - @Wisconsin 3 (11 innings); Devoss gets on-base three times including a triple. Oliver Zapata with the other multi-hit game including a long ball in the 11th to win it. Willengton Cruz starts and goes 5.2 IP with 5 K, 4 H, 3 BB and 3 ER. Luis Liria, A. McKirahan and Yao-Lin Wang combine for 5.1 innings of scoreless ball and Wang gets the win and saves it for himself.
AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.
Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!
Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.
With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.
it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.
It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.
Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.
That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.
I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.
Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...
These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.
No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.
a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...
it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...
Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.
Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.
Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.
soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.
he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.
j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.
so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.
im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.
That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.
9 pitches in and this game already rules.
HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).
...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.