Two straight gems by our starting staff has been a refreshing departure and Sean Marshall has about two to three more starts this year to leave some sort of impression going into the off-season. Hopefully it's a good one. While Marshall's final numbers at the end of the year probably won't be much to talk about, I think he's shown the ability to get major leaguers out and even flat out dominate at times. I'd say not to bad for a guy with about ten starts in AA before this season. And since consistency is generally the one thing lacking of rookie players, it's one of the things you hope he'll find in the very near future. And it's not like I'm advocating that the team guarantee him a spot this off-season and ignore the opportunity to acquire more talented players, but as the adage seems to go, you can't have enough good pitching.
As for the Phils, once again the Cubs get an opportunity to either play spoiler or springboard. So far it's the role of spoiler as they take an early 3-run lead on an Aramis dinger.
GAME ONE HUNDRED-FIFTY-ONE IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT]
CHICAGO CUBS (61-89 (Draft) 3rd - 3.5 GB) AT PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (77-72 (WC) 2nd - 1 GB)
Citizens Bank Park, 6:05 pm CDTWeather: Partly Cloudy, 78 degrees, Wind out to CF @ 3 mphTV: CLTV Radio: WGN, XM 184
Jon Lieber, RHP
8-9, 4.87 ERA, 153.1 IP
91 K, 24 BB, 24 HR
Sean Marshall, LHP
5-9, 5.34 ERA, 116.1 IP
71 K, 54 BB, 18 HR
48 Cubs prospects will soon be playing in fall leagues in Arizona and Hawaii. A number of other players from the Cubs organization (TBD) will play in Latin Winter Leagues in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic.
I noticed that too about Soler's front foot. Instead of stepping forward he basically is only able to lift it and return to same spot ... minimizes movement and noise in the swing I'm guessing. And with as much strength and size as he has it must work just fine.
Baez almost took a low slider out of the park. I know he wants to hit those, but to be successful he'll really need to start laying off those because they're reaching the point where they can throw them in the dirt and he swings at them. Those high fastballs, too. I do think it'll come but sometimes he makes me worry. That was a nice double, tho. I liked the Renteria consolation routine. He also almost went deep on Chapman, just got under it a bit and popped out to the wall - that's a pop out when Baez makes contact with a Chapman pitch.
BRENT: Son is a contact hitter with a line-drive stroke... good bunter... no HR power... has above-average speed and is a good baserunner and base-stealer... athletic but erratic middle-infielder with above-average range and decent arm strength... definitely better at 2B than SS... needs to work on the finer points of infield play... I think he got promoted to either Daytona or Tennessee on Wednesday, but the transaction hasn't been announced yet...