Archive - Jul 2008

July 8th

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SP Aaron Harang SP Ryan Dempster
  3-10, 4.47, 102 K, 27BB, 118.2 IP
9-3, 3.24 ERA, 93 K, 43 BB, 111 IP
       
SS Jerry Hairston, Jr. SS Ryan Theriot
CF *Jay Bruce RF *Kosuke Fukudome
RF *Ken Griffey Jr. 1B Derrek Lee
2B Brandon Phillips 3B Aramis Ramirez
LF *Adam Dunn C Geovany Soto
3B Jeff Keppinger CF *Jim Edmonds
1B *Joey Votto LF Mark DeRosa
C *Paul Bako 2B *Mike Fontenot
P Aaron Harang P Ryan Dempster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With just one nightmarish half-inning having prevented them from a
sweep of the Cardinals this past weekend, the Cubs return to the 33-10
Confines for three games against the Reds, who just completed a
four-game sweep of the Nationals, which is very similar to winning four
games from an actual Major League Baseball team.

Ryan Dempster puts his perfect record at Wrigley this season (9-0)
up against Aaron Harang, who the Cubs have already thumped twice this
year. (For that matter, Dempster had one of his lesser home starts of
the season against the Reds back on April 15th, allowing five walks,
five hits and four runs in a game the Cubs won anyhow, 9-5.)

In all, the Cubs and Reds have split six games this game, with each club taking two of three on its home field.

Crain's Chicago Business reports Tuesday that prospective purchasers of the Chicago National League Ballclub have been given a deadline of July 18th to submit their initial bids.

Crain's says 10 parties are currently in the running; those ten received the team's financial books last month. The paper's source expects the field to be culled down to four or five finalists following this first round of bids, with the winning bidder being "identified at or near the end of the baseball season (and) a deal closing by year end or very early next year."

Tribune Company has announced it plans to retain 5% ownership of the team, which should be more than enough to ensure that Sam Zell will be able to get a decent seat and a cold Old Style whenever he damn well pleases.

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July 7th

Arizona Phil has been all over the Cubs signings, but I did want to mention that the big fish of the draft, first-round pick(19th overall) Andrew Cashner will sign this week with the Cubs. The contract details:


As part of his contract with Chicago, Cashner will receive a signing
bonus of $1.54 million. He’ll also receive $75,000 that will go toward
finishing school, plus bonuses that will coincide with promotions.
Moreover, Cashner will receive an invitation to big league spring
training in 2009.

He should be in Arizona by next week and likely to Boise soon after. The Cubs have signed all but one of their first 27 picks, that one being 10th round pick RHP Alex Wilson out of Texas A&M.

(Yeah, that headline really happened)

The Sun-Times is reporting that Jim Hendry has been working the phones the last month with Billy Beane and the A's to try and pry Rich Harden from them. Of course, the A's are just four games back in the wild card and six back in the AL West and have one of the better run differentials in the league. So being a seller isn't necessarily a foregone conclusion, and don't be surprised if this rumor lasts until July 31st.

No names were mentioned, but you'd have to imagine that Beane would like somthing similar to the six for two swap he pulled for Dan Haren.

The article also states the Cubs are looking for a lefty for the bullpen with Eyre spending more time on the disabled list than the roster to this point and Neal Cotts being Neal Cotts.

July 6th

The Brewers look poised to get Indians south-paw C.C. Sabathia for the low, low cost of Matt LaPorta (whom the Cubs skipped over in the 2007 draft in favor of Josh Vitters), pitchers Zach Jackson and Rob Bryson and a fourth player, that could end up being third basemen Taylor Green. Only one of those players was among the top ten Brewers prospects to start the season, according to Baseball America.

Adding Sabathia to the Brewers along with Prince Fielder means they're a lock to win a sumo wrestling match, the NL Central remains to be seen.

Nonetheless, an impressive shot across the bow by the Brewers and one that will undoubtedly be answered by the Cubs...we hope.

 

The NL All-Stars were announced today and the Cubs will send seven to Yankee Stadium next week, although it's likely Alfonso Soriano will have to be replaced. Rookies Kosuke Fukudome and Geovany Soto were voted in along with Soriano,. Soto will be the first rookie backstop to ever start for the senior circuit (Sandy Alomar Jr. was voted in for the AL in 1990). Aramis Ramirez was elected by the players as a reserve behind starter Chipper Jones. Three pitchers will go as well, Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano and Kerry Wood. Dempster and Wood were voted in by the players, and Zambrano was one of the seven that manager Clint Hurdle gets to pick, certainly with an assist from one of the members of his All-Star coaching staff - Lou Piniella.

Had Carlos Marmol not blown up the last few weeks, it could have been eight, but why get greedy.

There will be no Cubs in the Home Run Derby.

Congrats to all the Cubbies and Parachat will be open for the festivities. 

 

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SP *Sean Marshall SP Todd Wellemeyer
  0-2, 4.87, 17 K, 9 BB, 20.1 IP
7-3, 3.86, 70 K, 30 BB, 93.1 IP
       
CF Reed Johnson LF Joe Mather
SS Ryan Theriot CF *Rick Ankiel
1B Derrek Lee 1B Albert Pujols
3B Aramis Ramirez RF Ryan Ludwick
C Geovany Soto 3B Troy Glaus
RF Mark DeRosa C Yadier Molina
LF Matt Murton SS #Cesar Izturis
2B *Mike Fontenot P Todd Wellemeyer
P *Sean Marshall 2B Brendan Ryan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 5th

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SP *Ted Lilly SP Kyle Lohse
  9-5, 4.56, 100 K, 38 BB, 106.2 IP
10-2, 3.67, 50 K, 26 BB, 105.1 IP
       
SS Ryan Theriot SS Brendan Ryan
RF *Kosuke Fukudome CF *Rick Ankiel
1B Derrek Lee 1B Albert Pujols
3B Aramis Ramirez 3B Troy Glaus
CF *Jim Edmonds RF Ryan Ludwick
C Geovany Soto C Yadier Molina
LF Mark DeRosa 2B *Adam Kennedy
2B *Mike Fontenot P Kyle Lohse
P *Ted Lilly LF *Skip Shumaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That sure was a much needed win as the Cubs now are assured of going home in first place. Zambrano looked as good as ever and the bullpen, minus a forgivable home run to Albert Pujols, was lights out.

Lou had earlier mentioned wanting to go with two lefties this series as the Cardinals had only managed something-like four wins against southpaws. Their overall splits though don't bear out much of an advantage, a collective .772 OPS vs righties and .776 vs lefties. Lou might be outhinking himself on this one.

Cubs centerfielder Jim Edmonds, whose return to St. Louis Friday night was honored by Cardinals fans if not by Tony La Russa, shared a revelation with Gordon Wittenmyer of the Sun-Times:

Edmonds would have been traded to the White Sox this past December if he hadn't exercised his right to block such a deal.

July 4th

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SP Carlos Zambrano SP Braden Looper
  8-3, 3.13, 68 K, 36 BB, 106.1 IP
9-5, 4.26, 44 K, 26 BB, 99.1
       
LF Reed Johnson RF *Skip Shumaker
RF *Kosuke Fukudome SS #Aaron Miles
1B Derrek Lee 1B Albert Pujols
3B Aramis Ramirez CF *Rick Ankiel
CF *Jim Edmonds 3B Troy Glaus
C Geovany Soto LF *Chris Duncan
2B Mark DeRosa C Yadier Molina
SS Ryan Theriot P Braden Looper
P #Carlos Zambrano 2B *Adam Kennedy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carlos Zambrano gets activated and Jose Ascanio is sent back to Iowa. Z will be on an 85-90 pitch count today.

Happy 4th of July! A Cubs win should make it a little happier.

 

The AZL Cubs defeated the AZL A's 3-2 at Fitch Park Field #3 this morning.

box score

The game featured another fine outing by RHP Julio Pena, and the victory was probably saved by a nifty 6-4-3 DP to end the top of the 8th inning, started with a super stop by SS Junior Lake, then a quick flip with a fast turn by 2B George Matheus, and completed with a nice stretch by 1B Sean Hoorelbeke. Too bad AZL games aren't televised, because that one would have made the highlight reel!

Today's AZL Cubs offensive heroes were RF Nelson Perez (a double and an RBI single) and catcher Jose Guevara (a double and RBI single through a drawn-in infield).  

Prior to the game, Rich Hill threw a simulated game that featured his new delivery, and it looks like he may actually have found the cure for his version of Steve Blass Disease. 

July 3rd

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SP Sean Gallagher SP Tim Lincecum
  3-3, 4.36, 47 K, 20 BB, 53.2 IP
9-1, 2.38, 114 K, 43 BB, 109.2
       
LF Reed Johnson LF *Fred Lewis
RF *Kosuke Fukudome 2B #Ray Durham
1B Derrek Lee RF #Randy Winn
3B Aramis Ramirez C Bengie Molina
CF *Jim Edmonds CF Aaron Rowand
C Geovany Soto 1B *John Bowker
2B Mark DeRosa 3B Jose Castillo
SS Ryan Theriot SS #Omar Vizquel
P Sean Gallagher P Tim Lincecum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In roster moves, Reed Johnson was activated today with Eric Patterson getting sent down. Matt Murton thanks you Eric Patterson for your defensive ineptitude. Proud papa Aramis Ramirez is back in the lineup as well.

Halfway through the MLB Australian Baseball Academy Program (MLBAAP) season at Palm Meadows (Gold Coast), here's how the five Cubs players playing "down under" are doing:

About a month or so back, a discussion arose in the comments about the Cubs futility at the center field position. Faithful reader "WISCGRAD" took it upon himself to take a look at the situation.


After hitting just .178 with one homerun in 90 at-bats to start the season, the 38-year old Jim Edmonds was released by the Padres on May 9th. He was signed just five days later by Jim Hendry and the Cubs and started the following day against his former team, going 1-4 in 4-0 win. In 100 at-bats since in Cubbie Blue, Edmonds sports a .290 batting average, .374 on-base percentage, and a .580 slugging percentage, having already blasted six doubles, a triple, and seven home runs. His on-base + slugging percentage is a robust .954, which would place him seventh in the National League (just ahead of Matt Holliday) if only his Chicago stats were counted and he had enough at-bats to qualify. (Ed Note: Numbers were for games played before Tuesday, July 1st)

Edmonds’ performance has been a pleasant surprise in the first half of the season, and is most certainly an upgrade offensively over the Felix Pie-Johnson combination that began the season. But how does Edmonds stack up to the production the Cubs normally get from the centerfield position? I decided to find out.

Up All Night

W - Marmol (2-3), kids scarfing garlic fries, parachat costumes

L - Walker (3-4), lucking into a "Win" decision, not getting a play by play due to kids scarfing garlic fries

S - Wood (21), Fontenot


Box Score
, Photos

Things to Take from This Game

1. Dempster pitches well enough to win.

Six innings pitched, 2 runs, 2 walks, seven Ks. He left with a lead and certainly deserved to improve his road-game record. As best as I could tell on a weak mlb.tv feed and inattentive broadcasters, Dempster featured a good slider tonight, getting a bunch of swinging strikes. He didn't get the decision because...


2. Marmol has another bad moment

After easily putting down the first two batters in the bottom of the seventh with strikeouts, Marmol gave up a walk, a hit, and a three run blast to Ray Durham. Bowker had hit one into McCovey Cove in the previous inning off Dempster, so the Giants five runs came on two swings of the bat.


3. Fontenot gets the final word

The Cubs scoring began with the Matt Murton Approved Run-scoring GIDP. Edmonds hit yet another swing-from-my-ass opposite-field 2-run HR, and Soto had a two-run single set up by a Fukudome and Theriot double-steal. (Fukudome would have been in danger at third, had there been a throw.) Fontenot broke a 5-5 tie in the 8th with a home run to nearly the same spot Durham hit his in the pavillion-thingy in right. A two-out triple not-withstanding, Wood nailed down the save in the ninth.

 

The why-am-i-suddenly-getting-the-"quick-find"-feature-toggled-on-in-firefox-whenever-I-hit-the-apostraphe-key,

-and-the-I-watch-the-west-coast-night-game-on-a-bad-mlbtv-feed-so-you-don't-have-to,

-and-first-recap-in-a-long-time-and-right-before-going-on-a-road-trip-and-probably-being-away,-again details, below....

 

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