Samardzija Down, the Other Fox Up....

It looks like I was on to something yesterday when I mentioned that Jeff Samardzija might get sent down. Chad Fox gets the call-up and has been added to the 40-man roster. As in years past, when Fox blows out his arm and has to go on the 60-day DL, the Cubs can call up anyone from their organization for the playoffs to take his spot (as long as he was with the organization by September 1st I believe).

Also, Derrek Lee sits again with the bulging disc issue and the lineup for tonight is Soriano, Riot, Bradley, Ramirez, Soto, Johnson, Hoffpauir, Miles and Harden against lefty Mike Hampton


chad fox and angel guzman both to the DL with undisclosed hand injuries after greeting each other with a failed high-5.


I hope no one is too excited about Chad Fox. I think the Cubs just feel like they owe him one from Dusty re-ruining his arm a few years ago.

Fox had problems with control though the last few times he's been on the team so I don't see him exactly coming into Lou's good side.

My nickname for Fox: twigs and duct tape. As in whats keeping his arm held together :)

chad fox didn't need help ruining his arm...and if that's a concern you'd probably want to avoid gregg/marmol recently throwing 5 out of 6 days in a row for 100-120 pitches each.

Oh I was just joking about Dusty ruining his arm, BUT the game that he did have his injury in 2005, he came into the game in a 10-3 game. Therefore its always stuck in my head that in an alternate universe Dusty could have saved Fox for a different situation.

yeah...guys like chad fox and rondell white amaze me.

somehow...somewhere...they will find a way to get injured.

fox likes to get his over with real quick, though. heheh...

I was at that game.

Dunn's hr hit off Fox, looked like it was shot out of a bazooka, it was a line drive out of the park.

Glad Smardzdick got sent sent down as he clearly is not ready for the bigs yet, but I am sorry it needlessly came up at the expense of losing Vizcaino.



Got his first RBI yesterday and his first XBH today. Hopefully Skinny Dick will get it going.

So, we ate $3.6M in salary for cutting a guy who hadn't given up a run yet, so that we can give Samardzija a few weeks in the bigs and replace him with Chad Fox?

A bizarre move a few weeks ago, now just turned into an idiotic one.

Although I approve of a lot of the offseason moves that Hendry has made and a lot of how Lou has handled playing time, there has been some embarrassing mismanagement of the roster recently. Skipping over my probably unjustified love of prospects, I'll just look at the bullpen. The releases of Gaudin and Vizcaino made very little sense; Vizcaino certainly could have done what Samardzija did in his few weeks and is probably as likely to succeed as Chad Fox is, and Gaudin makes at least as much sense for the Cubs bullpen as does Patton (who I like, but how often do Rule 5 pitchers work out?). Also, the trade of Wuertz looks like a mistake (at least the Cubs got a couple minor leaguers back for him). How much better would the Cubs bullpen look with some or all of those guys still in it? Keeping all three would have been tough, but clearly there was room for at least one and possibly two (if they end up returning Patton).

Just so this isn't entirely a "FIRE HENDRY!!!!" rant; they've done a good job putting together a competitive team lately, and I really think the offense and rotation will give them time to find an adequate combination of relievers.

Everyone looks for bullpen help in July. The only way the Cubs, without really overpaying for a reliever, can improve the bullpen is from within, and I just don't see where that is going to come from at this time.

Well, Ascanio and Reinhard have been kicking a fair amount of ass. It's not like they need to call up a couple guys to take over the 7th, 8th, and 9th inning roles. They need a middle reliever or two. Guess we'll get a look at Randy Wells on Friday, as well.

but how often do Rule 5 pitchers work out?

I don't know how often, as in how many are successful out of the total universe of Rule 5 pitchers, but-- I do know of one particular Rule 5 pitcher named Johan Santana who did pretty well after the Twins picked him up. Another notable Rule 5 pickup in Cubs history was catcher Jody Davis.

Some other notable Rule 5 picks:

Our own Hack Wilson, Tony Taylor* and Guillermo "Willie" Hernandez
Cecil Cooper
George Bell
Darrell Evans
Fernando Vina
Bobby Bonilla
Mitch Williams
Josh Hamilton
Joakim Soria

....and of course, the greatest Rule 5 pick of all-time, Roberto Clemente himself.

*The Cubs got some decent play from Taylor and turned him into Don "No-Hit" Cardwell via trade. Which was turned into Larry Jackson via trade. Which was turned into Fergie via trade. Which was eventually turned into Bill Madlock via trade. Which was then turned into Bobby Murcer via trade. The Cubs got one HELLUVA lot of value out of Tony Taylor.

Point taken, but is David Patton one of those high-upside picks? I've never heard him described that way. I'm not opposed to having him--he's done okay so far and looks like he's got good enough stuff to be a successful relief pitcher eventually. But I just think that Wuertz or Gaudin might have been better bets. Of course, it's kind of early to know that.

Go Reed Go!!! Gathright might never start again in CF, not that that would be a problem.

Oh wait, I shouldn't be posting now as the Cubs are winning. I am suppose to be hiding from TCR...sorry!

Hunter Pence should have to look at 4 pitches about a foot inside every time he steps to the plate against the Cubs. He absolutely murders Cubs pitching, so why not make him really earn first base instead of all the XBH he gets?

that Vizcaino was released for reasons other than his baseball ability...

I keep forgetting about his tardiness.

I hate Lance Berkman!!

I hate the Crawford Boxes. Most high school fields are longer than 315 down the line.

That's not even a home run at Wrigley. Cheap.

And I'm not worried at all about Chad Fox. He won't be anything special, but he'll be fine filling in Samardjiza's role.

Soothing win.
It sure is nice to see a game where things worked out the way we had all envisioned back in March.

Manny Acta looks very frustrated.

And a BB RBI on a pitch that looked like it was headed for the upper deck. Literally. God, this isn't good baseball at all I should go to bed.

Trade idea:

Oakland is desperate for sluggers, we need middle relief help, and a lefty reliever would be particularly welcome. What if the Cubs sent Jake Fox to the A's for Jerry Blevins, who was sent to Oakland for Jason Kendall two years ago? Would help both teams....

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  • I can relate to that, E-Man. I don't think I'll enjoy watching a high-stakes away game like this on TV. I've watched a lot of games this season after they ended or at least after the Cubs got out to a decent lead. Since they usually win, I've gotten to see a lot of baseball.

    But in this case I think we should probably all watch the game live, and not let the pressure exceed the pleasure.

  • Remember, as I told my wife when our kids went off to college -- this is a good thing! Enjoy it!

  • Fully agree -- can't prove it. But, the numbers are what they are, and a lot of his OF games have come in Aug & Sept, when he has been killing the ball otherwise. And, knowing how baseball players love routine, it seems logical that it could at least be a a factor.

    Really, really, really hope I'm wrong on this.

  • Indeed! It has been absolute blast -- from getting swept by the Phillies to sweeping the Giants, I have always enjoyed being part of this group. Hope we have a lot more games to talk about this year.

  • Yes, cheers to me! I've noticed a fairly strong correlation between my tenure and Cubbie victories. 

    And thanks to Michael for our new diggs--and to y'all for sticking around! 

  • CHEERS to CT Steve for keeping this alive in 2015. Who would have thought that the season would have been so successful to this point? Thank you CT STEVE!

    I think I may be too nervous to watch the entire game. I will probably watch in bits and pieces - and constantly check MLB App. I will be like Blockhead: Nervous Nellie.

  • You can't prove the performance is because he played the OF. You just can't. Sorry.

    BTW, Bryant hit .168 in July playing 3B exclusively.

  • oh man, early on it seems like he made at least 1 stupid baserunning blunder per game and almost every single one turned into a positive for the cubs. it was magical.

  • Not surprised about Lester but bit surprised about Hendricks. Guessing that if something happens to Arietta right away they go to Lester but if they've burned relievers and are in extra innings they go to Hendricks.

  • My kids' 8:30pm (ET) bed time will be waived tonight (They are Rizzo & Castro fans). We'll get geared up in our Cubs apparel and will watch this as a family. I am stoked. Go Cubs!

  • Bryant: Base running adventures.

  • Remember Bryant's home-away splits, too.

    Wrigley: 21 HR, 59 RBI, .311/.408/.629
    Road: 5 HR, 40 RBI, .243/.333/.360

  • Good Lord this season has flown by so far. I need more Cubs gifs--the four on the article today are not enough. I need a 100 best moments of the season listicle of gifs.
    Rizzo: The slide, the catch.
    Russell: All the defense.
    Bryant: Pelting the video board.
    Soler: 125 MPH ground balls.
    Schwarber: DINGERS, surprising LF catches.
    Fowler: Walks, the many walks he should have had on 3-2 BS strike calls.
    Baez: That 3B play.
    Ross: Walk-up music? Bullpen appearance?
    Denorfia: Walk-off.
    Castro: Walk-offs.

  • No evidence other than 8 hits and 0 HR in 45 AB....

    I just think hitters like their routines -- think Boggs or Ted Williams -- and messing with that routine adds an element of change. I want my best hitters in their normal routines.

  • evidently i was busy burying context and meaning.

    i was excited about this playoff season kicking up in the drama of that environment, but it was stated insanely muddled.

  • Woke up early and couldn't get back to sleep in excitement/anticipation. Go Cubs Go!