Caridad to DL; Gray Called Up and Game Thread

The first in-season roster move was annouced as Esmailin Caridad will go to the disabled list for sucking, a forearm strain with Jeff Gray getting called up. I updated the bullpen chart on the right with the green indicating Gray's appearances in the minors. Derrek Lee takes the day off with the sore right thumb, conveniently on day when Dave Bush is pitching, whom Lee is 5/31 against in his career against with a .413 OPS.

Lineups after the jump...

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Cubs Brewers
Theriot SS Weeks 2B
*Fukudome RF Hart RF
Ramirez 3B Braun LF
Byrd CF *Fielder 1B
Nady 1B
McGehee 3B
Soriano LF
#Zaun C
*Fontenot 2B Gomez CF
Soto P
Escobar SS
Wells P Bush P

Wells (2009):

1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

vs. Brewers in 2009

1-1, 3.00 ERA, 3 GS, 3.70 ERA, 15 IP, 7 BB, 14 K, 2 HR

Bush (2010):

0-0, 4.76 ERA, 5.2 IP, 6 K, 2 BB, 1 HR

Career @ Wrigley

1-3, 4.85 ERA, 7 GS, 42.2 IP, 11 BB, 31 K, 5 HR

Danger Will Robinson!

Ramirez 9/30 with 6 XBH's (1.082 OPS), Soriano 9/30 with 4 XBH's (.853 OPS), Fukudome 8/17 with 5 XBH's (1.454 OPS)


18 got Gray correct as the first call-up

Gray throws a sinker, slider, 4-seamer, curve and change fwiw

mostly the sinker and slider.

Bruce Levine says D Lee should be back in there tomorrow.

Lilly pitches today, Colvin will get a start tomorrow

I'm fairly certain I saw Spiderman do that in a comic once.

Wells K's the first 3 batters...

beware Kerry Wood

Wood has nothing to worry about as it only took Wells 14 pitches.

Yahoo is showing that Soriano doubled and Fontenot doubled, yet one man on second and no runs scored. Also nothing about Soriano being thrown out at a base. Can anyone clarify what happened?

1-0 Cubs

Thanks. They finally fixed it.

ah...boxscore error...theriot for some reason was credited for the RBI in the following inning...fixed.

any chance that wasn't going to hurt the Cubs?

fun fact: Cubs have led in every game this season

How bad was Soriano's error?

it may not have prevented the 2nd run, but it let the hitter reach 3rd, easily.

it spent a long time in the corner while soriano was distracted by a kick ass 4-leaf clover he wanted to pick for his next AB.

You would think with as much work and money they put into that grass that they wouldn't have clover in it.

Holy balls.

Another error?

I renew my amateur Attention Deficit Disorder diagnosis for Soriano.

Was Hart's double to deep left playable?

it was playable off the wall, but soriano was too close to the wall to take it off the ivy properly. he was 2-3 steps in too close, not like he was hugging the wall...still...

he was getting massively boo'd out there and cheers while getting pulled for colvin. the boo's continued when he got close enough to the dugout for that crew to chime in.

thanks crunch

As a recap on Wells' pitching, it's interesting to note that 3 of his fastballs were recorded at 93 mph by Gameday. His fastball range was generally at 90-91 most times with a few getting up to 92-93. That's a little faster than I think he generally gets credit for.

If those readings are accurate, that's definitely a good day for Wells as far as velocity goes. His average fastball last year, according to Fangraphs, was 89.6 MPH. So, 93 is definitely within reach, but 90s means his arm is probably feeling good.

Esmailin Caridad will go to the disabled list for sucking...

Does this mean Gray will going on the DL too?


parachat crowd seemed to think it was more bad luck/sloppy defense than anything, but I'm not watching.

Maybe so. I wasn't watching closely enough to make the call.

he got hit hard but not line-drive smoking hard (and his velocity doesn't seem 93/94mph consistent, too), but both triples pretty much came from the D playing in and the ball getting hit far.

Re: Jeff Gray's velocity, per Gameday--

Threw 9 fastballs. 3 hit 90, 3 hit 91, 3 hit 93.

LaTroy Hawkins, the gift that keeps on giving...

As I said above...


I swear, LaTroy ought to get an out in his next contract that exempts him from ever pitching at Wrigley (or possibly the Cubs altogether) again. It just messes with his head.

I didn't know Theriot was allowed to help the team with his baserunning.

In all seriousness, good day for Theriot so far, and Soto, Baker (who absolutely sucked in spring training), and Fukudome. Soto, despite his average, seems to be approaching his ABs okay. He's lined out a few times already this season, I think. (Fangraphs says he's suffering from a .200 BABIP despite a 30% line drive rate going into the day.)


Yahoo shows 6-6 and everyone else shows 7-6.

Yahoo is showing the Cubs won 6-6 so they must be wrong.

this is the stuff that burns me...

"I think Tyler [Colvin] is a better fielder than me," Soriano said Wednesday. "[Cubs manager Lou Piniella] does it because it gives us a better defense. At the same time, I would like to play nine innings and play the whole game. The only way I can control that is to play defense, and that's what I have to do."

true, but well...they're words.

it doesn't make me feel better that he gave that interview and went out and played this quality of game.


Soriano is going to have to hit the ball and hit it over the fence to have any value to this team--Colvin's even got him beat on plate discipline and patience so far. The only advantage Soriano seems to have left on Colvin is that people believe Soriano is a realistic threat to hit 30+ homeruns a year. (I know that Colvin hasn't hit much yet either.)

What I am really worried about is whether Russel and Berg will be able to go again in the next couple of days after being used so heavily here.

Gray's line is a pretty good summation of the debate against Wins as a useful stat.


So what Rob is saying is there is a 18 way tie for first place.

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  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.

  • Unbeleivable Dodgers:
    I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
    Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:

    Some "Highlights"
    Carl Crawford $20MM
    Brandon McCarthy $17MM
    Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
    Darwin B $2.2MM
    Dan Haren $10MM
    Matt Kemp $18MM
    Brian Wilson $10MM
    Ryan Webb $2.2MM
    Dee Gordon $2.5MM

  • So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.


    And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):

  • i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.

    there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.

  • I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.

  • O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already. 

  • I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.

    I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.

  • Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.

  • With last night's win in Pittsburgh, the Cubs have tied the Pirates with 98 wins, and are only 2-1/2 games behind the Cardinals. No reason why the Cubs can't finish the post-season with the best winning percentage in baseball (regular season & post-season combined). 

  • BOB: I doubt very much that Matt Szczur will be on the Cubs LDS roster.

    If he wasn't on the Wild Card roster (when the Cubs went with 15 position players), he won't be on the LDS roster (when the Cubs will go with 13 or 14 position players).

    As it is, at least one of the three RH hitting outfielders who were on the Cubs WC roster (Denorfia, Jackson, and Soler) could get bumped off the LDS roster (probably Soler).