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)

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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.

http://blogs.dailyherald.com/node/3819

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?

heh.

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...

LATOYA!!!

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.)

ZEUS!!!

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.

meh...words...

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.

Heh, watch us win tomorrow then take the Astros for granted. Lou: THIS IS A TEST OF THE EMERGENCY BROADCASTING SYSTEM. THIS IS ONLY A TEST. HAD THERE BEEN AN ACTUAL OWNER BEFORE, YOU WOULD BE BACK WITH THE RAYS AS A HITTING COACH...

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

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  • See ya on parrot chat

  • In what was probably the last start for RHSP Jeremy Null at EXST... 
    Intrasquad game this morning on Field #5 at Riverview Baseball Complex: 
    4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/AO, 75 pitches (50 strikes) 

    Next stop is likely either South Bend or Myrtle Beach (TBD)  

  • There does seem to be something funky about closers pitching in non-save situations -- they never seem to be as effective. But, to your point, there could not have been a save situation in that game, so why not use your best reliever?

  • Heyward getting the night off.

    Grand Slammin' Sczcur in RF - La Stella batting 2nd

  • Your thought: don't pitch Rondon at all, since a save can't happen in extra innings at home.

    Maddon's thought: might as well pitch him now, because there's no later.

  • It looked like the baserunner might have screened Russell some though it's still a play he should have made.

    I wasn't thrilled with the use of Rondon in that situation. In save situations opponents have a 77 OPS. In non-save situations it's a 116 OPS. We had other relievers for that spot we could have used.

  • I'm not sure if it's his normal swing but it's obvious he can hit and he's always hit for power just not HRs so if it is his normal swing there's something else going on.

    This article from spring training said he was trying to pull the ball a lot more:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/making-too-much-of-...

  • Oh, thanks. I guess I should actually look at the schedule. Yay, 3-game road trip!

  • Good call, indeed. This ought to be a good series.

  • Sorry to nit-pick -- but the games against the Nats this week are at home.

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  • Basically Russell booted a slam dunk DP grounder letting a run score. But he drove in the tying run in 9th. Just not their day, Rondon notwithstanding.

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    Well, it's been a fun diet of Reds, Brewers and Braves, but now the Cubs have to play real teams in May (Pirates, Nationals, SF, Cards and Dodgers) -- hope we are all still smiling when we wake up on Memorial Day.

  • He does seem out of synch. His body seems to start forward, then his arms sort of try to catch up -- if that's his normal swing, he will never hit for power. It's an all-arms slasher swing, but the timing seems off.

    He is currently slugging .256 -- I realize the weather has been bad, but that's epically bad. Currently 92nd out of 94 qualified NL batters. Yikes.

  • Weird home stand -- 3-1, with 2 rainouts, vs. two teams that will lose 100 games. Feels oddly disappointing.

    Miserable baseball weather all week -- hopefully better weather will get the bats going. Not just walking, but actually hitting.

  • That strike call on LaSterlla was terrible