Cubs Say No to Winning Record

I think that was the first game I got to watch in its near entirety in about 2 weeks. My apologies for the outcome.

The Good: After Gorzelanny finished his warm-ups, he mowed the Nationals down through 7 innings. The problem was it took him 3 batters into the game to finish loosening up. Geovany Soto went 2/4 and Kosuke Fukudome reached base 3 times, twice on walks to set-up getting stranded by Lee, Byrd and Ramirez. Soto also gunned down two very capable baserunners in Wily Taveras and Justin Maxwell.

The Bad:  Gorz is now 0-3 despite a 2.45 ERA and as mentioned, took 3 batters to get going. Those 3 batters included a stand-up triple by Nyjer Morgan to leadoff the game that he hit to left center. I didn't even know that was possible. Then Ian Desmond singled Morgan in, and stole off the lefty Gorz. Christian Guzman launched a ball into centerfield into the teeth of the wind that Marlon Byrd completely lost track of leading to the second triple of the inning. Gorz settled in and stranded Guzman and didn't run into much trouble the rest of the night. The bullpen gave up another run in the 8th, with Grab-Ass being the culprit thanks to his own throwing error. The 3 through 6 hitters went a combined 2/16 including Lee, Byrd and Ramirez all getting a crack with 2 runners on in the bottom of the 8th. Matt 'Could've Been a Cub' Capps nailed down his 9th save in 9 opportunities.

The Minors: Iowa picked up the 4-3 win in a shortened double-header in the first game.. Thomas Diamond throws 5 scoreless with 5 K's and Jeff Samardzija got the win with 1.2 scoreless innings and no walks with a K. Brad Snyder went 2/4 and Sam Fuld got on-base twice out of the leadoff spot. They won 4-2 in the 2nd game with Casey Coleman throwing 6 innings and giving up 2 runs. Mitch Atkins picked up the save in the 7th in that one.  The white hot Smokies take a rare loss but Starlin Castro went 3/5 with a double. Ryan Flaherty, who is off to a poor start, did go 1/2 with 2 walks. Daytona won 3-1 with Alberto Cabrera throwing 5.2 scoreless innings with 6 K's. Aaron Shafer extended his scoreless streak to 16 innings in relief. Matt Spencer and Rebel Ridling homered, but B. Jackson, Vitters, LeMahieu and Burke were a combined 0/12. Peoria won 5-4 with Trey McNutt going 5 innings, giving up a run and striking out 5. Larry Suarez threw 2 scoreless innings. Greg Rohan homered and Hak-Ju Lee went 1/4 with a run scored and a double out of the leadoff spot.

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I fully approve of the Cougar Life dating service now advertising here.

Oh yeah, beat the Nationals!

Castro ends his slump by going 3/5, bumps his line back up to 377/417/610/1017

"Greg Rohan homered"

Rut-roh!

Rob, not to be nitpicky, but the I-Cubs played a double header yesterday, which is why the game only went 7 innings. They won the second game also, Casey Coleman pitched six innings to pick up the win, while giving up 2 earnies over six innings. Marquez Smith, Wellington Castillo, and Brian LeHair all went 2-3 on the day. Mitch Atkins came on in the 7th and notched the save.

my bad...thanks.

The Cardinals signed Aaron Miles to a minor league contract.

I thought we were done with him.

I'll say it one more time:

Was Aaron Miles ever NOT playing for the Cardinals?

Good point.

samardzija brought in w/ bases loaded, one out jam & worked out of it w/ team trailing; got the win after a walk-off rally...

I went last night. It was very cold, although the wind was not bad.

Some random impressions:

Lee and Ramirez each hit the ball hard into long outs.

The Nationals ran aggressively (and successfully) against Grabow. Don't know if the scouting report is that he's easy to run against. He also was a little slow off the mound on Morgan and rushed the throw.

Liked Soriano's opposite field single with 2 strikes. Did not like his other ABs. Liked his first to third advance on the single to center. Did not even draw a throw.

Yeah, Soriano looked good there - that even looked like a slider he hit.

It's a bad time of year to try to hit HR's - Soto got the Memo but Ramirez and Lee not so much.

Resist the urge for Todd Coffey. The Reds fans would LOVE for us to get him. I saw a lot of epic fails on his part as a Reds reliever.

The pen and the offense were red flags before the end of last season and should have been addressed.

What about Juan Cruz?

Is he worth picking up?

Bruce Miles from his blog:

"You never say never, but the Cubs don't have much interest. They don't like him as an eighth-inning guy, and they feel they have better than Cruz to get to Z and Marmol with. I don't see it unless something changes."

http://blogs.dailyherald.com/node/3940#comments

riot, fuke, dlee, rami, colv (7), byrd, font, hill, demp.

MLB cracking down on MLB.com writers and players using twitter for non-baseball related entries...

http://nymag.com/daily/sports/2010/04/why_a_r...

what...they're not going to drag this out for 3-5 years?

they must not be using Twitter to discuss PEDs or something.

http://twitter.com/TroyRenck/status/13015851956

Miguel Olivo passed 2 kidney stones on Monday, and played that night.

couple of passed balls? ouch...

win.

but Colvin has been a beast so far this season. It's nice to see a young player have a good month, even if that's all it is.

Think Cubs could flip gorzy for wood come June?

depends on what the Cubs are willing to pay of Wood's contract

nice catch byrd. next time follow it up with a sac fly.

And Fontenot, if you're down 1 run and you come up to bat with the bases loaded and work a 3-1 count... let's not swing unless it's meatball right down the middle.

Yeah, right. Fontenot is THE problem.
Not the black hole named Lee/Ramirez

I'm sorry, I shall never complain about the great Fontenot or anything he does ever again.

I know I'm in the minority, here, but I think Fontenot sucks balls.

He is usually the closest to them.....

~rimshot!~

Or does he just buy into defined roles and handedness matchups this much? Regardless of what Tracy does here, how do you not use Soto when you are going to pinch hit for Hill? He's arguably the best hitter on the team right now.

And now Nady in to hit for Dempster, even though Soto will have to come in to play defense for Hill! Nady and Tracy have been ice cold! AHHHHHHH!!!!!! I'm gonna go shout at my toaster.

that sure was a head-shaker

Lou not happy in post game interview

Asks reporter for baseball cred "What kind of baseball did you play?"

Asked about the hitters not hitting-"ask the players"

"ask the players"

...yeah, that worked for milton.

managers manage. it's not a 3-4 hour day then you clock out. how about protecting players, calling out players, or otherwise giving the reporters some sound bites to get them off the clubhouse?

can we quit having 3+m dollar managers and pretending like they're football coaches who create massive playbook strategies for a once-a-week throwdown?

thanks yanks for paying joe torre 5-8m all these years creating the "elite" manager class when so few have so little differences.

I hope I get a job someday where I'm aloud to throw a public hissy fit and still earn millions of dollars without having any identifiable skills while making some decisions even more poorly than individuals with less expertise would.

At least you got the skills part covered.

True. That.

Nunchuck skills, bowhunting skills, computer hacking skills. Chicks must love you.

I'm training to be a cage fighter.

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  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 1 hour 50 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 1 hour 55 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 2 hours 23 sec ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 2 hours 12 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 2 hours 23 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 2 hours 48 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 3 hours 28 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 4 hours 40 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 4 hours 57 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 5 hours 2 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 5 hours 46 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 10 hours 37 min ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 11 hours 51 min ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 11 hours 54 min ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 13 hours 13 min ago view
  • cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.

    crunch 20 hours 25 min ago view