Sunday Game Thread / Diamondbacks (11-13) @ Cubs (12-13)

Cubs try to take three of four from Arizona and end the homestand 4-3. Feels a lot like last weekend, when the Cubs were trying to salvage a road trip that started awfully, with three losses in four games at CitiField, then ended on an up note with the sweep at Milwaukee.

Sunday's lineups:

D-backs: 1. Abreu (2B)  2. Drew (SS)  3. Upton (RF)  4. Reynolds (3B)  5. Young (CF)  6. Ryal (1B)  7. Gillespie (LF)  8. Hester (C)  9. Jackson (P)

Cubs: 1. Theriot (SS)  2. Fukudome (RF)  3. Lee (1B)  4. Byrd (CF)  5. Tracy (3B)  6. Soriano (LF)  7. Fontenot (2B)  8. Soto (C)  9. Gorzelanny (P)


from Bruce Levine's blog...Z may close (if needed) on sunday, Caridad update (going to Iowa this week) and who has to pitch their ass off this week or wind up in Iowa:

Reliever Esmailin Caridad will continue his rehab in Arizona Saturday, then continue on to Triple-A Iowa where he’ll pitch Tuesday. Piniella said that Caridad will most likely join the team’s bullpen next weekend if there are no setbacks in his rehab.

With the addition of Caridad, the team will have to make a roster move. For now there is no plan to move Carlos Zambrano back to the rotation. One of the young pitchers, either James Russell, Jeff Gray or Justin Berg will go to the minors when Caridad returns.

I like this Soriano kid - where did we get him?


It's sure fun when he gets hot, isn't it?

I'm recording this game but are they not throwing him breaking stuff down and away or is he just laying off that stuff now?

One thing I really do like about Soriano is how he sort of just lays it all out there. Yesterday he said his knee bothered him and he would think about his knee as the pitch came in and that messed with his concentration.

Even his "I'm afraid of the wall" thing doesn't bother me. He is honest, and that's pretty damn cool.

Of course, I'm all pro-Soriano right now.

IF he comes back, this could be a pretty good team. I forget how much he means to us when he is right.

He's laying off them, when they're strikes he's taking them to left, and he's pretty much hitting anything he swings at.

We could have a really good team if we get the 2006-2008 Soriano and Fukudome continues to hit like a #3 hitter.

The Cubs have six starters hitting over .300, none of them named Lee or Ramirez.

The Cubs have four starters with ERA's under 3.45, none of them named Zambrano or Lilly.

Seems a little bit like Opposite World to me. Maybe everybody but me saw this coming.

what did poor Edwin Jackson do to be kept in this game?

Len and Bob speculate that it's because the AZ bullpen has been shitty.

Isn't shitty one of those broadcast words they can't use? WHOSE MINDING THE STORE OVER AT WGN????!!!!!

Last I heard, they hired Lee Elia to take care of censorship.

I think part of it was that they didn't feel like he was tired, and were hoping he could work through his problems. He's a converted OF'er, who's pretty good with the bat, so that may have got him through the third when they had a PHer up for him.

Parachat sucks. I finally get a chance and it's empty.

Everyone knew you were gonna be on it today, TJ :-)

...a tear falls.

As TRN just said, where did we get this new kid, Soriano. It's like Hendry just made a big trade.

he's no bobby scales.

ba dum bump

More shocking: Tyler Colvin with a .965 OPS or the Cubs have three other guys playing well enough to keep him on the bench?

TRN, wasn't Colvin's minor league record pretty piss poor about walks?

A lot of times when teams have a good overall walk record it means the hitting coach is teaching a philosophy of patience but I thought Rudy came in with the rep of being pretty aggressive at the plate.

I'm beginning to think he really is maybe a really good hitting coach and he knows the hitters on this team are not exactly the most patient at the plate and he's working on that.

Then again, that was what a lot of us liked about Gerald Perry -- he got dudes to work the count. Maybe I'm just underestimating some of these guys. I mean, D Lee has always been good at working the count, Ramirez, too.

But Soriano? Colvin?

Ummm, no.

I'm feeling kind of optimistic, suddenly.

Yes, he didn't walk much in the minors - and when he tried to it made him a worse hitter. I think the fact that he is healthy and 25 extra pounds of muscle are the big changes this year - he slugged the ball pretty well in AA last year.

Fukudome is definitely swinging at more pitches earlier in the count this year, so I don't think it's any new philosophy we're seeing.

Theriot sucks. doesn't he know a blow out when he sees one? Bring up the kid!

"i miss you guys!" - mark grace

Adrian Gonzalez says he'll boycott ASG next year

the practice of "media outlets" having a 1/4-1/2 page of auto-expanded user comments needs to end. uggg.

Interesting in this article serves two purposes. It gives us Adrian Gonzalez's opinions on various topics, and it is probably the strongest argument I've seen for players postpone their baseball careers for at least three years and attend college.

I agree that the reader comments are ridiculous, but what is it about Gonzales's statements that sounds ignorant or uneducated?

The statements about the law or the umpiring? The law being discriminatory, for one, is an apallingly stupid thing to say. Of course it's discriminatory, all laws are, that's their intent. But even putting that aside, the law isn't discriminatory, it's the way that he thinks that the law will be enforced which is. It's not like if the AZ police find a caucasian Slovakian in the country illegally they're going to let him go because he's white. That would be discriminatory.

Sorry parachat's been so empty. I will take some of the responsibility. I've been busy and whatnot. Saturday I was at the Detroit-Anaheim game. Damon hit a fun walk-off homer. Kazmir is pretty damn good (even though they lost the game). And if I were Cabrera's wife, I'd beat HIM for his shitty defense.

I got a really good laugh out of that domestic violence joke. Well done.

Johnny Gomes: .217 .254 .367 .620

Marlon Byrd: .351 .367 .585 .952

You did good on this so far, Hendry.

byrd was f'n cheap, imo, for a CF/LF and "good enough" RF type with his build and swing.

Shouldn't you be comparing Gomes to Nady (.194 .342 .290 .633)? I don't remember a lot of people lobbying the Cubs to sign Gomes to play center field.

i thought he was a pretty good deal, too... :(

...prove me wrong nady.

I thought at the time the Nady money would have been better spent on Capps or Greg - going to be hard for this current roster to prove me wrong on that.

Well, NEAL, I am basing this on the three players that were reported to have been considered as the "Bradley Replacement" - Gomes, Dye, and Byrd.

Nady was strictly a LRisk/HRew "insurance" type player coming off injury.

However, I still think "Nads" will come around - but if the current guys keep up their pace, it will be tough for him to get much PT.

OK... to the rest of us, though, Bradley's replacement was going to be a center fielder who could push Fukudome to right field. Ankiel was mentioned, I liked Crisp - but search around a little, you won't find anyone who thought those two guys you mentioned were candidates to be a starter for the Cubs in 2010. The Cubs went after Dye, after they signed Byrd, for example. What they were looking for, other than a center fielder was someone who could platoon in right field with Fukudome. The candidates for that were Dye and Nady, and some media and fans tried to throw Gomes' name into the conversation, though I don't think the Cubs seriously considered it.

And I recall Gomes briefly campaigning to be a Cub (which means the media was stoking the rumor mill more than Gomes being a strong consideration by Cub management).

I see your point. Management did want to push Dome back to RF, which the Byrd signing allowed. Dye, Nady, and Gomes were candidates for platoon partners - as well as insurance for Fukudome should he stink it up at the plate as he did last year after the first month. Recent reports have said there were "conversations" between the Cubs and Dye, but it did not amount to a formal offer at any time. At least that's what "Bruuuuuce", says.

Cubs allegedly offered Dye the same contract Nady signed for before they signed Nady

I doubt the Cubs offered Dye the same contract. I'm not going to say why, because then I'll be in trouble, but you know.

I am surprised by Byrd. He's much more than I expected him to be.

So far he's Joe Dimaggio. I like it, but I wouldn't expect it to last.

I don't expect the astronomical ball mashing to last, no, but I expect him to continue to make the opposing pitcher work to get him out and I expect him to play hard defense.

I wanted Gomes, cheap source of power, who knows where his batting average would be, but you could do worse in RF. Bobby Scales anyone?

Byrd's splits scared me, but hey so far so good. At least he shows up to play baseball and you don't have to worry about walking on egg shells to get through the day with him.


Yeah, everybody gets worried about Texas player's splits, but you've got to keep in mind that the three other teams in their division play in pitcher's parks.

Byrd's done about what I expect with the glove and been a good RBI man on a team that needs one - can't complain about him... give me a month, though.

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  • Yes. Unfortunately, as many of us, I have seen this movie before. Do not care for Hammel, and unlike other managers Joe will pull the plug quickly at least. I hope before things were to get out of hand.

    Many of us are like "abused spouses" or whatever - with this Cubs stuff. You get hurt so many times, the trust rapidly erodes.

    If the Cubs can get to Lackey early, its gonna be a big key to a W or L.

  • No idea what will happen. The Cards are the Cards and they have come back from 2-1 holes twice in the last 4 years, so I don't see them in panic mode at all. If anything, I expect the Cubs to be pressing more than the Cards today.

    I want the Cubs to win because it would be great for the city, and great for the fans. But more than anything, I want the Cubs to win so I can see this team play for at least one more week this year. Never enjoyed watching a team more than this year.

  • Just to remember how far we have come: last year's opening day lineup was Bonifacio, Lake, Castro, Rizzo, Olt, Castillo, Schierholz, Barney, and Samardzija. It's been a fun ride this year!

  • BRADSBEARD: I haven't noticed any new rule or a change in the interpretation of an existing rule happening in Advanced Instructs, I don't know what rules will be tested in the AFL, although almost all recent rule changes and new interpretations of existing rules (the home plate collision rule, replay, time clock between innings, et al) do get their start in the AFL.  

  • Yep

  • AZ Phil: I've heard that the AFL will be testing out a new force out rule that would affect break-up plays (like the Utley play). Have you heard anything about this new rule and any details about it? Are they testing it out at the advanced instructs as well?

  • Pretty sure I already know the answer to this, but since I will be in NYC next week I want to confirm... If the Cubs were to advance to the NLCS, the winner of LAD/NYM would have home field based on being a division winner (as opposed to Cubs by virtue of better record), correct?

  • CUBSTER: This "hammy" is on the other leg I heard last night. See you at the ballyard today young man!

  • Lulz

  • Oh what do you know, Cubster? Go back to your day job.

    --- Ducks, puts on Cardinals cap, runs.

  • Russell had a severe hamstring last year while with the A's system, forcing him to miss the first half of 2014. I've even wondered if his injury last year was a component of Billy Beane putting him on the trade market. He was quoted saying that last year's injury was a 10 out of 10 when it happened. Last night he said his hamstring soreness was a 1/1.5 out of 10. Hamstring injuries are tricky though, so I'd expect the medical team to be overly cautious here.

  • ...I want to reinforce the observation that there was no sea of red in the crowd. The usual Cardinal fans roaming the stadium were few and far between.

    Also, almost every 2 strike pitch brought the fans to their feet. Good for those in knee rehab.

  • "1st team hit hit 6HR in a game in the postseason." rises above obvious...i checked it with the official fact-finding commission of Douche, Douche, and Douchestein. they agreed with you, but they're a bunch of f'n douches so who cares?

    btw, the cubs are 2-1 in the post-season series.

  • I should be able to watch the game on the NFL replay app, whatever that thing is called. I've got it on my iPad. This is the first year I haven't forced myself to somehow watch every game - no I take that back, last year was - in quite some time. Last year was so unbearable, no pun intended.

    You make some good points about Cutler, and I was a holdout defender of Cutler for a long time. I gave up on him a bit after one too many dumb interceptions, but last year doesn't count. Trestman was the worst coach in Bears history.

  • Nice little reportage there!. I think you're older than me. Considerably older. Maybe several generations. Working out is so essential, especially as age kicks in, isn't it? I still lift weights, and so I'm confident that when I get to be at the hip breaking age, mine won't be a statistic. But I have a ways to go for that to be a concern.

  • What was impressive to me is that the Cubs won despite poor base running, several defensive miscues, Russell leaving due to injury, Arrieta having an off game and getting knocked out early, and Rondon giving up 2 runs in the 9th. If they can win a game like that...