Caridad Rehab Moves Up to Iowa from Extended Spring Training
LHP Marcos Perez threw four shutout innings and DH Jae-Hoon Ha homered and doubled, but the EXST Angels scored two in the 5th, three in the 7th, and two more in the 8th, to defeat the EXST Cubs 7-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action at Fitch Park Field #3 in Mesa this morning.
With four more shutout innings today, Perez has now thrown 14-1/3 innings of shutout ball in six Extended Spring Training outings (2 GS), allowing just five hits and one walk in those 14.1 IP, while striking out 15. He also has a 17/10 GO/FO ratio, has averaged just 11.5 Pitches-Per-Inning, and has thrown 73% of his pitches strikes. I would say the Cubs pitching prospect Perez most-closely resembles is Peoria LHSP Jeffry Antigua, except Perez has better control.
19-year old Jae-Hoon Ha was a DH today, and he appears to finally be healthy after playing most of last season with a sore wrist. The power that he displayed at Minor League Camp in 2009 is slowly returning (he homered over the LF fence onto 8th Street today), and he’s finally able to turn on the ball and drive it. The only negative with Ha is that his catching has not progressed as well as was hoped, and I’m not sure he will remain behind the plate. While you do see some infielders or outfielders take to the position (most-notably Steve Clevenger and Robinson Chirinos), others (like Matt Cerda and Brandon May) just don’t seem to adapt very well. In the case of Ha, he was a catcher in high school in South Korea, but you wouldn’t know it by watching him operate behind the plate. He needs a LOT of work. (20% CS and 6 PB in six games at catcher so far at EXST). It’s no wonder the Cubs moved him to RF after they signed him (although they moved him back to catcher in the AZ Instructional League last September).
In EXST Cubs roster news, RHP Esmailin Caridad (on the Cubs 15-day DL since April 12th with a strained right forearm) has completed the Fitch Park portion of his injury rehab and will be joining the Iowa Cubs in New Orleans tonight, where he will be continuing his minor league rehab assignment. Caridad was at Extended Spring Training for a couple of weeks, but only appeared in one game (this past Saturday at Indian School Park in Scottsdale versus the EXST Giants, where he threw 19 pitches in 1.1 IP, allowing no hits or runs, while walking two and striking out one). He had good zip on his fastball, but his control was a bit off.
Here is today’s abridged box score (EXST Cubs players only):
1. Arismendy Alcantara, SS: 1-4 (1B, 2-3, 6-3, 4-3)
2. Runey Davis, CF: 1-4 (6-4-3 GIDP, F-8, L-6, 1B)
3. Jesus Morelli, RF: 2-3 (1B, 2B, BB, K)
4. Brandon May, DH #1: 1-3 (1B, K, BB, 6-3)
5. Charles Thomas, 3B: 0-3 (C-INT, K, P-4, K)
6. Bobby Wagner, 1B: 1-4 (K, F-7, 2B, K, R)
7. Jae-Hoon Ha, DH #2: 2-3 (K, HR, 2B, 2 R, RBI)
8a. Carlos Romero, C: 0-3 (F-7, K, 4-3, RBI)
8b. Luis Flores, C: ---
9. Wes Darvill, 2B: 1-3 (P-5, K, 1B, RBI, CS)
10a. Cody Shields, LF: 0-2 (K, F-9)
10b. Albert Hernandez, LF: 0-1 (K)
1. Marcos Perez – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 3/3 GO/FO, 49 pitches (36 strikes)
2. Yao-Lin Wang – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, (5 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 BALK, 1 PO, 1/3 GO/FO, 52 pitches (36 strikes)
3. Gian Guzman – 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1/0 GO/FO, 28 pitches (17 strikes)
4. Carlos Rojas - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GO/FO, 16 pitches (11 strikes)
2B Wes Darvill E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base – did not score)
SS Arismendy Alcantara E-6 (throwing error allowed batter to reach base – did not score)
Luis Flores: 0-1 CS, 1 PO (runner at 3rd base)
CF Runey Davis threw out runner 8-6 trying to advance from 1st to 3rd on single
Runey Davis was thrown out 8-6 trying to stretch a single into a double with one out and the bases empty in the 7th
WEATHER: Sunny, breezy and cloudless, with temperatures in the 70’s
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.
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:
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.
Enjoyable read on David Ross.
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).