PCL Honors to Cashner; Dodgers to Wrigley

-- The I-Cubs' Andrew Cashner was named PCL Pitcher of the Week. That's what winning two starts while allowing one run and just eight hits over 13 innings will do for you. And let's not forget: he won the second of those games while dealing with the pressure of having TCR's very own Mike Wellman in the stands.

-- The Giants fan site, 22gigantes, pointed me to an mlb.com article in which the 30 MLB clubs were ranked for drafting success, based on All-Star appearances, Cy Young Awards, etc., won by their draftees in recent years. Cub draftees earned six such awards—four All-Star appearances plus ROY Awards for Kerry Wood and Geovany Soto—which tied the team for 11th place with the Giants, Marlins, and Cardinals.

(I'm a bit confused here since the article says the numbers are based on "awards won by players drafted by teams over the past decade." Wood was drafted in 1995 and won the ROY in 1998. ???)

The Nationals and Red Sox (17 player awards) led the way. Among other NL Central teams, the Brewers (10) were tied for 4th place. The Pirates, Astros, and Reds were all down near the bottom.

The same article offers a different calculation of drafting success based on a variety of individual player stats accumulated by draftees. By that figuring, the Athletics, Diamondbacks, and Red Sox lead the way. The Cubs are not in the top 10.

--By all accounts, Carlos Zambrano's simulated game, consisting of 73 pitches Monday at Wrigley Field, went well, and the plan is for him to return to the rotation on the road, i.e., sometime on or after next Monday, when the Cubs begin a nine-game trip in Pittsburgh. 

-- After taking three of five against two first-place clubs on the road, the Cubs continue to match up with the big boys, as the red-hot Dodgers, winners of 12 of 14 and owners of an MLB-best record of 16-5 in May, come to Wrigley for a three-game series beginning tonight.

Aramis Ramirez will be rested for a few days because of a bone bruise on his left hand. (An MRI and x-rays concluded there was no fracture.) Lou says that moving Ramirez to the DL is not currently a consideration. (Had the link and lost it, but that's what he said.)

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-By all accounts, Carlos Zambrano's simulated game, consisting of 73 pitches Monday at Wrigley Field, went well...

So did he get out of the 3rd inning?

("went well" is relative but it's gotta be better than his 49 pitches on opening day)

Could a simulated game thrown by anybody offer more comic potential than one thrown by Z? I guess the press has given up asking Lou how they're going to make room in the rotation for him. Waiting for a trade? Waiting to announce that Gorzelanny will need some time off? Divine intervention?

Also meant to note that Homer Bailey has landed on the Disabled List.

http://bit.ly/9ath3J

I vote for a 6-man rotation with Z, Dempster, maybe Wells going every 5 days regardless and the others getting an extra day or two of rest. Silva seems to have some aches and pains, Lilly could probably use a day off on occasion and Gorz could go 120 to get through 6 innings and be less worried about his arm.

Or trade Silva while his value his high.

trade him to dc for strasbourg.

/steve phillips agrees

Or trade Silva while his value his high.

That's a good idea, but I'm guessing not too many GMs will be fooled.

I hear the Reds need a starter.

The thing is, we're paying Silva a lot of money, so we would have to throw money in to get rid of him - something Ricketts said he is against.

Cubs aren't actually on the hook for that much and they probably wouldn't get much in return, but you never know.

problem is most teams are still figuring how far they want to go for it this season.

the other problem is he's Carlos Silva. I suppose Wells or Lilly could be traded easier. I'd like to keep Wells cause he's gonna be cheap for another 2 seasons, but you'd get teams that are already out of it interested as he's more of a long-term investment. Teams are always looking for lefty starters and I can't imagine Lilly is going to be resigned.

Dempster or Wells to the pen is the other desperate option I guess.

The one time the Cubs need pitchers to get hurt, they all stay healthy.

silva in may has been looking a lot like silva 2008, imo.

last 3 starts have been okay, no one believes he's the 6-0 ace that he's impersonating.

Throw ball, ball gets hits, hope it finds a glove. 54 hits off him this year, 7 for HR's, but just 6 for 2b's and 3b's and he doesn't walk anyone.

Hasn't topped 100 pitches yet this year, should be in the 4-4.5 ERA range when it's all said and done.

yeah, his numbers look a lot worse than his play, f'sure.

a guy like him should be able to put in more than 5-6ip, though. speaking of...the guy seems to be just fine so far through his first couple innings...a trip to the pen for him might not be that radical of an idea even though it seems lou/hendry don't have that as an option last time they were asked about it.

"Hasn't topped 100 pitches yet this year, should be in the 4-4.5 ERA range when it's all said and done."

i'd be a little careful with that one...he's showing signs of being hit like he was when he was having "problems."

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100...

Cubs must not have had a lot of home games or something as Soriano is the only one in the top 5 or 15 at #11. I'd expect Soto to be at least in the top 5.

I think the voting started last Monday - so 2 or 3 games.

balloting started on April 19th, but the results aren't in real-time. I believe the results released yesterday and today run through some time last week.

(I'm a bit confused here since the article says the numbers are based on "awards won by players drafted by teams over the past decade." Wood was drafted in 1995 and won the ROY in 1998. ???)

I think it's Jonathan Mayo who's confused, not you. That article is kind of a mash.

Besides Willis, Prior (who did not play) and Soto, who is the 4th Cub drafted between 2000-2009 who was an All Star? Is he mistakenly including Kerry Wood again? And, although they didn't sign him, the Cubs drafted Khalil Greene who later was ROY in 2004.

So it's even more messed up than I thought. And not clear if Cubs would have gotten credit for Greene's ROY.

Thanks for validating my confusion.

If it's from 2000-2009 it's sort of a stupid range anyway - how many guys were all-stars or RoY's from the 2009 draft class?

Catcher defense

http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2010/5/25/14...

Cubnut linked to it on twitter, if you take out the scrubs and back-ups I get Soto at 10th out of 22 regulars with at least 1000 PA's.

I didn't even look at the methodology but Soto does appear to be much better this year now that he's not fat.

yeah, cashner got my vote! as for zorro's sim-game yesterday, 'the heckler' says...

Zambrano kicked out of simulated game for arguing balls and strikes with pitching coach
Rothschild loses patience with fiery slugger

I think the Zambrano sim game ended with Zambrano hitting back to back jacks off his last two sinkers. The last time that was accomplished was by...

here's video of Z's simulated session:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gj-WSKhVoXw

#cubs lineup tue nite 2b riot, ss castro, 1b lee, cf byrd, lf sori, rf nady, 3b baker, c soto, p dempster

vs.

Furcal 6, Martin 2, Kemp 8, Ramirez 7, Loney 3, Blake 5, Paul 9, DeWitt 4, Kershaw 1

So what happens if Dempster goes into Lous office and tells him
that he would go to the pen.

There is no way the cubs stick with 4 lefties in pen if Gorzelany
is the chosen one.

Poor Lee Smith, that 7th inning stretch was awkward and painful.

That was Lee Smith? I couldn't figure out who he was - he's not too fat. I thought he was a football player.

Demp's 10th start on the season - glad to see him kick into 5th gear. Cubs only 2-7 in his starts prior to tonights gem, with the 2 wins coming with Silva-like run support (8 and 9 runs).

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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. 8 hours 24 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. 8 hours 29 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. 8 hours 34 min 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. 8 hours 46 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 8 hours 57 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. 9 hours 22 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 10 hours 3 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 11 hours 15 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 11 hours 32 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 11 hours 36 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 12 hours 21 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

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

    Eric S 17 hours 12 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 18 hours 25 min ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 18 hours 29 min ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 19 hours 47 min ago view
  • cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.

    crunch 1 day 3 hours ago view