Z will be in, Cashner will be up, plus Cardinals vs. Cubs

The long-awaited announcements have been announced:

Carlos Zambrano will make his return to the starting rotation on Wednesday in Pittsburgh and Tom Gorzelanny be moved from the rotation to the bullpen, where he will joined by a new teammate...

Andrew Casher, who will be summoned from Iowa on Monday, according to Carrie Muskat. Cashner has given up four hits and a run in two innings pitched since the I-Cubs moved him into the pen. Overall, his numbers at Triple-A this year have been stunning. 0.86 ERA and 17/2 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 17 IP.

No word on what this means for the immediate future of James Russell or John Grabow. Gorzelanny, we know, was unequivocal about how much he did not want to be moved out of the rotation.

Here are the lineups for Sunday, the capper on a six-game homestand. Despite a couple of clunkers in this stretch, including Friday, a victory today would leave the Cubs with a 4-2 record and just three back of St. Louis.

Cardinals vs. Dempster (3-4, 3.31; 5-5, 4.19 all-time vs. StL)
Schumaker 4, Ludwick 9, Pujols 3, Holliday 7, Freese 5, Rasmus 8, Molina 2, Ryan 6, Wainwright 1

Cubs vs. Wainwright (6-3, 2.38; 4-3, 4.38 all-time vs. Cubs)
Fukudome 9, Theriot 4, Lee 3, Ramirez 5, Byrd 8, Soriano 7, Soto 2, Castro 6, Dempster 1 

Comments

The Cubs have to be looking to trade a starter. I'm just not sure what specifically they'd be looking to pick up in return. It's not like they can go looking for an Aramis Ramirez, which is what they need the most right now. The bullpen seems to have improved a lot lately.

Can we DL Grabow? Please? Russell has done nothing to deserve a demotion.

Z and his contract are Z and his contract...

wells and gorz are cheap/young with multiple years of club control...

silva is silva and anyone taking on him would have to deal with satan hanging around the lockerroom reminding silva that his soul belongs to satan...that makes for a bad lockerroom in some areas.

lilly could easily go, imo...even if the cubs have to pick up some loot or save loot by doing a hendry special and picking up some A-ball fringe guys without putting up loot.

who knows where this could go...

Lou's (what the hell is he thinking?) top of the order. Lines for the last 28 days

Fukeme .254 .351 .365 .716
theRot .207 .223 .217 .441
GDPLee .264 .356 .407 .762
MisRam .177 .257 .274 .531

Is it any wonder the Cubs are 10th/16 in runs scored...

Theriot has gone 21 games without an extra base hit. In case you're wondering I'm told that's only been done by a starting player 7 times since 1920.

...and it's gorz to the pen according to lou...and gorz was not happy.

more pen lefties...woo.

wells to pitch tomorrow.

Watching the Baltimore at Toranto game, whenever Patterson comes up to bat, he's greeted by loud sarcastic chants of "Coooooooooo-rey, Cooooooooo-rey". The Korey love is far-reaching.

Does Colvin get this playing time that Lou says he's earned by performing so well in such limited playing time in September or in Iowa? Maybe Lou meant that Colvin had earned himself extra batting practice, or extra time on the team Wii, or extra time to play with himself on the bench. Surely I misunderstood.

4 starts this month...one was a partial game because byrd took over for him.

25ab and less than 30pa.

he may be MLB-ready, but if the log jam is this extreme at what point is it better to just let the guy play in AAA getting regular hacks? he's shown he can be useful off the bench...makes it all hard to settle out.

I'm not interested in seeing Colvin develop as a bench player, so I'd much rather see him get to start at least 4 times a week in either Chicago or Iowa. Chad Tracy is still raking in Iowa, and despite his slow start, I'd rather have him as a bench player if it means getting Colvin regular playing time.

I'd be looking to deal a starting pitcher and an outfielder if I were Hendry right now. I think the outfielders would be much harder to trade, of course.

I keep thinking the Cubs are farther out of it than they are, though.

Is "When Lee and Ramirez start hitting..." going to become the new "When Wood and Prior get are both healthy..."? I just don't see this team going anywhere without Ramirez hitting like himself.

holy f'n grabes...

Big Lowitzki: What were you saying about how the Cardinals were only scoring "4.2 runs a game" and weren't doing that well?

Do you still feel that way?

I noticed you were eerily silent when I asked if you wanted to bet that I believed the Cards would be top 5 in the NL in offense by the end of the year.

Yeah, well leave it to the Cubs to wake up Sir Albert.

Yup... I still feel that way. I don't think that the Cardinals have a very good offense. And one game (or series) doesn't make me feel any different. And I never said that they weren't doing that well. I simply said that they had a mediocre offense.

And no... I am not going to make a stupid bet.

EDIT: By the way, the Cardinals were 7th in runs last year, 4th the previous year, and 11th the previous year. Maybe I should take the bet.

Look... Albert Pujols is the best player in baseball. But he doesn't make that team have a great offense by himself.

http://muskat.mlblogs.com/archives/2010/05/53...

Cashner will be up this week, but not Monday

Russell or Stevens going down?

GRABOW. Okay, there's nothing to do about it, but he continues to suck.

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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 13 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 19 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. 1 hour 24 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. 1 hour 35 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 1 hour 47 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 12 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 2 hours 52 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 4 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 4 hours 21 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 4 hours 25 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 10 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

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

    Eric S 10 hours 1 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 14 min ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 11 hours 18 min ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 12 hours 37 min ago view
  • cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.

    crunch 19 hours 49 min ago view