Cubs Visit Bahstan in 2011

The 2011 schedule is out and the Cubs get a mix of the AL East and Central during interleague play. Ben Affleck* can mug for the cameras between May 20-22(fine by me as long as he brings his wife with him) as the Cubs wrap up a 7-game road trip with a trip to Fenway. Good luck getting tickets. It's the first Cubs trip since Babe Ruth beat them in the 1918 World Series.

*Go see "The Town" though, 90% of it is excellent.

Speaking of May, the Cubs get 17 home games that month and 11 on the road, which seems like some sort of important milestone in how the season should be going.

Other highlights include:

- The season starting on a Friday(April Fool's to be exact) and it will be the season and home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates, followed by a three game set versus the Diamondbacks. Hope it's warm.

- Cubs wrap up their home/road series for the year versus the D'Backs and the Rockies in April.

- The friendly home May schedule turns quickly into a 10-game road trip through St. Louis, Cincy and Philadelphia.

- The Yankees visit Wrigley Field June 17-19, then the Cubs "travel" to play the White Sox and Kansas City Royals. They'll finish up their home and home with the White Sox the first weekend in July.

- The season ends with three at St. Louis and then three in San Diego with the final game on Wednesday, September 28th. The shift in starting and ending days of the season is an attempt by the league to make sure the post-season doesn't go into November again.

The rest of the Cubs news fit to print after the jump...

- Tom Gorzelanny is supposed to throw a simulated game game Sunday in Florida and could return to a 6-man rotation to finish out the season. Dempster, Coleman and Ninja will pitch the non-simulated games against the Marlins this weekend.

- Carlos Silva will get some treatment on his elbow over the next week and is still trying to return for a start or two before the season finishes.

- The Double A Tennessee Smokies took game one of their best of five in the Southern League championship last night over the Jacksonvile Suns (Marins affiliate). Captain Archer (hat tip to Dr. Hecht for the nickname) dominated with 6 shutout innings, giving up 4 hits, 1 BB and racking up 8 K's. Aaron Shafer, Blake Parker and Esmailin Caridad finished off the 5-0 shutout. Brett Jackson went 1/3 with a BB and a 2B (and a K).  Robinson Chirinos and Brandon Guyer went deep.

- Wittenmyer confirms that a Bob Melvin interview will happen and also says Hendry is flying to Arizona to have a second chat with Ryne Sandberg. As mentioned numerous times in the comments yesterday, Fredi Gonzalez turned down the interview offer by the Cubs, apparently confident he'll be Bobby Cox's successor in Atlanta. Quade and Eric Wedge seem to be the other candidates at the moment and of course the pipe dream that the Cubs will get the honor of paying Joe Girardi $3-4M is still out there. Quade is 13-7 by the way, since Lou rode off into the Florida sunset.

- Starlin Castro should be back in the lineup tonight...my heart's a flutter.

- Week 1 recap at The Bear Truth as well if you're interested...actually, you don't have to be interested, just go ahead and read it.

Comments

The most important thing is, the Cubs have a FOUR-GAME series at Arizona at the end of April.

HAHA! That's right PHIL.

We will expect no less than some killer on-the-scene reporting from you!

Anyway - what would a Bob Melvin bring to the table over Quade, Sandberg, and Wedge? Interestingly, both Melvin and Wedge have career losing records. After thinking about it - maybe that is a great fit for the team.

:D

castro out a 3rd game tonight...still day-to-day

wittenmyer lies

The Cardinals announcers last night said Castro would be back today right after they finished explaining how Wainwright always dominates the Cubs, since 2007.

2B DeWitt, SS Barney, CF Byrd, 3B Ramy, 1B Nady, LF Soriano, RF Colvin, C Hill, P Zambrano

via CM...

What, no Baker?

quade's been marching him out vs. the lefties and mostly leading him off...he doesn't see much vs. the righties lately.

That'll happen when your OPS is 928 v. lefties and 202 v. righties.

bet they're just thrilled by that ratings bonanza matchup

Campana-CF, Jackson-RF, Guyer-LF, Lalli-1B, Chirinos-C, Canzler-3B, Thomas-2B, Gonzalez-SS, Carpenter-SP.

pardon my ignorance, but is Guyer considered a possible CF'er in the majors? (defensively of course)

Last I heard he's a plus corner outfielder and probably a notch below average as a CF. I'm not positive where I heard that, though. I'm sure AZ Phil will come around with an eye-witness report soon.

All I know is the same stat info you have, plus the usual impressions and biases.

But I think Guyer, Jackson and Campana are all centerfielders (which creates an interesting situation re Marlon Byrd).

Last year, when both were at Daytona, Campana played mostly center (86 games, with 22 in left), Guyer mostly right (49 games, with 18 in center). Then when Guyer moved up to AA, he played center almost exclusively (54 games, with 1 in left).

Campana has to play center, since he doesn't hit like a corner OF, so the other two guys end up yielding the position to him.

In 46 games after the all star break Guyer hit .424 with an OPS of .1183 compared to Starlin Castro's .376 and .990 in 26 games before being promoted. Could he be ready next year if we found a way to get rid of two big salaries?..... although I haven't the faintest idea how that could be done.

thanks for the replies

I was just wondering about his defensive capabilities at playing CF, nothing you'd really be able to decipher from the stats.

I found this AZ Phil comment with a search
http://www.thecubreporter.com/2010/08/18/derr...

sounds like CF might be a bit sketchy for him (more a DeRosa super utility player) and we'll see if he can keep up the hot hitting, cause he's definitely out-playing his expected offensive performance level.

Submitted by Rob G. on Wed, 09/15/2010 - 2:27pm.
Campana-CF, Jackson-RF, Guyer-LF, Lalli-1B, Chirinos-C, Canzler-3B, Thomas-2B, Gonzalez-SS, Carpenter-SP.

pardon my ignorance, but is Guyer considered a possible CF'er in the majors? (defensively of course)

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ROB G: Yes. Guyer is an athletic defender and can play all three OF positions (CF is his best spot, IMO, because he has plus-range), and he played 3B in HS (getting pushed to OF at UVA only because Ryan Zimmerman was there), so he should be able to handle 3B and 1B, too. And the Cubs actually drafted him as a second-baseman in 2007, although he hasn't played there (yet).

The big problem with Guyer is staying healthy. He spends too much time on the DL.

I misinterpreted your previous comment then.

Thanks.

from Muskat's blog

Carlos Zambrano heads into Wednesday's game at Busch Stadium with a 5-0 record and 1.85 ERA in six career starts at the Cardinals' home. He's one of 16 pitchers in the ballpark's history with at least five wins and the only non-St. Louis pitcher on the list. This data is for the new Busch Stadium, which opened in 2006. No other non-Cardinals pitcher has more than three wins on the list. Zambrano's 1.85 ERA is the best by any pitcher in the history of the ballpark. Next closest is St. Louis' Jaime Garcia (2.20 ERA).

Obviously trying to out-do the whammy the Cardinals broadcasters put on their starter last night...

pujols back tonight...r.franklin leaves for personal reasons

In looking at the home page of the Globe online sports, the lede was that "Adrian Gonzalez and the Padres..." are coming to the Fens.

The Cubs got lumped in w/the Brewers thusly: "In addition to the Padres, the Sox will host the Cubs and Brewers in interleague series."

That's it. No "Its been since 1918!" or "The hot ticket next summer will be when the Cubs come to Beantown!"

boston?

it will be a wicked pissah of a game.

k.hill stealing on y.molina with 0 out?

okay, whatever...it worked.

Best power hitter in Pittsburgh?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhcSowCkoFM

Az Phil or whoever

the cubs have won two thirds of games played since
lou retired if given the choice would it be because

1.lou is gone
2. quade is running the show
3. playing better because there is no pressure.

4. our new socialist nation full of commie nazis redistributing wealth. free bobby scales. vote glenn beck.

After 8/28 I don't think Albert will allow #4 above to happen. He is superman.

# 3 is partial reason, also new kids showing they learned well under Sandy.

Unless Girardi is available, Ryno will be given a shot. And I will back him right until the first loss! Then, when he gets kicked out of a game, I will be right behind him again. Passion is the name of the game!

5. Neifi!

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Obviously, I came here anyway but I thought you should know.

I was going to post this too. I saw the same thing

7. Michael Barrett

After earning his sixth straight victory in the Cubs 7-3 victory over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, Zambrano announced again he was retiring after his contract ends.

"Because I told you the other day, or last year, or this year, whatever, this will be my last contract," he said. "So I don't think I will be playing any more. …

"Life is short. Believe me. And sometimes you miss things with your family. … Sometimes you miss things in life because of baseball that you shouldn't miss, and I don't want to (miss) any moment for my daughter, any moment for anything that happens, especially in my family.

"Believe me, baseball takes a lot of time from us. So I think, depending on what happens in my career, I think this will be the last contract."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball...

That's actually sneaking up on us pretty soon, isn't it? 2013 or something like that?

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  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 4 hours 18 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 4 hours 19 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 14 hours 39 sec ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 16 hours 58 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 17 hours 10 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 17 hours 19 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 17 hours 25 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 17 hours 43 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 18 hours 19 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 18 hours 37 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 18 hours 39 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 18 hours 56 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 19 hours 4 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 19 hours 59 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 20 hours 17 min ago view
  • 9 pitches in and this game already rules.

    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 20 hours 22 min ago view