Bad Cold War cartoon: Castro, Kennedy fire missiles at each other.

 

After finishing this drawing yesterday, I realized that the historical significance of this matchup might not only be lost on some of you, but not interesting and perhaps in bad taste to most of you as well.
So, uh, lets just talk about the fabulous entertainment our favorite team gave us last night.

Featuring a monster homer, a frightened DBack 3rd baseman, a stupid DBack pitcher, clutch hitting, clutch walking, an ejection, and the first win for Cub Matt Garza, this game had it all.

First, the top of the 2nd.
Alfonso Soriano got ahold of one. There's a giant green wall under and around the scoreboard at Chase Field, and even on hi-def the light was so flat (with no shadow) I couldn't tell where it hit. But this ball was so crushed...I wish they'd keep the radar on balls that get hit. 
I read a Paul Sullivan re-tweet that said: "Richie Sexson in 2004 is the only other hitter to hit scoreboard before Soriano tonight." 

Then, the 4th.
Starlin Castro did indeed hit a missile (grounder) past overmatched DBack 3rd baseman Melvin Mora, who deftly moved his feet as if to appear ready to field a ball that clearly gave him the fear, and then like a matador watched it go by for a double.
Not to be outdone, pitcher Ian Kennedy idiotically decides to pitch to Freaky Hot Alfonso Soriano with Castro on 3rd, 1st and 2nd open, and 2 outs.
Soriano drills it.
Cubs 2 DBacks 1.

5th.
With Darwin Barney on 1st, Aramis Ramirez hits a pitch that's about 10 feet inside. It goes deep into the LF corner and Barney, a hustling machine, scores standing up.

Top of the 9th. 
With Byrd on 1st, Soto crappily bunts right back to closer J.J. Putz, who wheels and throws it to where SS Stephen Drew was before he ran over to cover second. Stretching like a 1st baseman, Drew barely keeps a toe on the bag before falling. Byrd's out and...hey wait just a darn second here. 
Mike Quade is either really really angry or just doing his part to fire up the team with some awesome acting, because he's got his arms behind his back (to keep from punching anybody?) and...yelling at the ump, pointing to where Drew was, running around, getting in the ump's face...and tossed!
I immediately put him in the 5% Cooler Club as he stalks off the field. 
And now it's Tyler Colvin.
He goes 0-2 and I'm waiting for the strike out...but hey wait just a darn 9 more pitches here.
He walks, brilliantly.
With guys on 1st and 2nd and now 2 outs, 2 balls, and 2 strikes, Darwin Barney clutchly hits one right at and past Putz, who is still sitting on his ass when Soto crosses the plate.
Loud non-words from my mouth, beer spills on coffee table, and I'm told to stop scaring the dogs as Starlin knocks in the last run and Len reminds us that all the Cub runs tonight came with 2 outs.

Wow.

And it also means that Matt Garza, who set a Cub strikeout record for April, gets the W.

For a couple 4th place teams, this was just a wonderful game.

Lastly, I didn't mention that Other Freaky Hot Hitter Jeff Baker did something bad to himself while at bat, and since he was already playing for trainwreck Carlos Pena, I'm hoping Mr. Quade sees fit to put Tyler Colvin at first today.

 Go Cubs.

 

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My bad, I know Kennedy's a righty.
Too late to change it.

Sori bats 5th...

lenandbob: #Cubs lineup on @WGNTV today at 3: Kosuke9/Barney4/Castro6/ARam5/Soriano7/Byrd8/Pena3/Geo2/Coleman1

leadoff doubles are a good start...go fuku.

getting your 2nd xbase hit of the season in may...sigh fuku.

...and no run scores...super.

leadoff doubles in the 2nd is a good start...go sori

Who is this soriano guy?

coleman is literally shaking on the mound, especially his glove hand...yet he flies through the 1st 1/2/3.

jeff baker, d2d, sore left shoulder

Which is slower Sori running to third or pena's bat speed?

The story is last year Lou ordered pre printed batting order sheets with Soto's name in 8 th spot.

With attendance down, Ricketts won't order new ones until the other ones are used up.

nice

lol.

Gregg in to blow it fir O's

Ump bails out Gregg

balking the runner in...classic cubbery...and it even gives up the lead.

4-3 ..STOOPID loss of the year. Q-Ball totally out-managed today as he is almost every day.

Didn't see the game, only read ESPN update...would love to hear how Q was outmanaged (I am not the biggest Quade fan by any stretch).

Certainly wasn't fully evident from summary, but I don't doubt it happened.

My first thought would be that Quade put Jeff Baker in, probably under the reasoning that he has been "hot" so far this year, while ignoring that almost all of his success is against lefties and that he appears virtually useless against righties.

He has been a bit better this year against righties. However, since both Fuke and Pena were in the game, guess which lefty was left on the bench?

Of the two, I'd rather have Baker by a longshot.

I would rather have johnson and DeWitt hitting over an injured Baker.

Actually, I forgot about DeWitt.

Baker is 8 for 30 (.267) off righties this year. The other options were Dewitt, Johnson, or Hill. Johnson is 7 for 15 off righties this year, and would have been my choice. Especially given Baker's sore shoulder. He is also a veteran who likely wouldn't ground into a DP on the VERY FIRST pitch.

Baker is a vet, just a bad one.

Soto also took 4 straight balls b4 Baker's at bat.

Can't wait to see where he bats tomorrow, I know where soto will be batting.

I saw that Iowa Cubs released Jake Muyco.

I guess we can put one failure in the column for converted catchers to pitchers to go with the positives (Marmol and Wells).

Because we all know that the Cubs need more bullpen arms and are in no need of starting pitching
"The Smokies rotation took a hit this week when Rafael Dolis, their most consistent starter to this point, was moved to the bullpen at the behest of the Chicago Cubs. Dolis, who is on the Cubs' 40-man roster, had a rough outing in his first relief appearance Saturday night, giving up four unearned runs in what eventually was a 7-6 Smokies loss."
http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2011/may/01/smok...

Also in that article:

"Sunday the Smokies got a tremendous start from No. 2 Chicago Cubs pitching prospect Trey McNutt. McNutt, a right-hander, had a shutout going into the seventh inning when a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand forced a wild pitch that allowed Carolina's Mike Costanzo to cross the plate. McNutt was immediately taken out of the game. This is the second time this season that McNutt has missed time with a blister on his finger."

Who is #1 pitching prospect if McNutt is #2?

Russell?

zing

Chris Archer of course.

boo

ha@!

I suspect that was supposed to say "#2 prospect, pitcher Trey McNutt" or something to that effect.

that must be it

I've got blisters on mah fingers
---
John Lennon had the same problem, Imagine that.

That was Ringo who said that.

/it don't come easy

Nice catch there, jacos!

d-backs score 3 w/ a single & we have 3 innings w/ man on 2nd & no outs that end up goose eggs...but hey,in the silver lining dept., pena almost hit a homerun which would have broken the tie between hill & the power combo of pena & ramirez!

Oh, yes. I forgot to add that it is plainly obvious that the Cubs play 10x better in warmer weather.

With rain in the forecast all weekend against the Reds, look for a Redlegs sweep.

" I was in Chicago for roughly four years and I had three different ownership groups," Piniella said Monday on "The Mully & Hanley Show" on WSCR-AM 670. "That's not the easiest thing in the world, either."

Yeah that really tied your hands behind your back, Lou.

via rotoworld

Carlos Pena (thumb) will continue to play through his recent slump.
His thumb isn't yet 100 percent, but Pena and Cubs manager Mike Quade have apparently come to an agreement. Pena, who signed a one-year, $10 million contract over the winter, is batting just .167 with 23 strikeouts over his first 66 at-bats. It's tough to recommend him in fantasy right now, especially if Jeff Baker continues to see at-bats against left-handers and some right-handers, as well

they had a closed-door meeting...was wondering what came out of it.

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  • I am right there with you closing in on 60.

    I don't care that much about "mortgaging" one player who is not only blocked by two guys, but is not ready to hit the majors for at least a couple years.

    There is no reason why this team, this year, can't have a real shot at something NONE of us have experienced.

    Further, I don't feel that even if they fall short that they have ruined their farm system.

    I have made my opinion clear here, with others, Warren was shit on the Cubs save one spot start.

    The E-Man 35 min 47 sec ago view
  • Trading for Warren, Warren sucking, getting Warren back for Chapman plus 3 prospects, sounds like Revenge of The Yankees on the former Boston executive. Old rivalries never die.

    I pray to the heavens above Chapman doesn't suck for some reason, or he'll be booed out of town faster than a Todd Hundley revival meeting.

    Old and Blue 43 min 26 sec ago view
  • I'm kind of nostalgic for the Schwarber-for-Miller rumors.

    Brick 55 min 10 sec ago view
  • This offseason, after some ridiculous playoff run and Chapman saving every game from here until the end of the postseason striking out 27/9innings, I welcome anyone to quote this thread and call me a dummy: I hate this trade, and my hate is 2 parts Chapman makes this team less likeable and 1 part that's a ridiculous overpay for 30 regular season innings and, at tops, 10 postseason innings. Already hoping they don't extend him.

    Charlie 56 min 59 sec ago view
  • btw...Thanks AZ Phil. I'm really enjoying your take on this trade.

    Cubster 1 hour 19 min ago view
  • I'm a bit disappointed on the Warren experience. Essentially they gave Castro away for crickets (OK, well they signed Zobrist with the Castro salary dump). Otherwise one might look at it as Chapman for Castro and our #1 minors prospect (Torres) + McKinney/Crawford. Seems pricey for a 2 month rental. We will see if this price tag is that steep in a relative way based on the remaining deadline deals for relievers.

    Cubster 1 hour 19 min ago view
  • Yep. One of the great things about this team (in addition to being really good at baseball) was the "likable" factor. Feels a bit different now. Who knows...maybe Chapman will be the king of the dance parties.

    billybucks 1 hour 28 min ago view
  • Here are some possible corresponding minor league moves we might see in the aftermath  of the Chapman trade: 

    SOUTH BEND to MYRTLE BEACH: OF Donnie Dewees and INF Bryant Flete  

    EUGENE to SOUTH BEND: OF Robert Garcia and INF Vimael Machin 

    There is really no reason to replace Billy McKinney at Tennessee because both Chris Coghlan and Jorge Soler are doing their rehab at Tennessee.  

    And there are plenty of pitchers at Iowa. No need to replace Warren at AAA. .  

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 48 min ago view
  • I am 70 years old. The Cubs last played in the World Series in 1945. I was born in 1946. I hate to lose a prospect like Torres, but when the opportunity is there to get that World Series ring, you go for it. This was the idea in stock piling all this young talent. I would like to see Reddick added now and the Cubbies should be done.

    Hagsag 2 hours 19 min ago view
  • I would expect Richard to accept an optional assignment because based on how he's played this season, there is a decent chance that he won't find work elsewhere. Rather stay and potentially get a ring. Same goes for Coghlan since he's struggled mightily this year.

    Edwards should not go down. He's pitched very well and Maddon is very impressed with him. I would expect Grimm to go down for Cahill so he can get back on track (he's pitched better in July, but he's not getting enough appearances).

    chitownmvp01 2 hours 22 min ago view
  • chitownmvp01: Indeed Clayton Richard would seem to be odd man out once Chapman reports, but Richard might accept a minor league assignment if he is promised a return to Chicago on 9/1 when MLB Active List rosters expand (Richard has minor league ioptions left).

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 25 min ago view
  • The only player in the deal that would cause me a second thought is Gleyber Torres.

    McKinney and Crawford are decent prospects but both are redundant/replaceable in the system and Warren was really only a middle-reliever or #6 starter, so to me it's really just Torres for Chapman.

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 46 min ago view
  • There is no Comp pick for players traded mid-season. 2+ months of Chapman is it.

    mbauer 2 hours 48 min ago view
  • to get one of the best you have to give up one/some of your best...but it's a bit painful to watch the system's best prospect walk for any 2-3 month rental, especially one that's not an everyday player.

    crunch 2 hours 50 min ago view
  • I assume Chapman will replace Richard on the roster, but who goes down when Cahill gets activated? Maybe Grimm?

    And when Soler and Coghlan get healthy, how do they fit them on the roster when they're ready to be activated?

    chitownmvp01 2 hours 54 min ago view
  • We are giving up a lot, but it's not like we're trading Addison Russell for 2+ months of Jason Hammel. When impact players become available, they are going to cost you. The other bids could also have been high.

    Having Chapman as a rental is potentially less disruptive than having him come in with an extension in place. 

    CTSteve 2 hours 55 min ago view