Cubs Recap for April 7, 2012

I didn't get to do a major league recap and I'm off on vacation this week. Apologies in advance if things get untidy around here. As for the major league game, it was déjà vu all over again. Marmol and Wood blowing a second consecutive game, the bullpen blowing a win for Garza or the Cubs just blowing a game, pick whatever storyline suits your needs...it's like choose-your-own adventure Cubs storytime.

Round Rock 7 - @Iowa 2; The Rangers affiliate took it to Chris Rusin who goes 5.1 IP with 4 ER, 3 K, 2 BB, although he did manage 2 pick-offs at first base. Jackson had the only extra-base hit of the game for the Cubs and him and Lalli the only multi-hit games.

@Chattanooga 10 - Tennessee 2; D. Beeler with the start and actually pitched well, going 5 innings and giving up a run. It was Daniel Berlind that got toasted for 8 runs in two thirds of an inning. C. Weathers is gonna C. Weathers, 3 BB's in 1.1 IP and 1 run allowed. Watkins and Ha with the only multi-hit games, although Ha did committ an error.

@Brevard County 1 - Daytona 0; An encouraging start from Hayden Simpson who went 4.1 IP, giving up just a run on 5 hits with 2 K's and a 0 walks. He did give up a home run. OF John Andreoii with two hits and a walk was the only offense worth speaking about.

Peoria 6 - @Beloit 2; The only win in the organization last night. J. Rosario with the start and gets the win on the back of 5.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K. Yao-Lin Wang, A. Reed and A. McKirahan combine for 3.2 IP of scoreless ball out of the pen. Multi-hit games from Eduardo Gonzalez, Brad Zapenas and Taylor Davis. DeVoss and Hoilman get on-base twice as well with a hit and walk, DeVoss's of the extra-base variety.

Cubs try to avoid the sweep on Sunday with this lineup against Jordan Zimmermann ; DeJesus rf, DeWitt 2b, Castro ss, Soriano lf, Stewart 3b, LaHair 1b, Byrd cf, Clevenger c, Samardzija p

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Max lefty lineup. 4 left-handed hitters in the lineup. No remaining lefty pinch hitters though. (Z giggles).

Jackson off to a solid start so far. He just keeps getting on base.

DeWitt out with back spasms. Barney in at 2B.

Z gives up 3 runs to Reds in first. Double, single, walk, walk, bunch of fielder choices.

No one at Parachat; great.

Carlos! I was in parachat for the first time in years the other day.

Dare I say Ninja looking really good early

Damn. I really wanted to see him finish this one. What a game for a guy who's only ever been borderline useful before today. Samardzija with control could be a really nice middle of the rotation guy--top of the rotation if he has control and a consistent slider.

In parachat if anyone wants to join me.

So I feel we can base the entire season on this one game:

1) the Shark is gonna be the best pitcher in the MLB
2) Castro is the worst fielder ever though also the best hitter ever
3) Marmol is clearly an epic closer who's gonna post a 0.00 ERA the rest of the season
4) Clevenger is clearly a great hitter and might compete for a batting title
5) Soriano is the best cleanup hitter ever

I'm ok basing all that on this one game right?

Nothing wrong with that logic, imo.

Castro will also have 324 sb's this year. Only over 200 if you include the first two games.

I say at least for this season, we should be allowed to be over-excited for every little positive thing because there might not be a lot of them.

lol

BOS fail...great extra innings game.

also, NYY/BOS are both 0-3 to start the season.

Considering the strength of Los Angeles, Texas, Detroit, and Tampa, it'd be quite a fresh breath for them both to miss the playoffs. But it would take another team to step up and get the last wild card.

$375m of combined payroll...$200/$175...philly is barely 2nd in payroll at a touch above BOS's $175.

it's hard to screw that up even if you're carrying mistakes and bad contracts...at least staying competitive right til the end, anyway.

laa/det/tex..and maybe SF (dunno how the cain contract effected money, if at all) all at $120m+...miami really close.

the graduate course in moneyball, i mean TB...$65m

Just watched Cashner on mlb.tv. Fastball sitting at 98-99 mph and missing bat, control a little shakey. Really hope the front office man crush on Rizzo is on target.

Here's the rotoworld blurb:

Andrew Cashner pitched an inning of scoreless relief in Sunday's game against the Dodgers. Cashner's fastball was clocked between 96-101 mph. The Padres want to limit his exposure initially, but he's looking like the closer of the future. PitchFX data had Cashner averaging 102.2 mph with his fastball last month.

Olney tweets above that Samardzija averaged 96+ mph in the ninth inning. Regarding Rizzo, you're right, that man crush better be right. They've gone after him what? Three times between the two of them? If they're right, I'll take an impact player at first base for years over a closer any day. I hope it just turns out to be a trade that works for both sides.

heavy price to pay for rizzo (though some believe relievers can be found anywhere in the system if you look hard enough).

that said, a MLB-ready/near-MLB-ready power bat is something the cubs didn't have and could use...price paid.

i don't have an issue with it, but it should be interesting.

Marmol used to be the league's best reliever and we held onto him...so many relievers drop off after a good year or two (Putz was amazing in Seattle). I'll certainly take Rizzo's potential over a reliever's. Mariano Riveras are just too rare.

cubs need a young/cheap power bat more than they need a reliever of any caliber, but that aside they gave up a reliever of very high value. some still think he could be a starter, but even if that's his future it'll be at least 2013/2014 before he can even throw 200ip...2014 the way SD is currently using him.

I agree with everything you say.

Tomorrow night we get to see Aramis in a Brewer uniform. So far he's 1-11 (.091), one double, one walk...in 3 games vs Stl at Miller Park.

He was quoted in the sunday paper about not knowing how the Chicago fans will greet him, but expects the fans to boo Braun.

if the fans don't standing O aram they got issues...even if he plays for a division rival.

well, at least give him a hell of an applause even if not a standing O.

we no longer have to hear about the "santo curse/position curse/whatever"...and that wore thin after a few decades.

Have a lousy career in Milwaukee, Aramis, but thanks for the memories. I know I'd be on my feet for him if I was there.

Me too. One of my favorite players during his tenure with the Cubs. Always happy to see him up to bat.

I'm pretty sure he'll get a standing O for his first at bat, but that should be it, from then on he's the enemy.

He's going to do pretty terrible in Milwaukee, I predict. I don't really have a reason behind that prediction other than a hunch.

Hmm.. well his career #'s at Miller Park aren't great... .264/.320/.492, 15 HR in 344PA's. We'll see though.

I predict that Aram and soriano go 0 for 24 combined in this series, and for once, that will only equal ONE absolute black hole in the cubs lineup in early April....

You raise a good point... I think... Though A Ram is pretty crappy at the beginning of the year, he is usually a beast down the stretch. Maybe that's what Milwaukee was looking for: A September offense pick-me-up.

I actually just went back and looked at soriano's stats in the past few years, and he actually does pretty well in April, contrary to what I remembered... Doesn't mean he will this april, but oh well...

Aramis should get a big hand from Chicagoans!

Nothing to dislike. He was a good Cub, and he got paid more somewhere else than he could've gotten here. Anyone who has ill will against him needs to bite off.

I agree, but there are a lot of fans, and I think some on this board, who didn't like him. He's lazy, admires his HRs, not good enough with the glove, etc.

I thought he was great.

He's alright, but I'm so tired of free swingers.

That's a good point about free swingers.
I'd take one that put up a .294/.356/.531 with the Cubs though. Hopefully the Cubs can find some players to put up those type of numbers, and who will be more selective.

This always annoys me. As a fan, I have the right to dislike a player and still value his contribution to the team. Just because I say I don't like someone doesn't mean I don't think they were a good player or helped the team or were better than other players. I greatly appreciated Ramirez's .294/.356/.531 line. And if I were given the option of that line by him and a worse line by someone I liked more I would of course take Ramirez. But I can still say that he was not my favorite Cub and that I really disliked his style of play and in fact really hated some aspects of him as a player.

Pointing out that he was a "free swinger" but was a productive hitter.
That's it.

Soriano, again impressing, reached out and got a low, outside slider (!) for a single with a man on third, and made another nice catch (!). LaHair with two doubles. Ninja looking like he belongs in the majors. Me likes.

I-Cubs split the 4 game series vs Round Rock with a late rally, 6-5.

http://iowa.cubs.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.js...

Rizzo with a 3 run HR in the 8th and BJax with a walk-off double in the 9th.
Campana with 3 hits and a stolen base. Cardenas and Valbuena with 2 hits.
JJax started, Jeff Beliveau with 2 scoreless innings and 4 K's, Scott Maine with a scoreless 9th got the W.

rizzo's hr off of lh [same guy he singled off of fri. night when tc was out @ plate w/ tying run]...

Tenn beat Chattanooga 7-4

http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=...
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Daytona and Peoria seemed to get Easter off.

I just heard from the SF/COL broadcast: "One thing Ryan Theriot is known for is coming through in the clutch." Indeed.

i can only see him in gaudy golf outfits in my mind thanks to his charity event a few years ago...the image is burned into my brain.

http://ryantheriot.com/images/ryan_theriot_gi...

"One thing Ryan Theriot is known for is ________________ ."

'Coming through in the clutch' is very low on my list of phrases to finish that sentence.

'4x4 trucks and cassette tapes of Sara Evans', perhaps?

Known for....getting thrown out badly on the basepaths...

Well played.

Ryan Theriot: The player most responsible for the creation of the TOOTBLAN stat (Thrown Out On the Bases Like A Nincompoop).

Please keep that away. It is the love of another site that shall not be named

It's so accurate though

Ronny Cedeno still in the league?

In horrifying news for Mets fans, he's replacing David Wright in the lineup (according to David Wright's yahoo news/notes).

COL official scoring continues to be the biggest joke in the game...they did a great job trying to make Helton look better than he is for years...

...hard shot bouncing -right in front- of sandoval, lays a glove on it, goes into the OF...ruled a hit. very typical COL official scoring. no one seems to care how lax/selective they are about hits/errors in COL over the years.

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  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 15 min 45 sec ago view
  • The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.

    chitownmvp01 48 min 17 sec ago view
  • If the ball didn't deflect off the pitcher's mound, the game wouldn't have ended. Montgomery did miss his location though, but if that same contact was made and went in any of direction, good chance of ground out if it doesn't get through.

    If it was 1 night later, Chapman would be out there and we probably would be going to extras.

    Also, If KB wasn't robbed of a HR, perhaps we would have won. We will never know. Nice play by Melky though.

    chitownmvp01 50 min ago view
  • The comparison isn't Chapman replacing Rondon. It's Chapman replacing Richard (hopefully) in the pen. Chapman's better.

    billybucks 2 hours 47 min ago view
  • I'm with you, Rob. You pretty much summed up how I feel about it.

    JoePepitone 5 hours 6 min ago view
  • Been quite the roller-coaster the past two days -- both games, plus the Chapman kerfuffel. How about a couple of nice, comfortable wins before facing Sale? Cubs should definitely wear throwbacks for that game.

    billybucks 6 hours 2 min ago view
  • The Cubs are stronger defensively than most of the teams they play. In order to capitalize on that, they have to a) put the ball in play and b) run the bases aggressively.

    That said, Cabrera has a strong, accurate arm, as witnessed by his 97 outfield assists over 12 seasons--mostly left field but also a lot of center. Bryant is rarely thrown out, but I guess you have to know who's throwing the ball.

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 55 min ago view
  • On the other hand, Pries won his first start for Iowa, only giving up two HRs in the process. This trade has got some legs yet!

    Eric S 16 hours 4 min ago view
  • KB now with 0 RBI in his last 10 games and 1 in his last 15, despite having 19 hits in his last 15 games and raising his batting average from .278 to .286 over that span.

    Maybe have Zobrist hit 2 and KB hit 4?

    Also -- no HR in the last 15 games -- time for a bunch. Starting tomorrow.

    billybucks 16 hours 19 min ago view
  • Down a run. Fowler on first. Nobody out. KB singles to left, Fowler makes it to third, perfect throw from Cabrera nails KB trying to stretch for 2nd.

    So, instead of 1st & 3rd and no out, you have 3rd with one out. It was a perfect throw, but why take the chance with 3-4-5 hitters coming up?

    billybucks 16 hours 34 min ago view
  • Must be a Cub thing - our lefties can;t get lefties out.

    billybucks 16 hours 34 min ago view
  • Splitting hairs, but Jake's pitch was poor execution, while KB's play was a poor decision (and the 2nd time he got thrown out trying to stretch in the game). Poor execution happens. Poor decisions are preventable. Speaking of poor decisions -- Baez's steal of 3rd made absolutely no sense.

    billybucks 16 hours 35 min ago view
  • Didn't Jake cost them the game with a pitch to Frazier?

    The E-Man 16 hours 48 min ago view
  • Missed the play w/Bryant. What happened?

    The E-Man 16 hours 49 min ago view
  • Not a good decision by Bryant in the 9th. That may have cost them the game.

    billybucks 16 hours 53 min ago view
  • Can we un-do the Montgomery deal? Please?

    billybucks 16 hours 54 min ago view