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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  • Now pitching for the Cincinnati Reds:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwbUCI9bEvA

    QuietMan 1 min 46 sec ago view
  • Sorry if I made it sound like a Schwarber for Sale straight up deal was reasonable, obviously Cubs would need to give up more than that. You don't trade Sale unless you're rebuilding and if you're rebuilding you want more than one piece. Easily 3-4 pieces with Schwarber being the main one...but that type of an ace arm or All-star talent with a few years of control is the type of return the Cubs should look for if they move Schwarber. I don't think they'll move him until he's healthy though. TheJedi are pretty good at maximizing trade value.

    Rob G. 5 min 24 sec ago view
  • I think you're very much overvaluing Schwarber if you think he can fetch Sale by himself. An unproven rookie with demonstrable offensive flaws he hasn't had the chance to show he can overcome and with no defensive upside will never fetch an ace of the quality of Sale in today's market where pitchers are fetching insane prices, especially with Sale's team friendly contract. You'd for sure need to throw in a pitching prospect in return at least.

    johann 56 min 59 sec ago view
  • best relievers in baseball tend to not be the best relievers for very long though...

    also, when you start just trading away guys for marginal benefits, that window will shrink. The window is easily through 2021, just have to look how long Rizzo is signed for and how long they have rights to Bryant, Russell and so on down the line.

    Can't say I'm too worried about the SP, they've done nothing but land guys on the cheap and on the expensive since they've arrived. TheJedi will figure that out.

    Rob G. 1 hour 33 min ago view
  • Not sure I agree with this logic. The Cubs are one of the best teams in baseball, they have spent heavily on the team over the past couple of seasons, have more hitting prospects than they have places for them to play (and more on the way), a clear weakness in the bullpen, and have a 1.5 year window with Arrieta (to say nothing of the likely declines of Lester and Lackey).

    Unless you think (maybe even if you do think) Schwarber is the next coming of Babe Ruth, I would certainly consider trading him if it brought back a couple of the best relief pitchers in baseball.

    Rob Richardson 4 hours 16 min ago view
  • Miggy was going to sit anyway with Lester starting.

    In related news, do any of the Cubs pitchers want to throw to Contreras?

    Rob G. 4 hours 28 min ago view
  • Only Russell and Miggy failed to reach base yesterday. Both sit today.

    billybucks 4 hours 36 min ago view
  • Trading Schwarber actually makes a lot of sense because his actual position is currently being taken by Anthony Rizzo, unless they vote in the DH this offseason.

    Trading him for a reliever is never going to happen though. I don't think you can trade Schwarber unless you get a CF'er for a few years (presume Fowler finds his multi-year deal next offseson) or a couple of high end young starters...or an established starter...a good one like Chris Sale.

    Rob G. 4 hours 48 min ago view
  • I don't see what the Yanks have that the Cubs need.

    Ryno 4 hours 52 min ago view
  • peter gammons on MLB network pushing the yanks/schwarber angle...says insiders from the yanks say brian cashman highly covets him.

    unless that conversation starts with a.miller (2/18m left on contract) i dunno how you even start that conversation given the "not trash, but no stars" state of the yanks minor league system.

    they got corner OF'r aaron judge, C gary sanchez, RHP james kaprielian's questionable elbow, RHP domingo acevedo...all interesting, none expected to impact the game like schwarber's power potential.

    crunch 5 hours 26 min ago view
  • Zo, Heyward, KB, Riz, Contreras (LF), Baez (SS), Szczur (CF), Ross, Lester

    Cubster 5 hours 34 min ago view
  • damn. low sample size blah blah whatever, but that slash got sneaky good. 10 hits, 4 walks, 2hr, 1 double through 39 PA...nice

    crunch 5 hours 53 min ago view
  • Buddy Ryan takes his place alongside George Allen as the great Bear head coaches who never were.

    VirginiaPhil 8 hours 48 min ago view
  • Well, at least he can still hit: Jake slashing .294/.368/.868. Forget hitting 8th -- he should hit 6th.

    billybucks 9 hours 6 min ago view
  • Curious to see today's lineup vs. a LHP: Ross needs to catch Lester, Joe likes Javy at 3B when Lester pitches. Heyward with back-to-back good games at the plate, and is actually hitting a little better against LHP (.247/.341) than RHP (.232/.321), although neither is much to write home about. But, tomorrow is an early day game, so some regulars will probably sit either today or tomorrow.

    Maybe Willson in LF, KB in RF and Almora in CF? If so, Albert Jr., assume every ball is yours.

    billybucks 9 hours 11 min ago view
  • "Pitching prospects not looking so hot"

    That reminds me that Lucas Giolito will start for the Nats tonight.

    VirginiaPhil 9 hours 14 min ago view