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'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


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.


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 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 $ really close.

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

Just watched Cashner on 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 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 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.

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
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.

"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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  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.