Cubs Recap for April 17, 2012
The Cubs fall to 3-8 and only Peoria manages a win in the organization.
@Marlins 5 - Cubs 2; It appears the Cubs have a script they can follow for the rest of the season, solid starting pitching effort, a pathetic offense, give up some outs on defense and the basepaths, and then watch the bullpen implode and lose the game. Dempster goes 6 innings with 8 K's against just 2 BB's and 2 unearned runs, although it was own error that was the culprit. He gave way to Dolis in the 7th after 100 pitches and Dolis got through that inning with the tie intact. Dolis came back out for the 8th though and induced his specialty, a ground ball by Reyes to start the inning that Barney butchered. This was followed by a passed ball by Clevenger, then a walk to Bonifacio and the final nail, a 3-run bomb by Hanley to win the game. Some other memorable moments of awesome: DeJesus with a leadoff walk in the 6th, only to get thrown out at second base when a ball in the dirt didn't get nearly as far from John Buck as DeJesus was expecting. DeJesus with a weak throw to try and nail Josh Johnson at the plate. LaHair nearly getting picked off first base after bringing in the tying run with a single and then leaving too early, where Johnson just had to step off the mound to nab him at second base himself.
@Albuquerque 13 - Iowa 6; Rusin gets the start and gives up 6 runs in an inning of work, but just 2 earned thanks to Rizzo dropping a throw by Valbuena that would have ended the inning. N. Robertson got torched for 6 runs himself (5 earned) in 3 innings of work. There was also a passed ball by Lalli and errors by Cardenas and Vitters. On offense, Valbuena, Rizzo and Cardenas each had 2 hits.
Tennessee was rained out.
@Dunedin 8 - Dayton 7; H. Simpson gets lit up for 6 ER in 2.2 IP on 6 H, 4 BB, 0 K and 1 HR. On offense, G. Rohan was the star going 2/3 with 2 BB's including a 2-run shot in the 9th to bring them within one. Eleiser Bonne hit one out as well. Andreoli, Silva, C. Noble and R. Jones all get on-base multiple times.
@Peoria 7 - Cedar Rapids 6; Not much on the pitching side as Francescon (3.2 IP/2 ER), Bryce Shafer(1.1 IP/3 ER) and Scott Weismann(2 IP/1 ER) all give up runs. Yao-Lin Wang goes 2 scoreless innings and gets the win when the Chiefs score on a leadoff bunt by Olver Zapata who advances to third on 2 balks and scores on an error. Zapata went 3/4 on the night, B. Zapenas 2/3 with a walk and Pin-Chieh Chen 2/3 with a walk, a double and a triple.
Molina in the Cards lineup.
Fowler (CF), Schwarber (RF!), Bryant (3B), Rizzo (1B), Castro (2B), Coughlan (LF), Russell (SS), Ross (C), Lester (P)
If the baseball gods would guarantee that result, I'd take it :-).
I wonder if it is about numbers specifically against the Mets. But, it could also be because Kershaw can go 9 innings everytime, while Grienke very rarely makes it through the game. They don't want to expose their weak bullpen.
I have trouble getting past the extraordinary 1.66 ERA, but I don't know what the heck will happen with the Cy Young vote this year.
So Kershaw is opening the series for the Dodgers. How, then, does Greinke get the Cy Young? Not even the best pitcher on his team!
You have angered the baseball gods. Now Lester will lose and Hendricks will win.
Cubs go home 1-1, with Arrieta starting game 3, I like our chances in this series. Tomorrow's pitching matchup is lousy on paper, so today is obviously crucial.
Will be fun to watch. My two keys are scoring early, and keeping Lester's pitch count below 15 per inning.
Hopefully Der Kaiser won't be doing this until December
So, yes, I have been quoting your, "mediocre pitcher" label all year in jest - good or bad.
He has been pretty filthy against the Cards, and this is the game they need to "steal".
I am hoping against hope that Pedro Strop only sees the mound if the Cubs are up 8 in a game.
I've been pretty harsh with Lester here at various times but that's how it is when you pull in that kind of money, and besides, it's not like he reads my posts or would care what I have to say if he did read them for some reason. If I was him, the first thing out of my mouth would be, what level have you played this game at, pal?
Anyway, he's really looked good lately, and overall his body of work turned out pretty good, too. I'm glad his worst struggles were in April. This is such an easy team to like that I even like the overpaid free agent.
Gordo's lede today:
ST. LOUIS – Whether it’s a year early or right on time, Jon Lester’s $155 million moment arrives just after 5:45 p.m. Friday.
*checks pulse again*
Who are you? Andy Rooney?
Colbert has our backs
K-DUB: I get a chance to see the other MLB clubs Player Development operations out here and I have talked to scouts and other baseball people about it, and I can tell you that the Cubs Player Development program has gone from being almost a joke to one of THE best.
how did ej martinez go from asking for $10m, to supposedly mulling over $7m offers, to eventually signing for $3m?
...and what happened with him and the giants a few days ago?