Game 17 Thread - Garza vs. Garcia

The Cubs get their chance to make up some ground....I can't even finish that sentence with a straight face. How about? Cubs get the World Champs again and a chance to lose another series. Better.

Iowa already played today and loss to the Cardinals AAA affiliate, Memphis 6-2 at home. Jay Jackson with yet another poor outing, 5 IP, 4 ER, 0 K, 1 BB, 8 H. B. Jackson goes 2/4 with a SB, Rizzo 2/3 with a 2B and a BB and W. Castillo 1/4 with an RBI. The other minor league matchups include:

Dallas Beeler vs. Chattanooga (Dodgers): Soto 6, Watkins 4, Ha 8, Ridling, Mota 7, Burgess 9, Samson 5, Brenly 2, Beeler 1

Zach Cates vs. Lakeland (Detroit - Jacob Turner happens to be starting):  Szczur 8, Torreyes 4, Perez 9, Rohan 5, Jones 3, Andreoli 7, Silva 0, Noble 2, Alcantara 6

Jose Rosario vs. Lansing (Toronto):Devoss 4, Zapata 9, Cuneo 3, Hoilman 0, Davis 2, Easterling 8, Darvill 5, Hernandez 6, Gonzalez 7

Cardinals Cubs
#Furcal, SS
*DeJesus, RF
*Schumaker, CF
Barney, 2B
Holliday, LF
Castro, SS
#Beltran, RF
Soriano, LF
Freese, 3B
Baker, 1B
Molina, C
Soto, C
*Carpenter, 1B
Johnson, CF
Greene, 2B
Mather, 3B
*Garcia, P
Garza, P

Michael Bowden is with the team and they DFA'd Rodrigo Lopez to make room on the roster for him. Also, Kerry threw in the outfield today and claims to be feeling much better.

Comments

Iowa already played today and loss to the Cardinals AAA affiliate, Memphis 6-4 at home.
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Don't get so excited, the Iowa offense isn't that good. Final was 6-2 according to the box score I read.

indeed, my bad.

oh good, Garza up to fail at bunting

miracles!

gets it down after making a nice defensive play as well earlier.

4 IP, 0 H, 2 BB, 0 K for Turner against Daytona.

Cates gave up 3 ER in 4 IP.

Lakeland also has Castellanos on that team.

crunch and i are in parachat

don't all rush in at once

it claims I'm the only one in there.

it was a very short parachat session...mostly involving the inevitable 2014 cubs rotation of lincecum/c.hammels/garza/j.moyer/?? and the world series matchup of the chicago cubs vs. las vegas athletics.

No way the Theo team will pay the necessary salary to get Moyer. If we had Hendry and could give a 7 year deal, maybe. But not Theo.

the new TV deal will give the cubs about 100 kazillion dollars a year...at least.

Moyer will then tell stories of playing in the days before TV deals boosted salaries. And before TVs televised games.

Hawks are on

THWACK!!! POW!!! BOOM!!!

Yes, Ron Artest wants to play hockey, too!

What an AB by LaHair. Now Soto will eff it up.

Just as I was about to lament on why isn't Stewart hitting for Mather.

Sweet.

Mather swung on at least a dozen planes all at once on that hit.

Spittin up my Chinese food on that one, The Joe!

he can at least move his bat once he puts it in motion. if stewart could/would do it he might not sit for 29 year old journeyman joe mather.

Stewart is crushing the ball (mostly at people right now). Don't agree with you crunch.

i am way more than willing to let him prove (or disprove) what i think of him before getting into an april argument over the guy.

his quality of contact is crap, it was crap last year...he's a pure mistake hitter...yadda yadda yadda

I'm so confused by this post.

rather than argue the merits of how good he is/will be in april it's a lot easier to stand by old statements and let stewart's work speak for itself after he keeps showing what he's got.

i don't think the guy's issue with balls in play is going to get better based on how he swings a bat even though he's been robbed of a few.

others do...

there's not much to do with it at this point because you're working with 50ab's and few that doesn't already have an opinion are gonna be swayed toward any side.

CUBS!!!!!!!

FREE JOE MATHER!

bow down to your new god, Joe Mather.

Jeff Baker saw 8 pitches all night.
LaHair 12 in his one at bat.

/seen enough of the lefty slayer baker

LaHair is so composed. That was like an old Billy Buckner at bat! Loved it ...

My man crush on LaHair grows.

My hope that some team might come calling for Baker flickers.

I don't think Game 6 is going to OT

Fucking torture. Shots were 30-8 Hawks at one point and down 2-0. Then they get embarrassed. Was Hayes' hit dirty? What did Kane do? I assume he told the refs they sucked . . .

Darvish 1.81 whip

Cespedes 20 K's in 55 at bats

Adjusting to the league? Or indicators of weakness?

Cespedes still can't hit a breaking ball, but he punishes fastballs. I think of him like getting Soriano in his prime years with less speed.

I don't know about Darvish, some whispers that he's being squeezed. From what little I've seen, he nibbles a lot, but that seems to be common with Japanese pitchers.

Not to take anything from Mather, but as Rob said above, that was a great AB by LaHair. Free LaHair!

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  • In what was probably the last start for RHSP Jeremy Null at EXST  
    Intrasquad game this morning on Field #5 at Riverview Baseball Complex 
    4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/AO, 75 pitches (50 strikes) 
    Next stop is likely either South Bend or Myrtle Beach (TBD)  

  • There does seem to be something funky about closers pitching in non-save situations -- they never seem to be as effective. But, to your point, there could not have been a save situation in that game, so why not use your best reliever?

  • Heyward getting the night off.

    Grand Slammin' Sczcur in RF - La Stella batting 2nd

  • Your thought: don't pitch Rondon at all, since a save can't happen in extra innings at home.

    Maddon's thought: might as well pitch him now, because there's no later.

  • It looked like the baserunner might have screened Russell some though it's still a play he should have made.

    I wasn't thrilled with the use of Rondon in that situation. In save situations opponents have a 77 OPS. In non-save situations it's a 116 OPS. We had other relievers for that spot we could have used.

  • I'm not sure if it's his normal swing but it's obvious he can hit and he's always hit for power just not HRs so if it is his normal swing there's something else going on.

    This article from spring training said he was trying to pull the ball a lot more:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/making-too-much-of-...

  • Oh, thanks. I guess I should actually look at the schedule. Yay, 3-game road trip!

  • Good call, indeed. This ought to be a good series.

  • Sorry to nit-pick -- but the games against the Nats this week are at home.

    Can't remember a worse weather-start to a season. Yuck.

  • Basically Russell booted a slam dunk DP grounder letting a run score. But he drove in the tying run in 9th. Just not their day, Rondon notwithstanding.

  • Didn't see the game, but it sounded like the Cubs gave away 2 runs with poor fielding. Bummer.

    Well, it's been a fun diet of Reds, Brewers and Braves, but now the Cubs have to play real teams in May (Pirates, Nationals, SF, Cards and Dodgers) -- hope we are all still smiling when we wake up on Memorial Day.

  • He does seem out of synch. His body seems to start forward, then his arms sort of try to catch up -- if that's his normal swing, he will never hit for power. It's an all-arms slasher swing, but the timing seems off.

    He is currently slugging .256 -- I realize the weather has been bad, but that's epically bad. Currently 92nd out of 94 qualified NL batters. Yikes.

  • Weird home stand -- 3-1, with 2 rainouts, vs. two teams that will lose 100 games. Feels oddly disappointing.

    Miserable baseball weather all week -- hopefully better weather will get the bats going. Not just walking, but actually hitting.

  • That strike call on LaSterlla was terrible

  • I was hearing some talk that John Mallee is trying to change Heyward's swing. Wonder if that is lending itself to the slow start.

  • rollercoaster loss...ugg.

    at least it wasn't a "nobody showed up" stomping.

    anytime you wanna jumpstart your season would be nice, heyward.