Cubs Best and Worst of April
A look at the have and have-nots down on the farm.
|Team||The Good||The Bad||The Interesting|
A. Rizzo (86 AB's)
7 HR, 23 RBI, 6 BB, 18 K
Jay Jackson (20.1 IP)
1-2, 6.20 ERA
8 BB, 11 K, 2 HR
Chris Rusin (27.1 IP)
2-2, 2.63 ERA
6 BB, 13 K, 1 HR
N. Struck (27.1 IP)
2-2, 3.29 ERA
11 BB, 24 K, 2 HR
Jae-Hoon Ha (93 AB's)
0 HR, 5 RBI, 7 R, 3/5 SB, 7 BB, 20 K
K. Rhoderick (10 IP)
1-2, 2 Saves, 1.80 ERA
3 BB, 12 K, 1 HR
Nelson Perez (69 AB's)
3 HR, 13 RBI, 3/4 SB, 16 BB, 22 K
H. Simpson (18.2 IP)
0-3, 8.20 ERA
15 BB, 7 K, 4 HR
A. Kirk (29.1 IP)
1-0, 1.53 ERA
7 BB, 15 K, 0 HR
Michael Jensen (29 IP)
3-1, 2.79 ERA
8 BB, 22 K, 1 HR
T. Easterling (58 AB's)
0 HR, 5/7 SB, 3 BB, 20 K
K. Burke (21 IP)
0-1, 1.71 ERA
4 BB, 17 K, 0 HR
W. Castillo 320/435/520 - 2 HR, 8 RBI, 8 BB, 12 K
G. Rohan 295/370/495 - 5 HR, 28 RBI, 12 BB, 11 K
R. Silva 342/398/461 - 7 XBH, 0/5 SB, 7 BB, 15 K
O. Zapata 304/391/446 - 2 HR, 4 RBI, 8 R, 3/5 SB, 7 BB, 15 K
P. Francescon: 2-1, 2.00 ERA, 27 IP, 26 K, 4 BB, 3 HR
The Top 16 Not Mentioned:
Brett Jackson (Iowa) - 236/343/416 in 89 AB's, 2 HR, 11 R, 8 RBI, 4/5 SB, 14 BB/28 K
Javier Baez (EXST Arizona) - (stats as of 4/29/12) 295/295/705 in 44 PA, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 9 R, 3/3 SB, 0 BB/13 K
Dan Vogelbach (EXST Arizona) - (stats as of 4/29/12) 189/286/459 in 42 PA, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 5 R, 4 BB/8 K
Dillon Mapes - rehabbing in EXST, has yet to throw.
Trey McNutt (Tennessee) - 0-1, 0.61 ERA in 14.2 IP, 7 BB, 13 K, spent time on disabled list with blister problems.
Josh Vitters (Iowa) - 261/307/304 in 69 AB's, 0 HR, 8 RBI, 8 R, 5 BB/10 K
Matt Szczur (Daytona) - 242/351/337, 13/16 SB, 24 R, 13 BB/18 K
Ronald Torreyes (Daytona) - 230/306/324, 3/3 SB, 6 BB/7 K...missed about a week with an injury
Junior Lake - been out all of April with a back problem, just started hitting at EXST in Arizona.
Rafael Dolis (Cubs) - 1-1, 2 H, 1 SV, 3.95 ERA in 13.2 IP, 8 BB/2 K/1 HR
Matt Cerda (Tennessee) - 273/333/500 in 22 AB's, 2 BB/7K...just activated from disabled list.
Reggie Golden(Peoria) - 192/250/192 in 25 AB's, 1 BB/9 K...on disabled list with left knee injury.
Jeff Beliveau (Iowa) - 0-1, 2.84 ERA in 12.2 IP, 5 BB, 10 K, 1 HR
Heyward getting the night off.
Grand Slammin' Sczcur in RF - La Stella batting 2nd
Twitterverse reporting that Heyward is dealing with a sore right wrist
Cardinal way #47
See ya on parrot chat
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?
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:
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