Game 36 Thread - Maholm vs. Lohse

For the sweep!!!!

Cardinals Cubs
#Furcal, SS
*DeJesus, RF
*Schumaker, CF
*Campana, CF
Holliday, LF
Castro, SS
Craig, RF
*LaHair, 1B
#Berkman, 1B
Soriano, LF
Molina, C *Stewart, 3B
*Carpenter, 3B
Castillo, C
Greene, 2B
Barney, 2B
Lohse, P
*Maholm, P

Cardinals have lost four in a row...so I'm sure I just jinxed that with my magical blogging psychotherapy powers.

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it'll be up on mlb.com soon, but if you get a chance, check out Carlos Lee stumbling over himself at first base and then getting taken out by the ump's elbow.

Concepcion for Peoria:
6 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 3 K

leaves with a 2-0 lead. ERA down to 8.10 :)

DeVoss with 4 SB's in the game and both runs scored (0/1 with 2 BB's)

Scouting report on Concepcion:

http://seedlingstostars.com/2012/05/15/scouti...

Cubs signed Mike MacDougal to a minor league contract.

That is pretty interesting.

I had thought he was signed.

Wht team was his last NRI with?

recently released by Dodgers

First AAA appearance:
2/3 IP, 1 hit....2 K's, 4BB... 2ER

Great

He'll fit right in with the Cubs' bullpen pitchers

Has anybody read about whether the media asked Sveum after yesterday's game about his peculiar decision to have Castro bunt?

EDIT: Never mind. I see there is an article up now on the trib site.

Man, Soriano with a weird hitch/limp as he runs.

3-0 Cubs though, still in the top of the first. A couple of lucky hits, but they count. LaHair crushes one and it's a double play.

Soriano's RISP numbers are actually pretty good so far.

Maholm giving it back.

Nothing really hard hit, but hits nonetheless.

Berkman out of the lineup btw, late scratch. Freese takes his spot in the lineup and Carpenter moved to 1B.

After a Holliday HR gives Cardinals a 4-3 lead.

LaHero ties it up with a HR of his own (thanks for the nickname whomever came up with that).

Barney 2-out double followed by a Reed pinch hit single gives them the lead in the 7th and Maholm can still win it.

Incredible- Last year the team was so anemic you couldn't hope for a clawback win like this.

Cubs get LHP Hunter Cervenka from Red Sox to complete Byrd-Bowden deal.

Padres compensation still not settled.

Via Sullivan

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/play...

don't look at that if you want to like the deal. :)

6-19. 5.40 career ERA, reliever

22 years old

8.6 K/9, 7.2 BB/9, 1.702 WHIP

playing in Hi-A ball this year

looks like he's headed to Peoria though.

casey weathers 2.0

ROB G: Greenville (South Atlantic League) is the Red Sox Low-A affiliate (like Peoria).

Salem (Carolina League) is their Hi-A club.

Bad twitter info

http://www.soxprospects.com/players/cervenka-...

27th round pick in 2008

Projectable lefty from Texas. Throws from a 3/4 arm slot. Slow and deliberate delivery from both the wind-up and the stretch. Fastball sits 90-92 mph and can top out at 94 mph in short bursts. Tends to be on the straight side. Also throws a cut fastball, along with a curveball and a changeup. Cutter is his best pitch, operating in the mid-80s with late break. Can leave it in the middle of the plate in stretches. 76-79 mph curveball shows tight, deep break at times, but is inconsistent with producing hard snap. Typically wraps his hand around the ball. Low-80s changeup is a below-average pitch that often floats to the plate, with little deception. Struggles with keeping his control and command consistent due to wavering release point. Body has also lost athleticism and shape with age. Needs considerable improvement to be effective in full-season baseball.

Kerry being Kerry.

2 walks, a single, tie game, just one out with runners on the corners.

gets the double play though, Castro and Barney have turned two nice ones today.

Russell gives up a HR to lefty Matt Carpenter, then a triple and an IBB.

Beltran grounds out and they get the runner at home.

Men on 2nd/3rd with 2 outs, Cubs down 6-5.

escapes with no further damage.

have to get a run back off Motte.

and they do.

Soriano HR!!!!!

6-6.

Beats Dempster and Campana.

Dolis in the bottom of the 9th of a tie game.

Why not?

and they lose. Y. Molina 2-out single that Barney just can't reach.

/sad trumpet

*Note - first base was open fwiw and M. Carpenter due up, who did hit a HR the previous inning off Russell.

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/MLB-why-Te...

says Cubs would try to move Dempster if Garza is signed to an extension. Dempster has full NTC of course with 10/5 rights and that Cubs would probably have to pay most of salary to get any good prospects back.

no plans to call up Rizzo and move LaHair or drop Soriano.

Worley was scheduled for tomorrow, but has been scratched with arm soreness.

Mock draft by Law

http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/draft/2012/sto...

Someone tell me who he picked for Cubs

BA with their latest top 100 draft prospects

http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/draft/dr...

at least someone isn't drinking the mark appel koolaid.

he's top-5 good...but overblown as a #1 overall pick, imo.

nice to see zunino get some love at #2...if the cubs had the #1 overall pick i'd be looking at him even with the need for pitching.

Chicago Cubs
Albert Almora, CF, Mater Academy Charter (Hialeh Gardens, Fla.)

The Cubs also have their eyes California prep lefty Fried and Puerto Rico's Correa. Almora, who has an advanced feel for hitting and good range in center, is the likely favorite here.

thanks.

here's one scouting report I found him

http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/04/2012-mlb...

gives him a plus on makeup which we know the new guys are all about

"Stephen Stasburg was bothered by stray Hot Stuff in his groin during Tuesday's loss to the Padres."

hot stuff = icy hot = why are you sharing this with the media

"in"?!???

go big or go home...this is the pros.

some jokester on the team played a prank and Davey was blaming Strasburg's performance on it.

Making your best pitcher lose a game for your team is a pretty good prank.

See? It could be worse...

From Yahoo:
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly apparently values speed at the top of the order more than on-base skills. "Dropping Dee in the order sounds really easy," said Mattingly. "But then who do you want me to hit there?" Mattingly dismissed both Mark Ellis and A.J. Ellis as options, even though both have an OBP over .400. Mattingly did allow that when Tony Gwynn Jr. and Gordon are in the lineup, he'd be willing to put Gwynn ahead of Gordon.

I have to say, I'm getting a bit perturbed by Castro's meager development. I know he's only 22 but after two full seasons in the majors the evolution seems pretty glacial. He's almost dead last in pitches seen per plate appearance in the NL, and the 4 BBs is terrible. The power numbers are static, and that brain-freeze last night on the bunt was inexcusable. Last year Castro both looked better and performed better when leading off. I think he focused more and really did make a solid attempt to work the count and get on base. With LaHair losing out on RBI opportunities, I would really prefer to see Castro move back up into the lead-off role. Bat Campana second and then LaHair third so he has more at bats. Not going to happen I know, but the structure of this line-up really feels like it is hurting the two best hitters on the team for no good reason.

From a purely observational standpoint I would agree, but last year his numbers were much worse hitting third. This year he's hitting well, so I don't think his place in the order has any bearing on his performance. Maybe he's trying to be more aggressive in potential RBI situations, but he'll figure that out eventually. He's still the best hitter on the team and they actually have a good OBP guy in DeJesus in front of him now, so there appears to be a semblance of a plan.

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  • Hopefully after the Cubs complete their sevenpeat :)

    Rob Richardson 1 min 12 sec ago view
  • They're the best in the business and have been for 12 years running now. The only question is when they'll get bored of it.

    Rob G. 4 min 29 sec ago view
  • I was right here. I don't require my GM's to be perfect, but I would like them to understand what wins baseball games (IMO controlling the strike zone and creating/avoiding outs), and knowing where the organization is in the success cycle.

    Theo and company have made and will make plenty of mistakes, but they seem to understand those two items pretty well.

    Rob Richardson 7 min 48 sec ago view
  • Now we're all Theo-believers, where were you when he signed Edwin Jackson? Or how about trading away DJ Lemehaiu? And not signing Samardzija to an extension? Or not pursuing Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols? Or signing Lester? Or trading away Cashner, Dempster, Feldman, etc?...I think I'm losing the narrative here.

    So his deal runs through 2021? Which pretty much coincides when all these guys are due to hit free agency.

    Rob G. 17 min 56 sec ago view
  • Great news.

    "Terms of the deal were not disclosed."

    http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/17662846/chicag...

    Rob Richardson 44 min 37 sec ago view
  • Theo inks five year extension

    PC tonite at PNC

    jacos 1 hour 6 min ago view
  • Not as a major factor, but could be a tie-breaker. But, yeah, on performance and experience, it's Coghlan.

    billybucks 1 hour 54 min ago view
  • Arrieta’s 2.85 ERA would be good enough to lead 26 other teams. He's 3rd on #Cubs behind Hendricks (1.99) and Lester (2.28)

    Rob G. 2 hours 46 sec ago view
  • jacos 2 hours 58 min ago view
  • For sure! Russell and Baez are the first infielders in a while to make me think of star defensive players in football or basketball--it's almost like they force turnovers, and they definitely play the field with a degree of athletic aggression I'd expect from a linebacker.

    [Edit: Was meant to be a response to JB above.]

    Charlie 4 hours 4 min ago view
  • tebow hit a HR in the 1st pitch he sees in instructs..lulz.

    crunch 4 hours 11 min ago view
  • I don't think his issue(s) will have anything to do with it. He hasn't hit since he's been back. Coghlan has the hot hand.

    Tito 6 hours 36 min ago view
  • I'm not a denier but definitely a skeptic on Strop and Grimm, who struggle with fastball control. Strop doesn't go near the ninth inning, and note how Grimm couldn't close the deal even with a 5-run lead. So Felix Pena comes in and gets the 3-pitch game-ending strikeout like it was nothing.

    And how about Almora missing that very catchable ball? That was unexpected after all the hype about his glove.

    When Trea Turner misses balls like that--which he does--I draw conclusions from it. It seems to be the one chink in his armor. But I'll give Almora another chance.

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 40 min ago view
  • Assuming Soler is good to go, I think it comes down to 3 of the following 4: Coghlan, TLS, Sczcur, Almora. Of the 4, TLS seems to be the hardest to justify, particularly given his behavioral issues.

    billybucks 6 hours 45 min ago view
  • I'm wondering if both Coghlan and LaStella make it. With Javy being able to play all the infield spots and Joe maybe wanting late-inning D when Soler plays (assuming he plays), hence either Szczur or Almora, I think LaStella might be the odd guy out.

    Tito 6 hours 48 min ago view
  • Hendricks needs the win, anyway, plus a couple more.

    My hunch is that Hendricks wins the Cy Young . . . for Lester. That is, without Hendricks tipping the scale toward the Cubs, Scherzer tops Lester.

    VirginiaPhil 7 hours 1 min ago view