Game 48 Thread - T. Wood vs. Suppan

The face of Joe Mather batting third will forever haunt my nightmares of the 2012 Cubs.

Padres Cubs
*Venable, CF
*DeJesus, RF
Denorfia, RF
Castro, SS
*Alonso, 1B
Mather, CF
Quentin, LF
*LaHair, 1B
#Headley, 3B
Soriano, LF
Hundley, C
*Stewart, 3B
#Cabrera, 2B
Barney, 2B
#Parrino, SS
*Lalli, C
Suppan, P
Wood, P

What's more amazing, that the Cubs have lost 12 straight or that even though they've lost 12 straight, they're only tied for the worst record in baseball with the Twins? On that note, the Padres are tied in the loss column with the Cubs, but they can legitamely blame a serious injury bug for their woes, one of which is back today in the name of Carlos Quentin. So it's a bit of an early season match-up for the dubious top spot in the draft, although there's way too much baseball left this season to put much meaning on it.

Fun facts: Cubs team record for losses in a row is 14, the modern day record is 23 by the 1961 Phillies, although a few pre-19th century teams beat that (I believe 26 is the actual record).

Theo and Jed spoke on the losing streak and other such matters.

“We’re also very open to making moves,” Hoyer said. “A lot of our conversations are what we can do to shake things up. What we can do to change the roster a little bit. We’ll keep looking at those things. We don’t have the most flexible roster in the world because of some players’ options and situations."

And the draft...

“We don’t have a ton of arms in the minor leagues,” Hoyer said. “I think the best organizations are the ones that are littered with power arms. Some guys will become starters, some guys relievers, but the best bullpens are built internally, and the more we can add arms through the draft, the better, and I think that will be the focus, not just in 2012 but in every year. “

Finally, Carlos Marmol has been activated from the disabled list and Rafael Dolis has been optioned, from closer to Triple A in the span of 2 days.


Down 1-0 in the first

Even with a 25 mph wind out to center it seems insurmountable.

Nothing is insurmountable vs soup-can, 2-1 on a deJesus triple, Castro single, stolen base, sac by Mather, RBI go by LaHair

sac by Mather


First At Bat:

Line drive single to right, thrown out at 2nd trying to stretch it.

I don't know what it is more interesting. Watching Soriano tie the game in Chicago with an RBI double, or checking in on the minor league box scores. Hope is a four letter word you know!

terrible bounce on that Stewart error fwiw.

6 homers through top 6...dat wind.

make that 7 into the bottom 6th.

soriano (6hr in last 13 games) gives the cubs a 1 run lead (7-8)...that would be a homer without the wind. epic.

make that 8 into the bottom 7th.

7-10, castro 2r homer (2hr the past 2 days, 4 total)

Chris Sale with 10 K's through 4.1 IP, decent pitch count too

11 K through 5, but down 1-0.

7.1 ip, 15k, 115 pitches and the win for Sale

not bad for their closer

Ted Roosevelt Lilly goes on the Dodgers DL with left shoulder inflammation.

I suppose he will need his knee scoped. Some things don't change.

May 28th...2012...still not turning double plays.

sigh. the "silent" defensive knock on this middle IF.

I thought it was a good decision to not throw it to 1st. There was no way Jeter could make that play!

if they'd charge the ball more rather than waiting for it to skip to their gloves they'd get more ops.

they both do a bunch of little things that leads to DPs not being made. barney is technically sound, but it's slow going through motions. both of them wait on the ball a bit too much only to end up not making the attempt or being late (or throwing it away...castro...).

I don't doubt your point.

I like the small improvement in Castro's consistency over the last month or so. He still doesn't look natural at SS and probably never will. He's natural instincts look best fit for outfield.

castro's ranging is getting a hell of a lot better deep/wide, imo...not that it was too slack to begin with, but he's really making some wide/deep plays happen. that arm, though...hope he finds more accuracy.

That's what I'm saying. I suppose I understand that Castro has more value as a SS because his arm is strong, but it's not really all too accurate. In another time and place I wouldn't have minded seeing them flip sides. Now, I'm just ready to let it go.


"The Chicago losing streak reaches 12, one shy of the all-time Cub record -- before Fergie Jenkins snaps the string by blanking the Cardinals five to nothing."

Just a little Jack Brickhouse audio flashback for you guys. Anybody remember this?

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  • Maybe Theo will sign Shark just so he can call Billy Beane and say: "Let's see...Russell? Check. McKinney? Check. Hammel? Check. Ninja? Check. Any other deals?"

  • To be fair to Emery and Trestman the foreshadowing of last year started happening well before them with the failure or mismanaging of multiple draft classes forcing the team to overspend in a free agency market that is even worse than baseball. Kyle Long seems like a good pick but they traded away another good one in Olson because of Martz's stupidity and inability to change his offense to fit the team talent.

  • HAGSAG: I think Domonic Brown does fit the criteria of a reclamation project, but unless he is willing to accept a minor league contract with an NRI to Spring Training, I don't think the Cubs would be interested given where the Cubs are right now. A couple of years ago? Yes. But probably not now.

    Brown would be better-off going to a club that is rebuilding and re-establish his value there, like Chris Coghlan did with the Cubs. And if he can re-establish his value, he could get traded to a contender at the trade deadline and take it from there.  

  • "they just fade away"

    (Except in the cases of no-fade lefties like Moyer, Orosco and Rich Hill.)

  • Amazing to me how quickly it fell apart under Trestman. Year 1, they were a Chris Conte brain fart away from making the playoffs. Year 2 -- coach, staff and GM all fired.

  • I am sure Jonathon Mota will be signed next.

  • AZ Phil, what is your thoughts on Domonic Brown as a reclamation project?

  • He also played LF in deference to Curtis Granderson.

    Meh... other moves to make...hope to see a move or two soon.

  • I haven't seen much Bears football this year - difficult to watch the games out here, but the game I saw the week before I was watching in shock as I saw them actually make tackles. And Cutler has looked really good, too.

    I guess people can quibble about play calling, but the team I saw is way more than 50% better coached (my only very minor disagreement with your comment).

    Under Trestman, the team didn't do anything right. This team played like a well coached team when I saw them play the Rams.

  • "What is sometimes overlooked about Vogelbach because of his "bad body" and because he has struggled so much defensively is that he is a hard worker, has a great attitude, loves to play the game, and is very well-liked by his teammates, and while that may not seem important, teams do actually value stuff like that. "

    As well they should. Replace a word here and there and you are describing any worker someone would hire.

  • Hak-Ju Lee signs a minor league contract with SF Giants.

    Some closure on the 6 degrees of Separation for Matt Garza/Chris Archer

  • Hahahahaha

  • -0.3 WAR in 7.1ip last year...

    -3 WAR projected over the course of a season.

    the cubs just added an all-star reliever's worth of work by losing b.schlitter.


  • Rockies sign Brian Schlitter to a minor league contract. Good luck in Coors Field. Enough said.

  • i'll take him over frandy since it's unlikely he'll progress as a SS (and 2nd isn't looking much better).

    i hope patton's delivery deception skills play well in the bigs over time. cubs need pitching options that are MLB-ready and dude fits the bill for a MLB/AAA mix...both needed.

  • I'm not saying he's great, but can we agree on the word "decent"? Became a pro at 23, called up at 26; nothing wrong with that trajectory, he hasn't been knocking around. Even in the majors his SO9 is 9.7. In the minors it's 12.2, so he's always missed bats, and without being a wild man: his walks are low. He cost the Cubs an unheralded A-ball middle infielder and a roster spot.