Game 48 Thread - T. Wood vs. Suppan
The face of Joe Mather batting third will forever haunt my nightmares of the 2012 Cubs.
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.
Tony Four Sacks # 27
Hammel has k'd Votto twice.
Sore Ribs doesn't worry me too much. Getting a "precautionary MRI" has me assuming he is going to be out at least a few days, possibly more.
Maybe he got injured diving for the ball in LF? I really hope it's not code for a "strained oblique"....
Our starting pitching kinda sucks for #3-5.
Schwarber out with "sore ribs"
/sorry to interrupt the magic number talk
JOHN B: Pierce Johnson and Rob Zastryzny were likely 2015 AFL candidates ( I mentioned them as likely candidates to get assigned to the AFL in an article about the AFL last month) because they are starting pitchers who missed part of the season due to injuries and they need to accrue more innings. Guys who have been pitching regularly as starters have thrown too many innings to be considered, so it probably came down to Johnson, Zastryzny, and Duane Underwood Jr, with Underwood odd man out because he hasn't pitched above Hi-A.
Schwarber stays back and hammers a 3-2 change-up that was down and away. Very impressive.
And a good job to drive the ball to RF to advance the runner in the 8th. Encouraging.
It looks like the Cubs "post-season clinch number" is 25 right now: http://lyle.smu.edu/~olinick/riot/national_league.html
Is the magic number 25 or 26?
Agreed, to my untrained eyes he does look better than last season. Not a finished product yet and hopefully he will continue to improve, but if he plays solid middle infield defense he will stick in the majors.
Phillips smiled at Strop and gave him a thumbs up.
That pitch Schwarber hit is the kind he's been missing a lot of lately. When Schwarber struggles it reminds me of how hard it is to hit baseballs at that level. It doesn't seem like they've found a weakness, just that he isn't seeing the ball that great and just missing. Same with Rizzo the last few days.
I missed it. What did he do?
extremely classy. i didn't see his reaction until the replay after the break. baseball needs more fun in some areas and less of some 'unwritten rules' violations leading to angst.