Game 74 Thread - Wells vs. Gee

It was nice of the Cubs to start Wells to temper any real expectations we may have had for tonight's game.

Mets
Cubs
*Nieuwenhuis, CF
*Rizzo, CF
Tejada, SS
Rizzo, SS
Wright, 3B
*Rizzo, 1B
*Duda, RF
Rizzo, LF
*Davis, 1B
*Rizzo, RF
Hairston, LF
*Rizzo, 3B
*Murphy, 2B
Rizzo, 2B
*Thole, C
*Rizzo, C
Gee, P
Rizzo, P

As everyone knows by now, Anthony Rizzo has been called up and is immediately inserted into the #3 spot in the lineup. The last highly anticipated Cubs debut was May 7th, 2010 versus the Reds in Cincinnati and Starlin didn't do much other than go 2/5 with a HR, a triple and 6 RBI's in a 14-7 Cubs win.

The Cubs may be 23 games under .500, but they have managed a non-cringe inducing 15-19 record at home. So they have that going for them. At least for one night, it'll be worth paying attention to the team. I'll probably stop by parachat tonight, at least for the Rizzo at-bats.

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if you couldn't figure out the lineup from the positions,

DeJesus, Castro, Rizzo, Soriano, LaHair, Valbuena, Barney, Clevenger, Wells

wow...bob applejacks, COL pitching coach, asked to be reassigned in the organization.

along with a player shoulder-checking jim tracy after being taken out of a game recently...this whole 4-man-75-pitch experiment isn't being met with open arms.

i wonder who's pushing this...

If anyone knows any streams I would be eternally grateful.

speaking of, but kinda not...i hope EI subscribers (only 1 feed tonight) aren't stuck with the NYM feed.

-edit- BAH! mets feed.

official scoring #1.

a should-be double play error is ruled (changed to) a single.

sigh...

anyway, rizzo has his 1st hit as a cub.

Clevenger fail on a pop-up.

Did throw out Niewenhuis (sp?) earlier.

Yes first inning

L. Duda base running fail saves the Cubs a run.

Castro/Rizzo due up, come visit Parachat.

Three things tonight:

1. Thank God the savior is here (Rizzo)
2. Thank you, Dale, for giving the hook to Wells in the 4th inning
3. Who is that #12 in LF? - With those catches and 45 RBIs, someone would pay a couple million of the $45M remaining on his contract.

Sveum pulling Wells tonight is the ONE time all year that I exclaimed out loud, "Nice move, Sveum! Yes!!"

Wells = L. Still.

But I suppose he could be a #8 starter on some teams...

concur completely. walking a pitcher who is trying to give you a free out via sac bunt? is that part of the textbook definition of "cubbery"?

Just an interesting statistical note- Rizzo currently has a career 1.250 OPS, which would be a record among hall of famers if he were to be inducted today.

Actually, he has a career .545 OPS, which would be close to a record low among hall of famers if he were elected today.

You do know that he played in the big leagues last year, right?

lol... really? That's the only thing that seemed wrong with my comment?

I hope this Theo-corp puts a mandate on not walking batters the Cubs and Iowa cubs were both 3rd in walks allowed last time i checked and Wells sucks at throwing strikes someday we will see some strike throwers in Chicago.

due to a change in official scoring, congrats to rizzo on throwing his 1st complete game shutout in his pro pitching debut of which he never took the mound. very impressive.

along with his batting performance it was a hell of a debut.

WHO?

Anthony Rizzo, clean out your fucking ears, jackass!

Am I supposed to know you, Mr. Rizzo?

It's probably better you don't, you'd be shitting your fucking pants there, beefy tits!

Only got to watch the video highlights, but Rizzo looked like he did a great job hitting the ball with authority towards left field on both of his hits (and I'd say a "hit" ruling on the first one is pretty reasonable, though the second hit wasn't a legit double). Looking forward to watching this guy play.

Also, Valbuena has 5 errors already. Stone hands? Seems like Bobby Scales redux.

無料 BOBBY SCALES!

Lulz.

Or to put it in other terms, he's striking out in 38.6 percent of all his at-bats this season. That's the second most in the minors, trailing only Astros first baseman Telvin Nash, who has 124 strikeouts in 246 at-bats.

The strikeout problem has gotten worse this month for Jackson. He's struck out an amazing 44 times in 25 games this month and Tuesday was the seventh time this month that he has struck out three times in a game.

Drew Stubbs comp in there as well although clearly saying Stubbs had better tools coming up in the minors.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects...

I hope we don't see him in Chicago anytime this season, I don't see the point.

considering he's not even on the 40-man, probably won't even get a September call-up at this rate.

"although clearly saying Stubbs had better tools coming up in the minors."

Cooper does say that Stubbs "has more speed than Jackson and a touch more power."

At Jackson's age, 23, they both had about 80 stolen bases. Then at 24, Stubbs stole 46 bases in AAA.

"A touch more power" is not clearly saying something, and in any case, it's false. Power-wise, Stubbs hit 28 homers in 426 games in the minors. Jackson has 51 in 370 games.

I don't actually predict big base-stealing numbers from Jackson in the majors. He's too big for that. He injures himself when he slides a lot, especially head first.

I'm as perplexed as everyone else by Jackson's erratic offensive performance so far this year. For the moment, I'm willing to chalk it up to Rizzo-envy.

Still, I like to add up a player's total bases, walks and steals. If you do that for Jackson's peers in the PCL, you'll find that he is #6 behind Elmore, Gose, Rizzo, Eaton and Wheeler. So he is being fairly productive in spite of the mounting K's.

He was obviously talking about what scouts graded his power tool, not power numbers. Considering the righty vs. lefty difference, different leagues, etc, it's not going to be a perfect comp.

Wells DFA'd, Dolis up.

Wells = L.

I am rooting for Maine. Every team should have a player named after a State.

In every time up, he has laid an egg at the MLB level.

We need him to be productive in some capacity.

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  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 8 min 29 sec ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 4 hours 53 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 4 hours 54 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 14 hours 36 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 17 hours 33 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 17 hours 46 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 17 hours 55 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 18 hours 27 sec ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 18 hours 18 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 18 hours 54 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 19 hours 12 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 19 hours 14 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 19 hours 32 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 19 hours 39 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 20 hours 35 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 20 hours 52 min ago view