Tulo Two RBI Too Much for Cubs

Troy Tulowitzki drove-in both Colorado runs with an RBI double and a sacrifice fly, and Jorge de la Rosa and four relievers combined to toss a six-hit shutout, as the Rockies blanked the Cubs 2-0 in Cactus League action this afternoon at Dwight Patterson Field at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, AZ.

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The Cubs offense sputtered all day, but they did threaten to score twice.

The Cubs loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the 3rd inning but did not score (Luis Valbuena drew a walk, Darwin Barney reached on an infield hit down the third-base line, and Starlin Castro grounded a single to left, but then Alfonso Soriano and Scott Hairston struck out swinging and Dioner Navarro flied out to CF), and the first two Cubs reached base in the bottom of the 9th but were left stranded (Steve Clevenger reached on an infield single that glanced off the pitcher's glove and Johermyn Chavez drew a walk, but Darnell McDonald was called out on strikes on a 3-2 pitch, Jorge Soler popped out to the first-baseman in foul territory, and PH Brad Nelson rolled out 4-3).  

After not pitching in an "A" game since a week ago Sunday, Edwin Jackson got the start for the Cubs today and became the first Cub hurler to go five innings, E-Jax allowed one run on three hits (two infield singles and the Tulo RBI double) and one walk in his 5.0 IP (59 pitches - 38 strikes, 6/5 GO/FO), while striking out two. This was definitely the best Jackson has looked so far this Spring.

Japanese import RHRP Kyuji Fujikawa labored through a 25-pitch 6th, as the Rockies loaded the bases on a single and two walks, followed by the Tulowitzki SF. Although Fujikawa was behind on most every hitter he faced, he did strike out two (one looking and one swinging). 

Both Cory Wade and Carlos Marmol breezed through seven-pitch shutout innings in the 7th & 8th, and Jensen Lewis pitched a scoreless 9th, allowing a lead-off single, but eventually leaving the runner stranded at 2nd.   

Catcher Dioner Navarro had another strong game behind the plate, picking one runner off 1st base, and nailing another runner trying to steal 2nd.

After missing two weeks with a hamstring injury, Starlin Castro returned to the lineup and looked fine. He played shortstop for three innings and handled five chances easily (Eric Young, Jr did beat-out an infield single to deep short, but there was no realistic chance to throw Young out although Castro did make the play close at 1st), and reached base in both of his AB (drawing a walk in the 1st, and grounding a single to LF in the 3rd).   



I think the Cubs should resign Maestri.

As I understand, he is under contract pitching in Japan.

j.booty (ARZ) reassigned to minor league camp.

Edwin Jackson will start the home opener vs. Brewers.

AZ Phil: What differences do you see from lefties Chris Rusin and Travis Wood. (A compare and contrast question).
I've heard James Russell still has some starter aspirations. Of the three which would be the most likely to have success as a starter based on repertoire, control and pitching IQ?

Rusin with another good outing, shutting out the Dodgers through 5 IP.

CUBSTER: Chris Rusin throws a 87-89 MPH four-seamer, a 85-87 MPH sinker, a change-up, and a slider, and none of his pitches are what you would call a "strikeout pitch." But at the same time, he does mix up his pitches very well and knows how work hitters, he throws strikes, he's polished, and he can get a lot of ground balls, making him the prototypical "crafty lefty."  He has the stamina to be a starter, and he's an above-average hitter for a pitcher, too (he was the DH at the U.of Kentucky on days he wasn't pitching). I would say he projects as an MLB #4 or #5 starter, with more value on a starting staff that can use a lefty. He gives up a lot of hits so he probably wouldn't be a good late-inning reliever, and he realy doesn't profile as a LOOGY either.   

Travis Wood throws an outstanding  89-91 MPH cutter, a change-up, and a breaking ball, and is more of a fly ball pitcher than Rusin, but he also gets more strikeouts. Wood is the type of pitcher who could get rocked for multiple HR on a windy day at Wrigley, but he also is capable of a 10-strikeout performance. He would project as a #3 starter, and he also is a VERY good hitter (LHP who is a RH hitter). Wood is very effective versus LH hitters so he probably could be a LOOGY, except that would be wasting his talent, plus he's been used exclusively as a starting pitcher throughout his career. 

James Russell's best pitch is his change-up, and he also throws a 87-89 MPH fastball and your basic slider. He uses the slider (which is just average) a lot against LH hitters and the change-up (his best pitch and his "strikeout pitch") against RH hitters. He's really more of a reliever who happens to throw LH than a LH relief specialist. He was tried as a starter a couple of years ago and failed miserably, mainly because he doesn't have the repertoire to go two times through the order. He's fine where he is right now. No reason to try him as a starter again, although I can see why he would want to start, because starters make a lot more money than do relievers.      

Vitter beats Stewart into game action, bottom of 5th, replacing Lilibridge...although Stewart played in a minor league game today.

from the Rangers mlb.com blog...TR Sullivan (the CMuskat equivalent for Texas):

Have you heard the full story on the Barret Loux and Jacob Brigham swap? Brigham just got reassigned and has an opt-out date, so it's likely he never throws a meaningful pitch for the Rangers. It seems like we let the Cubs take advantage of this deal.
-- Jeff S., Fort Worth, Texas

The Rangers made the deal with the Cubs for catcher Geovany Soto on the night of July 30. The two teams had talked about both Loux and Brigham. The Cubs agreed to the deal for Brigham but still wanted to review his medical records. While they were doing so, news of the trade leaked out from Chicago. At the same time, the Cubs started expressing reluctance to acquire Brigham because they had concerns about his physical conditioning. By then, Yorvit Torrealba had been told what the situation was and Soto was coming to Texas to replace him.

The Rangers, backed into a bad spot, convinced the Cubs to do the deal with the provision that if Brigham wasn't healthy, the Cubs could take Loux instead after the season, plus a player to be named later. That proved to be the case. Brigham came down with an elbow problem, the Cubs asked to redo the deal and the Rangers still owe them one more player.


fwiw...times CST...

Saturday, March 16 vs. Kansas City 3:05 PM WGN

Sunday, March 17 @Oakland 3:05 PM WGN

Friday, March 22 @Milwaukee 3:05 PM WGN

Saturday, March 23 vs. LA Angels 3:05 PM WGN

Monday, March 25 vs. San Fran 3:05 PM CSN

Thursday, March 28 vs. Seattle 2:05 PM CSN

Friday, March 15 @Sox 2:05 PM WGN

thnx...for some reason it's not on the cubs.com broadcast page, but it's on my cable guide lineup for tomorrow...weird.


It's about fucking time.

Probably a Sox broadcast. Just happen to be playing the Cubs.

spring training fan weakness...

8800+ in attendance for the game...down to less than 2000 by the time the 9th rolled around. welcome to LA, evidently.

yeah, it's 94F outside, but it's dry Phoenix desert heat...that's practically nothing as long as you brought a hat. ...and the cubs are leading big going into the 9th, but who goes to ST games to see who wins/loses? a win for the team you're rooting for is just a nice bonus vs seeing the talent/kids/etc.

i guess rush hour being close played a part, too...but c'mon spring training tourists...the hotel pool will still be there.

cubs win 8-1...it was 6-0 going into the 9th.

USA vs DR...

little delay...RAD doesn't like the mound...rakes and dirt being brought out.

tied, 1-1 after 3.

fans are nearly 50/50 USA/DR...constant noise...enthused fans. nice game so far.

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tied, 1-1 going to the top 9th.

kimbrel (USA) gives up a leadoff double. ...loudest pop of the night from the crowd.

this game has been electric.

new loudest pop of the night...DR takes a 2-1 lead on a single (1 out)

SB...another RBI single...3-1 lead...

j.reyes (5 for 6 lifetime off kimbrel) gets it done...and kimbrel's night is done.

sounded like World Cup in South Africa

this has been the most continuously noise-filled game i've ever heard. i can't imagine what it's like there in the stands...i hope some people brought ear plugs.

Lots of sarcasm but he makes some great points


i wish they'd move...there's a lot going on aside from the "it's neat/historic/nearly-last-of-it's-kind" perspective about the park...and a lot of it is negative.

that said, i kinda respect the ricketts trying to make the park "work."

i sure wouldn't shed a tear seeing the cubs move to a new park, though.

April 8 not only is the date that the team likely will resume its losing ways but it's the deadline team management publicly has set for a deal on rebuilding the crumbling baseball shrine.

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Kane County with a collective gasp...

Albert Almora tweets he sustained a broken hamate bone in the distal wrist today.

Not a good day! Broke my Hamate bone!


The hamate is a small bone in the distal or 2nd row of wrist bones just below the 4th/5th metacarpal (hand bones). The bone has an unusual shape with a hook configuration and the fractures occur most commonly in the connection below the hook. Often it doesn't always heal and then gets treated with excision of the fragment. Nick Markakis of the Orioles and Dom Brown of the Phils are recent players with Hamate fractures. This is not nearly as serious and are less common than distal radius wrist fractures like D. Lee had because it's more distal and not as likely to affect wrist movement. Mostly it's issues with grip with tenderness holding a bat but not bat speed.

here's a Yahoo link about Hamate fractures in baseball

and some pictures of hamate anatomy...
CT of a hamate fracture:

labeled wrist bones including hamate:

Hasn't the Cubs' problem been management, not Wrigley? Reilly's full of shit, as per.

are you blaming the College of Coaches?

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  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.

  • Unbeleivable Dodgers:
    I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
    Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:


    Some "Highlights"
    Carl Crawford $20MM
    Brandon McCarthy $17MM
    Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
    Darwin B $2.2MM
    Dan Haren $10MM
    Matt Kemp $18MM
    Brian Wilson $10MM
    Ryan Webb $2.2MM
    Dee Gordon $2.5MM

  • So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.


    And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):

  • i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.

    there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.

  • I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.

  • O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already. 

  • I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.

    I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.

  • Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.

  • With last night's win in Pittsburgh, the Cubs have tied the Pirates with 98 wins, and are only 2-1/2 games behind the Cardinals. No reason why the Cubs can't finish the post-season with the best winning percentage in baseball (regular season & post-season combined). 

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    If he wasn't on the Wild Card roster (when the Cubs went with 15 position players), he won't be on the LDS roster (when the Cubs will go with 13 or 14 position players).

    As it is, at least one of the three RH hitting outfielders who were on the Cubs WC roster (Denorfia, Jackson, and Soler) could get bumped off the LDS roster (probably Soler).

  • I want my baseball team to win by playing better baseball. I don't want umps, fields, or fans to have anything to do with it.