Rockies Blank Cubs & Ian Stewart at Talking Stick
Rockies hitters rapped out six extra-base hits (a double, three triples, and two HR) and five Rockies pitchers combined to toss a six-hit shutout with twelve strikeouts, as the Cubs were whitewashed 9-0 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training Opening Day action this morning at Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ.
Rehabbing from a strained quad suffered in an intrasquad game in February, Ian Stewart played 3B for five innings and batted six times (once in each of the first six innings), going 0-6 with three strikeouts (all three swinging), two fly outs, and a line-drive out, leaving seven baserunners stranded (four in scoring position).
The game was continued into the bottom of the 9th inning so that all of the Cubs pitchers scheduled to throw today could get their work.
Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):
X. Ian Stewart, 3B: 0-6 (K, K, F-8, L-8, F-9, K)
NOTE: Stewart batted six times, hitting 3rd in each of the first six innings
1a. Shawon Dunston Jr, CF: 1-3 (1B, F-7, K)
1b. Rashad Crawford, CF: 0-1 (L-9)
2. David Bote, 2B-DH: 0-2 (BB, K, BB, K, CS)
3a. Jacob Rogers, 1B: 1-2 (K, 1B)
3b. Jose Dore, 1B: 0-1 (6-3)
4a. Reggie Golden, RF: 1-2 (K, 2B)
4b. Jeffrey Baez, RF: 0-1 (K)
5. Roni Torreyes, DH-2B: 0-3 (K, 5-3, 4-3)
6a. Dong-Yub Kim, LF: 2-2 (2B, 1B, SB)
6b. Trevor Gretzky, LF: 0-1 (4-3)
7a. Justin Marra, C: 0-1 (K, BB)
7b. Neftali Rosario, C: 0-1 (1-U)
8a. Carlos Penalver, SS: 1-1 (1B, BB, SB, CS)
8b. Danny Lockhart, SS: 0-1 (F-7)
9a. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
9b. Mark Malave, DH-3B: 0-2 (K, 4-3)
1. Josh Conway: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 29 pitches (17 strikes), 1/1 GO/FO
NOTE: Conway's second inning was stopped with one out when he reached his pre-planned max pitch limit
2. Jose Rosario: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 25 pitches (16 strikes), 2/2 GO/FO
3. Jasvir Rakkar: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 27 pitches (18 strikes), 0/1 GO/FO
4. James Pugliese: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 35 pitches (23 strikes), 2/3 GO/FO
5. Tyler Bremer: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 27 pitches (17 strikes), 2/0 GO/FO
6. David Cales: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 12 pitches (8 strikes), 2/1 GO/FO
CUBS ERRORS: 1
SS Danny Lockhart - E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
1. Justin Marra: 0-1 CS
2. Neftali Rosario: 1-3 CS
WEATHER: Sunny, windy, and hazy (blowing dust), with temperatures in the 80's
I don't hate Coghlan as a PHer but he's leading off today which is as bad as Austin Jackson doing so last year. He doesn't even have the speed.
TLS has options. He will be up again in Sept, and maybe earlier.
Very odd -- TLS .308/.419 in July (in 26 AB). Strange move for a team struggling to score runs. Hard to imagine Coghlan doing better than that. Maybe they like Coghlan better as a PH?
Sorry to nitpick -- but the first game wasn't a save.
Wow La Stella sent to Iowa and Coghlan brought up. I'm not a huge Stella fan but he has been hitting lately and is to me better than Coghlan. Neither are good defensively but I guess Coghlan can play the outfield allowing Bryant to stay at 3rd more where he's better.
Not 2nd to last but Cubs are definitely bottom of the pack in the 2nd half in oWAR and wRC+. #1 in dWAR though which is certainly a good sign for the playoffs.
I was going to say that you wouldn't want Heyward to achieve Soriano's OBP--.317 with the Cubs--but now I see that he's already done that. Pitchers have lost their fear of him.
Oh, well, at least Chapman seems to be as good as advertised.
Thanks to E-man and Quiet Man for the link on Chapman in a previous post. It's funny because I never really noticed Chapman's delivery until I saw him doing it in a blue uniform. Two saves in a Cubs uniform already. I hope they don't need him today, despite that smooth delivery.
Cubs are middle of the pack in average, 5th in OPS, 2nd in walks, 4th in runs scored in MLB. Their runs scored ranks 17th in the MLB in July.
Boston, leading everything, continues to rake in July.
Lester has given up one run or fewer in 11 starts this year. So I'd answer yes. Three of his last four starts were duds, yes. Not worried about him at all. Arrieta is concerning, to be sure. I look it at as, what he was doing was historic, so the regression was bound to happen. He showed in his start against the Mets that he's still capable, and I'd bet on him regaining his form.
marlins getting a.cashner and c.rea from SD
This is not an attack...But In what stat are the Cubs second from last in MLB, in hitting? I don't see this.
How odd the stats:
Cubs 1st in pitching in MLB
2nd to last in hitting.
In May they were 1st in both.
trevor clifton (high-A) could be interesting in a couple seasons...could even become a high/middle rotation guy. he's got a lot of pluses in his pitching except control.
eric leal's (high-A) progression through the minors should be worth watching even if only projects to be an mid/end-rotation starter.
we also gotta keep a long-distance eye on guys like jose paulino (ss-A) and preston morrison (A).
As Johnny Bach used to say when it was time for the MJ Bulls to crank up the defensive pressure: "Release the Dobermans!", and Jordan, Pippen, Rodman and Harper would just suffocate the other team.
I'd love to add Carl Jr. to that group - he's got the stuff.
Historically, the Moneyball guys have been great at identifying productive hitters. Not so much with pitchers.