Fujikawa out, plus Sat. game thread: Giants (7-4) v. Cubs (4-6)

The bad news--or is it good news?--is that the Cubs' closer position is back up for grabs. Kyuji Fujikawa, tagged for 3 runs in yesterday's blown save, has been placed on the 15-day DL with a right forearm strain. Rafael Dolis is taking his roster spot. Per Toni Giannetti in the Sun-Times, the Cubs will resort to closer by committee. James Russell and Shawn Camp are Dale Sveum's likely finishers.

Saturday lineups after the jump.


The Giants and Cubs meet in game three of their four-game series in a little less than an hour.

Giants lineup v. Samardzija (1-1, 2.63; coming off 13K effort in loss to Braves): Blanco 7; Scutaro 4; Sandoval 5; Posey 2; Pence 9; Belt 3; Torres 8; Crawford 6; Bumgarner 1

Cubs lineup v. Bumgarner (2-0, 1.32; threw stunning opener to beat Dodgers, 8 shutout IP, 2H): Sappelt 8; Castro 6; Rizzo 3; Soriano 7; Hairston 9; Castillo 2; Lillibridge 5; Gonzalez 4; Shark 1




It's Rondon time!

tHom Brennaman in town doing the game for Fox. Any volunteers to go kick him in the nuts?

Stupid Fox blackouts.

agreed...i cut my afternoon short to catch the last 1/2 of the game only to remember it's Fox Stupidity day...aka, the NYY/NYM/BOS/ATL game of the week for the east coast people. today, ATL's turn.

Mercifully, there're other streaming options...

sho nuff...

also, woo...2 on, 0 out.

also, judging by my stream feed vs gameday there's not much of a delay (less than 1m)...unless gameday is lagging badly.

Dinner Navarro is the awesome.

wtf panda belly bounce...that was lucky.

barf welly...sigh...

predictable double play by Beefy ends the inning...I don't even think he was half way down the line by the time they turned it.

nice play by Panda in the 9th...could have used Bartman there.

Clevenger K's to end game and looks like he tore a muscle or something in his back or on his side (oblique, lat) on the swing...crumpled to the ground.

crushing blow...there goes the playoffs.


if he goes DL they can at least bring up...umm...uh...umm...damn.

wonder if they'd dare to bring up logan watkins with d.barney so close to being ready...if they do, hope he gets some real playing time at 2nd. i imagine it'd be a reliever...brooks/raley, though.

Off day Monday. Barney scheduled back on Tuesday. I bet they wait.

ah, i didn't know he was so close to be being back...i thought it was gonna be another week.

I'm sure they want a lefty. That's the whole reason Clev got the job in the first place. I'd assume it's either Bogusevic or Nelson at this point. Probably not Jackson yet.

they'd have to re-arrange the 40 man to get that done.

they recently lost r.whitenack (no big deal, imo) because they didn't have anyone to shuffle off it.

That's true. The only lefty hitters on the 40-man and not on the 25-man are Stewart, Jackson, and Watkins. Based on AZ Phil's reports, it sounds like Stewart is progressing but probably not ready to go imminently. Depending on Clev's severity he might be a 60-day DL or DFA candidate. It sounds like decision time.

JOHN B: I have mentioned this before, but the Cubs could recall Junior Lake from his Optional Assignment and place him on the 60-day DL. That would open up a slot on the 40.

The two reasons why the Cubs would not want to do this are:

1. Lake would accrue MLB Service Time while on the 60-day DL.

2. Lake would get paid at the MLB salary rate (about $2,763 per day) rather than the "minor league split" salary rate (about $438 per day) while he is on the MLB 60-day DL.

Still, if the Cubs want to open up a slot on the 40 and don't want to take a chance of losing somebody on waivers, they could do this.

"Steve Clevenger has been diagnosed with a left oblique injury and will likely be placed on the 15-day DL."

idiots behind home plate...meh...

this DET@OAK game...this jerk off behind home plate has been waiving yellow cloth trying to "distract" verlander all game...his wife/girlfriend/whatever keeps waving around a stuffed animal.

i feel worse for the guy who's increasingly looking peeved behind him trying to watch a game from his multi-hundred dollar seat trying to keep his cool.

as long as they are dressed correctly


m.harvey (NYM) no hitter through 6ip...76 pitches

over after 6.2ip...moreknow homer.


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  • BLOCK: Of course any advantage is an advantage. An MLB, NBA, or NHL team getting the extra game at home in a seven game series is an advantage, I just don't think it is enough of an advantage for winning a division and/or having the best record in a conference or league over the course of an 82-game season (NBA and NHL) or 162 game series (MLB).

  • TEX takes the opening game from TOR (@TOR) 5-3.

    TOR lost bautista + donaldson in-game due to injuries...TEX lost beltre...dunno if any will be lingering issues leading to missed games.

  • Ride the Kid Magic! Schwarber hadn't homered in a long time before last night.

  • Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.

    Think Baby Maddux.

    Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.


    Kyle is on the far left.

  • I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.

  • Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.

  • That was good!

  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • 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.