Garza Has Fans Asking, "Ian Who?"

So, yeah, Garza looked good today; free and easy. Anyone who cares what they were has probably already seen the raw numbers. Two of the hits he surrendered were a swinging bunt and a deliberate one. Nobody hit anything very hard. He was hitting 94 consistently out of his windup; 92 from the stretch. One of his strikeouts was a nice hard slider that broke down and in on Brett Wallace and got him swinging. Whatever sort of fastball he throws that tails away from lefties was also sharp. He threw a few mid-70’s curveballs. Has he always had that pitch? It was used sparingly. The only 1-2-3 inning was the first.

 

In other news, I understand the call-up of Sweeney but I wonder if Bryan Bogusevic does. He’s leading the PCL in hitting the last I checked plus he runs well (6/7 in SB’s). He had a run-scoring triple today and seems kinda like Sweeney with speed to me.

 

Logan Watkins played center today. Yesterday it was Bogusevic in that spot while BJ nurses a case of turf toe. Lotta utility types. Lillibridge was in left yesterday and at 2B today. He’s on a tear here, too; doubled off the CF wall today ahead of the Bogusevic triple. Vitters homered yesterday out of the DH spot but was at 3B this afternoon. I think I saw Ian Stewart dine ‘n dash at the brat stand on the mezzanine today (just kidding). His absence from the lineup has been inconspicuous.

 

I-Cubs hit the road the rest of the week and are slated to face Aaron Cook and Chris Volstad tomorrow and Wednesday in Colorado. Their manager, Marty Peavy, is one bow-legged SOB, incidentally. Wonder if he’s suffering from George Brett’s disease...

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Mark Prior placed on the DL. "I'm so surprised!" said nobody.

mark prior and tom house are scheduling a news conference to tell everyone who's fault it is this time he's injured as soon as they figure out who to blame.

of course, g.soto gets the 1st TEX hit of the night.

crowd goes wild as feldman steps up to the plate and he tips his hat/helmet to the crowd.

...what he doesn't realize is the bulls just won.

doh.

feldman is pitching a hell of a game through 5, btw...it's a rather ordinary line for a good game (5ip 2h 1bb 3k) but he's been in total control, hitting all his spots, and pitching very efficiently.

haha thats awesome

He's also an RBI machine!

feldman hits for himself...then is replaced to start the inning. i know the cubs are up by 7, but that's a lou pinella move.

7ip 2h 1bb 3k 0er

Interesting shitty stats -

The Cubs are 2nd in the NL with XBH with 106 (Colo 109). And dead last in the NL hitting with RISP with 70 runs scored. A .187 average,.597 OPS (Cinci - .271/.785)

Goddamn, that is atrocious.

However, they are 4th in starting pitching. Again, St. Louis is blowing away the next closest team's starters by more than a point ERA lower. Without Carpenter. Fucking incredible.

It'll all even out. The starting pitching will revert to sucktitude, and the RISP simply has to get better. I'm really tired of the way the Cardinals keep finding ways to win. Can't the Cubs poach some scouts from them?

Come on, Stewart, it's Crunch time!

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/167...

The next time Starlin Castro goes all Dunston on us at the plate, I'm gonna keep it in perspective, RE: one of the tweets in the tweet box: "Starlin Castro has more hits through his age 22 season (2012) than 25 of the 28 members of the 3000 hit club (Cobb, Yount, Kaline) #Cubs".

I still don't think his ceiling has been reached, either in the field or at the plate. In five years he'll be 28. Baez may want to start taking some grounders at second soon.

Baez might want to choke up on the bat once in awhile too

Baez - 39 K's in 130 AB's in Hi-A (30%)*

*(appropriate disclaimers on his age and what not...still let's not shove Castro out the door quite yet for him**)

** not directed at you of course...

+1 Rob!

I agree that the strike rate it troubling, but is this the result of him being over matched or is he trying to change his approach and work the count more?

well if he's trying to walk more or get better pitches to hit...it certainly hasn't shown in the numbers yet

Well that's troubling.

fwiw, his numbers

237/277/458 (105 OPS+)...tough hitters league for sure. He does have 5 HR's on the year which puts him tied for 3rd with a bunch in the league (well behind #1 Miguel Sano and his 10 HR's).

130 PA, 5 BB (3.8%), 39 K (30%), .311 BABIP

3 for his last 23 with 10 K's

Feldman said he felt the cramping in his hand while warminp up in the 8th.

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  • In what was probably the last start for RHSP Jeremy Null at EXST  
    Intrasquad game this morning on Field #5 at Riverview Baseball Complex 
    4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/AO, 75 pitches (50 strikes) 
    Next stop is likely either South Bend or Myrtle Beach (TBD)  

  • There does seem to be something funky about closers pitching in non-save situations -- they never seem to be as effective. But, to your point, there could not have been a save situation in that game, so why not use your best reliever?

  • Heyward getting the night off.

    Grand Slammin' Sczcur in RF - La Stella batting 2nd

  • Your thought: don't pitch Rondon at all, since a save can't happen in extra innings at home.

    Maddon's thought: might as well pitch him now, because there's no later.

  • It looked like the baserunner might have screened Russell some though it's still a play he should have made.

    I wasn't thrilled with the use of Rondon in that situation. In save situations opponents have a 77 OPS. In non-save situations it's a 116 OPS. We had other relievers for that spot we could have used.

  • I'm not sure if it's his normal swing but it's obvious he can hit and he's always hit for power just not HRs so if it is his normal swing there's something else going on.

    This article from spring training said he was trying to pull the ball a lot more:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/making-too-much-of-...

  • Oh, thanks. I guess I should actually look at the schedule. Yay, 3-game road trip!

  • Good call, indeed. This ought to be a good series.

  • Sorry to nit-pick -- but the games against the Nats this week are at home.

    Can't remember a worse weather-start to a season. Yuck.

  • Basically Russell booted a slam dunk DP grounder letting a run score. But he drove in the tying run in 9th. Just not their day, Rondon notwithstanding.

  • Didn't see the game, but it sounded like the Cubs gave away 2 runs with poor fielding. Bummer.

    Well, it's been a fun diet of Reds, Brewers and Braves, but now the Cubs have to play real teams in May (Pirates, Nationals, SF, Cards and Dodgers) -- hope we are all still smiling when we wake up on Memorial Day.

  • He does seem out of synch. His body seems to start forward, then his arms sort of try to catch up -- if that's his normal swing, he will never hit for power. It's an all-arms slasher swing, but the timing seems off.

    He is currently slugging .256 -- I realize the weather has been bad, but that's epically bad. Currently 92nd out of 94 qualified NL batters. Yikes.

  • Weird home stand -- 3-1, with 2 rainouts, vs. two teams that will lose 100 games. Feels oddly disappointing.

    Miserable baseball weather all week -- hopefully better weather will get the bats going. Not just walking, but actually hitting.

  • That strike call on LaSterlla was terrible

  • I was hearing some talk that John Mallee is trying to change Heyward's swing. Wonder if that is lending itself to the slow start.

  • rollercoaster loss...ugg.

    at least it wasn't a "nobody showed up" stomping.

    anytime you wanna jumpstart your season would be nice, heyward.