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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  • Good thing the Cubs have 4 left-handed batters in the lineup. Velasquez is just tearing thru the righties

    Eric S 25 sec ago view
  • ben zobrist gets to ride up front tonight cause he's a good guy at sports.

    cubs with a 5 run lead and a lackey shutout through 3ip \m/

    crunch 14 min 3 sec ago view
  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 10 min ago view
  • ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels. 

    M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores)  the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating. 

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 12 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 22 min ago view
  • 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 4 hours 5 min ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 8 hours 50 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 8 hours 51 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 18 hours 32 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 21 hours 30 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 21 hours 43 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 21 hours 51 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 21 hours 57 min 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 22 hours 15 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 22 hours 51 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 23 hours 9 min ago view