Matt Garza drilled. SO glad it wasn't on tv.


Holy God, am I glad I didn't see that live.
Can you imagine the heart attack you woulda had, seeing New Cubs Stud Pitcher Matt Garza get hit by a screaming line drive off Jeff Francouer?
In the lower back/ribs area? 
And then, "falling to his knees in pain"?  

I'da rolled off the couch and dry heaved a couple fur balls on the floor.

What year was it when Sandberg got hit on the hand in Spring Ball?
Early 90' somethin?
Back before baseball was sooo... publicized.
If you weren't reading the Sports Page fine print, you didn't know a game was even being televised.
I wasn't home. We were shooting a commercial, and it was the weekend and I went to a restaurant for lunch at some beachy place, and they had a bar upstairs that looked at the ocean. They had a tv up there, and I heard...the Cubs coming on!
Had no idea.
A gift.
I hauled upstairs and before I could even settle in, Sandberg's hand was busted.

Had to leave my burger.

Anyway, apparently nothing bad happened to Garza except probably a bruise.

SO glad I didn't see it.

And of course, that said, the Cubs are on tomorrow.

Can't wait.


Garza forgot his jersey.
He was wearing #94.


via muskrat for today's game:

RF Fuke, SS Castro, CF Byrd, 3B Ramy, 1B Pena, LF Soriano, 2B Baker, C Hill, P Cashner

also, cubs to use DH vs. reds tomorrow (non-WGN TV game, split squad outing) to get colvin some ABs. dumpster vs. dodgers (TV) and welle vs. reds.

cubs to use DH vs. reds tomorrow (non-WGN TV game, split squad outing) to get colvin some ABs

It makes a lot of sense to get the future, Fukudome into the lineup as much as possible, while we use the older dead end players like Colvin in limited roles.

you gotta play 2011 before you get to 2012. besides, based on the writers colvin is getting plenty of work.

I'm going to assume it's a last-ditch effort to trade Fukudome, even though Levine says "no one wants him." Once the season starts, he'll be on the bench next to his translator.

Colvin put out a lot of effort in ST last year and then fell off in August-September, so he can save his energy now as far as I'm concerned.

I do wish Perez was back out there. With Fuld and Guyer gone, it's going to be too easy for R. Johnson.

aside from colvin getting as many ABs so far as pretty much anyone on the team he's taking a lot of practice time at 1st as well as the OF. he's getting more work at 1st during IF fielding practice compared to any game he could play in.

it's a non-issue this early since he's actually getting into games, imo. he's shaping up to be a 250-350ab pinch hitter and injury/rest replacement at this point, anyway...well, for 2011.

That's ridiculous, crunch. Colvin is a starter.

Imagine the Cubs tried to trade Colvin. Would Levine be reporting that "No one wants him"?

The fact that other teams don't like Fukudome--that's a reason for the Cubs to start him? The Cubs like him least of all. They don't come out and say it, so you have to read between the lines.

never wanted him? never said...

colvin is getting his ABs in games and he's getting a lot of work pre-game in the field. colvin isn't wasting away.

fuku is starting because as of now he's the leadoff hitter as far as i can's a lot more likely than him getting traded at this point.

even after sitting yesterday colvin's got 12pa...1 less than aram, 2 less than byrd, 3 less than fuku, and colvin has played in 5 out of 7 games.

colvin is a starter type, but in 2011 he's got nowhere to play full time unless injury or trade happens.

FWIW, Colvin hit at just about his season averages during September last year. August was bad though.


Jesus Quade!

You know the limitations of "Black Hole" Hill.

How about looking at another option????

i feel the same way about seems the plan is for him to be in AAA no matter what. he has like 4-5ab's over 6 games. so far it doesn't look like there's a competition going on for that backup catcher slot.


4pa for castillo and m.ramirez...7 for hill (and more to come today)...1 for robinson in case anyone should happen to give a fuuuu...

I think the thought is that there's too much swing and miss in Castillo's offensive game to be a backup catcher.

i wonder who's thinking's a bit odd. his D is there, his arm is there, and he's got a bit of power. give him 600ab's and he'll probably K 100 times at this point in his career...he turns 24 at the end of april.

cruch, he struck out more than that in the minors last year, and way more than that in the majors. But he's not going to get 600 at bats in MLB in 2011, so why would anyone make any decision based on that? Guys who K a lot, don't traditionally do well in pinch hitter and part time roles.

it's a backup catcher, guy.

defense, check
arm, check
power, check

i dunno anyone who thinks he wouldn't be suited to be a backup catcher based on his "swing and miss" offense game...especially since almost every projection you can dig up pegs him as a decent backup catcher for his role in the majors.

his whole career has been part-time, too. the guy isn't putting in 5-6 games a week.

It's the same people, except you I guess, who don't think Koyie Hill is suited to be a backup catcher. His defense needs work, his contact needs work. I think you're trying to extrapolate his 21 PA's in the majors last year for a lot more than they're worth. The guy probably hits .215 if he sticks with the Cubs as a backup all year long. He needs to continue to learn how to hit.

ah, those mysterious "same people"...i've heard a lot by them.

i've read a lot more by people with actual names that project wellington as a backup catcher, though.

Probably not. You probably looked at his PA's in the minors and decided to know everything based on one piece of evidence, like you do about everything.

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...and k.hill goes 0-3 with 1k.

0-10 so far.

Someone in the comments section of Bruce Miles' Blog (from Wednesday) posted a lot of information from Baseball America's international prospect review. I won't copy it all here. But you can see it in more detail over there. So thanks "Cubmadness."

Chicago Cubs
Top signing: RHP Jin-Young Kim, South Korea, $850,000
July 2 eligible six-figure signings: SS Carlos Penalver (Venezuela), 3B Jeimer Candelario (Dominican Republic), OF Jeffrey Baez (Venezuela), SS Francisco Sanchez (Dominican Republic), LHP Angel Mejias (Venezuela), C Alberto Mineo (Italy), RHP Alexander Santana (Dominican Republic), SS Antonio Gonzalez (Dominican Republic)
Other six-figure signings: RHP Gilberto Abreu (Dominican Republic)

great read. Thanks for posting

cashner - 2ip 3h 1er 2bb 1k
r.wells - 3ip 3h 0er 1bb 3k (1r)

bottom 6 and the game is all minor leaguers/b-teamers now...meh.

Well, we have to say that so far at least the starting pitching has been solid.

And, as I recall, Cashner has the only pitcher's error.

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  • It was a nice barehand pick-up but he was close enough to 1st where he could underhand the ball to Bryant. The trouble he's had has been with the overhand throw. He's definitely working on it, but I don't know if that play was a good example of progress made.

    K Dub 10 min 43 sec ago view
  • Phil, have you heard anything about the condition of Oscar De La Cruz's elbow? Has there been talk of a time table? Is he throwing?

    K Dub 5 hours 59 min ago view
  • i was distracted for most of the game and also missed the first few innings.

    but yeah, any time he makes a good fielding+throwing play on D it's worthy of praise and a trip to pizza hut for a personal pan pizza and $1 worth of songs on the juke box.

    seriously, i'll take it.

    crunch 8 hours 4 min ago view
  • BTW, CRUNCH, Lester made a nice bh pick-up and toss to Bryant. Did you catch it?

    He's been workin' on the D!

    The E-Man 10 hours 22 sec ago view
  • j.urias didn't have a good debut...

    2.2ip 5h 4bb 3k...3 r/er...1 wp

    81 pitches. yow.

    crunch 12 hours 44 min ago view
  • Ach - I really only saw it quickly and thought that's where it it. No matter - he crushed it and the video board people did not have to repair the panels from what I saw!

    The E-Man 12 hours 56 min ago view
  • Totally agree with that re Soler, whereas Bryant seems to get the close call (so far) this year.

    Good to see Baez get a couple knocks today - been awhile

    Eric S 13 hours 3 min ago view
  • that works too...there wasnt a good CSN replay...was going off whatever len or jd (dont remember) said.

    crunch 13 hours 8 min ago view
  • I was there. From what I saw it was upper third of the scoreboard

    The E-Man 13 hours 11 min ago view
  • No I have been thinking actually that he seems to lead the Cubs with balls called strikes all year. He really shouldn't be expanding his zone to swing at many of those either because it wouldn't lead to anything good. He's seeing the ball well though so hopefully it'll even out.

    johann 14 hours 9 min ago view
  • So why don't the umps like Soler, or am I just imagining it?

    Rob Richardson 14 hours 20 min ago view
  • Yeah, but he kills lefties.

    billybucks 16 hours 24 min ago view
  • wow...instant hardcore rain.

    rain delay.

    crunch 16 hours 32 min ago view
  • it was massive...hit off the bottom of the LF scoreboard.

    crunch 17 hours 3 min ago view
  • Projected at 461 ft, with a 108 mph exit velocity - longest Cub HR this year by 20 ft (I think Arrieta had the longest?)

    Eric S 17 hours 12 min ago view
  • this team is full of horrible walkup music...rizzo uses 'marky mark and the funky bunch' more than he should...which is any at all.

    d.ross uses alphaville 'forever young' because lulz.

    lastella was using (still might be) 'oh what a night' by the four seasons.

    turrible turrible stuff.

    crunch 17 hours 13 min ago view