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July 2009



BJ Ryan maks an appearance

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Well, you gotta lose sometime, but what a weird game last night. Oswalt leaves early due to injury. A ball gets lost in the pitchers baseball jersey. Very very strange stuff. We’re out of 1st again, so let’s put the pressure on St. Louis again with a win today.

  • Tough outing for Dempster. Do you think it’s related to rust, the toe still bothering him, or just a bad outing?
  • Bullpen Monday = outstanding…..Bullpen Tuesday = not so much.
  • Justin Berg was sent down to make room for Dempster, and I’m not sure I would have went that route. I think Samardzija was the guy to go.
  • All this talk about the Cubs not having a catcher in the system to backup is garbage. You mean to tell me that we’ve got no one down there that can hit .198 in the Majors and catch a ballgame every so often? That’s what Koyie is hitting right now. I’m sorry, but I’m not buying the bridge Hendry and some of you are trying to sell me. I’d like to see Jeff Baker gone and Chris Robinson added to the 40 man roster and called up to backup Hill so we can actually afford to use a guy like Jake Fox at other positions and not worry about the fact that your backup catcher is on the field and could get hurt.
  • Big ups to Mark Buehrle on another great outing, breaking the consecutive hitless innings record. Not so much on his appearance on David Letterman.

Minor League Notes

  • B.J. Ryan pitched a scoreless inning of relief for Iowa, allowing a walk, but no hits.
  • Casey Fossum got hit hard in his five inning start, allowing five earned runs. Just when I bragged on him too.
  • Aaron Miles doesn’t appear to be coming back to this team. He’s hitting .222 in Iowa with a .234 OBP.
  • Josh Harrison earned Florida State League Player of the Week honors after two great series versus the St. Lucie Mets and Palm Beach Cardinals. Harrison batted .423 (11-26) over the last week and stole seven bases.
  • Craig Muschko pitched 6.0 scoreless innings
  • Alvaro Ramirez was 3-for-5
  • Jordan Petraitis was 3-for-4

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Jovan Rosa is batting .310 with 16 RBIs and two steals in 19 games with the Chiefs. (Scott Jontes/

  • rob

    Right on about the catcher. You need a back up. It is ridiculous that Hill is playing every game and the guy must be dead tired. He isnt a great (or maybe good) hitter in the first place and he isn’t getting a day off because there are no other catchers on this team. The organization sometimes seems clueless.

  • Doc Raker

    Why did you even bring AAAron Miles up? I erased him from my memory. Bad dream, bad dream, think good things.

    I don’t like not playing Fox because he is the backup to two fingers Hill. I would like to see Fox in the line up more often, I still think he is a better option than Bradley in RF.

  • Jack Wilson and Ian Snell to the Mariners for Jeff Clement and 3 other prospects…

  • Jack Wilson and Ian Snell to the Mariners for Jeff Clement & Ronny Cedeno and 3 other prospects…The Pirates just cannot get enough of crappy former Cub prospects!

  • Cliff Lee to the Phils and not for Knapp or Drabek

  • Did BJ Ryan throw the “mak” down?

  • Mastrick

    Joe is exactly right about the catcher situation. Baker doesn’t add much at second base, we have Blanco available off the bench. Using Fox as a non-playing backup takes his bat out of pinch-hitting roles so it’s a double-whammy. Bad call by Piniella and Hendry on this one. I also agree with respect to Samardzija, he still needs to throw every fifth day or every other day for Iowa. He still looks to me like a reliever not a starter.

    Joe is also right on with respect to Miles – at this stage a release is probably in order he’s occupying a bench space for Iowa that could be better filled by someone who may contribute to the big league team in the future. Ford-Griffin will never be a Chicago Cub and it’s highly unlikely that Jason Dubois will either – we can bring James Adduci or Blake Lalli up to play for the I-Cubs as well.

  • cubbiedude

    Joe, I think Aaron Heilman is the guy to go.