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August 2009



Z's a Lazy Pitcher and Theriot is Sickly

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Quick Hits

  • Carlos Zambrano admitted to the media that he was lazy (Source). Now if we can get Alfonso Soriano to admit he’s mentally incompetent we’d be on a roll.
  • Ryan Theriot has the flu and may be out of the lineup tonight. (Source)
  • David Kaplan reported that the sale was just about done….yeah yeah yeah. (Source)

Scouting Tonight’s Starters

Ted Lilly is expected to be activated from the disabled list for this start. The Cubs’ lone All-Star, he had been sidelined because of inflammation in his shoulder. In a Minor League tuneup Wednesday for Class A Peoria, he threw 58 pitches over five scoreless innings. Lilly gave up two hits, both in the first inning, walked one and struck out two. He needed just four pitches to get through the fourth inning. This will be Lilly’s first start since July 20. In that game against the Phillies, he lasted four innings, and gave up nine runs — seven earned — on eight hits over four innings.

Kevin Correia’s 15th quality start of the season got him his eighth victory of the season on Wednesday, when he allowed three runs in six innings against the Brewers at Miller Park. Correia allowed six hits with two walks and four strikeouts and lowered his ERA to 4.51, though he was burned a two RBI singles after getting two strikes on the opposing hitter. It was the fourth consecutive quality start for Correia, who has allowed more than three runs once in his past eight starts. Correia got 10 ground-ball outs and didn’t allow a home run for the sixth consecutive start. (

Has a good sinking fastball in the low-90’s, plus a solid change-up and slider. Pitches with good command. Is aggressive against right-handed hitters. None of his pitches strikes great fear into hitters, so he needs his mechanics and command to be fine-tuned. Struggles to get left-handed hitters out. A decent bottom-of-the-rotation starter. (

Minor League Notes

  • James Russell pitched 5.0 scoreless innings
  • Jay Jackson struck out 7 batters and pitched 6.2 scoreless innings
  • Justin Bristow pitched 6.0 scoreless innings
  • Brett Jackson hit 2 extra-base hits. He was also noted in the recent edition of the Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet. “Tony Sanchez isn’t the only ’09 first rounder to get off to a hot start in low Class A. Jackson, the 31st overall pick from California, arrived in Peoria on July 31 and has put up a .328/.423/.574 line in 61 at-bats. An athletic, high-energy player with some pop in his bat, Jackson opened his week with a home run to lead off Peoria’s game last Friday against Wisconsin, and then slugged two home runs in an 11-1 thumping of Burlington on Wednesday. Jackson is on an eight-game hitting streak overall, a stretch that includes five multi-hit games.” (Source)
  • Ryan Flaherty hit 2 extra-base hits
  • Two prospects in the system have been suspended due to PED’s (Source)
Top Prospect Tracker
  • Seymour Butts

    We seem to all be in the mid-August blahs at the same time as the Cubs. Not much to write about, just sayin.

  • Tommy

    Feel better soon, Ryan. We love you.

  • MJ

    Tommy, I fixed this for you:

    Feel better soon, Ryan. I love you.

  • MJ

    And that is in jest before anyone goes all ape poop.

  • TheRiot is sick, great AAron automatic out Miles will be in the line up. Fun. 6 games out.

  • MJ

    I long for the days of Alex Gonzalez, Paul Bako, and the pitcher’s spot. Three easy outs….and yet that team made within a few outs of the World Series.

  • Paul Bako was the backup, Damion Miller actually could hit a little. Why Bako was playing in game 7 was a Dusty move I didn’t understand.

    I remember prior to the playoffs Stoney talking about how solid A Gonzalez was at ss and if you needed 1 out in a pressure playoff game you want a ground ball going to him. The baseball God’s are cruel that way.

  • Mastrick

    Steve Stone is a White Soxer, to hell with him and anything he says. He’s a big buffalo fart as far as I’m concerned, may he rot in hell.

  • Tommy

    Ah, Matthew, my friend. Been missing me?

  • Tommy

    And what good is a quote box if you can alter the quote? Poll Cub fans and I think more will say that love The Riot than those who don’t.

  • Terrelle Pryor 2

    I doubt the team will be sold anytime soon. At the rate this sale is going, Lee, Ramirez, Soriano, Dempster, and Zambrano will have 10-5 vetoes once the team is sold, leaving the team in further hell for years to come

  • At the rate this sale is going, Lee, Ramirez, Soriano, Dempster, and Zambrano will have 10-5 vetoes once the team is sold,

    Lee, Ramirez, Soriano, and Zambrano all already have no-trade clauses, at least through 2010. Ramirez doesn’t have a no-trade clause after 2010, but he will then be a 10/5 guy.

    Dempster is the only one of that group that doesn’t have a no-trade clause already.