Archive for April, 2007

Game 24 – Good teams find ways to win

Monday, April 30th, 2007


April 30th, 2007

Teams

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 0
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 X   3 7 1
W –  M. Capps (2-0)   L – M. Wuertz (0-1)  S – S. Torres (8)
Homeruns: J. Bay (4)

Box Score


Micheal Wuertz walks off after giving up a homerun to Jason Bay
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

That does not describe the 2007 Chicago Cubs, at least yet any way. This team continues to find new and innovative ways to lose, they are now 0-3 in extra innings games and 0-5 in one run games. I seriously question this team’s competitiveness and desire to win; guys like Ramirez and Lee can put up individual stats but they seem to lack leadership abilities. There appears to be no burning desire to win with this Cubs team, perhaps Piniella can light a fire under this team’s laid back mellow sympatiqouise and get them to GIVE A !@#$!

Tomorrow the Cubs will begin May already 5 1/2 games behind; I’m sorry but I don’t think this team has what it takes, Milwaukee will leave them in the dust yet again. It won’t be because of talent, it will be because of heart. Or lack thereof.

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Game 24 – Open Thread

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Scouting Report on todays starters from MLB.com
Rich Hill – Hill sustained his first loss in his last start against the Brewers. The lefty entered the game with the best ERA in the NL but Prince Fielder hit a two-run homer off him for more runs in one swing than Hill had given up in 25 previous innings. Hill struck out five. “He’s been dominant,” Milwaukee’s Kevin Mench said of Hill.

Zach Duke – Coming off two consecutive subpar outings, Duke surrendered just one run on six hits and one walk to receive a no-decision on Wednesday against the Astros. He threw 106 pitches, 69 for strikes. Duke’s 4-1 with a 1.40 ERA in six starts against the Cubs in his career.

View the Cubs career numbers vs. Zach Duke – ESPN Splits


Notable Performances From Down On The Farm

Geovany Soto (AAA) 5-5, 2(2B), 2RBI, (.326avg)
Donald Veal (AA) 6IP, 3ER, 3H, 2BB, 9K, (8.86ERA)
Tyler Colvin (High-A) 2-4, 2B, R, (.314avg)
Jeff Samardzija (High-A) 5.1IP, 2ER, 10H, 2BB, 3K, (2.45ERA)
Russ Canzler (Low-A) 3-4, HR, 2RBI, R, CS, (.254avg)

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Cubs @ Cardinals – Postponed

Sunday, April 29th, 2007


(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

Josh Hancock
1978 – 2007

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Game 23 – Bring on the Brooms?

Saturday, April 28th, 2007


April 28th, 2007

Teams

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 0 7 0 1 0 0 8 11 0
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 7 0
W –  C. Zambrano (2-2)   L – A. Wainwright (1-2)  S – None
Homeruns: A. Pujols (6)

Box Score


(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

Well it appears that this team is beginning to click. I won’t go as far as to say that all the issues are solved, because they’re not. We still have too many rightfielders and haven’t figured out what to do at short. Regardless, things are starting to turn toward the bright side for the Cubs as they have a chance to sweep the Cards in their own park tomorrow. The Cubs haven’t played well through the years at Busch Stadium, so to come out of this series with two wins and a chance for three is more than acceptable.

Carlos Zambrano
Finally we see the Zambrano we’re used to seeing. He got out of the 5th inning unscathed and only gave up one run overall in seven innings of work. Coming into the game today, Carlos had a 5th inning ERA of 22.50, which is a big explanation of his lack of success. He’s pitched fairly well early, but just seems to fall apart before it’s time to pick up a win. Hopefully now that the calender is about to change, so will the luck of Carlos Zambrano. We need him badly if we’re going to begin to climb the standing toward the top. Today was a step in the right direction, but even late in the game with a 7-0 lead he was nibbling around the plate. With a lead like that, he has to be aggressive and go right at hitters.

Jacque Jones
Jones just missed the cycle today. He had two deep extra base hits and a single, but just couldn’t score that homerun in his final at bat. It would have been nice to see him get the cycle, but even without it, he had a good day and made a case for playing centerfield with a nice catch in the first on a rocket hit by Albert Pujols. He went back nicely on the ball and leaped to keep it from going over his head. Maybe that will help the people who are anti-Jones to relax a little. He’s the left-handed bat we need in this lineup.

I don’t have much else today because of the fact that I wasn’t able to watch the game live. I had to watch it archived on the computer and my attention isn’t as good when I watch that way. Stupid national blackout rules.

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Game 23 – Open Thread

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

Scouting Report on todays starters from MLB.com
Carlos Zambrano – Zambrano did not get a decision in his last start, a 5-4, 12-inning loss to the Brewers. Big Z hasn’t been as sharp as last season. Maybe he just needs time to warm up. He has struck out 23 in 27 1/3 innings, but has also walked 19 this season. Against Milwaukee, he threw 103 pitches in 5 1/3 innings, and he needs to get that under control if he’s going to go deep in games.

Adam Wainwright – Two starts may not a slump make, but there’s no doubt Wainwright is frustrated after a couple of subpar games. He’s done some things very well in his four Major League starts, but he’s also had some difficulties. Most notably, he’s walked at least three batters in every start thus far. That will need to change in order for Wainwright to be as effective as he can be.

View the Cubs career numbers vs. Adam Wainwright – ESPN Splits


Notable Performances From Down On The Farm

Eric Patterson (AAA) 2-4, HR, 3RBI, R, (.259avg)
Mark Holliman (AA) 6IP, 1ER, 6H, 2BB, 6K, WIN (0.33ERA)
Kyle Reynolds (High-A) 3-4, 2B, RBI, (.263avg)
Ryan Harvey (High-A) 2-3, R, BB, PO, (.667avg)
Tyler Colvin (High-A) 1-3, R, BB, CS, (.317avg)
Joel Santo (High-A) 6IP, 1ER, 7H, 2BB, 5K, WIN (3.32ERA)
Rafael Dolis (High-A) 6IP, No Runs, 4H, 2BB, 2K, (2.25ERA)

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