Archive for July, 2007

Game 105 – Open Thread

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Scouting Report on todays starters from MLB.com
Adam Eaton – Eaton pitched a solid 6 1/3 innings against the Pirates, allowing four runs on eight hits. His chance for a 10th win was erased when the Phillies’ bullpen could not hold on to the lead. Eaton allowed two runs in the first inning, but he settled down to retire 13 consecutive Pirates from the second to sixth inning. Lifetime against the Cubs, he’s 5-2 with a 4.31 ERA.

Jason Marquis – Marquis is coming off a loss to the Cardinals, when he served up six runs over five innings. It was the third start in his last four in which he gave up six runs. Ill-timed walks hurt Marquis as well, and he needs to be careful not to overthrow. The right-hander is 2-2 with a 6.67 ERA in five starts this month, and has walked 12 over 28 1/3 innings.

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

View the game preview from Baseball Reference

Game Notes

  • Adam Eaton has a career 3.68 ERA in four starts at Wrigley Field, the most recent of which was in 2005 when he was with the Padres
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  • Lunch On The Farm

    Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

    News and Notes

  • Rick Ankiel (remember him?) hit his 31st HR of the season for Memphis (AAA). His transformation from pitcher to outfielder appears to be complete. (Source)
  • Henry Blanco suffered a setback (imagine that) in his rehab that will delay him (Source)
  • Kevin Goldstein from BP featured Geovany Soto in his Monday Morning Ten Pack:

    Geovany Soto, C, Triple-A Iowa (Cubs)

    Itís probably wrong to criticize the Cubs at this point, as theyíve turned this around 180 degrees from their awful start and now sit just a half-game out of both the National League Central and NL wild card races. Yet, here I goóJason Kendall still stinks, Koyie Hill is hitting an unacceptable on any level .163/233/.288, and yet Geovany Soto is left rotting away in Iowa. It makes no sense. Soto went deep on both Friday and Saturday, giving him home runs in four of his last five games, and even with an 0-for-5 night on Sunday, he sits at .335/.408/.602 in 79 games for Iowa. Even those who bleed Cubbie blue should be having a hard time rationalizing why heís stuck at Triple-A, and why the Cubs even traded anything at all away for Kendall in the first place. (Source)

    Tracked Players Results

    Team Results

  • AAA – Iowa 0, Salt Lake 1
  • AA – Tennessee 6, West Tenn 11
  • High-A – Daytona 5, Palm Beach 6
  • A – Peoria 3, West Michigan 2
  • Short Season – Boise – No Game
  • Arizona Rookie – Cubs – No Game
  • Dominican Summer League – Cubs 6, Yankees 4View the full organizational report from First Inning

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    Game 104 – Another Lefty Does Us In

    Monday, July 30th, 2007


    July 30th, 2007

    Teams

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
    Philadelphia 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0   4 9 0
    Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   1 3 0
    W – C. Hamels (12-5)  L  – T. Lilly (11-5) S – B. Myers (7)
    Homeruns: T. Iguchi (7) A. Rowand (15) R. Theriot (3)

    Box Score


    (AP Photo/Jerry Lai)

    I’m getting used to this best record in MLB since June 3rd stuff. It’s taken me to the point where I honestly expect the Cubs to win every game and losing even one feels like a tragedy. Tonight was a big night, because it would have ended the chase for the top spot in the Central. Instead, we’ll have to hope we can take care of business tomorrow and hope the Brewers do their part against the Mets.

    If the Cubs are going to be successful the rest of the season and into the playoffs, they have to begin to hit lefties. We’re in the bottom five in batting average and on base percentage against the lefties in the NL. Don’t get me wrong, Cole Hamels is a very good pitcher, but it’s not just Hamels that has stifled us. Lou at one point went to the funky lineup with Soriano in the fifth spot to change things up. I’m not sure if that’s the answer, but something needs to happen. Who knows, maybe Matt Murton is the bat we need to combat the lefties. Maybe this chance to win the RF spot down the stretch is the incentive he needs to step his game up to the quality we saw last year. If he can do that, he might just be the answer to this lefty problem.

    Ryan Theriot was very good tonight. He’s turned into a good everyday shortstop, which is something even Lou probably didn’t expect. Coming into the year, most people were saying that Theriot was not a ML shortstop and that he didn’t have the glove to play the position. He’s served up a lot of crow on a silver platter for people to eat this season with his 2 errors in 50+ games at short. He tried his best to win the game on his own with two hits, but when you’re the only one hitting the ball, you can’t expect much.

    Misc. Notes

  • Rick Sutcliffe said that Ted Lilly was sending Jimmy Rollins a message when his pitch went behind him in the 1st. Rick, please shut up.
  • Derrek Lee’s catch in the 3rd on Jimmy Rollin’s foul pop was a thing of beauty. On a full sprint toward the dangerous part of the field, he makes the catch.
  • The Phillies had both Shane Victorino and Michael Bourn go down with injuries. I don’t root for injuries, but I’m hoping these guys need to sit for the next two days and then come back for the Milwaukee series.
  • Ronny Cedeno didn’t help his cause in my book when he swung at the first pitch as a pinch hitter for Lilly. The Cubs had just gotten Michael Wuertz up to get ready. I would have liked to see him take a few pitches.
  • Is it just me, or does having the game on ESPN just make it seem more intense? I get excited by it.

    STARS OF THE GAME – All based on WPA

  • First Star – Cole Hamels (35.1%)
  • Second Star – Aaron Rowand (21.9%)
  • Third Star – Ryan Theriot (9.7%)
  • Turd of the Game – Ted Lilly (-16.9%)

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  • Game 104 – Open Thread

    Monday, July 30th, 2007

    Scouting Report on todays starters from MLB.com
    Cole Hamels – Hamels pitched seven strong innings against the Nationals, allowing two earned runs on six hits. His night was done well before the game was decided and, though he was denied his 12th win of the season, the Phillies won the game in extras. Hamels tried to get a win on his own bobblehead giveaway night, but the Nats rallied in the ninth inning. He’s allowed two or fewer walks in his past four starts.

    Ted Lilly – Lilly has won his last seven decisions and has a 2.77 ERA since June 15, giving up 17 earned runs over 55 1/3 innings. He’s also recorded a hit in four straight starts. In his last outing against the Cardinals, he gave up one run on six hits over seven innings. He’s the first Cubs lefty to win 11 games since Greg Hibbard went 15-11 in 1993.

    View the Cubs career numbers vs. Cole Hamels – ESPN Splits

    View the game preview from Baseball Reference

    Who’s Hot

  • Pat Burrell – .435 / .570 / .758 in the month of July with 5 HR and 21 RBI
  • Ryan Howard – 10 HR’s in July
  • Shane Victorino – 9 SB and a .350 average in July

    Who’s Cold

  • Cole Hammels – 6.33 ERA in his last four starts
  • Abraham Nunez – .154 average in July
  • Pat Burrell – .203 / .370 / .364 on the road this year.

    Tonight’s Lineups

    Philadelphia Chicago
    S. Victorino – RF A. Soriano – LF
    T. Iguchi – 2B R. Theriot – SS
    J. Rollins – SS D. Lee – 1B
    R. Howard – 1B A. Ramirez – 3B
    A. Rowand – CF M. DeRosa – 2B
    P. Burrell – LF M. Murton – RF
    W. Helms – 3B A. Pagan – CF
    C. Ruiz – C J. Kendall – C
    C. Hamels – P T. Lilly – P


    News and Notes

  • Pending physicals, the Rangers have dealt Mark Teixeira and Ron Mahay to the Braves for Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Elvis Andrus, and two prospects. (Source)
  • Chad Tracy (ARI) had a lubricating injection on Sunday. Is it just me or does this seem to make him a porn star?
  • The family of late St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock dropped a wrongful-death lawsuit against Mike Shannon’s restaurant stemming from the player’s death in April. (Source)
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  • Spotlight On A Hidden Gem

    Monday, July 30th, 2007

    I’d like to take a minute to highlight a very good Cubs blog that does things a slightly different way. Everyone is out there is giving their thoughts using words, but one blog is doing it with his artistic talents. I’m not talking Photoshop talents. Tim Souers does his talking with his art supplies.

    I first found Tim’s site, Cubby Blue, thanks to an e-mail asking for a link. I checked out his work and was very pleased with everything I saw. He does great work and has been doing it for awhile. I’d like to take the chance to show off some of my favorites from his portfolio of Cubs artwork.

    If you’ve never been to Tim’s site, shame on you. Take some time to visit and subscribe to his RSS feed. You’ll be glad you did.

    http://www.cubby-blue.com/

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