Archive for April, 2008

Role Players Know Their Role

Monday, April 21st, 2008

First Star – Carlos Zambrano (.341)
Second Star – Aramis Ramirez (.224)
Third Star – Carlos Marmol (.083)
Top Play – Ramirez home run in the 4th scoring two (+.181)


Well, yesterday’s recap generated some good discussion so maybe today we need to talk about my views on abortion and the race for the 2008 presidency. Or, how about we compromise and talk about the fact that we beat a team not named the Pirates to continue our hot play.

Starting Pitching – I looked at the probables for the game about three days ago and figured this one would be a good one. With Zambrano pitching the way he has been to start the year and Maine always a quality guy, it had the makings from the beginning for a good game. Granted it’s not as appealing as a matchup that would have featured Santana, but that’s quite alright with me. I’d be fine with never facing Santana all year.

Overall, I thought Zambrano was about as good as we can ever really expect from him. It’s hard to expect him to go out and go nine innings all the time, but if we can get seven out of him with three or less given up, we’re going to win a lot of those starts. To me, it’s on the ace of the staff to go out and rest that bullpen at times. You can’t expect that out of the fifth starter, but definitely out of the top two. To make that happen, walks have to be at a minimum and pitches need to be kept low. To this point, Zambrano has taken care of business in that department. I usually look for the starter to limit the pitches thrown in the inning to no more than 15, which allows them to go seven and throw 105 pitches. With tonight’s numbers factored it, Zambrano is at 15 pitches / IP. That is a career low for him and a good sign that he’s finally putting everything together. Couple that with the fact that he’s only issued five walks in 33.2 inning and you’ve got the makings of a legit ace.

Unlikely Heroes – Both whipping boys came up big tonight with insurance RBI’s in the 8th. For Ronny Cedeno, his two run single came after a good at bat in which he fouled off a couple of pitches to get something he could work with. He’s played well of late and has maximized his playing time. He’s not ready to supplant anyone in the starting lineup on a permanent basis just yet, but he’s making the most of his role and helping the team. For Pie, his homerun put the game away. As soon as he hit it and I saw that it was going to go out, my mind immediately went to the amount of people will be actually be mad at the idea that he hit a home run because it means he’s going to “want to start swinging for the fences”. This is garbage thinking. Sometimes we make too much of home runs. We come out and say that it’s bad when we win with the home run because it means we can’t play small ball. It’s bad when a non-power guy hits the home run because he may think he’s more of a power hitter than he really is. The fact is, I don’t care how Felix Pie drives in runs, as long as he’s driving in runs. I don’t care how we win games as long as we win games. Someone once said “Every team will win 60 games, every team will lose 60 games, it’s what the team does in the other 42 games that decides the season.” That is right on the money. The trick is to get those wins under our belt, regardless of the way they happen and then take out chances in the post season. Tonight, Felix and Ronny helped us do that. Case closed.

Miscellaneous Notes

  • Geo should never have attempted to throw the runner out at third on a bunt by John Maine in the 6th. With a 2-0 lead, there is no reason to try to be a hero. Take the sure out and allow the runner to get to third.
  • Lee got his gold glove today before the game and I can’t help but wonder what one of those bad boys would bring on e-bay.
  • Zambrano needs to work with the rest of our staff on holding runners. He does a great job at varying his time in the stretch, throws crazy pickoff moves and has a quick delivery to home plate. Imagine how much pressure that would take off Geo if the rest of the rotation was as good at preventing stolen bases.
  • Luis Castillo has 106 infield hits since 2006. Is it just me or does that seem like an insane amount?
  • Ryan Theriot was scratched from tonight’s game due to back spasms
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Five Questions, Probables & Farm Report

Monday, April 21st, 2008
Five Questions with “Take the Seven Train”

I took some time to shoot some questions to the good folks at Take the Seven Train and these were there responses. They did the same regarding the Cubs and you can read my replies on their site. (View Site)

Q. – Many Cub fans hate the Mets because of what happened in 1969. Is the hatred for the Cubs mutual for Mets fans?

A. – I don’t think it is, especially among the younger fans (under the age of 30) – the Mets had strong rivalries with the Cubs and Cardinals back in the ’80s, but realignment and the unbalanced schedule have wiped those rivalries out. It’s been 15 years since the Mets and Cubs were in the same division, and the two teams currently play just six games a year against one another. A team that only comes to Shea once a year isn’t going to inspire the sort of hatred that the Braves (and now the Phillies) do.

Q. – Omar Minaya took a lot of heat when he signed Pedro without a physical. Can Pedro be a meaningful piece in the Mets puzzle and do they need him to be to have success?

A. – I think Pedro can be a meaningful part of the puzzle – he pitched very well in his return from shoulder surgery at the end of last year, and he’s the kind of pitcher who can get hitters out without the blazing fastball he once had. He injured his hamstring in his first start this year but should be back some time next month. The extent to which they need him will be determined by Mike Pelfrey’s development – the Mets need at least one of a healthy Pedro or a consistent Pelfrey in order for the rotation to be as strong as it can be.

Q. – The Mets have been hot of late, winning their five of their last six. What has been the key to the hot streak and will it continue against the Cubs?

A. – The key to the five-game winning streak was the starting pitchers going deep into games – during the streak, the Mets had only one starter go less than 6 2/3 innings. Going that deep into games against a Cubs lineup that has been hitting so well lately will be a challenge – John Maine is a fairly extreme fly-ball pitcher and could have some trouble if the wind is blowing out tonight.

Q. How has the addition of Brian Schneider affected the pitching staff?

A. – Schneider’s playing time in spring training was limited due to hamstring issues, so he’s still getting to know some of the pitchers (combined with an ill-fated attempt at trying a new mitt, this led to some issues with pitches in the dirt early on). One pitcher in particular who seems to have benefited from working with him is Mike Pelfrey, who gave Schneider a lot of credit after his good starts and struggled last night while Schneider (who had been hit in the arm with a foul tip the day before) was on the bench.

Q. Angel Pagan, a Cub castoff, has been a big part of the offense to date. Is LF his for the foreseeable future or is he still on shaky ground if he begins to struggle?

A. – Moises Alou is currently playing minor-league games as part of his rehab from hernia surgery and there’s a good chance he’ll be back with the Mets by this time next week. Pagan is headed to the bench once Alou returns, but his early-season hot streak in Alou’s absence has been very important to the Mets’ success thus far. I imagine that he’ll get the occasional spot start in the outfield corners – Endy Chavez is the bench outfielder who will get the spot starts in center and serve as a late-inning defensive replacement for Alou.


Scouting Report on Today’s Starting Pitchers

Carlos Zambrano – Zambrano matched a career high with three hits, including an RBI single, and picked up the win in his last start against the Reds. He gave up two runs on eight hits over seven innings. The switch-hitter helped himself by hitting singles from each side of the plate, and a double in the seventh. Zambrano is finally doing what the athletic trainers tell him to do as far as staying hydrated to avoid cramps. He’s now fueled by bananas, drinks plenty of water, and avoids coffee.

John Maine – Though dissatisfied with his work, Maine pitched effectively enough against the Nationals on Wednesday night to gain his first victory — five hits, four walks, four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. He senses the spring chill had affected his command and wouldn’t be upset if summer paid an early, one-day visit to Wrigley Field on Monday. In three starts, he has yet to approach the level of effectiveness his final Spring Training appearances suggested.

  • His ability to change speeds and pitch with good command is the key to his success. Also adds a decent slider, curve and change. Is a very smart pitcher.
  • Surrenders a few too many home-run balls. Needs to keep his good stuff going beyond the sixth inning. Walks a few too many batters.
  • A strong mid-rotation starter.

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All Scouting Information taken from MLB.com and TSN.ca


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Organizational Roundup

(AAA) – Iowa Cubs – Lost vs. Oklahoma (4-7)

(AA) – Tennessee Smokies – Lost vs. Carolina (1-4)

(High A) – Daytona Cubs – Won vs. Juniper (3-0)

(A) – Peoria Chiefs – Lost vs. Great Lakes (0-2)

(SS) – Boise Hawks open their season June 17th

(RK) – Arizona Cubs open their season June 22nd

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Did We Cheat?

Monday, April 21st, 2008

I found this story a little disturbing on the Sporting News (View Full Story)

Alas, in the gambling scandal that never was, the ’18 Cubs just might have laid down for that year’s A.L. champ, the Red Sox. In their defense, those Cubs could not have known that, 90 years later, North Side fans would still be pulling hair out over this team.

Now, it cannot be said for certain that gamblers got to the ’18 Cubs. But Eddie Cicotte, pitcher and one of the eight White Sox outcasts from the ’19 World Series, did say in a newly found affidavit he gave to the 1920 Cook County grand jury that the Cubs influenced the Black Sox. Cicotte said the notion of throwing a World Series first came up when the White Sox were on a train to New York. The team was discussing the previous year’s World Series, which had been fixed, according to players. Some members of the Sox tried to figure how many players it would take to throw a Series. From that conversation, Cicotte said, a scandal was born.

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Focusing On What’s Important

Sunday, April 20th, 2008


First Star – Ryan Theriot (.180)
Second Star – Nate McLouth (.110)
Third Star – Aramis Ramirez (.087)
Top Play – Nate McLouth’s run scoring walk in the 5th (+.085)


I sat at my computer yesterday evening and clicked on MLB.com to see a story about former catcher, John Marzano. Most people have probably never heard of him. After all, he played 10 years, but never saw more than 200 at bats in any of them. For me, I hadn’t heard of him until last year when he began co-hosting a show on MLB.com. Downloading the MLB daily audio podcast each day, I began to listen to Marzano on the radio and while he was a little rough around the edges, he had an easy listen about him. Unfortunately, the story I read last night was to announce his passing at the age of 45. Marzano apparently had a heart attack and then fell down a flight of stairs at his house.

Forty-Five. It sounds scary when I say it to myself. No one likes to head about death or even think about it, but the fact remains that each one of us has a finite number of days on this earth. For some, their number is very short and for others it’s much longer than we may think they deserve. The Marzano story hit me pretty hard and reminded me, with a slap in the face, of my own mortality. However, it also reminded me of something far more important that I feel led to share. I’ve never really used this place as a soapbox, but today I feel burdened to unload it.

I don’t know much about Marzano and where he stood in relationship to “religion”, but I know where I stand. I am a follower of Christ. I believe that Jesus Christ was born, led a perfect life, and then died in my place to pay for not only my sins, but the sins of everyone who has lived and will still live. I believe that every person that enters this world does so mired in sin and in need of a savior. We don’t have the ability to work our way into good graces with God, similar to what Ronny Cedeno has been doing over the past few days with Lou Piniella after some very profitable at bats. The fact remains that we’re sinners and need to rely wholly on Christ for our salvation. Because of that commitment, I know that death is not the end for me. At the time of my death, I will be face to face with my savior. I hope John Marzano had that assurance as well. Insight.org has a good article that goes into more depth on this.

If you have any questions about how you can know Christ as your savior, please don’t hesitate to contact me, and if this post offended you, I wish I could say I was sorry. If I didn’t do it, I would regret it more than I would regret doing it and losing readership. Now, if you’re still in the mood for the game notes, here are some baseball thoughts.


Ryan Dempster looked pretty good in the first part of his start, but then had a terrible 5th inning. I found myself torn with mixed emotion as I watch Demp struggle. Part of me really wanted him to get out of the inning to qualify for the win, but at the same time I really wanted to see Lou walking out to the mound to go get the baseball. Demp was all over the map and did not have the control he had in the beginning of the game. He ended up getting out of the inning, which was good to see, but I was nervous. Overall, I think Dempster has been a pleasant surprise in that rotation and we’ve needed him. With Lilly struggling the way he has, Demp has stepped right in and gotten the job done with a 3-0 record and an ERA of 3.00.

The offense has been playing out of their minds lately and they showed a graphic on the screen today noting where we rank in key offensive categories. Here are some NL ranks for our offense.

Runs – 2nd
Doubles – 1st
Home Runs – 5th
Batting Average – 4th
On Base % – 3rd
Slugging % – 4th
OPS – 3rd
Stolen Bases – 4th
Walks – 5th

We’re taking care of business with the offense and it’s especially great to see the SB & Walks up where they are. The craziest thing about today was that both Fukudome and Soriano were out of the lineup. We’re plugging guys in and getting production out of them.

Ryan Theriot had a great game today and even found himself on the stars of the game by doing everything right. See Tommy, it doesn’t always favor the big boppers. Sometimes the little man can get ahead. Theriot seems to have settled into that number two spot in the order, hitting .355 / .394 / .613 in that spot coming into the day. After today, those numbers are even higher. If we can find some consistency in the leadoff spot, the lineup should be incredibly dangerous with Lee, Ramirez and Fukudome in the heart of the lineup. When Soriano comes back, he needs to find a home in the 6th spot and make the 3-6 spots in the order incredibly dangerous and tough to face. Here are Soriano’s career stats in that spot in the order. He’s performed well there in limited at bats and seems to fit in perfectly right there.

Random Notes

  • Aramis Ramirez has reached base in every game this year.
  • Mark DeRosa nearly killed himself going after a foul ball in the first as he tripped over the mound and almost hit his head on the brick wall.
  • Explain to me why Reed Johnson can’t play every day? People keep saying he’s not an every day solution in CF, but I say why not?
  • Fukudome was scratched from the game today due to swelling in a cyst above his right eye. Lou said “If he doesn’t play, it’s just a one-day thing.”, so it shouldn’t be something to worry about.
  • Mike Fontenot ran into an out on the bases when he got a little too aggressive rounding third and was tossed out by the pitcher.
  • Unrelated, but the Reds knocked around Eric Gagne (surprise surprise)
  • Frank Thomas and Hideo Nomo are now without work and may be done for life.
  • Today’s game marked the first time the Cubs have won 9 straight against the Pirates since the late 1930′s
  • A reader asked to add to the way we do the farm player tracker. I will now do a weekly feature that spotlights how some of our guys are doing overall, not just on a day to day basis. I’m sure Jon Pence will also be chiming in with good stuff as well, so be looking out for that, especially on the weekend.
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Probables & Farm Report

Sunday, April 20th, 2008
Scouting Report on Today’s Starting Pitchers

Ryan Dempster – Dempster looks more and more comfortable as a starter. He gave up four runs on five hits and five walks over six-plus innings against the Reds in his last start on Tuesday. The right-hander, who was the Cubs’ closer the last three years, has pitched at least six innings in each of his three games. He had a stellar start against the Pirates on April 9, holding them to one hit over seven scoreless innings.

Zach Duke – Duke struggled with his command and location in his last start more than he had in either of his previous two. However, to the credit of the left-hander, he kept the Pirates offense well within reach of a win by limiting the damage to just three runs (two earned) in six innings. Duke continues to rely heavily on his sinker, and it?s been there for him with relative certainty all season. This will be Duke?s second start against the Cubs this season. He didn?t factor in the decision in the first one, though he allowed just one run in seven innings of work.

  • Has a wicked curveball that left-handed hitters have trouble handling. His fastball tops out at around 93 m.p.h. Keeps a quiet focus while on the mound.
  • Needs to improve his change-up, which will help him against right-handed hitters. Tends to get hit hard in the early innings of his starts.
  • A decent mid-rotation starter.

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All Scouting Information taken from MLB.com and TSN.ca


News and Notes

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Organizational Roundup

(AAA) – Iowa Cubs – Lost vs. Oklahoma (4-7)

(AA) – Tennessee Smokies – Lost vs. Carolina (4-5)

(High A) – Daytona Cubs – Won vs. Brevard County (8-3)

(A) – Peoria Chiefs – Won vs. Great Lakes (9-7)

(SS) – Boise Hawks open their season June 17th

(RK) – Arizona Cubs open their season June 22nd

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Let’s Talk

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

First Star – Jason Marquis (.171)
Second Star – Derrek Lee (.151)
Third Star – Mark DeRosa (.094)
Top Play – Derrek Lee’s Homerun in the 1st inning (+.164)


With the team winning a laugher today I thought it might be fun to talk about two of the goings on in the world of Cubdom of late and give my thoughts. As always, we welcome your feedback on all posts as well as your participation via the diaries.

Matt Murton and Eric Patterson
I’m fine with the move, but have to admit that I would have rather seen Patterson get more of a chance. With DeRosa playing the way he has over the last two plus years, it’s beginning to be hard to see where Patterson fits on the team. The front office is not sold on his defense at second and have thus began working him in the outfield. Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be much opportunity there either. With Soriano being the big investment for the foreseeable future in left and Fukudome in right, the only spot left is center. If the Cubs are as high on Pie as they say they are, then the outfield is taken care of as well. Sometimes I just can’t figure out the thinking. When Lou comes out and talks about the need for a left handed bat with speed, which Patterson fills, and then only plays him once before he’s demoted, it just doesn’t make sense. Why not bring up Murton to begin with if that was who they wanted? At this point, with Tony Thomas playing well at Daytona, it seems best if the team sought to just move Patterson and try to get something of value at a different position. As for Matt Murton, he needs to be in the lineup every day while Soriano is out. Give him his chance to show what he can do, without being subject to a platoon. If you’re ultimately going to trade him, fine, but let him show teams what he’s worth.

Marty Brennaman
If you haven’t yet heard it, Marty let his thoughts on Cub fans be known this week after bleacher fools tossed a multitude of baseballs onto the field late in the game. If you would like to listen to the audio, click here.

It’s hard to defend the fact that the fans throwing the baseballs onto the field as Cubs tradition, because that type of behavior is not the same as tossing the ball back on a home run. At the same time, Marty’s blinding blanket statement that essentially comes across as all Cub fans are retarded is also very wrong. The Cubs and sports in general have idiot fans that go to the games and act like morons, primarily because of alcohol. They drink too much and act obnoxious toward others around them. Unfortunately, ushers spend more time harping on petty crap like putting your feet up, than they do ejecting these morons from the stands. I would love to see the Cubs take the lead in coming up with hard nosed policies on fan behavior, particularly in the bleachers. If a fan is yelling all kinds of vulgar language, kick him out. There is a difference between cursing when something happens and yelling obscene language throughout the game. There is no place for that and it makes it very uncomfortable to be around. What Marty doesn’t understand is that this goes on all throughout baseball, Cincinnati included. To stereotype all Cub fans like he did is very very wrong. I’m a Marty fan, but he was out of line.


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Matt Murton Recalled…Eric Patterson Demoted

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today recalled outfielder Matt Murton from Triple-A Iowa and optioned infielder Eric Patterson to Triple-A.

Murton, who spent all of spring training with the Cubs before being optioned to Triple-A on March 30, hit .317 with five runs scored and two RBI with 10 walks to contribute to a .462 on-base percentage in 13 games with Iowa this season. He batted .348 (24-for-69) in 27 spring training games this year.

The 26-year-old Murton has spent all or part of the last three seasons in the big leagues with the Cubs, batting .296 (246-for-830) with 28 home runs and 98 RBI in 289 games. In 2007, he batted .281 (66-for-235) with eight home runs and 22 RBI in 94 major league contests.

Patterson was recalled from Triple-A last Wednesday and appeared in three contests, including a start at second base yesterday vs. Pittsburgh. He combined to go 0-for-6 yet recorded his first major league RBI and stolen base during this stint.

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Probables & Farm Report

Saturday, April 19th, 2008
Scouting Report on Today’s Starting Pitchers

Jason Marquis – Making his first start in a week, Marquis held the Phillies to two runs on four hits over five innings. The right-hander had been sidelined with strep throat, and skipped one start. He pitched well, although he did walk five.

Tom Gorzelanny – Gorzelanny silenced the rumors about possible shoulder problems with a solid outing in his last start on Sunday against the Reds. Coming off back-to-back ineffective outings, the southpaw hurled 6 1/3 innings and gave up just one run on four hits. He evened his record at 1-1 as the Pirates defeated the Reds, 9-1. The key for Gorzelanny was his command as he pounded the strike zone.

  • Can rear back and boost his low-90′s, darting heat to 95 m.p.h. when needed. Has a nasty slider and good change-up. Works well with runners on.
  • Needs to avoid the big inning in order to fully blossom as a starting pitcher. Could still use work on his stamina and ability to throw first-pitch strikes.
  • A good No. 2 starter.

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All Scouting Information taken from MLB.com and TSN.ca


News and Notes

  • JR Mathes only allowed one run in 6.0 innings pitched
  • Josh Vitters hit 3 extra-base hits
  • Ty Wright was 3-for-4
  • Joseph Simokaitis hit 2 extra-base hits

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Organizational Roundup

(AAA) – Iowa Cubs – Won against New Orleans (5-2)

(AA) – Tennessee Smokies – Lost to Montgomery (5-8)

(High A) – Daytona Cubs – Lost to Brevard County (3-8)

(A) – Peoria Chiefs – Lost to Great Lakes (4-7)

(SS) – Boise Hawks open their season June 17th

(RK) – Arizona Cubs open their season June 22nd

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A big Hill to climb

Friday, April 18th, 2008

First Star – Kerry Wood (.167)
Second Star – Rich Hill (.156)
Third Star – Jason Bay (.106)
Play of the Game – Fukudome’s triple in the 4th (+.120)


The big story before this game would be the return of Rich Hill to the Cubs rotation after not pitching in eight days. Hill, who has always been a pitcher with good control, faltered with erratic pitching throughout the entirety of Spring Training and into the early season. Hill entered this game with 7 walks in 9 innings pitched. Last start Len Kasper stated that there was a rumor that Rich Hill heard a story about the struggles that another pitcher was having with control and that those stories might be playing with his mind. Again, if this it true we need help.

Also notable before the game was that Eric Patterson would lead off for the Cubs and play second base. This change at the top of the order was somewhat understandable in that Mike Fontenot stranded seven guys on base yesterday. I don’t understand why Patterson is the next choice and I would like to ask you about this later. Recently I have heard about how the eight hole is the hardest place to hit in the lineup- especially in relation to Pie’s struggles.

The Pitching

Rich Hill was not amazing but he was good. This is a good step to recovery for him. It looked real bad when the game started with a four pitch walk to Pirates lead off guy Nate McLouth (Who got thrown out stealing only once in high school, and has never been caught stealing in the majors). Hill was battling early and he looked like he was going to have a mental breakdown. Hill could only get his curve ball over early on but he was helped by a McLouth pick off.

Hill gave up a run in the second when Xavier Nady drove a curve ball into the outfield driving in Jason Bay. The fact that the curve was the go to pitch hurt Hill in this situation but he got better as the day went on. Hill was pulled in the fifth leading 3-1. This was another good move by Lou to try to give Hill the chance for a win, which he got. Hill’s final line: 5ip, (only) 3h, 1er, 3bb, 4k, 82 pitches only 46 for strikes. He struggled but he won…and only gave up one run.

The bullpen was good. At times real good. Lieber got two outs in the sixth after the weird inning and poor performance of yesterday. Marshall got the final out in the sixth. Marmol pitched the seventh and eighth. He gave up a solo home run to McLouth in the eighth. He also had five strikeouts.

Kerry Wood threw a six pitch 1-2-3 ninth inning to get the save.

The Bats

The Cubs really had a bad day at the plate except for the fourth inning. They stranded a lot of guys and missed out on good scoring chances throughout the game. In the first they got runners at the corners with two out and Fukudome could not come through. In the second DeRosa led off with a double but did not move from there. In the third Theriot tripled with one out and did not score. (It reminded me of all of the missed opportunities of yesterday’s game.) They scored all the runs they would score, and fortunately would need, in the fourth. Fukudome leads off with a triple. DeRosa singles him in. Soto doubles and DeRo goes to third. Johnson singles scoring DeRo. Patterson grounds out and Soto scores. 3-1. DeRosa and Johnson were both 2 for 4 today and were on every at bat yesterday. Maybe they could be moved up in the lineup?

Johnson also made a back to the field running catch which was a clear confidence boost to Hill on the mound.

Here was a stunning statistic: The Cubs lead the majors in pitches/ab with 3.96. This has a lot to do with Fukudome who is at 4.63. But I also must say that I think Soriano was taking more pitches this year as well.

Side notes:

Yesterday there was the Henry Blanco bunting fiasco. Henry missed a sign but the bad part was that Mike Quade, third base coach, said “Next time I will walk down and talk to the batter.” Quade should have realized that Blanco missed the sign on strike 2 but did not talk to him about it and allowed him to strike out on a foul bunt. How could you not walk up and tell him? Pathetic. Worst third base coach in baseball…unless Wavin’ Wendell is still around.

I was at the game yesterday and I saw firsthand that the redone field is gorgeous. It also looks a ton safer. No hills around.

I wanted your input…

Who should be leading off and batting second?

I would propose: Johnson, DeRosa, Lee, Ramirez, Fukudome, Soto, Theriot, Fontenot, Pitcher. What do you propose?

Meltdowns

Seeing Hill almost meltdown again today it reminded me of when Rick Ankiel went nuts and could not get the ball to the catcher. And the worst one I remember was (I think) Chuck Knoblauch who went through a phase when he could not throw the ball from second to first with the Yankees. Do you remember any meltdowns?

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