I had a few notes from last night’s game, but I didn’t want to tread on Dan’s turf, since he was recapping the game. Before I mention those, I did want to draw your attention to the fact that we now have star ratings at the bottom of each post where you can give us some feedback without making a comment. Don’t be lazy. Get your rate on. On to my thoughts.

  • Did anyone else see the crazy kid in the 8th inning that was sitting behind the plate that was dancing like a crazy man? Len and Bob were loving it, and I have to say that it beats seeing morons waving while on their cell phones. I’ll take a dancing 5 year old any day of the week.
  • If it were me, I would have pulled Soriano the first time I was him limping after his first at bat. He can tell you all he wants that it’s not an injury, but rather a lack of comfort in going hard on the leg. I’m not buying it. You don’t all of a sudden start limping like that out of nowhere unless something is still wrong. He wasn’t doing that when he came back from the DL and all of a sudden he’s doing it last night. I’m sorry, but I’m not buying his stories. Sit his butt on the bench and give the starts to a Hoffpauir, Johnson, DeRosa platoon.
  • Carlos Zambrano = WOW!!!!
Scouting Today’s Starting Pitchers

Jason Marquis loves facing the Pirates. Both of his wins this season have come against them. In his last start, he held Pittsburgh to two earned runs in six innings to snap a three-game losing streak and drop his ERA below five as the Cubs closed out an 8-2 home stand. He registered a season-high seven strikeouts in an earlier six-inning, one-run win against the division foe in April. If the Cubs can get Marquis on a roll, they could have one of the finest top-to-bottom rotations in baseball.

Phil Dumatrait, simply put, didn’t have any command his last time out. He walked seven Chicago hitters in 4 2/3 innings and threw more balls (53) than strikes (52) before being pulled. Both he and his manager were unable to pinpoint any particular mechanical problem, saying bluntly that Dumatrait’s location was just off. On an encouraging note, though, the lefty extended himself to the 100-pitch mark for the first time this season and said afterward that he didn’t fatigue.

  • Is a typical crafty lefty, with pretty good command of his pitches and an understanding of how to pitch in tight spots.
  • May not have enough of an arsenal to pitch every five days at the big-league level. Must always be pinpoint with his control.
  • A back-of-the-rotation starter or middle reliever.
  • 0-1, 5.90 in last 10.2IP
All Scouting Info taken from MLB.com and TSN.ca

News & Notes

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  • Randy Keisler struck out 7 batters and pitched 8.0 scoreless innings
  • Mario Mercedes hit 2 extra-base hits
  • Blake Lalli hit 2 extra-base hits
  • Christopher Robinson was 3-for-4
  • Kevin Kreier allowed one run in 4 innings pitched

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Organizational Roundup

(AAA) – Iowa Cubs – Won vs. Oklahoma (1-0)

(AA) – Tennessee Smokies – Won vs. Mississippi (8-3)

(High A) – Daytona Cubs – Lost vs. Tampa (8-12)

(A) – Peoria Chiefs – Won vs Wisconsin (5-2)

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

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

View the full organizational report courtesy of First Inning here.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail