I want to hear from you!!! I’ve seen the topic added to the suggestions box about who should be the closer for this team. We’ve seen Wood blow a couple saves, but look good at times as well. We’ve seen Marmol be lights out, but know that he’s young. What I’d like to do is address the question of who you would like to see be the closer for this team and why. I’m going to compile a collection of the reader and staff suggestions (max 250 words) and post them as a massive roundtable next week. In addition, the best reader submission, as judged by me, will receive a copy of MLB ’08 the show for PS3. If you don’t have PS3, then throw that sucker on E-bay and make a quick $50. With that being said, take some time to formulate your opinion on the topic and enter the mix by sending it to:

Please don’t leave it in the comment section. I will forget about those and that would be a shame.

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Series Tale of the Tape

Scouting Today’s Starting Pitchers

Chad Billingsley continued to pitch like an ace against the Reds, throwing seven scoreless innings and allowing four singles. In this game, he had complete command of his elusive curveball. Billingsley has quality starts in four of his last five appearances. His only appearance against the Cardinals last year was in relief.

  • Though a power pitcher with mid-90’s heat, he also has a fantastic curveball and great command. Also displays a strong slider.
  • He’d be even more effective with a better change-up, since left-handed hitters can crush him on occasion. Needs to improve his stamina.
  • Ace potential, but for now a strong No. 2 starter.
  • 2-0, 0.64 in last 14IP

Ryan Dempster made one bad pitch in his last start against the Astros, and they made him pay. He had given up two earned runs over 20 1/3 innings prior to the game, and Hunter Pence doubled that when he connected on his second career grand slam. Dempster was more upset with how the hitters got on ahead of Pence’s slam. He fell behind, which led to bad inning management. Dempster struck out five and walked two over six innings.

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

News & Notes

  • Randy Wells only allowed one run in 6.0 innings pitched
  • Alessandro Maestri only allowed 2 runs and 2 hits over 6.0 innings pitched
  • Eric Patterson was 3-for-4
  • Luis Figueroa was 3-for-4
  • Koyie Hill was 3-for-4
  • Tony Thomas was 2-for-3 with a double

Got a player you’d like to see added to the player tracker? Drop us a line in the comments

Organizational Roundup

(AAA) – Iowa Cubs – Won vs. Oklahoma (9-2)

(AA) – Tennessee Smokies – No Game

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

(A) – Peoria Chiefs – Lost vs Wisconsin (2-3)

(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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