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Last night we saw Alfonso Soriano get hit in the hand with the diagnosis coming back positive for a broken hand. The estimate for his time on the shelf was set at six weeks and so some questions arose in my mind.
With Soriano out, is it finally time to call up Matt Murton and give him a chance? I think now is the time. Six weeks puts us right up to the trade deadline. Giving Murton a chance to show his stuff will allow the Cubs to showcase him if he’s the player everyone believes he is. Everyone makes the statement that the reason he’s not on the roster right now is due to his weak defense in the outfield. If that’s the honest reason for not playing him consistently in left field, then you can’t make Mark DeRosa your every day outfielder. DeRosa is just as weak in his outfield defense as Murton. So I ask you. What needs to be done in with this roster spot? Is it Murton? Is it Pie? Is it Patterson? Is it someone else?
Ryan Dempster rocked the house yesterday and is quietly punching all of his critics in the mouth with each and every start he makes. He got outs early in the inning, kept guys off base and was able to go the distance as a result. These are the kind of starts you need from your top of the rotation guys to ease the tension on that bullpen. The way Demp is going, I see no reason why he can’t represent the Cubs at Yankee Stadium in July. My question then is: Has Dempster finally won you over or are you still a doubter. I have completely bought into his success. The only thing I worry about is his durability toward the end of the year due to the fact that he’s still getting used to starting. I worry that as the innings reach the 150+ mark that his arm will begin to tire. I hope I’m wrong.
I’ve seen lots of talk going around the internet, and not just on fan blogs, that the Cubs are going to be major players in the Indians decide to move C. C. Sabathia. Sabathia is fresh off a Cy Young year and hasn’t been as sharp so far. Still, you have to give the guy the props for being one of the most durable and consistently tough starters to face. Obviously it’s impossible to comment on whether or not the trade would be good without any incling of what it would look like from the farm system point of view, but if you ask me if I’d want Sabathia for the run I’d have to say, yes. If the price is right, make the deal. My question to you is this: Do the Cubs need to go out and get a starter to be able to win or can they win it with what we have in house?
- A sound technician who makes excellent adjustments. Uses all his pitches and has a plan out there. A workhorse.
- Has lost a little of his strikeout dominance over the years. Can sometimes overthink when things go wrong.
- Ace-level top-of-rotation starter.
- 1-1, 2.43 in last 29.2 IP
News & Notes
- Blake Lalli hit 2 extra-base hits
- Dae-Eun Rhee allowed 1 hit in 4 innings pitched
- Esmailin Caridad allowed one run in 5 innings pitched
- Tony Thomas was 1-for-2 with 3 walks
- Rich Hill struck out 6 batters and allowed 4 runs in 4 innings pitched
(AAA) – Iowa Cubs – Lost vs. Memphis (2-5)
(AA) – Tennessee Smokies – Lost vs. Mississippi (2-5)
(High A) – Daytona Cubs – Won vs. Dunedin (10-6)
(A) – Peoria Chiefs – Lost vs. Quad Cities (3-7) & Won (2-1)
(SS) – Boise Hawks open their season June 17th
(RK) – Arizona Cubs open their season June 22nd
(RK) – Dominican Summer League Cubs – No Game
View the full organizational report courtesy of First Inning here.