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Cubs roll, Johnson breaks foot

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Today the Cubs totally annihilated the Astros and took the lead with a decisive 12-0 win over the Astros.  It’s hard to say what was more dominant, the Cubs hitting or the pitching of Randy Wells; Mitch Atkins came in for mop-up action in the 9th and every single Cubs bench player saw action.

Lost to the Cubs today is center fielder Reed Johnson, who broke a foot on a foul tip.  Johnson will miss an estimated 4-6 weeks.  Expect Sam Fuld to return to the Cubs roster – Cubs catcher Koyie Hill is still pulling marathon man action behind the plate so a callup of C Chris Robinson is also a possibility.  Robinson is hitting .321 with one error for Iowa so this move makes the most sense.  It would also allow the Cubs to give Jake Fox time in LF, RF and occasionally at 3B and 1B in a backup role or late inning substitute.  Now the Cubs must substitute Fox for another player when he pinch-hits because they are burning their backup catcher – this an unnecessary consideration for Cubs’ manager Lou Piniella.

The Cubs will enjoy a day off Thursday prior to starting a series against the dreaded Marlins. I always hate playing these guys for more reasons than 2003. They always seem to bring good pitching and we always seem to have critical meltdowns when we play these upstarts. Florida is third in the wildcard race, 2.5 games behind San Francisco. Everybody talks about Hanley Ramirez but I’m as concerned (if not more) with their outfield. It consists of CF Cody Ross (14 HR, 463 SLG,) Brett Carroll and Jeremy Hermida. All of those guys can hit an extra base hit and so can Cantu. Dan Uggla leads the team with 17 homeruns and we all know about their pitching staff led by Josh Johnson. The Cubs will play three games in Florida and none of them appears to be in danger of being blacked out – they will then enjoy another day off on Monday.

  • Lizzie

    Hey Mark I don’t think they’re off tomorrow, think it’s a makeup from an earlier rainout. 1:20 start w/ Hart pitching.

  • MJ

    ^ Lizzie you are correct.

    so a callup of C Chris Robinson is also a possibility. Robinson is hitting .321 with one error for Iowa so this move makes the most sense.

    Why don’t you hit us over the head with a 2×4. Instead of telling us this over and over and over. One error? For a Catcher? That’s meaningless.

  • silk

    Sori is a superstar. I’m glad he’s basically untradeable. There are few guys who can get in a groove like this guy can, and he’s carrying the offense right now.

  • cap’n obvious

    passed balls are not counted as errors, so I’d need to know the passed ball stats to feel better about Robinson. Maybe a % of stolen bases, too.

  • Mastrick

    I stand corrected, forgot about the rainout.

  • passed balls are not counted as errors, so I’d need to know the passed ball stats to feel better about Robinson. Maybe a % of stolen bases, too.

    I’ve posted this a couple of times, but there are many reasons to not be excited about Robinson, or even be interested in him.

    Robinson only has an OBP of .333. Yea, you read that correctly. Only a .12 point difference between his batting average and OBP. He also has a high, and unsustainable, .368 BABIP. He also has a 5:1 K/BB ratio, yet doesn’t hit for any power.

    As for his defense, he has only thrown out 16% of base thieves and has 5 passed balls in 55 games. For context, only two major league catchers have more passed balls this season (and both have played in more games).

    • Dave, he would be a BACKUP catcher that would allow Fox to get in the game in other spots. Not to mention that Koyie Hill’s OBP is .299.

  • cap’n obvious

    wow. 16% of AAA runners is really not good. Passed balls can be subjective, depending on the officail scorer, but good catchers don’t have 1 in every 11 games. Might a deal possibly be made for a backup catcher?

  • Dave, he would be a BACKUP catcher that would allow Fox to get in the game in other spots. Not to mention that Koyie Hill’s OBP is .299.

    Koyie Hill’s OBP is at the major league level, not in the minors.

    I just don’t get what the point would be to bring up a backup catcher who a) can’t hit, and b) doesn’t appear to be able to play much defense.

  • MJ

    The guy is obviously not major league ready, or he would have been called up immediately.