Star of the Game – Scott Feldman – .246 (WPA)
Roster Moves – Before the game tonight, the Cubs announced that Kameron Loe had been designated for assignment, with Rafael Dolis being called up in his place. It was gonna either be him or Shawn Camp, who may be seeing his days numbered as well as Kyuji Fujikawa is on recab assignment and should be ready to return soon. One thing is for sure, there is no where to go for this pen but up. Hopefully this move helps.
Also announced was that Dave Sappelt was optioned to AAA in favor of Ryan Sweeney. He’s played really well in Iowa so far this year, hitting six home runs so far and posting a split line of .337 / .396 / .627. He has big league experience so hopefully he can take the 5th outfield spot and run with it. I’m not really sure why moves like these have taken so long. We’re not winning. Sappelt wasn’t hitting. Why not shuffle some names in here and see what happens? Teams that aren’t winning don’t need to stand pat with the status quo. When things aren’t working, try new things.
An interesting nugget from Sun Times:
Ian Stewart is taking the 72-hour available time to report to Class AAA Iowa, where he was optioned on Friday. Stewart wasn’t with the I-Cubs during the weekend, but general manager Jed Hoyer said Stewart had the right to wait up to 72 hours to decide to report.
It’s Gotta Be The Beard – Once again, we saw a nice game turned in by Scott Feldman. When you look at the rotation as it’s currently constructed, you have to begin to wonder if there is mystical power in the full beard. Feldman, Travis Wood, and Carlos Villanueva are all sporting it and all are pitching really well. Jeff Samardzija and Edwin Jackson, neither of whom have a full beard, can’t buy a win to save their lives. They need to strongly consider growing the beard. It’s sad how watching a bad baseball team will cause you to write rubbish like that, but it’s like grasping at straws every night. In all seriousness, Feldman really did turn in a nice night once again. Coming off a complete game in his last start, he limited the damage by the Rangers, his old team, and contributed at the plate in the 4th after the Rangers decided to intentionally walk Darwin Barney with two outs to get to him. The at bat would fuel the five run 4th inning that proved to be the difference in the game. Ron Washington would again call for the intentional walk to Barney in the 5th, but Feldman didn’t come through again, despite the crowd rising to it’s feet in a great cheer (not for Feldman, but because of the announcement that the Bulls had defeated the Heat).
We talked about it the other day and it bears repeating again today. Dale is very close to having a dilemma on his hands when Matt Garza comes back from rehab. Garza pitched for Iowa today and went 3.1 IP, allowing four hits and one earned run while striking out three and walking none. His time is drawing nearer to return and that will force Dale to move one of the five members of the rotation into the pen. Considering it’s not going to be Samardzija, that just leaves four names, three of which are pitching really well. It’s hard to see the big free agent signing of the off-season being demoted, but until he catch pitch with his head outside of his butt, he’s got to be the name to go.