Posted on 16 March 2012 by Lou
Thursday was a bad day for the Cubs, as each split squad suffered a bad loss, with players getting injured.
The D’Backs roughed up Ryan Dempster in a 12-2 drubbing. Dempster surrendered 3 ER on 8 hits in just 3 2/3 innings of work. He did have 3 K’s though.
The Rockies also handed the Cubs a 7-5 loss. Rodrigo Lopez gave up 2 ER on 6 hits in his 3 innings of work.
Darwin Barney was a late scratch with a leg injury. Ian Stewart had a similar issue. And Blake DeWitt was hit with a pitch on his hand and it is unknown how severe the injury is.
Wow – what a dousy. Let’s hope the weekend produces better results for the Cubbies…
Posted on 20 February 2012 by Lou
Blake DeWitt has decided to take his “assignment” off of the Cubs 40-man roster and join the rest of the crew in Mesa for Spring Training 2012.
This was purely a “dollars and sense” decision for DeWitt. He avoided arbitration with the Cubs by agreeing to a 1-year, $1.1 million deal back in January. By accepting the Cubs assignment, he is guaranteed that $1.1 million deal, even if he does not make the opening day roster. After the Cubs dumped DeWitt to pick up Adrian Cardenas off of waivers from the A’s, no team claimed DeWitt during the 10-day waiver window, so it then fell back on DeWitt to make his decision. If he did not accept the Cubs assignment, he would have become a free agent for the 1st time in his career, but he likely wouldn’t have found another million dollar deal out there. Good for him for using his head and not holding a grudge against the Cubs for releasing him.
DeWitt will now fight for some role with the Cubs opening day roster this spring. GM Jed Hoyer had some kind words for DeWitt – “We are certainly hopeful that he will remain with us. Our thoughts haven’t changed about Blake. We were able to acquire Cardenas and our hope was to have both guys in the organization. If Blake comes back he has every possible chance to compete for a job in camp and have very much the same role as last year.”
This should make for a fun spring for the young infielders (Darwin Barney, Cardenas, DeWitt) competing for a spot with the major league club.
Posted on 08 February 2012 by Lou
The Cubs released infielder Blake DeWitt in order to pick up Adrian Cardenas off of waivers from the Oakland A’s. This was an interesting move.
DeWitt played in 121 games for the Cubs in 2011 – .265 batting average with 5 HR’s, 11 doubles and 25 RBI’s.
Cardenas, on the other hand, played 127 games with Triple-A Sacramento. His offensive numbers were impressive – .314 batting average, 5 HR’s, 28 doubles, 70 runs scored and 51 RBI’s. He is younger and primarily a 2nd baseman, but he also played multiple games at 3rd base and left field for the A’s minor league squad. He is a left-handed hitter who throws right-handed and could make a spirited run at de-throning Darwin Barney from his starting 2nd base job.
DeWitt is clearly more of a back-up infielder these days, while Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer see Cardenas as an up-and-coming youngster who could surprise some people at the major league level. He was picked up by the Phillies as the 37th overall pick in the 2006 draft and has been in the A’s organization since July 2008. And you gotta love what the A’s can do with raw talent…
Posted on 29 August 2011 by Lou
Randy Wells tossed his 1st career complete game shutout in the Cubs 7-0 win over the Giants in San Francisco on Monday night. Wells has turned his season around with some good pitching of late. In his last 4 starts, he has given up just 7 ER on 16 hits in 27 2/3 innings pitched. He is 3-0 in those 4 starts. While his ERA is still over 5.00 at 5.06, he has lowered his WHIP to 1.38 and he has re-gained the confidence that deserted him after he went on the DL after just 1 start to kick off the 2011 campaign.
Wells faced only 4 batters over the minimum in the game – 2 hits and 2 walks allowed. He allowed only 2 runners to reach base 2nd base.
Alfonso Soriano gave the Cubs the 1st lead of the game with a solo HR of Tim Lincecum in the 5th inning. Then the Cubs blew the game open with 2 more HR’s against Lincecum in the 7th inning. Geovany Soto hit a solo shot and Blake DeWitt’s 3-run bomb to right field finally chased Lincecum from the game with the Cubs leading 5-0. Carlos Pena added a solo shot later in the inning and Marlon Byrd singled home DeWitt in the 9th to cap the scoring.
Matt Garza squares off against Ryan Vogelsong in Game 2 of the series Tuesday night.
Posted on 30 June 2011 by Lou
Ryan Dempster shocked me as he matched 2-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum pitch-for-pitch in a remarkable pitching duel. Dempster worked 8 scoreless innings and had a 1-run lead as he stepped onto the bump in the top of the 9th at 78 pitches. But when he allowed a lead-off double to Pat Burrell, Manager Mike Quade made the shocking move to “pull” Dempster from the 1-0 game after he had just pitched one of the best games of his career. Come on, Quade – you are 11.5 games out of 1st place. It’s not like this win is that important in the grand scheme of things. Dempster earned the right to pitch out the game and try to get out of the 1-on, nobody out jam in the 9th. But Quade made the move to go with closer Carlos Marmol to “save” the all-important game for the Cubs. And the move totally back-fired. After a strikeout, Marmol allowed an RBI single that tied the game at 1. He then gave up a walk and a hit to put the go-ahead run in scoring position with only 1 out and luckily got Cody Ross to hit into an inning-ending double play to preserve the 1-1 tie. But by then, the excitement over a big 1-0 win over Lincecum was long gone.
That being said, the Cubs showed some grit when Tony Campana singled to lead off the 9th inning and and Reed Johnson sacrificed him over to 2nd base to put the speedster in scoring position with only 1 out. Geovany Soto grounded out, but pinch-hitter Aramis Ramirez came through with the clutch game-winning hit to drive in Campana with the winning run.
After 6+ scoreless innings, the Cubs finally broke through off of Lincecum in the 7th inning. Blake DeWitt’s single drove in Carlos Pena who had doubled to lead off the inning. It was nice to see some clutch hitting there.
The Cubs are 33-48 and they trail the Brewers by 10.5 games in the NL Central race.
Posted on 27 June 2011 by Lou
The Cubs dropped the rubber game of the 3-game weekend series to the Royals in Kansas City by a 6-3 deficit. Randy Wells’ 2011 struggles continued as he allowed 4 1st inning runs to put the Cubs in an immediate hole. Wells ended up lasting 6 innings, but he allowed all 6 ER on 10 hits and 2 walks.
Geovany Soto had 3 hits in the loss, including his 7th HR of the season, but he is only hitting ,225 on the year. Soto had 2 of the Cubs 3 RBI’s. Blake Dewitt had 2 hits and drove in the other Cubs run. Starlin Castro went 1 for 4 to keep his hitting streak alive – now at 10 games in a row. Catsro has a .326 batting average which is good for 3rd best in the National League.
The Cubs played the Rockies today in a make-up of the April 27th game that was postponed due to rain. The Cubs won 7-3 – more on this in the morning…
Posted on 23 June 2011 by Lou
The White Sox defeated the Cubs 4-3 to take the opening series of the 2011 Crosstown Classic. Jake Peavy outdueled Doug Davis, although the Cubs did have plenty of opportunities to tack on some runs against a rusty Peavy who was coming off the DL. Peavy allowed 10 hitters to reach base in only 5+ innings, but the Cubs only managed to push across 3 runs against him. Not good at all. Carlos Pena hit a home run for the 3rd straight game, while Starlin Castro continued his hot hitting with 2 more hits. He is now hitting .322 with 36 RBI’s and 42 runs scored. Kosuke Fukudome and Blake DeWitt also each had 2 hits in the loss.
For the 3rd straight night, the White Sox jumped out to an early lead – 3-0 in the 4th on A.J. Pierzynski’s 2-run triple and Brent Lillibridge’s great bunt single that scored Pierzynski. Doug Davis struggled with his command again, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits and 2 walks in just 5 innings. The game-winning run that scored in the 5th inning, however, was unearned because of DeWitt’s fielding error that would have ended the threat. Instead, it allowed the Sox to load the bases and Davis ended up plunking Lillibridge to force in the go-ahead run.
The Cubs can take some solace in playing 3 “OK” games, but the bottom line is wins. And the Cubs just aren’t doing enough of that this season.
The Cubs have a day off before traveling to Kansas City to take on the Royals in more inter-league play this weekend.
Posted on 16 June 2011 by Lou
Carlos Zambrano struggled for the 2nd straight start since calling out closer Carlos Marmol for blowing a save in which Big Z stood to get the win back on June 5th against the Cardinals. Since then, Zambrano has given up 12 ER on 16 hits and 9 walks to the Phillies and Brewers, both games which the Cubs have lost. After having some impressive outings earlier this season, Big Z has been a mess of late with his ERA rising to 4.59. So much for trading him when the iron was hot.
On a side note – maybe we’ll see Prince Fielder in a Cubs uni next year?!?!
Jeff Baker homered in the 1st to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead and Reed Johnson cut the Brewers 5-1 lead to 5-4 with his 3-run bomb in the 4th inning, but it wasn’t enough. Johnson, Blake DeWitt and DJ Lemahieu each had 2 hits in the loss. The Cubs committed an error for what seems like the 50th game in a row. It led to 2 unearned runs off of James Russell in the 7th inning that increased the Brewers lead to 7-4.
News Flash – Cubs defeated the Brewers today 12-7 to take 3 of 4 from the Brewers this week at Wrigley…
Posted on 08 June 2011 by Lou
Another day, another loss as the Cubs fell to the Reds 8-2 for a 2nd straight night. The line was eerily similar, as each team racked up 10 hits apiece, but it was the Reds who came through with more clutch hits en route to an easy 8-2 win for a 2nd straight game.
It was all down hill for the Cubs after Blake DeWitt staked the Cubs to a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning on an RBI double. Doug Davis lasted just 4 1/3 innings, allowing 4 ER on 7 hits and 3 walks. He has lost all 5 of his starts for the Cubs in 2011 and his ERA sits at a lofty 6.38. John Grabow took it on the chin in the 7th inning by allowing 4 ER on a grand slam to Miguel Cairo. Nice.
Blake DeWitt and Darwin Barney collected 3 hits apiece in the loss. DeWitt now leads the team with a .316 batting average after starting the season in a miserable slump.
The Cubs are now 23-36 and they trails the Cards by 12.5 games.
Good news, although I don’t want to celebrate prematurely — the Cubs lead the Reds 4-1 through 7 innings today. They have it perfectly set up for a Sean Marshall/Carlos Marmol finish (Ryan Dempster worked 6 innings and Kerry Wood pitched a scoreless 7th inning) to end the losing streak at 8 games. Keep your fingers crossed…
Posted on 07 June 2011 by Lou
Matt Garza returned from the disabled list, but was largely ineffective in the Cubs 8-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Garza labored through 4 innings and left after 81 pitches on a hot, muggy night. Garza allowed 4 ER on 6 hits and 3 walks during his outing and his record fell to 2-5.
Gotta love these stats:
Through 5 innings against Reds starter Matt Leake – the Cubs had 10 hitters reach base, but scored just 2 runs and trailed 7-2.
The Cubs and Reds each had 10 hits, but the Reds made the most of theirs, scoring 8 runs to just 2 for the Cubs.
Jeff Samardzija has struggled of late. He allowed 3 ER on 3 hits in 2 innings of work. Samardzija has now allowed runs in 3 straight appearances and 4 of his last 6 appearances. Not good.
On a few positive notes, Kosuke Fukudome had 3 hits and his batting average is back up to .310. Darwin Barney’s 2 hits knocked him back over the .300 mark as well. And Blake DeWitt has really turned it on of late – he had 3 more hits in the loss and his batting average is now back up to .292. Maybe it jkust took some time before he got completely comfortable with his new hitting swing.
The Cubs have now lost 7 straight games. The Cubs are 23-35 – 12 games under .500. Only the Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins have worse records than the Cubs in all of baseball…