Posted on 21 February 2012 by Lou
Finally – the Cubs have to send reliever Chris Carpenter to the Boston Red Sox as compensation for hiring away Theo Epstein as its new President of Baseball Operations. This was a long time coming and although Carpenter has only had 10 mediocre major league appearances, it seems like a “too high” price to pay for someone that doesn’t even take the field. Throw in the fact that the Red Sox chose NOT to keep Epstein (he was under contract as the Red Sox GM for 1 more year and they could have renegotiated an extension with him if they wanted to), and this seems like a bit of a coup for the Red Sox who are in need of pitching help anywhere they can find it.
Epstein had this to say – “I am relieved that this process is over and particularly pleased that the teams were able to reach agreement on their own without intervention from MLB… I truly hope and believe that this resolution will benefit both clubs, as well as Chris, who is an extremely talented reliever joining a great organization at a time when there’s some opportunity in the major league bullpen.”
Carepenter is 26 years old and he appeared in 42 games for the Cubs in 2011 – at the Double-A, Triple-A and major league levels. He appeared in 10 games at the big league level – 2.79 ERA. In 4 minor league season, Carpenter is 21-19 with a 3.62 ERA.
At least this is finally over…
Posted on 20 June 2011 by Lou
The Cubs dropped the final 2 games of the Yankees series over the weekend at Wrigley Field to fall to 29-42 on the season – 10 gamed behind the Cards and Brewers. Both games were nationally televised broadcast losses and they erased some good “mojo” they had developed after taking 3 of 4 from the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley earlier in the week and the opener of the Cubs-Yankees series on Friday afternoon.
Randy Wells pitched 6 solid innings, allowing 4 ER on 5 hits and 4 walks. He was hurt by Starlin Castro’s quick attempt to get a double play in the 4th inning with a runner on 1st base and one out. Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano were both safe on Cano’s weak grounder in front of home when Castro pulled his foot off the bag at 2nd base on Geovany Soto’s throw. Castro should have made sure that he got the lead runner at 2nd base, but he didn’t, and then his throw to 1st in an attempt to get the speedy Cano was late. Both players were safe and both came around to score to cut the Cubs lead to 4-3.
Sean Marshall pitched a perfect 7th inning, but then surrendered back-to-back hits to start the 8th inning. Manager Mike Quade opted to go with the righty Chris Carpenter to make Nick Swisher bat from the left side and he made them pay with a 3-run jack to deep right field. Just like that, the Cubs 4-1 lead turned into a 7-4 deficit with a few key plays.
Reed Johnson had 2 hits and a run scored in the loss. Aramis Ramirez continued his hot hitting by going 4 for 5 with a run scored. Alfonso Soriano hit his 6th career homer off of Yankees’ starter CC Sabathia with his 3-run shot that gave the Cubs a 4-1 lead in the 3rd inning.
The Cubs travel down to the south side to take on the White Sox this week. Carlos Zambrano makes his 1st appearance in U.S. Cellular Field since he had a 1st inning outburst during last season’s inter-league play when he felt like certain players were not giving their all. Big Z was suspended for his actions and forced to take anger management classes. Zambrano goes against Gavin Floyd tonight in the opener of the 3-game series.