Posted on 24 March 2011 by Lou
The Cubs cut 4 pitchers from there spring training camp roster this week. Lefty Scott Maine and righty Justin Berg were 2 of the casualties and they will start the season at Triple-A Iowa. There was an outside chance that Maine was going to make the opening day roster, but with a healthy Sean Marshall, John Grabow and James Russell, the Cubs decided not to keep 4 lefties in the bullpen. Manager Mike Quade had this to say about Maine’s progress – “He pitched great for me last year and he’s had an OK spring but it’s command with him and experience. He was a starter for a long time and is continuing to learn abuot pitching out of the pen and how to make 18 pitches work for you instead of having 70 or 80 to figure it out.” Maine appeared in 13 MLB games for the Cubs in 2010. He had a nifty 2.08 ERA with 11 K’s in 13 innings pitched and looks to have a bright future with the Cubs at only 26 years of age.
Berg, on the other hand, had a rough spring. He only pitched 4 innings and gave up 10 ER (7 runs in one outing) on 8 hits in the process. Berg had trouble with his control and keeping pitches down, so he will head to the minors to continue to get ready for the upcoming season.
Todd Wellemeyer and Angel Guzman were the other 2 players cut. Guzman is recovering from right shoulder surgery and is scheduled to make his first appearance in a game next week. Wellemeyer was a non-roster invitee and has been bothered by a sore hip all spring. It is unclear what Wellemeyer plans to do for the rest of the season.
We’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear anything else on who ends up winning the 5th starting spot in the rotation and the 2nd base job that is still up for grabs as well.
Posted on 02 March 2011 by Lou
The Cubs finally got their 1st spring win, defeating the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants 3-2 on Tuesday. There were some positives and some negatives as there often are this early in the spring.
Ryan Dempster looked sharp in his 1st spring start. Dempster notched 3 K’s in 3 innings of work. He gave up 1 ER on 2 hits and a walk.
Todd Wellemeyer worked 2 scoreless innings and picked up the win in relief. He gave up 1 hit and notched 2 strikeouts.
Casey Coleman, Jeff Stevens and Esmailin Cardidad tossed scoreless innings to preserve the win.
The Cubs bats were silent against Tim Lincecum – the Giants ace threw 3 perfect innings wityh 2 K’s in his 1st spring start.
However, the top of the Cubs lineup propelled the club to victory in the top of the 6th inning. Kosuke Fukudome and Starlin Castro started the inning off with singles to set the table for the middle of the lineup. Marlon Byrd tied the game at 1 with an RBI single and then Aramis Ramirez had the game-winning hit with a 2-run double to give the Cubs a 3-1 lead.
One more negative – the Cubs committed 3 more errors and now have 9 errors in just 3 games – what the hell is going on with this club?
The pitching by the regulars has been mostly good so far (except for Matt Garza and Kerry Wood), so that is a good sign. But the bats are just not there yet and the fielding has been downright atrocious. This has gotta be very frustrating for Manager Mike Quade…
Posted on 26 January 2011 by Lou
The Cubs and Todd Wellemeyer have agreed upon a 1-year minor league deal that will bring the big righty back to the North Side. The deal is for $800,000 while Wellemeyer has the ability to earn an additional $400,000 in incentives.
Wellemeyer was part of the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants in 2010. He made 13 appearances (11 starts) and went 3-5 with a 5.68 ERA.
Wellemeyer made 57 appearances for the Cubs from 2003-2005. His best season came in 2008 when he went 13-9 with a 3.71 ERA as a starter for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Not really sure where he fits into the mix for the Cubs, especially at almost a million for the season, but we’ll see what if he has what it takes to be a veteran presence in the Cubs bullpen during the 2011 MLB schedule…