News from the Wire….Central Division Champs Edition

As the saying goes….here is a little news you can use. Could Carlos Zambrano be slotted into the third spot of Lou Piniella’s playoff rotation? Geovany Soto and Carlos Marmol might sit out for the remainder of the Mets series. The Cubs made changes to the 40-man roster on Monday. More from the ‘First and Since Department‘ and WGN’s Tribute to the 2008 National League Central Division Champions….

Carlos Zambrano – Third in the Rotation?

Could Carlos Zambrano not start the opening game of the NLDS next Wednesday? According to a report from Phil Rogers in the Tribune, the answer is yes. Rogers stated with the Cubs pushing Rich Harden back from his scheduled start on Tuesday that could mean Carlos Zambrano will not take the mound in the playoffs until the third game….out of five.

Lou Piniella has not announced his rotation but with Ryan Dempster slated to start on Friday, Rogers thinks that would make Dempster and his 14-3 record at Wrigley this season the starter for game one. Harden would then start on six days rest in game two….which would line Zambrano up to start the third game on the road. Ted Lilly would be the game four starter, if necessary, and be available out of the pen for the first two games.

Bruce Miles mentioned Zambrano could go in game two or even Ted Lilly.

Stay Tuned….

Geovany Soto and Carlos Marmol

According to a report in the Tribune, “don’t look for Geovany Soto and Carlos Marmol to do much more during the series at Shea.Lou Piniella wants to give Soto a chance to rest his bruised left hand and Marmol needs a break and will receive “a playoff tuneup in Milwaukee.

40-Man Roster Moves

The Cubs made two 40-man roster moves on Monday. Adam Harben was designated for assignment to make room for Brad Snyder. Snyder was claimed off waivers by the Cubs from the Cleveland Indians according to a report on Snyder was the first round pick of the Indians (18th overall) in the 2003 draft. Snyder spent the last two seasons in Triple-A.

The left-handed outfielder was named the 25th best prospect in the Indians organization by Baseball America before the season.

Brad Snyder’s page from the Baseball Cube

Adam Harben was the PTBNL in the Phil Nevin trade with the Minnesota Twins in 2006. Harben has struggled with injuries since coming to the Cubs’ organization.

The First and Since Department

According to a report in the Tribune, the last Cubs’ pitcher to drive in five runs in a single game was Milt Pappas against the Mets on August 11, 1972. While the Cubs have put together a tremendous eight days….two of Mr. Pappas’ feats have been equaled.

WGN Tribute

Following Sunday’s final home game, WGN ran a musical tribute to the 2008 Chicago Cubs.


Quote of the Day

"People who write about Spring Training not being necessary have never tried to throw a baseball." – Sandy Koufax