Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 04/10/11

Game Nine: Cubs (4-4) vs. Brewers (4-5)
Game Time – 1:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Miller Park, Milwaukee

Casey Coleman (0-0, -.–/-.–) vs. Yovani Gallardo (1-0, 1.20/0.93)

For the Cubs to win their first road series of the season they will have to beat one of the best in the National League, Yovani Gallardo. Q’s offense was very aggressive against Chris Narveson Saturday night and unless they change their approach this afternoon it will be more of the same.

Starlin Castro and Kosuke Fukudome have good career numbers against Yovani Gallardo, while Alfonso Soriano does not. It might be a good time to give Soriano a day off. Castro was hit in the jaw Saturday night after he failed to catch a throw from Geovany Soto in the eighth inning. Castro remained in the game and will hopefully not miss the finale this afternoon.

Mike Quade must resist the temptation to give Geovany Soto the day off after a night game. Soto has excellent numbers against Yovani Gallardo.

Casey Coleman will make his first start of the year this afternoon. Coleman made his big league debut against the Brewers last season and Milwaukee’s offense treated him like a rookie. Coleman made adjustments the next time he faced the Brewers and took the hard luck loss against Yovani Gallardo.

Will the Cubs swipe a bag this afternoon? The Cubs are the only team in the majors without a stolen base this season … the first time since 1964 the Cubs have not stolen a base in the first eight games of a season.

The Cubs offense will have their hands full with Yovani Gallardo … but today it all begins with Casey Coleman.

Casey Coleman was supposed to begin his season with the Iowa Cubs but with the Cubs placing Andrew Cashner and Randy Wells on the DL, Coleman will begin his season with the big league club.

Coleman had a solid spring and continued impressing the Cubs brass. After his call-up last year, Coleman struggled early before settling down and posting a win in three of his last five starts.

Coleman finished 2010 with a 4-2 record in 12 games, eight starts, with a 4.11 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Coleman completed at least six innings in his last five outings and posted a 3-1 record with 2.82 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. Coleman posted a win in his final outing of the season in Houston after throwing seven innings of shutout ball (no runs on six hits with a walk and two strikeouts).

Coleman showed a knack for making adjustments during each of his starts … and he will face a huge challenge this afternoon.

This afternoon will be Coleman’s third career game, second start, against Milwaukee … 0-1 in two games, one start, with a 7.56 ERA and a 2.16 WHIP. Coleman made his big league debut against the Brewers on August 2 and was hit around pretty hard (six runs on eight hits with two walks and a strikeout in 2 1/3 innings), Coleman made adjustments and pitched six strong innings in Milwaukee on September 12. Coleman was hung with the loss after allowing one run on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

Brewers Career Numbers against Casey Coleman

  • Ryan Braun – 4-for-5 with a double
  • Craig Counsell – 1-for-1
  • Prince Fielder – 1-for-2 with 2 walks
  • Yovani Gallardo – 1-for-3 with a double
  • Casey McGehee – 0-for-3 with a walk
  • Nyjer Morgan – 0-for-3
  • Rickie Weeks – 0-for-5

The Cubs will face one of the best young pitchers in the league this afternoon. Some feel Yovani Gallardo is the ace of the Brewers staff, even with the addition of Zack Greinke. Gallardo is coming off a complete game gem against the Braves. Atlanta managed only two hits and two walks in nine innings against Gallardo. The Brewers needed a win (0-4 at the time) and Gallardo stepped up with a complete game shutout …

Gallardo should be 2-0 on the young season. He held the Reds in check on Opening Day but the Brewers bullpen could not preserve the win.

The Cubs have struggled mightily in the past with Yovani Gallardo. The Brewers right-hander is 3-1 in seven career games versus the Cubs with a 3.19 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP … 2-0 in three starts last season with a 0.45 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP.

Q’s offense must be patient against Gallardo this afternoon or history will repeat itself.

Cubs Career Numbers against Yovani Gallardo

  • Jeff Baker – 0-for-1
  • Darwin Barney – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Marlon Byrd – 1-for-5 with a walk
  • Starlin Castro – 4-for-9 with 3 doubles
  • Casey Coleman – 0-for-3
  • Tyler Colvin – 1-for-9
  • Blake DeWitt – 0-for-6
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 5-for-13 with a double and 2 walks
  • Koyie Hill – 0-for-3
  • Reed Johnson – 0-for-2
  • Aramis Ramirez – 3-for-10 with a double and a walk
  • Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-14 with a double
  • Geovany Soto – 4-for-12 with a double, a home run and 2 walks

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  • cubtex

    I have a feeling this could be ugly today! Coleman doesn’t strike anyone out and the way Fielder and Braun are swinging the bats……look out! I hope I am wrong but this could be over early today!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Coleman adjusted in his two outings against the Brewers last year. I listed above …

      • cubtex

        Neil, do you know if the roof will be closed or open today? I hope for the Cubs and Coleman’s sake that it will be open.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          The roof is open this morning.

          • Tony_Hall

            Neil – Doesn’t the ball fly better when the roof is open at Miller Park.

            I seem to remember night games in the summer, where they open it up at the top of the 7th, but it takes a half an inning to open, so that they can get their 7th/8th and if needed 9th with the ball carrying better, yet the visitors don’t really get that for the 7th.

          • cubtex

            Tony, the ball flys out of there with the roof closed. Did you see that homer Soto hit to dead center?

          • Tony_Hall

            You are basing it on one fly ball hit by Soto.

            This is why I asked Neil, because, I remember it the other way, from past history and being at the park.

          • cubtex

            No Tony. Sorry for answering but I am not basing it on one hit. Bob Brenly was mentioning that on the telecast on Friday. He was saying how much the ball jumps out of there when the roof is closed and how the Brewer hitters were banging balls off the scoreboard during BP. He also mentioned how you didn’t even need to pull the ball to hit one out(in reference to Soto’s homer) and all you really needed to do was square up on the ball to hit one out.

          • Tony_Hall

            If you have the right answer, then you can answer.

            I just re-watched the Soto homer and the line you mentioned about not having to pull it to hit it out, BB made no refrence to the roof. Just the park itself, is so easy to hit one out.

            What doesn’t make sense to me, is why they would ever open the roof, in the 7th, if they are losing? if you are right.

          • cubtex

            If you taped the game….go to the start where BB mentions the roof being closed and how it jumps. He didn’t mention that during Soto’s at bat. sorry for the confusion. He even mentioned how with that new expensive scoreboard they are taking a chance during bp with those hitters banging balls off of it.

          • Tony_Hall

            I have a MLB.TV subscription

            I did relisten to the Top of the 1st. BB does say that the ball carries better when the roof is closed. But then stated, if BP is any indication. Also said that Miller Park is reachable to all parts of the field for most anyone. The ball travel very well their all the time. I have always heard and witnessed the ball travels better when the roof is open.

            If the ball flys better with the roof closed, they would never open it, with their lineup. Yet, they try to open it every chance they get. I think BB misspoke.

          • cubtex

            Either way….It is definately a hitter’s park!

          • paulcatanese

            Tony,I also have the MLB, I did hear BB say that the ball can be hit out in any direction, But I did not hear him reference the roof open or closed. But I would agree that the ball should travel better with the roof open. I would think with it closed it would condense the air more making it heavy and more difficult for the ball to travel any extra distance. Kind of like Dodger stadium at night, the ball does not travel as well.

          • cubtex

            Ball travels either way when you lay one there for Fileder!

          • Tony_Hall

            Absolutely! He doesn’t miss those very often

          • cubtex

            I wouldn’t mind seeing Fielder doing that for the Cubs next year!

          • paulcatanese

            yeah,but he’s unfair with his power.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Tony, I remember the ball flying out better when the roof is open. I did not hear Brenly the other night, so I cannot comment on that. I hope we are both wrong.

    • Tony_Hall

      This will be a good comparison for Coleman versus Zambrano and Garza. Let’s see what happens.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Fukudome – RF
    Castro – SS
    Byrd – CF
    Ramirez – 3B
    Pena – 1B
    Soto – C
    Colvin – LF
    Barney – 2B
    Coleman – P

    • cubtex

      It looks as if the Cubs are trying to get their best defense out there with Coleman pitching.

      • Tony_Hall

        Actually it looks like they are giving Soriano a day off, against a pitcher he can’t hit. Other than that it is their normal starting lineup versus a righty, not exactly a Gold Glove looking defense.

        • cubtex

          Colvin is only 1-9 against Gallardo.

          • Tony_Hall

            Neither one has success. I don’t believe Soriano has missed a start, so I think it is more just the best day to give him a day off.

            If Q says it was because of Soriano’s horrendous D, I would stand up and applaud!

          • cubtex

            you could be right…

      • paulcatanese

        I would agree. For sure this is a better defense than last night. And I have to get this one in to you,did you happen to catch the replay of Fulds catch against the White Sox? Not too bad, but then he could always go get the ball. Still waiting on Garza, he does have good stuff though.Then he could have only allowed one run last night and we still would have lost. I really think he has pitched well enough but he needs a quicker defense behind him. The Cub outfield has been slower than any team they have played this year and some of those could have been caught. See,I would like him to succeed,just didn’t care for what we gave up to get him.

        • cubtex

          I root for Fuld. He is a good story but he had several chances to win jobs with the Cubs and never took advantage of his opportunity,
          It is 2 starts with Garza and I like the fact that he is upset with the way he is pitching. At least he cares.
          I listened to the Brewers telecast a little last night and they were comparing Garza with Ben Sheets…saying he is throwing too many strikes. He leads the league in strikeouts so far but is giving up way too many hits.

          • paulcatanese

            I kind of disagree with your assesment that he had his chances with the Cubs, I think he was treated like a fill in only and never really considered for a spot on the club. Never was thought of as an outfielder who would hit for power and they are right,he will not hit for consistant power. But I sure would have liked to see him with the Cubs instead of Johnson. I just liked his total defense. And youre assesment of Garza, if thats the case,too many strikes means guys are digging in against him. There is a cure for that and I’m sure youre aware of it,,just start putting a few guys in the dirt and re-claim the plate,can’t hurt to try it.

  • Dorasaga

    The problem is really with the fundamentals. October, 2008, is still vivid. That team bobbled, and made a bunch of mental errors against the Dodgers, but at least they showed an effort in the later half of their games.

    This team is just not discerning their job at hand, from inning one to their last strike out. They are not paying attention on the field (what was that, “Castro took a throw from [Soto] off the side of his face while covering the bag,” dailyherald.com ??)… They are embarrassing me, and any baseball fans who expect a professional showcase.

    Someone must be at stake; I hope it’s the management who didn’t pull the strings together.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Dorasaga, it was ugly. I’m glad Castro is not hurt. He tried to make a tag without the ball.

      • socalicubsfan

        Neil,
        Frequent reader, don’t post very often. First, thanks for all that you do in bringing great quality to Cubs fans (wish the Ricketts could do the same). Can someone PLEASE explain to me why in the world Geo is not hitting 3rd today? Yikes!
        Go Coleman!!!! (Anyone see that Fuld catch last night against the Sox?)

        • Tony_Hall

          Maybe it is his 231 batting averge. It does help that out of his 6 hits, 3 are for extra bases. But, Soto is not a 3 hitter. Byrd is definitly not a 3 hole hitter.

          ARam is the only legitamite 3 hole hitter on this team, and he wants to bat 4th. Castro could turn into a 3 hole hitter, but I wouldn’t mess with Castro. Bat Castro 2nd and tell ARam he is 3rd.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          First, thank you. Like Tony, I do not think Soto is a three-hole hitter on a daily basis but neither is Byrd. I would rather see Quade play match-ups for that spot if he is set at hitting Aramis fourth. I agree with you about today and I wish I could explain it.

          I was glad to see Quade hit Soriano against Gallardo, at least that is a start in the right direction.

      • paulcatanese

        Neil,I have done that myself,just a lack of concentration on Castro’s part. I think he was concentrating on position at the bag, a quick tag, and got out of sync. What was it that Yogi Berra said “I cant think and hit at the same time”?

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Great Yogi reference!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent patience by Byrd … first walk of the season for the Cubs centerfielder

  • Brentcarmona

    Whattttt marlon byrd just walked??

  • Tony_Hall

    That’s huge, getting 2 runs in the 1st off of Gallardo. Get him while you can, you may not get many opportunities.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent at bat by Aramis results in a 2-run double. Patience and changing approach at the plate pays off in the first inning.

  • Tony_Hall

    That play shows Barney’s inexperience at 2B. He should have given way to Castro who had the only chance to get the out.

  • Tony_Hall

    I love when the play goes for Milwaukee, yet you hear groans, from the huge base of Cub fans.

    • Tony_Hall

      Of course the huge crowds at Miller Park, shows that Cub fans still want to watch their Cubs play, but are being a little tighter with their cash to the Ricketts.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And Aramis’ defense hurts again. Gotta turn that DP.

    • Tony_Hall

      No official error, but cost 2 runs, on Coleman giving in, throwing one down the middle.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        And several pitches …

    • paulcatanese

      Agreed,why is everyone picking on Barney,the poor little guy,those late throws are gonna get him laid out in the outfield. I believe thats the second late throw by Aram in the last few games to Barney and he got whacked in that one and couldn’t get the throw off.

  • Tony_Hall

    Nice job by Coleman on Braun!

    Not 1 pitch was over the plate, all on his hands.

    Good pitching!

    • cubtex

      Coleman doesn’t miss many bats. I hope he can keep the game close.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Better hope the defense can make plays … there are seven guys behind him that has to do their jobs.

      • Tony_Hall

        Have you looked at what he did in Aug/Sept last year. He was a very effective pitcher. You talk like he is bad.

        • cubtex

          Tony, I have seen him pitch live in the minors for the last 2 years. He did a good job in Aug/Sep but did you notice opponents hit .327 against him? He needs the ball to bounce his way EVERY time to win games. Line drives need to be hit right at people. Fukodome needs to make catches like he just did. Double plays need to be turned. He cannot win games consistently in the majors without those types of plays. My opinion.

          • Tony_Hall

            You lose credibility when you give such erroneous stats.

            260 avg against

            Sept 246.

            He pitched very well his last year after his first few starts.

            Also for a guy who is so hittable, each time you see him the BA against should go up then.

            Not so.

            1 PA – 292 – 65 ab’s
            2 PA – 270 – 63 ab’s
            3 PA – 192 – 52 ab’s
            4 PA – 000 – 2 ab’s

            That is extremely impressive!!!

          • cubtex

            Is my TV feed different in Austin TX than Chicago? Credibility..Oh yea excuse me, I just rewound TV to first inning where they displayed Coleman’s stats. You’re right…I am sorry. It was a .337 average against. Not .327. Sorry again Tony. Chill out dude! This guy is the epitome of a grinder. He gives everything he has but doesn’t have great stuff.

          • Tony_Hall

            Cubtex – Baseballreference.com – check your stats on this website.

            The numbers you are quoting are OBP not batting average against.

            His BA against last year was 260

            You need to chill out. and stop trusting the TV.

            Here is Casey Colemans stats from 2010 – splits.

            http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/split.cgi?id=colemca01&year=2010&t=p

            Excelleant website, where you can get factual information.

          • Aaron

            Imagine that….Cubtex saying something that isn’t factual

  • Tony_Hall

    Coleman gave into him, should’ve kept pounding outside.

    Good until that pitch!

  • Freeyourmind2000

    So here’s an important question. For the 2012 season, who will be at 1B and 3B for the Cubs?

    Thoughts?….

    • Tony_Hall

      1B – Fielder, Pujols, Colvin, Pena – In no order would be my best guestimate

      3B – ARam, Marquez Smith, Vitters, – In no order.

      Both could be a lesser FA as well.

      • cubtex

        I really hope Vitters has a break out year be the guy next year and start to build a future infield for the next several years. If they sign Fielder they could have Vitters,Castro and Fielder there for the next 5 years at least.

        • Tony_Hall

          I do to. He has gotten a bad rap, but is still very young (21). He could make the majors by 22 or 23 is still very good.

          If Lemahieu or even Barney sticks, they could have a very good young infield for many years.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent catch by Kosuke

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Byrd with another walk and another run scored …

  • cubtex

    ARAM!

  • Tony_Hall

    Can’t throw Braun the same pitch back to back.

    Wouldn’t it be nice to have hitters like Braun and Fielder…

    • carmelo

      McNutt allowing no hits into the 3rd—–then a pitching change!!!

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        McNutt left with an injury, no word yet.

        • Aaron

          well….it looks like my statement after the Garza trade was prophetic. I said at the time that Archer had a rubber-like arm, and Mcnutt put more stress on his arm. I said since the Cubs weren’t expected to compete at the time of the trade, they better hope McNutt doesn’t go down with injury.

          I hope it’s nothing serious and only a hamstring or oblique. If it’s shoulder….

          • carmelo

            How do you know that McNutt puts more stress on his arm with his delivery? Have you seen him pitch, and if so how’s his arm action and what’s his arm angle in his delivery? Just curious.

          • cubtex

            He doesn’t. He just likes to talk shit like he knows everything.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Hey man, you guys can argue but please watch the language … that is what @?!* characters are for if you have to.

          • cubtex

            you are right…..my apologies

          • Aaron

            very classy douchebag…..there are plenty of other sites where people like to talk like you do….I’d say you’re welcome to go there. Obviously, I’m speaking for myself, but about 99% of your comments are ripping on other people and have nothing to do with the game or anything baseball related.

            And I actually answered Carmelo’s post. I assume he was being serious and wanted to know, so I explained.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Aaron, you too. Please watch the name calling.

          • Aaron

            my bad…sorry about that….just couldn’t take his comments anymore

          • Tony_Hall

            Neil – Thank-you for keeping things classy! We don’t have to agree, and can have spirited debates, but we can do so, without the language and name calling. All of us that post frequently, make mistakes and get carried away from time to time. At least now we can go back and edit out our mistakes.

          • cubtex

            You are the epitome of a class! Take your negative frustrated never was pitcher who never amounted to anything and keep scamming parents in thinking their kids will be college pitchers by having someone like you steal their money! You keep referring to your “career” and volunteer div. 2 pitching coach like you are an authority. You might fool some of the posters into thinking that you know something, but I caught on to you right away! You have zero knowledge on what it is like to make a trade! All you do is complain about this or that. You act like it is easy to be a major league player. You say you were a pitcher…but you make the most stupid points about spring training and velocity the first week of the year. You verbally abuse people who say anything against one of your crass and idiotic points. As I have said before….you are an unhappy person and hopefuly someone gives you a hug every once in a while.

          • SuzyS

            Cubtex, Instead of attacking personalities and opinions on the site…
            please look in the mirror and see if you are indeed perfection in your own opinions….I hate reading this poop.

            It’s ok to disagree or not care for an opinion…but the personal attacks have got to stop. I hope you realize you only lower yourself…no matter how witty
            your attacks are.

            I’m a long time reader and really wish we would just keep it to baseball…
            Aaron…you too.

          • cubtex

            Suzy, you got it. If you read my posts compared to Aaron’s(not a comparison) but I don’t feel like I ever belittle or name call someone without being provoked. Am I wrong? Do I call people names like douch… or stand in a corner and circle jer…? I am a Cubs fan who got excited for baseball season to start and I didn’t realize that if you say something positive about the Cubs here that you are an outsider.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            We all root for the same team! Sometimes that is so lost in all this venom…

          • Aaron

            Really? Please enlighten all of us as to how I provoked you today….

            If I recall (and EVERYONE can reference on here given the times of the posts)….that I talked about McNutt, and you all of a sudden start into a tirade.

            I never even address you usually on here, unless it’s in regards to one of your posts slamming me.

            Are you upset that I called you out for lying? I think I struck a cord there, because you continue on and on. I’ll do you….and every civilized poster on here a favor, and stop responding to you altogether.

            You bash my coaching and yet have absolutely no idea how I’ve helped kids. You bash my college pitching, and yet have no clue how well I did, or how far along I came. Only someone that never amounted to anything would say the things you do, because you can’t handle some else’s success.

          • Tony_Hall

            Can’t agree.

          • JedMosley

            I agree cubtex, this is how I’ve felt about this site all along

          • not a hater

            I also agree with you Cubtex.

          • Aaron

            McNutt has a tendency to throw over-the-top. This causes more stress on the shoulder. If you’ve noticed, Kerry Wood and Mark Prior had the same exact problem. The difference is, Wood for sure (don’t know about Prior though) has dropped it down a bit to a 3/4 delivery, which helps alleviate a lot of stress.

            Think of the pitching motion like you’re arm is independent from your body, and it falls off the top of a 20 story building…that’d be quite an impact, wouldn’t it be?

            Now, think the same way, but it’s falling down the side of a pyramid structure. There’s less impact, isn’t there?

            I don’t even know if I’m describing that the correct way. I’m trying to recall what my pitching coach in college was trying to tell me with my arm motion, and why I needed to change (needless to say, I didn’t….and I blew out my shoulder).

            I saw McNutt throw in Spring Training, and I also watched Archer. They have two different deliveries. McNutt’s is more conducive to control, whereas Archer’s, because it’s more 3/4, allows him to get more movement on his pitches.

            Also, one of the MAJOR advantages to throwing over-the-top is that you can throw with higher velocity….(again, the whole “tower thing”). McNutt can touch high 90’s, while Archer sits mid-90’s (imagine what he could do throwing over-the-top)

            There were times where I got wicked movement on pitches by throwing 3/4, but instead of touching 93 mph, I was touching 88 mph, and I just didn’t feel the explosion I wanted to. As the closer, I had a HUGE tendency to over-throw, and as such, I moved back to throwing over-the-top, and I could hear the explosion in the mitt. And because I did that, rather than throwing a sweeping breaking pitch, I developed a wicked 12-6 breaking ball which demanded that I throw over-the-top.

            McNutt also has a wicked breaking pitch, which scouts rate very highly, so I suspect he figured out, just as I did that he could get more break to it by throwing it over-the-top.

          • carmelo

            FYI—both pitchers throw from a H3/4 arm angle Over-the top is not used in scouting terms, maybe you meant H3/4.

          • Aaron

            Actually it is….straight from the scouting bureau, here’s how they describe it:

            Pitchers

            Arm Angle – Over the top, Hi 3/4, 3/4, Lo 3/4, Sidearm, Submarine

            Arm Action – Loose, stiff, long, short, stab, clean, muscles ball, compact, etc.

            Delivery – Athletic, timing, rhythm, body control, simple, complicated, etc.

            Fielding – Simply, how well do they field their own position

            Fastball Velocity

            Fastball Life – Late, fade, sink, hop, straight, light, heavy, run, cut, etc.

            Fastball Control – Around zone, fills it up, hits spots, erratic, lacks feel, has command

            Curveball/Slider – Describe break/action, slurvy, late, tight, bites, loose, inconsistent

            Curveball/Slider Control – Strikeout pitch, has feel, lacks feel, for strikes or for outs, etc.

            Change-up – Arm action, ball action, deception, type (split, fork, palm, circle, etc)

            Change-up Control – Feel, around zone, bounces it, gets swings/misses, puts ball in play

            Other Pitch – Split, Cutter, Forkball, Knuckleball, Screwball

          • carmelo

            Actually the term is overhand, not over-the-top. According to MLBSB reports, both Archer and McNutt throw H3/4

          • Aaron

            watched them in person…..two different motions. Scouting bureau is saying one thing, which I have always used in terminology. You’re saying another thing…..I’m not really sure what your point is. If you say McNutt is throwing 3/4, that’s a difference in opinion, as I’ve seen both Archer and McNutt throw from different angles. The scouting report I pulled straight after the draft agreed with me…

            I guess agree to disagree. Are you sure you’re not Cubtex posting under a different name…LOL

          • paulcatanese

            I fail to see the importance of “over the top” and “overhand except for knitpicking on each other. And to just throw this out “over the top” is really a golf term that is created on the backswing to forward and down getting outside of the downward plane creating a slice or direct pull.

      • cubtex

        Nice to see that! I am sure they are on a limited pitch count with him on his first start.

        • Aaron

          You’re a genius aren’t you? LOL….Didn’t you say you played baseball at a high level? (starting to doubt that seriously)

          Anyway, I’m sure teams routinely put their starting pitching prospects on a 37 pitch count limit (which is what McNutt threw)….but keep talking

          • cubtex

            I didn’t know the circumstances…just like you.. but right away you are saying …..shoulder right??? I don’t need to display my past baseball career like you every post. Yes, I played in college and the minors but I am in my late 40’s. I am content with my life. I own a business. I have a great life. You need to find something that makes you happy dude. As I said, you are an angry and unhappy guy!

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Some of the smartest baseball guys I know didn’t play past high school. How high of level you played doesn’t always correlate to how much knowledge you have. Look at Canseco? LOL

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        No word yet on Trey McNutt injury. Appears to be a blister issue.

        • Aaron

          I hope that’s true….Thank goodness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! whew…I can step back from my ledge now

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            From everything I’m hearing/reading, McNutt left with a blister.

  • Cheryl

    Noticed Ortiz signed a minor league contract with the Iowa Cubs. How good is he?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      He’s not, that is the reason the signing did not get a first page mention here. I will mention in the minors report tomorrow.

  • cubtex

    OK. He got through 4 1/3 and it is a tie game. Get him out of there!

    • Tony_Hall

      He’s now through 5 on 81 pitches. If not for ARAm inability to turn the DP, he would be around the mid to upper 60’s for pitches.

      But he is at 81 pitches and 4 ER, keeping pace with a very good pitcher.

  • studio179

    Fukudome with the shoestring catch! Actually, suprised he did not dive to make sure the ball would not drop in front of him.

    • paulcatanese

      That was a great catch, I just think Fukudome was caught between strides and could not dive for the ball. He was very lucky to not have a more serious injury as he was jamming both legs and heels into the ground as he was moving forward.

  • studio179

    Don’t ground into a DP, Soto.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Kosuke Fukudome left the game with a mild left hamstring strain

  • Dorasaga

    Now that’s exciting. Bases loaded, one out. Had Colvin just proved again that his baseball IQ is limited by relying on his muscles, and failed to identify the pitch to take?

    • Dorasaga

      Barney out. O well, at least Q can slip in that pinch hitter next inning for the pitcher’s spot…

      • Dorasaga

        I just want to say something about C.Gomez (due up). He’s very exciting to watch ON THE FIELD, but he bats a Mendoza Line. And that’s about as good as he is (why he bats second is puzzling). I loved this kid when he was with the Twins (to the extent that I drafted him in fantasy baseball).

  • Brentcarmona

    Hey cubtex, didnt realize you resided in austin, I do as well. atx cub fan since 98!

    • cubtex

      yep. grew up in Chicago. Played ball in Texas and never left. Chicago is home but I love the weather and lifestyle here!

      • paulcatanese

        Yeah,like that steak and rib joint about 20 minutes outside of Austin,with the wooden tables and a long line outside. But you can have the heat,110 and trying to play on Astro turf.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Nice play by Ramirez and a nice pick by Pena on the other end …

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Brett Jackson hit a grand slam today

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And McGehee sticks it to the Cubs again …

    • paulcatanese

      The Maven would like that on McGehee.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Why was Marlon running?

    • BosephHeyden

      Yeah, that may have been one of the dumbest things I’ve seen in a while for sure.

    • paulcatanese

      Neil,you keep bringing this stuff out of me. Byrd ran because ” if you see a fork in the road,take it'( Berra).

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost to the Brewers 6-5 Sunday afternoon. Casey McGehee with 2-run pinch-hit homer off Kerry Wood in the 8th. Aramis Ramirez 3-for-4, 3 2B, 3 RBI

    Offense a pathetic 2-for-17 with RISP, left 9 on base