A Crazy Eighth on a Scary Night – Cubs 9 Red Sox 3

Game Forty-Four – Cubs 9 Red Sox 3
WP – Sean Marshall (2-0) LP – Matt Albers (0-2, BS 1) Save – None

wflag.jpgThe Cubs found themselves in a 3-1 hole entering the top of the eighth inning. Carlos Zambrano had been knocked out of the game with two outs in the sixth after allowing three runs on seven hits with three walks, a hit batsman and two strikeouts. Z threw a season-high 122 pitches, the most in a single outing since June of 2008. The Cubs had not advanced a runner past first base since the third and had managed only two hits since the fourth … plus Marlon Byrd had to leave the game in the second inning after being beaned by Alfredo Aceves.

The Cubs put together one of their better innings in a couple of seasons Saturday night at Fenway Park. Q’s squad scored eight runs in the eighth inning on five hits, three walks and three Red Sox’s errors … the most runs scored in a single inning by a Cubs team since they plated 10 in the second against the Pirates on August 14, 2009.

Starlin Castro (2-for-5 with a double, a RBI and a run scored) and Darwin Barney (2-for-4 with a run scored and a walk) were right in the middle of all of the action. Barney started the rally with a single and hit what appeared to be a sacrifice fly later in the inning that ended up scoring two runs on two Red Sox errors. Castro recorded two hits in the eighth, scored a run and drove in another with a two out double.

The eighth inning changed on a pair of walks by Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena. Ramirez put together an impressive at bat that resulted in a walk on the tenth pitch from Matt Albers. Carlos Pena followed Ramirez and worked the count to 3-2 before “driving” in Barney with a free pass.

Reed Johnson (1-for-4 with a run scored, a double and two RBI), subbing for Marlon Byrd, ripped a two-run double off the Monster that gave the Cubs a 4-3 lead.

In a very scary moment Saturday night, Marlon Byrd was hit in the head on a 1-2 pitch from Alfredo Aceves in the second inning. Byrd hit the ground and kicked in pain as he held the left side of his face. Byrd left the game immediately on his own power while holding a towel over his face.

Byrd was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. Reportedly Byrd had a deep, diagonal cut under his left eye and a lot of swelling. Byrd never lost consciousness.

Marlon Byrd will be kept overnight in a local hospital for observation.

Saturday was the fifth time Marlon Byrd has been hit by a pitch since May 11. Byrd was plunked twice Friday night.

With Saturday’s come from behind victory, the Cubs improved to 20-24 on the season, four games below the mediocre mark … The Cubs put two runners on in the first inning … and once again, came away empty.

Alfredo Aceves hit Kosuke Fukudome on the leg to start the game. Darwin Barney followed with a sharp single to right past Dustin Pedroia. Starlin Castro continued his struggles on the trip and struck out swinging on a 2-2 pitch. Aramis Ramirez hit into the first of three double plays for the Cubs on the night (5-4-3) to end the inning.

Carlos Zambrano labored through a long 20-pitch first inning after Jacoby Ellsbury reached on catcher’s interference to start the inning. Z retired Pedroia and Gonzalez.

With Kevin Youkilis at the plate, Ellsbury stole second and Youkilis ended up walking on four pitches. David Ortiz popped out to left on a 2-1 pitch to end the inning.

The Cubs scored the first run of the game in the third. Kosuke Fukudome worked a one-out walk and stole second, his first of the year, on a 2-1 offering to Barney. Darwin ended up walking to put runners on first and second with one out.

Starlin Castro grounded out to Pedroia on a ball ticketed for center. Barney was forced but Castro reached to keep the inning alive. Aramis Ramirez then blooped a single to center on a 0-1 pitch. Jacoby Ellsbury tried to make a diving catch but came up short. Castro ended up at third, Ramirez at second and Fukudome scored … 1-0 Cubs. Ramirez’s two-out RBI bloop single marked the first time this season that Ramirez drove in a run with two-out hit.

Carlos Pena grounded out to first on a 2-1 pitch to end the inning.

Carlos Zambrano retired the Sox in order in the third but after three, Z’s pitch count was at 51, 40 for strikes.

The Cubs put another runner on in the fourth (bloop single to right by Soriano) but could not string together any hits against Aceves.

The Red Sox took the lead in the bottom of the fourth … on one swing of the bat.

Kevin Youkilis reached on a single to left on a 3-2 pitch. Aramis Ramirez dove over the top of the ball. David Ortiz stepped in and fell behind 0-2 before working the count back to even at 2-2. Big Papi then launched Big Z’s next offering into the first row of the Monster seats … Ortiz’s 300th homer in a Red Sox uniform gave Boston a 2-1 lead.

David Ortiz became the fifth player to hit 300 home runs in a Red Sox uniform. Ortiz joined some impressive company … Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice and Dwight Evans.

Zambrano retired J.D. Drew after Papi’s blast on a ground out to second. Jed Lowrie walked but Carl Crawford grounded into a 6-4 force that should have been a double play. Barney’s throw was low and the miscue allowed Jason Varitek to hit. Jacoby Ellsbury lined out to short to end the inning.

Z’s pitch count stood at 79, 45 for strikes, after four innings.

The Cubs went quietly in the fifth and Zambrano escaped a jam after hitting Kevin Youkilis on the backside. Both benches were warned following Z hitting Youkilis with a 0-1 pitch. After five innings, Z had thrown 106 pitches, 62 for strikes.

The Red Sox tacked onto their lead in the bottom of the sixth and chased Zambrano from the game.

Carl Crawford reached on a one-out bloop single to center. Z walked Varitek and received a visit from Mike Quade. Q left Z in with runners on first and second with one out.

Jacoby Ellsbury gave the Sox a 3-1 lead with a single to right.

Dustin Pedroia hit a grounder to first that Pena made a fine play on and forced Ellsbury at second but Z was late getting to first. Q made the quick walk and brought in Sean Marshall to face Adrian Gonzalez with two on and two out in the sixth.

Pedroia stole second with Gonzalez at the plate but the former Padre grounded out to short on a 2-2 pitch to end the inning.

The game remained 3-1 after Rich Hill struck out two of the three batters he faced in the seventh and Sean Marshall wiggled out of a mini jam in the bottom of the seventh.

Matt Albers took the hill to start the eighth for the Sox. Boston was in full control and seemed to have more than a 3-1 lead … the Cubs had not advanced a runner past first base since the third inning.

Darwin Barney led off the inning with a single to right on a 2-2 pitch. Starlin Castro ripped a 0-2 pitch into right center. Barney advanced to third on the play.

Aramis Ramirez put together one of his best at bats in couple of seasons. Ramirez worked the count, fouled off difficult pitches and eventually walked on the 10th pitch of the at bat. With the bases loaded and no outs, Carlos Pena looked at a 3-2 pitch well inside and out of the strike zone. Barney trotted home with the Cubs second run of the game.

Reed Johnson delivered again … and this time it ended up being the game winning hit.

Johnson doubled off the Monster in left center. Castro and Ramirez scored, 4-3 Cubs.

With runners on second and third and still no outs, Alfonso Soriano hit a pop up into shallow left center. The ball hit off of Jed Lowrie’s glove and Pena scored on the Sox first error of the inning. 5-3 Cubs and former Rockie, Franklin Morales replaced Matt Albers.

Mike Quade sent up Jeff Baker to hit for Blake DeWitt and Baker ripped Morales’ first pitch off the wall in center. Johnson scored, 6-3 Cubs and Soriano held at third with no outs. Koyie Hill struck out for the first out of the inning.

Kosuke Fukudome worked the count to 3-2 before walking to reload the bases.

Darwin Barney hit a fly into right on a 0-1 pitch. The ball was hit deep enough for Soriano to tag and score from third but for some reason Soriano stopped halfway down the line and tried to get back to third. Baker ended up near the third base bag around the same time and it appeared the Cubs had run themselves out of another inning.

Jason Varitek threw high to Youkilis, who took his eye off the ball. The ball ended up in left. Soriano took off for home and Baker rounded third. Soriano and Baker scored after Carl Crawford’s throw got away from Varitek … 8-3 Cubs.

Starlin Castro tallied his second hit of the inning, a double off the Monster in left center. Fukudome scored the Cubs ninth and final run of the game. Ramirez popped out to first to end the inning.

The Cubs scored eight runs on five hits, three walks and three errors in the eighth.

Kerry Wood retired the Red Sox in order in the bottom of the eighth … and Carlos Marmol faced the minimum in the ninth after Kevin Youkilis grounded into a 6-4-3 double play and David Ortiz flied out to right to end the game.

It was good to see the Cubs bounce back and win a game, especially after the way Saturday began and being down 3-1 going into the eighth inning.

Box Score from Yahoo Sports

The Cubs announced James Russell the starter for the finale of the three-game series in Boston. Russell will sub for Matt Garza, who was scratched Saturday afternoon with tightness in his right elbow. The Sox will send Tim Wakefield to the mound.


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

    The Cubs prove last night that when they are on Wood, Marshall, and Marmol are tough to beat. The bullpen did a heck of a job and we finally broke through in the 8th.
    Again I think that one of our starters was left in even after he was totally gassed. Is Dusty Baker back running this staff? 

    • Ripsnorter1

      Somebody WORSE than Baker, I’m afraid.  

    • paulcatanese

      Richard, I agree with Rip on this one, Quade is probably the most inept manager I have seen handleing a pitching staff. Time and time again he makes the same mistakes, leaving pitchers in too long,throwing relievers and then bringing them back out there without proper rest. Quade does not have a clue, will not have a clue, and will destroy a pitching staff .I don’t know which is worse, his handleing of pitchers or the lineup, inadequate at both.

  • Ripsnorter1

     No doubt Byrd will land on DL. And I’m really worried he wasn’t see the ball very well anyway since he was plunked twice on Friday and in the face on Saturday. Very strange. . . . I hope he is alright, but this is very serious. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

      I think that we are in a Sammy Sosa situation now. I hope not but he will be a shell of his former self when he gets back. His eyes just aren’t right, he seems to have a lot of balls explode in to his field of view.

      • cubs1967

        huh; are you a doctor or do you have a really good HD TV??

        and why compare him to sammy ??

        it’s one thing to be frustrated with jh and quade; but you have NO idea about his eyes and cannot begin to compare him to sammy; both very wrong and imbecile comparisions.

        ” his eyes just aren’t right”……..WTF–byrd is the only guy who ever gets hit in the face??

        how about if you grab a bat and we’ll see how quick you get out of the wat of a 90 mph fastball aimed at your head??

         

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

      I actually hope that this is just the thing that the Cubs need to bring up Jackson when he is healthy. Even if it is for a cup of coffee he can definitely be an upgrade defensively over moving Fukudome from Right to Center.

      • Tony_Hall

        Richard – Just like with our other DL stints, we have capable vets to take the place – Doug Davis, Koyie Hill and now Reed Johnson, in the starting lineup.  

    • paulcatanese

      Agree Rip, I know he took one hbp but the others he just did not see. In watching him on tv and the closeups when he is at bat,it looks as though he is always blinking his eyes or kind of clearing them. I do think he has a vison problem and will be sometime before he is right again. Its amazing though when someone starts to get hot how close the pitches come. 

      • paulcatanese

        Rip,to expand on Byrd,when he struck out five times in a row over two games he missed those pitches by a wide margin. Leads me to believe he has a blind spot somewhere with his vison. They had kept the pitches in the same location and he kept missing them. Something really wrong there. 

  • Tony_Hall

    Nice inning was the result, the cause, getting the starter out after 5 innings, so that you need 4 innings from a bullpen, which most all teams can’t do consistently.  But then again, we are so use to watching “bullpen games” that we lose every time, and now we will watch one on national TV.  Good thing the Bulls are on…

    Speaking of Garza, I’m sure he is hurt (it’s about time in his career to have arm injuries) but I think it started to hurt Friday night, as he watched the Red Sox put up 15, and then he had flash backs, to his days, facing this team.   

    • Ripsnorter1

      I saw a picture of Garza today.  THe doctors are calling it “chicken pox,” but man alive, all I saw was chicken feathers breaking out all over him.

      But he ain’t skeered of them BoSOx. 

      • cubtex

        Rip…Get a clue! He was 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in get this……the ALCS. Yea…I’m sure Garza is shaking in his boots. Ridiculous statement to make! 

        • cubtex

          I meant to say that was vs. the all powerful Sawx in that ALCS 

          • paulcatanese

            I don’t think is was fear of the Red Sox as much as it was watching the Cubs  self destruct as they have more than once behind him, and thinking “I dont need this again especially on National TV.” I’m taking a break.” I think he will be fine and make his next start, and the MRI will be negative. The fact that he was 2-0
            in the ALCS and against the Red Sox he has to know they want part of him very badly and the support he would get , well not all that good. I don’t think anyone wants to be embarrased here as I am pretty poisitive he would be looking at a loss here. And if the Sox had the opportunity to blow it out they would. When he was 2-0 against them he had a team behind him,what he has know is an unknown, and they could go either way, predominatly the other way. 

          • cubtex

            Paul. For someone to question someone’s health by saying he is scared is totally out of line.

          • paulcatanese

            I don’t believe I was questioning his health, actually not questioning his guts
            either. Simply saying he may be discusted with the performance of the team  as Z publicly admitted to and would prefer not to pitch against the Red Sox with what he has behind him. I would say this,he has a long career ahead of him here and I have already admited that I like the guy and wanting to skip this one
            is not a stretch, I have seen it before. I don’t think he is hurt,he may have some stiffness. I dont think he will miss his next start. If you think I was saying that he
            is scared then I wrote it wrong, not my intention. Embarrassed and scared are two entirely different things to me,and if he were to have pitched tonight I know he would have given 100%. Please do not mis-interpet what I feel about this guy as he is now no.1-2 on the staff

          • cubtex

            Sorry Paul. I was referring my comment to Rip. I was just stating my thoughts to you. Sorry for the misunderstanding

          • paulcatanese

            I believe you are the right person to direct this to. I have mixed emotions
            regarding Castro continuing at the shortstop position. I feel he is too lax
            in his movements and has trouble with the routine play. Plus he still takes 
            too much time getting rid of the ball,does not cover the bag properly, and
            in general trys to cover too much ground. Anything hit is his territory and he
            wanders all over trying to make plays. I am not confident at all when a ball
            is hit in his direction. His errors at that position will increase and his confidence level at the plate will be affected also.
            He needs to be moved to third base where I feel he will shine as a player.
            His quick hands and strong arm are perfectly suited for that spot. And the
            range he has will be to his advantage in cutting balls off headed for the hole
            between short and third. To me this is the position for him.
            I would replace him at short with Darwin Barney,who I feel is the ultimite
            with handleing the routine play. He has proven that he can play there, in
            fact I feel it would be a significant improvement. Barney would be more comfortable as it is his natural position, and Castro third would turn out to be his natural position.
            Until a second baseman can be brought up or traded for, Baker and DeWitt could alternate there. The team overall would benefit from the move. What do you think? You being an ex infielder and I think pretty much along the same lines and I would be interested on your’e take. 

          • cubtex

            Paul. I know both of us are old enough to remember when Shawon Dunston first started at short for the Cubs. He was extremely erratic and adjusted. Imo, Castro doesn’t have Dunstin’s athletic ability but he is definately athletic enough. Ian Desmond the shortstop with the Nats made a ton of errors last year and he will get much better…just like Castro will. Castro is excellent in my opinion going back on fly balls. He loses a little focus at times. Remember….he is only 21. If he regresses over the second half,maybe they look to do that, but with his skill set.. I think he can definately be an above average mlb shortstop.

          • paulcatanese

            That brings up a tiny little point on what I posted last fall,my opinion on Castro’s ability going back on fly balls was exactly the same as yours. in fact the other scenerio I had kicked around was center field,again he would be a natural there. I guess you might say “my heart belongs to Barney” his fielding at short would keep him in the majors rather than his hitting, wheras Castro and his bat could virtualy play anywhere he wants to. I defended Castro last fall with his errors and compared him to some of the greats, most of whom had more errors than Castro did. I did not think he was all that bad,Rizzuto,Aparcio,Banks(although I would not classify Banks as a top SS) just that they all had more errors than Castro in the first year, Dunston,because of his arm played a lot of different positions. In the end I agree with you and all of this was just thinking about him playing other positions that I think he would handle quite well. Its kind of fun to be able to move a good athlete around in the mind, just wish the Cubs had several more like him. Thanks for the response. 

          • cubtex

            I too noticed like you how good Castro is at chasing down popups. He catches everything. Who knows where he might end up? He does seem to lose a little focus at times during the game and he takes too much time to get rid of the ball at times as well. One thing you can’t coach is athleticism so time will tell. I think moving him to another position now though is a little premature.  

            On another note…I feel Barney is starting to get a little more comfortable at 2nd and I have notices some improvement on his turns. He has surprised me…more for his hitting than his fielding. I know he is one of your favorites and I am happy to see him playing above expectations.

      • cubtex

        Here is your so called chicken feathers… Totally uncalled for!

        Career vs Garza

        JD Drew  .138
        Varitek     .182
        AGON      .000    0 for3
        Pedroia     .205
        Jed Lowrie.000    0 for 6
        Youkilis      .206

        The only 2 players with some success against Garza
        Ortiz      .276
        Ellsbury .313

        Knowing Garza I am 100% sure he is hurt and without knowing any facts…it is negligent to question someone’s health! 

        • Tony_Hall

          You know Garza.  Good to know, I thought we were all just speculating.

          You take everything a little too seriously.   It’s in jest, that we are saying, his arm is hurting after watching the Red Sox pound out 15 Runs on Friday night.  Similar to when left handed hitters use to come up lame, if they had to face Randy Johnson.

          Garza is lifetime 7-4 with an ERA of 3.83.  He has pitched will against them in his career.

          • cubtex

            I think it is idiotic and wrong to question someone’s health. Do you remember when several people were joking about Walter Payton when he lost all that weight? Well it turned out he was dying! It is a pet peave of mine when these people who never played a sport rip a player for saying he is hurt. Same thing with Cutler in the playoffs. He took a pounding all year and then people were questioning his toughness. Totally out of line in my opinion!

          • Tony_Hall

            I think the Payton comparison is a little over the top,

            You are entitled to your opinion, but questioning injuries is a part of the game, since no one else can know how hurt someone else is, it comes down to each individuals pain threshold.  Some guys play through almost everything, where as others come out, for any little reason. That of course is what leads to the questioning.

    • paulcatanese

      Garza, that does seem to be a coincidence  does it not?

  • Tom U

    The only “field” player left on the 40 man roster is Fernando Perez. Perez is barely hitting above .200 at Iowa.

    Unless the Cubs recall Tyler Colvin.

  • The Maven

     If Byrd goes on the DL, a truly odd scenario  could emerge:

    The Cubs could bring Soto off the DL and play Baker and DeWitt more in the outfield. Hill would then become the “emergency” infielder.

    Yikes!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Ripsnorter1

      If Hill makes errors in the INF and OF at the same rate that he does at catcher, I’d be inclined to say that we would instantly become the worst fielding club in MLB. And even just staying at Catcher, Hill has quickly superseded Soriano as the biggest defensive liability on the field.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

         In all fairness to Koyie Hill last nights catchers interference error should have been an out. You are not allowed to throw the bat to hit a ball and from the looks of replay that is what Elsbury tried to do.

    • paulcatanese

      I say put big Z in left when he’s not pitching, I know one thing when he’s in a game and has a chance to hit, a whole different person emerges. And he will hustle. Its a stretch,would never happen,but just the thought of it would bring excitement to the game, 

  • Ripsnorter1

     I’d cut Fernando “I can’t hit, and I can’t field” Perez in a heartbeat. Cut Schlitter, too. He’s on the 40 man, although I don’t know why. He’s hurt, too. So that opens up two spots. 

    Quade has gotten Colvin so screwed up that he would be utterly destroyed if they call him up and he struggles. He’s 2 for 11 in Iowa with 2B. And heaven forbid that they call him up and Quade benches him. Again. (But you know and I know that will be exactly what the Q will do, too).

    As for immediate OF players, you’ve got Campana right on the ML roster now. Reed Johnson can play a beautiful CF. Campana can back him up. Baker can play LF and RF and don’t forget, we’ve got the powerful Blake DeWitt, too, who can play LF. Funko can attempt to cover CF and Soriano could do it horribly for a day. What am I saying? The Cubs could bring up an INF–but we do not have a single INF on the 40 man who is in the minors right now. GAG! And Wellington Castillo could probably play a little LF, I dunno for sure.

    Bring up Bobby Scales. He can hit some. He can take a walk. He can run a little. And he can play everywhere. 

    • paulcatanese

      Makes too much sense Rip, it will never happen under the terrible two.Nothing they do makes any sense at all. They need to put JH in center and Quade behind the plate, that will cure all our Ills. 

  • Ripsnorter1

    You can watch the Cubs battle Tim Wakefield (age 44) tonight for free on ESPN .

    Accuscore gives the Cubs a mere 35% chance of winning . . . .

    Russell is starting for us. But he just pitched 3 innings vs Boston Friday night. 

    I KNOW: use Doug Davis as the long reliever to come in after 2.2 IP by Russell. He ought to be good for 1.1 IP and 15 ER.

  • Tom U

     For the cost of about $500,000 (net cost about a million), the Cubs could solve this problem by releasing Koyie Hill and calling up Steve Clevenger. 

    Clevenger is raking the ball at Triple-A (.519 average) and can play catcher, third base, and first base.

    • Aaron

      As I always tell Neil, Tom…..your suggestion is too logical for the Cubs to even consider 

    • GaryLeeT

      I could see Clevenger doing to Soto, what Barney (pretty much a lock for ROY) did to DeWitt. I remember how awesome Steve looked in S.T. and appears to have kept it up through his minor league season too. Come on Hendry, don’t hold back the talent.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R65T7II7FYX7HGQW2XLHDDWJRQ Agustin

    Attitude and Leadership, I think last night we saw Zambrano at his best.  His stuff was not good at all but he battled, defended his teammates, showed Pride, kept his cool and even took over for Matt Garza in the cheer leading department after the six inning in the dough-out.  I have been waiting years to see that from Z.  If Z is relaxed, the team seems to relax…  Yes Boston made a Cub impersonation but things just did not happened by coincidence. Barney, Castro and Aramis had Mayor League at bats to put the pressure on the defense and Peña followed with another good one and then all hell broke loose with RJ and then the Boston Defense. Sure;

    But to me it all clicked after Z “professionally” hit Youkilis to let his teammates know he had his back regardless of having a man on first and on the outcome of the game or his era for that matter…Later in the seventh he wanted to stay pitching but was removed and yet he stayed up in the dough out waiting to greet Marshall as the inning ended.  This is a shitty team, but for once Zambrano installed a little pride and confidence to his very capable teammates and they did what they had to do to get back and win the game.  Last night made me proud to watch the Cubs. Today it might get back to normal but last night was awesome. PERIOD

  • Anonymous47701

    2012 lineup idea

    B.Jackson-CF
    D.Barney-2B
    S.Castro-SS
    P.Fielder-1B
    G.Soto-C
    T.Colvin-RF
    A.Soriano-LF
    C.MeGehee-3B
    Pitcher

    Bench

    M.Gonzalez-SS,2B
    Sc.Moore-3B,1B
    W.Castillo-C
    T.Campana-RF
    R.Johnson-LF,CF 

    • Jim_Tinley_Park

      What makes you think Milwaukee would want to trade McGhee to the Cubs? Is he a Free Agent? 

    • paulcatanese

      Revising your’e lineup.
      Jackson-CF
      Barney-SS
      Castro-3B
      Pena-1B (wont get Fielder)
      Soto-C
      Johnson-RF
      Soriano-LF
      Flaherty-2b
      Pitcher

      Bench

      Castillo-C
      Campana-OF
      Gonzalez-UT
      Moore-UT

      Use Campana as soon as feasable for Soriono 

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

         I kind of like that paul let me through my 2 cents in for one.

        Jackson CF- let the Jackson show start sometime in July of 2011 if not before.
        Barney 2nd- He is going to be a great trade piece once one our higher ceiling guys is ready.
        Castro SS- I prefer the 2 hole for him but right now he is out best 3rd spot guy.
        Soriano LF- just because I do not know who will take this smuck off our hands.
        Rebel Ridings 1st- OK TONY I am convinced. I have been one of the guys down on the kid but he is just impressing the crap out of my now at AA.
        Tyler Colvin RF- We got to see for a fact what he is. If he comes back up this year and just tears stuff up again pencil him in for RF/1st next year.
        Flahtery 3rd- Let the Mark Derosa comparisons start but his best positon in the big leagues is 3rd. Especially if he keeps hitting for power like he is this year.
        Castillo C- I still think that Soto will be traded rather than moved to 1st. That really sucks but he would make more money as a hitting catcher than a average first baseman

        Bench
        Gonzalez UT probably middle of 2012 but could make a case for the team out of ST. Still have no idea why they put him back at AA for 2011.
        Campana OF still don’t know if he can hit enough at the majors to be anything more than speed off the bench but man is the guy good speed.
        DeWitt IF/OF he is still going to be on this team because he is a cheap guy off the bench
        Clevenger C this is wishful thinking but the kid has our attention now with the way he has hit everywhere he has been this year.

        • cubs1967

          that sounds like a last place team; is that the goal>>

          OR should we be tyring to win a WS??

          no wonder cubs mgmt lets the team stink when this is a cubs fans line-up for next year………………. 

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

             I was just using what we for sure have. And I totally agree it will be ugly. I think that we are to make a move it will have to be through trades though because other than 1st baseman there is not a whole lot out there in FA. What I would like to see is a effort this year to find the replacements for the FA’s we are going to have.

          • cubtex

            I think it is way too early to annoint Rebel Ridling as a starter for next year as well. He hit .267 in High A ball last year and only has 138 or so at bats in AA. Personally, I need to see more.
            I hope they look elsewhere for a 1B for next year. I do not want to sign a Pujols for 8 years though at his age and I would be more apt to go with Fielder if the years and numbers work. Otherwise…go for another short term fix. For me….1st base is one of the easiest positions to field.
            You know my thoughts on Colvin.
            I am still hoping Vitters keeps progressing at 3rd and forces the issue into spring training next year. 

      • Anonymous47701

        This Isn’t Too Bad of a revised lineup. The Issue I Have with so far is the Bench; it is one outfielder short. 

        • paulcatanese

          It’s tough to put any kind of lineup out there knowing what is here and not knowing what will be traded for, but its fun to try all of the wishful thinking
          on paper.  

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Randy Wells’ final line in 2nd rehab start: 7R, 6ER, 6H, 3BB,3 Ks, WP, in 4 IP.
    Wells threw 68 pitches (32 in 4th), 43 for strikes

  • Joenp3

     A total meltdown, by The BoSox, equates to a great Cubs’ comeback?  
    I know Cubs Fans are dumb (I’m one of them…), but blind?  
    You guys are reachin’!  This team is headed down, hard.