Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Cardinals – 04/15/12

Game Ten: Cubs (3-6) vs. Cardinals (6-3)
Game Time – 1:15pm CDT
Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187/906
Location – Busch Stadium, St. Louis

Paul Maholm (0-1, 13.50/2.00) vs. Jake Westbrook (1-0, 0.00/1.00)

Dale Sveum’s Cubs are in position to post their first series win of the year this afternoon. After scoring nine runs Friday against Adam Wainwright, the Cubs’ offense managed just a single tally on Saturday afternoon. As has been the case in the first nine games of the season, the Cubs had chances to put runs on the board but could not come up with a clutch hit.

The Cubs are looking for Paul Maholm to bounce back from his rough outing against the Brewers … and a couple of early runs off Jake Westbrook could go a long way towards a bounce back outing for Maholm.

Dale Sveum has not given any indication if he will sit Marlon Byrd and/or Geovany Soto this afternoon. Byrd is 2-for-28 this season (.071/.161/.071) and looks lost at the plate. To Byrd’s credit, he is still playing a solid centerfield. Soto has not fared much better. Soto is just 3-for-25 but has a triple and home run to go along with two walks (.120/.185/.320).

Major League Baseball will honor Jackie Robinson today. All of the players, coaches and on-field personnel throughout the league will wear Robinson’s No. 42 in tribute to the man that not only changed baseball but the World. Robinson bravely broke the color barrier 65 years ago when he made his debut at Ebbets Field on April 15, 1947.

Today begins with Paul Maholm

The Cubs’ lone lefty in the rotation is coming off a poor debut in his first start of the season. Paul Maholm barely made it through the first inning after giving up five runs to the Brewers before he was able to record three outs. Maholm ended up throwing four innings and allowing six runs on six hits (two home runs) with two walks and two strikeouts. Maholm took responsibility for his bad outing and said he would be better in his next start.

Paul Maholm’s next win will be his first since July 10, 2011 against the Chicago Cubs.

Paul Maholm makes his 16th career start against the Cardinals this afternoon … but his first without Albert Pujols on the roster. Maholm owns a 4-6 career mark against St. Louis with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP … at Busch Stadium, 1-1 in three starts with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. In 2011, Maholm was 0-2 in two starts with a 6.55 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP.

Cardinals Career Numbers against Paul Maholm

  • Carlos Beltran – 8-for-20 with two doubles, two home runs and two walks
  • Lance Berkman – 7-for-34 with a double and four walks
  • David Freese – 2-for-8 with a home run and a walk
  • Rafael Furcal – 8-for-19 with three doubles, a home run and a walk
  • Tyler Greene – 2-for-6 with a double
  • Matt Holliday – 3-for-24 with two home runs and three walks
  • Jon Jay – 1-for-8 with a triple
  • Yadier Molina – 9-for-29 with a double and four walks
  • Jake Westbrook – 0-for-1

Jake Westbrook fell out of favor last year with Tony LaRussa but made a statement in his first start of the season. Westbrook tossed a seven-inning gem against the Reds and held Dusty’s Bunch to one run on three hits. Westbrook walked four and struck out two.

The key to beating Jake Westbrook has always been patience. The Cubs must make him work today … swinging early and often at his sinker is a recipe for a loss. Dale Sveum’s offense must make him throw his very hittable strikes.

Jake Westbrook is 3-2 in five career starts against the Cubs with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP … last season, 1-2 in three starts with a 6.46 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Jake Westbrook

  • Darwin Barney – 2-for-11
  • Marlon Byrd – 2-for-13
  • Starlin Castro – 4-for-13 with a double and a walk
  • David DeJesus – 7-for-25 with a home run and four walks
  • Blake DeWitt – 2-for-7 with a double
  • Reed Johnson – 4-for-13
  • Paul Maholm – 0-for-1
  • Alfonso Soriano – 3-for-25 with a walk
  • Geovany Soto – 1-for-3

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Johnson – RF
    DeWitt – 2B
    Castro – SS
    Baker – 1B
    Stewart – 3B
    Mather – LF
    Soto – C
    Byrd – CF
    Maholm – P

    • Shawng1981

      can you say SHUT OUT! this is the worst line-up yet… lets take out any hitter over .300 this season and leave Soto and Byrd in.. Maybe Quade wasnt so bad.. lol

      • cubtex

        You took the words right out of my mouth! With Maholm pitching they will need to score runs and play good defense. This lineup offers neither!

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

          Wow!  That is pretty bad.  I guess we’re just conceding the loss. 

          Where the heck is Clevenger?!

  • John_CC

    That is a strange lineup to say the least. I’m fine with resting starters but why all on the same day? Icky bad lineup. 

    • Cory

      All I can say is WOW. With a few injuries here and there, this is a lineup we could potentially have to live with on a daily basis… Bring up the kids ASAP.

    • Dorasaga

      The nice part here is Byrd batting 8th, limiting the damage he can do. :-p

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

        True…

    • Chadaudio

      My exact thoughts. Do we have to play DeWitt the same day Reed Johnson bats leadoff? If we are playing our bench, can’t we at least have Clevenger’s bat in the lineup?

  • matthew8510

    ya take dejesus lahair and soriano out and play dewitt baker and mather im ok with mather for sori but come on baker and dewitt behind maholm just keep runnin them out there

  • Shawng1981

    Im guessing maybe we really are going for the #1 pick in next years draft, because so far it dont seem Sveum is trying to hard to win…. poor coaching so far this season, baker for Lahair is a few innings and a day too late.. should have been done yesterday with the game on the line. 

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

      I think Sveum has coached pretty well.  He’s motivating guys at least.  Today’s lineup is puzzling but we’re not there in the dugout so who knows what he’s thinking.  

  • RMercer

    Wow, WAS excited to be able to finally tune into a game for it’s entirety. BUT, this lineup….yuck. Will be happy when the day comes that I never have to see Dewitt, Byrd, and Soto. Sori, Lahair are out? And gimme Clevenger!

    Still can’t fathom how Dewitt still has a major league job. He does nothing well, at least Byrd can still play a decent outfield, but can’t see why he still gets to put on a big league uniform.

  • paulcatanese

    Not you’re fault Neil, you just post the facts. Looking at what they have done against Maholm indicates a long afternoon, lots of extra base’s there.
    Just cannot justify the lineup.
    With Castro not getting it together defensivly right now and DeWitt at second base, no middle at all.
    Saw “Money Ball” for the first time last night, not impressed with the human element taken completely out of the game.
    At least I can understand a little of what is going on with the Cubs under Theo Epstein, cant say I like it all that much.

    • Agustinrexach

      Hey Paul, read the book if possible…you’ll get a real look at what moneyball is/means. The movie is not bad but takes away a lot of the baseball essence. 

      • John_CC

         +1. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but the book was just an excellent read. Give it a read Paul, it is a great look into game. Unfortunately, know you will picture Brad Pitt the entire time you’re reading!

        • paulcatanese

          I know, it probably not factualy correct, but it at least gave me the idea of what it was supposed to be.
          It’s a good idea, the charts,what players can do,etc.
          Don’t really picture Brad Pitt with the movie, but interesting enough when he was interviewed with Billy Beane on MLB he kind of disagreed with the concept. Too much of the human element not there for him.
          What I got from Pitt’s role was he liked to drive his car a lot.
          Actually thought they could have used Beane in the part.
          Correct, Auguston, it did take a lot of Baseball essence out of the movie, and to both you and John, I look forward to reading the book.

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

            I like the concept.  Have to use more of the essence but I do believe that charting and using statistics is the future.  

          • paulcatanese

            I agree, but have to say charts and stats were around for a long time, only in notebooks that managers and pitching coaches used. Just not as advanced as it is now.

    • paulcatanese

      Cub’s could have saved a lot of money, all they had to do is buy a talking computer, download the system and go from there.
      Wouldn’t have needed all the extra people on the payroll.

      As far as Soto and Byrd playing everyday, it reminds me of last year and Quade kept running Aramis and Pena out there hoping they would get on track. Took a while and a lot of loss’es until some kind of results came.

      What were the lines that Tom Hanks used? “Stupid is as stupid does”.

      • RMercer

        Yeah, but Aramis and Pena are on another planet from Byrd and Soto. One could justify sending those two talents out there, but Byrd and Soto?

      • Dorasaga

        This management reports to Tom Ricketts, who is trying to save money for his dad this year.

        And that’s too much second-guessing from a Cubs fan.

    • Dorasaga

      Like Agustin said, the film took away stuff about real baseball operations. It touched upon what the book is really about (“exploit market inefficiency”, try to win with the least resources available to the management), but it failed to address the importance of scouting, which the book actually praised.

      The book discussed a debate between “performance scouting” and “traditional scouting.” Kubota, the scout-head, served as Beane’s “translator” between the management and the traditional scouts.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Paul, like others have said if you have time read the book. I had to watch the movie and I found it … eh.

      • paulcatanese

        Agree, the movie was not all that great, Joline would have made it better.

  • RMercer

    Just saw on Baseball Tonight where they said the Cubs impatience at the plate is concerning management. They knew this going in that this was a past problem, why is it still a problem then?

    Baseball Tonight said the Cubs rank 3rd in the National League at swinging at the first pitch which they have done 30% of the time! Two surprises there 1) knew they swung early a lot, but still didn’t realize it was that high and 2) CAN’T believe there is TWO other teams in Natl league that swing at first pitch more than them!

    • Dorasaga

      Let me guess, the White Sox and the Padres?

      Just for the record: the Braves swung too much as well, a mere 0.2% behind the Cubs when it comes to Swinging strikes. Worse, Axe Nation swung at pitches Out of zone 2.2% more than the Cubs.

      That’s about 4 more pitches that shouldn’t be swung at if we think 130-200 pitches per game, or perhaps one quicker out than the Cubs per game. Then again, 8 games into the season for Atlanta and 9 games for Chicago; tiny sample size.

  • Tom U

    Today’s minor league starters:

    Peoria – Willengton Cruz (0-2, 1246)
    Daytona – TBA: Austin Kirk (0-0, 1.93) is probable
    Tennessee – Nick Struck (1-1, 2.25)
    Iowa – Randy Wells (1-0, 5.25)

    Today’s spotlight game: Tennessee v. Huntsville
    Although last in the Southern League’s North Division, the Stars still lead the SL in hitting. The Smokies are third in the league in pitching and will have one of their best, Nick Struck, is taking the mound. The Tennessee offense has been erratic, but has recently shown signs of life.

    • Dorasaga

      Tom, do you think Austin Kirk, at age 22, is where he should be at? High A ball?

      As much as fans disappointed at Vitters, the same age as Kirk, the third baseman is in Iowa and improving.

      • Tom U

        He’s about right where you want him. Last year was his first full season, and he seemed to run out of gas toward the end. Remember what I’ve always said: When pitchers are ready (to be promoted), they can be ready in a hurry.

        • Dorasaga

          Thanks. That’s good to know, because I’ve been wondering the same, if Kirk will be fast-tracked when ready.

          I’ve seen the Rockies and Nats that are loaded with left-handed pitching in their system, and they can trade such rare talent for players they want on their Major League roster, whether their LHP is a prospect or proven Major Leaguer. They are not worried of lacking depth here.

          If there’s one other thing I’ve learned from the Felix Pie-phenomenon, it’s that the Cubs will fare better by recognizing early the limit and stage of growth from a prospect. They should either move him up as quickly as possible, without fear, or trade him for someone who’s more than a filler.

          No organizations grow talents for a bench or replacement purpose. Every young player in the system should start as a regular starter.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Sveum said during the pre-game show that DeJesus has a “barking” shoulder. He did not say which one but they wanted to give him two days to rest it … Monday is a day off.

    • paulcatanese

      Woof,woof?

  • Ripsnorter1

    Yesterday I noticed that Westbrook had an upside down year in regards to handedness. In 2010–

    RHH hit .316
    LHH hit .260

    But this has not held true for his career….
    RHH hit .278
    LHH hit .274

    Maybe he isn’t the pitcher he once was….
    In any case, we have a RH lineup, including DeWitt, who is also inside out in regards to handedness. 

    • paulcatanese

      Had to mention it Rip, Tom told me,Campana went yard today,
      over the 450 sign? ( don’t know, could have been another inside the park dinger). But all that power:)

      • Ripsnorter1

        I only will believe an inside the park! 

        LOL
        Glad for him. I want him back up here for our bench. Can you imagine how our 1B coach might shake things up with him around?

        • paulcatanese

          Agree Rip, we both know the power isn’t quite there to hit it over, I just would like to think so.
          And yes, he would have no problem stealing second with the pitcher at bat.:)

      • cubtex

        Wind is blowing a ton here in Austin. Don’t want to ruin that visual for you Paul…..but I got to imagine it was wind aided :)

        • paulcatanese

          Since he has had problems hitting it more than 200 feet, I would imagine you are correct.
          Still they ought to give him the section of the fence he hit it over, if he did.:)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Trevor-Petersma/565104388 Trevor Petersma

    I understand giving guys a rest but wouldn’t it be important psychologically for the Cubs to win their first series, especially against the Cards?  I would think you would put your best foot forward in this game.  Rest guys if you have to, but geez…And I don’t normally criticize lineups because frankly I’ll defer the manager on that most times.  

  • Ripsnorter1

    What’s all the fuss about the lineup?

    Any day without DeJesus leading off ought to be good. Johnson has been good, and he’s taking DeJesus’ place.
    You wanted to see Mather, and now you have him.
     DeWitt can hit with some power. Maybe he cranks one out today.

    Baker….okay, I want LaHair, but maybe LaHair’s back is tender. 

    Soto…..Westbrook might be all he needs to get him going.

    • Tony_Hall

      Hard to believe I am agreeing with you Rip, going against all the negativity, but what is the big deal.  Some managers like to use their bench all in one game to get them starts, others, like to do it one or two at time.  And like you said, sometimes it’s the things we don’t know, that make all the difference in the world as far as the decisions go.

      • cubtex

        You wouldn’t ever say it any other way :)

        • Tony_Hall

          As you know, there is a time and place to hold teams, managers, and players accountable for their decisions.  For so many to be soooo negative, in the second week of the 1st season of this regime, is just silly.

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

      DeJesus has been playing well.  I don’t see why we wouldn’t want him playing…

      • Ripsnorter1

        He’s not a difference maker. 

        No speed.
        No power.
        Not a great hitter for average.
        Not a run producer.
        He’s Funko.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    DeWitt flops over the single by Carpenter

    • Endy

      He’s terrible. Barney would have gotten to it at least. Then he double clutches a dp ball. Worthless player.

      • Dorasaga

        Like Neil said… Stay Classy and away from name-calling…

    • cubtex

      Ha. That is a great choice of words! His glove wasn’t even within 4 feet of the ball!

  • cubtex

    With pitchers like Maholm and Volstad…..you need to turn double plays and make defensive plays for them to be successful! They don’t have the stuff to give teams 4 outs!

    • cubtex

      Wow! 2 routine double play balls that they messed up.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Maholm had a decent year in Pittsburgh with one of the best SS in baseball (Ronny Cedeno of Cubs’ fame) and Neil Walker. I said when they signed him that Cubs’ fans can forget the 3.66 ERA, and expect a return to his career ERA of 4.51. 

        If it’s that good. 

        • cubtex

          Some on here have been saying how much better the starting rotation is this year. I don’t see it with Volstad and Maholm as your #4 and #5. They will both have close to a 5.00 ERA if not higher.

          • paulcatanese

            All the Cubs have are Garza,Shark and Dempster, and thats it, period.

  • John_CC

    DeWitt is brutal.  Clutched two DPs in one inning.

    I’m not gonna harp on the lineup anymore after this…but  here is a different idea, with nearly the same personnel out there, tell me what you think.

    Does LaHair really need a day off? I don’t think so.  So if Barney and Soriano need a rest, fine. Put Mather at 1B, Baker at 2B and LaHair in LF, it’s a better offense, worse defense, but at least LaHair gets some time in LF and the staff can get a look at him out there. 

    • Aaron

      worthless indeed. That’s why I’m so upset with this new management…Why in the hell did they think it was a good idea to tender him? They made a dumb___ move to begin with by tendering him in the first place, which led to them even considering exposing Flaherty and Gonzalez to the Rule 5. Then, the Rockies supposedly ask for him in the Colvin trade, and they refuse to include him… then they DFA him to get a spot on the 40-man…NOBODY claims him, then they add him again to the 40-man in Spring Training…even after they already added the superior (both offensively and defensively) Cardenas…and the guy still makes the 25-man Opening Day roster. I’m just beside myself at how awful he is, and he seems to have 9 lives….I just don’t get it.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Aaron, please on the language. Thanks.

        • Aaron

          my bad Neil…sorry about that…I edited it out

  • cubtex

    I think Castro needs to be benched for a game and told they will not tolerate lazy play in the field. Cardinal announcers were ripping into him saying how disinterested he is looking in the field.

  • Tom U

    Tony Campana hit his first home run to lead off the game for Iowa (hope you are watching Paul). Iowa and Round Rock tied 2-2 after one.

    • paulcatanese

      No Tom, been trying to get the game on the computer. Where’s Rip when you need him?
      Do you know how far he(Campana) hit it? and was it out of the park?

  • John_CC

    Bad! Someone missed a sign there. No way Byrd gets a greenlight or steal sign against Yadi.  EH!

    • Ripsnorter1

      I dunno. They had Soriano trying to steal 3B the other day. 

  • cubtex

    Got to question Sveum again. You have Byrd on 1st with one out and pitcher up…..and you steal him on 1st pitch against Molina?What happened to all this bunting in spring training? Bunt the runner over with pitcher up and give your leadoff hitter a chance to drive in run!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      That one was on Byrd. Maholm squared.

      • Tony_Hall

        Don’t ruin a perfectly good complaint, with facts….

        • cubtex

          If Byrd got confused with a hit and run sign instead of a bunt sign with the pitcher up….he is one of the dumbest players in baseball!

          • Tony_Hall

            He might be, but he was probably so confident that Maholm would get the bunt down, he thought he would show off his base running skills and get a head start on second and take 3rd with the bunt.  Not like anything is going his way so far this year.

      • cubtex

        What was Byrd thinking then? Hmmmm. Is that a hit and run sign that I just got with Maholm up? If that is the case….how about a little common sense Marlon? Ridiculous. It was a 2-0 game at that point.

  • cubtex

    Like I said earlier…..terrible offensive lineup and terrible defensive lineup. This is beyond ugly!!!!

  • John_CC

    Cardinals are getting really lucky…seeing eye singles and bloopers.

    • cubtex

      Yea. Nice bloop by Molina :)

  • Dorasaga

    When Byrd almost tripped (then Mather dived) for that Holiday single, I could not be more awed by the range of Starlin Castro, ran all the way to outer center field, picked up the ball quickly, then made a soft-n-swift turn, strong throw back infield. This is for Paul and all those who rather see Castro fielding third–ARE YOU SURE?

    • paulcatanese

      Until they can get someone to fill his shoes at short, he will remain there, hopefully proving me wrong, but still would like to see him at third.

      • Dorasaga

         I’m glad you are not adamant, but let the facts in front of our eyes speak for themselves.
        :-)

        • paulcatanese

          No. I’m not, but logical, don’t move Castro until they have the guy that can hit there and field, then move him.

  • John_CC

    Crap. Now I have to find something “constructive” to do with the afternoon….

    • Dorasaga

       Build a bird house for the Cardinals?

  • Aaron

    Can someone please explain to me what DeWitt and Baker are still doing on this team with Cardenas and Valbuena in AAA hammering the ball. Both play better defense. Both play better offensively. And finally, BOTH are more versatile….

    So…again…please tell me what those two jokers are doing on this team. I’d really love to hear the rationale from management

    • Tom U

      Aaron, I have some thoughts about that, but I’m not on a position to write it all down. Remind me later.

      • Aaron

        Tom,

        Please type it out NOW….lol…j/k….when can you respond…like tonight, or what?

        • Tom U

          Trying to do a balancing act of following four games and cooking dinner

          • Aaron

            no worries, just giving you crap :)

          • paulcatanese

            What can I say Tom, it’s not baked, it’s from Digorno’s pizza.

          • Tom U

            Good one, Paul.  It’s actually Irish Stew. An odd specialty for a Polish guy like me.

          • paulcatanese

            Not at all, I made ribs and saurkraut the other night, and I’m Italian and German, but the driving force, my wife is Polish.

        • Redlarczykg

          Aaron,

          It’s old baseball labeling. Dewitt and Baker are “proven” veterens.  The only problem is that they both have already proven for years that neither can field well and don’t do much at the plate.  The Cubs are “rebuilding” with old bricks!  

    • brent carmona

      They have higher ceiling than dewitt/baker and need at bats, bench player on MLB stunts their growth?

      Getting dewitt and baker playing time for trade bait?

      I have no idea, just throwing that out there.

      Im with you Aaron, don’t want them on the squad . I do like baker way more than dewitt though

      • Aaron

        I don’t like Baker more…they’re both average to below-average defensively at every position they play. Neither have range at all, and neither are patient at the plate either. 

        I’ve already proven it on here before with their stats side-by-side with each other, so I won’t do it again, but they are EXACTLY the same player….the only difference is one is righty and one is lefty. They also play the same positions….and neither of them play SS, which is why they are the most worthless players on this team, because they’re redundant. It’s not by their fault alone, but management’s fault entirely for that. I could stomach it if it was just one of them, but both? It’s just ridiculous.

        What you’ll get out of them is a .260’s avg, low .300’s OBP, almost no walks, and around 5 hr, 20-25 RBI in part-time duty…oh, and they each “earn” more than $1 million. Again, I just don’t understand their rationale for being on the team.

  • Aaron

    Bets that DeWitt has a GIDP here? Or K?

  • Aaron

    man..Randy Wells is awful. I-Cubs go up 2-0 in the first, gives it all back. I-Cubs storm back with a Valbuena slam in the second go up 6-2, gives it all back in the bottom of the second.

    I wonder what his excuse will be this time. I bet it’ll be something like this:
    “I just got too big for my britches…I was riding high off being in the big leagues that I forgot I still had to work down here….I’ll make sure I work extra hard, and stay away from bars so I can stay at the AAA level for awhile…you see, I was out partying at the bars last night for the Blackhawks victory”…..blah blah blah

    • cubtex

      Aaron the weather has been real breezy here in Austin the last couple of days. Not at the park…but I got to imagine it is not a good day to pitch.

  • Whegner

    Why do I get the feeling Soto said “fastball” to Carpenter?

    • Aaron

      That’s a good point….”Oh, you’re going to shake me off?”…okay, “here comes the fastball”…teach him to shake me off 

  • Anthony

    Daytona game currently in extra-innings.

    35 year old Elicier Bonne raised his BA so far with a stellar 1-5
    performance now hitting .179, only striking out twice, and Nelson Perez also raising his average with a 1-4 performace now hitting .161, but K’d twice so far also.

    Saberbonus’

    • Tom U

      In other news, OF John Andreoli is currently batting .364 while OF/2B Rubi Silva is hitting .452 for Daytona.

      • Anthony

        Tom, report on Szczur, Easterling, and the other outfielders hitting below .200

        Silva is good, Andreoli is not

        • cubtex

          Hey man. I know you are upset about Klapzynski. You must be related to carry on as much….but he is not the first low round draft choice to be released and he won’t be the last. You must have known higher draft guys will get much much much more time than a 20 round choice. Is it fair? No…..but it is what it is. I wasn’t a high pick….a little higher than 20:) but money talks. The Szcur’s and Golden’s will get priority!

  • Ripsnorter1

    So far, ChiChi Lopez has been our stopper in the pen.

    But the stopper has holes in it.

  • Aaron

    I’m a little upset the Bulls game hasn’t started yet, so I can watch something different, but nothing else is on. I’m just doing work for my job to keep me from watching this train-wreck.

  • cubtex

    Cubs should take a flyer on Michael Bowden who was just DFA’d by the Red Sox. He was a former 1st round pick and is only 25. He had a good spring training and won a job this spring. Drop Shawn Camp and add him to the bullpen.

    • Ripsnorter1

      He’s actually pitched well this year.
      3 IP
      1 ER
      1 HR

      He got dumped because others get paid more.

      • cubtex

        Here is his scouting report…

        Scouting Report: Bowden has an arsenal of four pitches: (1) an 88-92 mph four-seam fastball that can top out around 94 mph, (2) an average 12-6 hard breaking curve, (3) an excellent circle changeup, and (4) an 83-85 mph slider that he added in 2009, which he hopes to use as an out pitch down the line. Also developing a cutter in 2011. His main pitch – the four-seamer – has a late, heavy sinking movement, and he generally keeps it down in the zone. Bowden can also work in a two-seamer that is a few mph off of his four-seamer, with a bit more movement. His deceptive changeup sits in the low-80s, about 10 mph off of his fastball, with action moving away from lefties. His mid-70s curve is sharp and he keeps hitters at bay with it, but he definitely telegraphs it too often. Overall, Bowden has an excellent command of the zone. One aspect that should come with more experience is improved pitchability against advanced hitters. His mechanics are somewhat unconventional in that his delivery is quite compact and he doesn’t pull back with a lot of torque. Relies more on arm strength than leverage. Still, he’s able to maintain consistent arm action throughout his outings, so the Sox haven’t messed with his delivery. Bowden is said to be a workaholic and just loves to pitch – another player who just lives and dies for baseball. Very athletic and focused and intense on the mound.

    • Zonk

      Can’t hurt, though something must be wrong with Bowden, it’s not like the Red Sox are awash right now in good pitching. 

      But neither are we, so can’t hurt. 

      • Dorasaga

        It’s always one of those: PED, attitude problem, too much indulgence*.

        *recreational drugs, alcohol, women, or all of above.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 10-3 to Cardinals Sunday afternoon

    Paul Maholm: 6R, 6H (HR), BB, 2K in 4IP; Reed Johnson: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, 2R; Starlin Castro: 1-for-4, RBI; Cubs: 6H, 1-for-9 w/RISP, 4 LOB

  • Tom U

    In his first Single-A game, Oliver Zapata hits a home run in the top of the eleventh to put the Chiefs ahead 4-3 over Wisconsin.

    • Tom U

      Chiefs hold on to win 5-3 over the Timber Rattlers in eleven innings.

      • Aaron

        Tom,

        What were you going to say about the whole DeWitt and Baker thing?