Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 04/22/12

Game Sixteen: Cubs (4-11) vs. Reds (6-9)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187/907
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Randy Wells (0-0, -.–/-.–) vs. Johnny Cueto (1-0, 1.89/1.11)

The Cubs have a chance to win a series and their second game in a row but instead of Ryan Dempster taking the hill in the series finale it will be Randy Wells.

Ryan Dempster was scheduled to make his four start of the season but Dempster was placed on the DL prior to Saturday’s game with a right quad strain. Dempster reportedly hurt his quad during his last start in Miami. The Cubs recalled Tony Campana from Triple-A Iowa to take Dempster’s spot on the active roster and Randy Wells was officially recalled from Triple-A after Marlon Byrd was traded to the Red Sox.

Geovany Soto is expected back in the starting lineup this afternoon and Alfonso Soriano should be back in left field. Soriano has very good numbers against Johnny Cueto … maybe he can notch his first extra basehit of the season today.

Tony Campana, Reed Johnson and Joe Mather will reportedly fill the Cubs’ opening in centerfield while Brett Jackson continues to work at the Triple-A level. Even with Marlon Byrd now on Boston’s roster, the Cubs are expected to stick to their development plan for Brett Jackson.

According to Bruce Miles, Michael Bowden is expected to join the Cubs’ pen on Monday. Bowden would take Marlon Byrd’s spot on the 40-man roster but Jed Hoyer would have to create a spot on the active roster for Bowden.

Today it all starts with Randy Wells

Randy Wells said he was surprised when the Cubs sent him down to Triple-A at the end of Spring Training. Wells has not done anything to help himself in his first three starts but once again due to an injury by one of the Cubs’ veteran starters, Randy Wells gets a chance to perform at the big league level.

Randy Wells was 1-0 in three starts with the I-Cubs this season with a 9.42 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP. In 14 1/3 innings, Wells has allowed 15 runs, all earned, on 16 hits with six walks and 10 strikeouts … teams have hit .286 and three home runs.

Wells was fine in his first start against Round Rock but struggled in his second start then imploded in Texas when he faced Round Rock in their home park (eight runs on eight hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings).

After spending the first two months of the 2011 season on the DL, Randy Wells ended up with a 7-6 record in 23 starts with a 4.99 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.

Today will be Randy Wells’ tenth career start against the Reds. Wells is 4-1 in the first nine with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP … last season, two no decisions with a 8.74 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.

Reds Career Numbers against Randy Wells

  • Jay Bruce – 3-for-12 with a double and a walk
  • Miguel Cairo – 0-for-1
  • Todd Frazier – 1-for-5 with a home run
  • Ryan Hanigan – 7-for-16 with a walk
  • Willie Harris – 1-for-3 with three walks
  • Chris Heisey – 2-for-5 with a home run and a walk
  • Ryan Ludwick – 4-for-11 with two doubles, two home runs and two walks
  • Brandon Phillips – 7-for-20 with a double, a home run and two walks
  • Scott Rolen – 3-for-10 with two doubles and two walks
  • Drew Stubbs – 7-for-15 with a double and two home runs
  • Wilson Valdez – 1-for-3
  • Joey Votto – 5-for-22 with a home run and two walks

Johnny Cueto has pitched good enough to 3-0 this season instead of having only one win to show for some dominant pitching. Cueto tossed seven innings of shutout ball against the Marlins in his first start of the season and is coming off another solid seven inning start. Cueto held the high-powered Cardinals’ offense to one run on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts but the Reds lost 2-1.

Today will be Johnny Cueto’s 15th career start against the Cubs. In the first 14, Cueto posted a 4-6 record with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Last season Cueto was 1-1 in four starts against the Cubs with a 3.54 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. For his career, Cueto is 2-4 in nine starts at Wrigley with a 3.35 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Johnny Cueto

  • Jeff Baker – 0-for-3
  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-4
  • Starlin Castro – 3-for-15 with three walks
  • David DeJesus – 2-for-5 with a double and a walk
  • Blake DeWitt – 3-for-11
  • Reed Johnson – 5-for-14 with two doubles
  • Bryan LaHair – 1-for-3
  • Alfonso Soriano – 10-for-32 with a double, three home runs and two walk
  • Geovany Soto – 7-for-27 with three doubles, a triple, a home run and two walks
  • Ian Stewart – 0-for-2
  • Randy Wells – 0-for-2

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    DeJesus – RF
    Campana – CF
    Castro – SS
    LaHair – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Stewart – 3B
    Soto – C
    DeWitt – 2B
    Wells – P

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MCTINSDIF4ZSEQGJJ7KUNU256I Horatio Vonsnackster

      Is the only reason Soto is playing to showcase him for a move also?  I really dislike when a guy like Clevanger has a hot bat and manages the pitchers well, yet has to sit after another big game.  I think it sends the wrong message.  Its not like Soto has really performed over the last couple of years, and the law of averages says that he will perform again.  It sickens me.

      • Zonk

        Clevenger has a hot bat, but it’s early; he’s 10 for 17, not much of a sample size.  Clevenger looks like a decent backup, but scouts don’t consider him to have the ceiling of a ML-starter.

        Soto does; he has been a good MLB starter, as recently as 2010.  We need to find out what we have there; is he in a slump, or is there an underlying loss of ability?  I don’t think we know.

        We need to play him to find out where we stand with him

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MCTINSDIF4ZSEQGJJ7KUNU256I Horatio Vonsnackster

          Thats one perspective.  Look at Soto’s numbers over the past couple of years… barely qualifies as a major league starter, with the exception of his rookie campaign.  Might be a different story if he was a real solid defensive catcher and could call a whale of a game, but I think he’s proven to be subpar in both areas. 

          I say, lets change the mindset, and reward those who are performing and ride the hot hand.  Its not like he’s taking playing time from someone who breaks out of slumps and goes on hitting terrors.

          He’s better defensively, calls a better game, gives you a left bat, and while I agree we don’t have sample size to indicate if he will consistently hit, I think the pros to playing him over Soto outweight the cons at this point in time.

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

         The most that Clevanger will be is a back up catcher at the major league level. I like him but not really seeing the thrill with everyone wanting him in the lineup everyday. Why overload him early and show his weaknesses? I think that someone has forgotten how bad our back up catcher has been recently.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MCTINSDIF4ZSEQGJJ7KUNU256I Horatio Vonsnackster

          I suppose Soto’s offensive and defensive play speaks for itself today.  Clevanger may not be the long-term answer, but Soto’s play is pathetic at best right now.  Continuing to trot him out there isn’t doing anyone any good.

  • Ripken Boy

    Why is Joyce DeWitt playing?

    • BosephHeyden

      Darwin Barney is going to need an off-day once or twice, so might as well give it to him today.  Also, DeWitt is a guy that, like Byrd and Soto, doesn’t seem to figure into the Cubs’ long term plans (even as a bench guy), so building his value means they can at least get a mid-level prospect for him down the road.

      • Ripken Boy

        I would rather see Cardenas or Valbuena play 2b today. Build up value? Cubs got next to nothing for Byrd and they won’t even close to that for Joyce DeWitt

        • BosephHeyden

           Neither is on the roster, so that’s not realistic.  They’re clearly trying to move the guys they don’t need/want, and if they’re hitting well in April, it doesn’t matter what they do the rest of the year so long as they move them in April (like they should have done with Kosuke the last two years).  And they didn’t get “next to nothing” for Byrd, rather they got a pitcher with upside that the Red Sox misused.

          • Chadaudio

            Hope you’re right Boseph… his numbers don’t look that bad as a reliever.  I wonder what the scouting report is on Bowden?  What pitches does this guy have?

          • Ripken Boy

            Taking away at bats from young players and giving them to bad aging veterans during a 100 loss season is never a good idea.

      • Chadaudio

        DeWitt has zero trade value.  He already cleared waivers… meaning every team in the MLB could of had DeWitt if they wanted him.  And you know what?  NO ONE wanted him.  There is no mid-level prospect to be had in exchange for DeWitt.

        I think I’d rather see Baker there when Barney needs a brake. 

        • Zonk

          You’re right in that nobody wants him for $1.1 mil.  Someone might later with injuries, but it’s early to move players, Byrd being an exception.

          If Cardenas and/or Valbuena were cut earlier, I am pretty sure the Cubs wouldn’t have re-signed DeWitt.  Unfortunately they didn’t know that, and they are stuck paying the $$.

          DeWitt has a nice lefthanded stroke, and was a former first-round pick.  He isn’t completely hopeless, but the result you see won’t be a whole lot different with Cardenas, who also has a nice LH stroke, and plays a pretty bad 2B (supposedly).

          I don’t know what Valbuena’s defensive reputation is, but he can’t be a gold-glover, or he wouldn’t have been cut

          • Chadaudio

            DeWitt does have a nice left-handed stroke – but he just doesn’t belong on this team at all (we have enough defensive problems).

            I don’t know that Cardenas or Valbuena is the answer either… but I’m sure they are better defensive 2B then DeWitt is.

            I was hoping they would have grabbed a defensive specialist in the offseason.

        • cubs1967

          i agree; dewitt has NO value.  in fact, he should be released; either valbuena or cardenas brought up; both can play SS; dewitt cannot.

          it’s really a mystery what team theo see’s in this guy………(and to think we traded a lefty starter like ted lilly and this is the only crap left from it……….)

      • Agustinrexach

        the problem was solved until he made the team…I don’t think Dewitt will ever build value, he has bad defense and a mediocre bat…I supppose he is another great clubhouse guy. [sighhh]

    • Jim_Tinley_Park

      At lease not in LF

      • Chadaudio

        I don’t know Jim – I think I’d rather have him in LF.

  • cubtex

    Great day for Chicago sports teams last night. Humber throws a perfect game,Cubs win,Bulls win, Miami Heat lose to Washington, and the Blackhawks with a huge W in OT to stay alive!

    • Cory

      Gotta love it!

    • Nathan

      haha the big three didnt play for miami

      • cubtex

        Wade played but he got hurt.

        • Nathan

          in the first quarter I know

  • John_CC

    I was half expecting Sveum to slot Campana in the 9 hole ala LaRussa, he said that he would consider it with two lead-off type guys.

    Not that it matters at all, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Campana put in the 8 hole and then sliding everybody up one spot. Except that Soriano isn’t much of clean-up hitter, is he?  Castro is hitting like crazy and getting on base too, but there is something that doesn’t look right with him in the 3 spot. LaHair could handle it. Like I said, it doesn’t really matter where most of these guys hit, there aren’t any serious threats in the entire lineup.  Hopefully Castro and LaHair start leaving the yard as the summer warms up.

    Good luck to Randy today. I admit, I have zero confidence in him. It would nice if he could stay up after Demp gets back, either in the pen or by pushing Volstad to the pen. 

    • paul catanese

      I agree with you John, as Campana could go in the 9 spot and move the pitcher up, perfect spot for it.
      Unfortunatly for Campana the best spot for him would be leadoff, but two reasons he’s not, 1, he hasnt proven yet that he can make consistant contact, 2, DeJesus is getting on base and doing a decent job there(even though I was not enthralled with him coming to the Cubs. I have to give Theo and group with a good move, for the present in bringing him here.
      Campana without a doubt has speed, and the one advantage with him in the 2 hole would be just that.
      If DeJesus gets on, the opportunity that if Campana makes contact, whether it be a hit, bunt, he should not be doubled up on either, and worse case the Cubs are left with a runner on and one out, opening the steal to Campana.
      This is all a moot point if Campana k’s.

      • John_CC

         I like your reasoning Paul.

  • Tom U

    Today’s minor league starters:

    Peoria – PJ Francescon (0-1, 3.86)
    Daytona – Hayden Simpson (0-2, 7.11)
    Tennessee – Ryan Searle (1-0, 0.00)
    Iowa – Chris Rusin (1-2, 5.40)

    Today’s spotlight game: Tennessee v. Chattanooga
    Something is up in Tennessee, as Ryan Searle was named a starter in place of Trey McNutt. McNutt usually follows Nick Struck, who pitched last night. Tennessee also used up their top two long relievers in Jeffry Antigua and Marcus Hatley yesterday, which means Dan Berlind and Casey Weathers will be the pitchers called upon if needed. Strap yourself in, it may be a bumpy ride.

    Some minor league news:

    Since hitting for the cycle on Monday, Javier Baez has gone 0-13 with six strikeouts and three errors.

    Pierre LePage is back in action and performing well in Extended Spring Training.

    Tennessee fans have taken to doing a Ronnie Woo-Woo type chant for Jae-Hoon Ha.

    • cubtex

      I hope McNutt is not being moved in a deal.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Could be just as simple as a promotion. There is a spot open in Iowa’s rotation. Let’s wait to see.

    • cubtex

      Tom….What is your guess? He has only thrown 11.2 innings so far. He has thrown the ball well but he has walked 7 with 11 K’s. I can’t imagine they would move him up.

      • Tom U

        Sorry, I wasn’t able to respond. Doing a parenting thing. Looks like Neil has things well covered.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      McNutt was placed on the DL with a blister issue

      • cubtex

        thanks. I didn’t think he would be promoted. Glad it is nothing serious.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

           You missed my point.

      • gary3411

         Better than an arm issue.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Agreed. With that said he’s really got to get that under control. Missed a lot of time last year with blister issues.

          • cubtex

            agreed. that is what I meant. blister is much less serious than shoulder,elbow,oblique,hamstring etc.

  • SuzyS

    It’s begun.
    The many moves that will be necessary to make us a contender again has started. Personally I look for many more moves like this…just to make space for the future. By itself, the Byrd trade doesn’t look like a winner…we pay the salary…lose a major league player….and get two undistinguished…(at the mlb level) bodies back.
    But in the bigger scheme…it’s exactly the type of moves we’re going to have to make to build a stronger foundation. I BUY INTO THAT.

    The Theo/Jed haters out there…would probably be there no matter who the Management team is.  Fact is…It’s waaay to early to judge them one way or the other…regarding the Cubs.
    Jed did not have enough time to leave a true imprint on the Padre’s.
    Theo, like JH…made some great moves…and bad moves in Boston.
    The difference is Theo has rebuilt the entire organizational structure
    so that the Cubs might be more competitive with the other big market teams.
    No cool-aid…but I’m still hopeful that Theo’s organization will outdo JH’s handshakes and bring us to the promised land. I BUY INTO…”IT’S GOING TO TAKE TIME.

    • cubtex

      Yes it will take time the way he is doing it. A lot of time! JH got bashed for trading players at the lowest value.Theo had no choice with Z but you would have thought that Byrd had a little more value this offseason. We are paying almost ALL of Byrd’s salary and we get a player that was DFA’d. I can’t imagine that there was not a situation this offseason where they could have moved him without paying almost his entire salary. 

      • bpot92

        The injury is probably the only reason we could move him now. Either way we probably would have had to pay most or part of his salary.

        • cubtex

          He did hit .276 last year. Not earth shattering but serviceable. They rolled the dice that he would have a good start and they could move him by May/June. They lost since he had such a brutal start.

          • John_CC

            yeah, .276/.324/.395 – yup, he “slugged” .395.  And had all of 35 RBI, don’t forget how many ABs he had in the top or heart of the order. He walked 25 times in over 450PA.  You think he had a good value over the winter/spring based on those numbers?  Not likely.

            Most likely, the Cubs where hoping that Byrd would have a good April/May and increase his value over last year.  It didn’t happen, he was doing nothing for the Cubs right now and did not want to ride the pine. So unlike the Quade/Hendry m.o. which would have just kept trotting him out there everyday in a lost season, he was cut loose. At least Campana is playing now.  And I’m sure Byrd would rather be starting for the Red Sox than sitting for the Cubs.

            Stop moaning about this. Byrd was NOT good last year, he was and is at best a serviceable 4th OF.  And you are act surprised that a team didn’t want to pay 6M$ for that? 

             

          • cubtex

            Don’t confuse me with logic….my mind is made up that Theo will never do anything wrong! Please try to read the post. There were teams that needed an extra outfielder this offseason. Rumored teams included the Braves,Rangers,Nats among others. I will repeat what I said again…..They held onto Byrd thinking they could move him by May/June(hoping that he played well and would have a higher value than this offseason) Theo rolled the dice and LOST! They are paying almost ALL of his salary. I am happy Byrd is gone now and they have CF open for BJAX……But this trade was down at his ABSOLUTE lowest value. Way to go Theo. What’s a few million to Ricketts anyway with his lower payroll this year :)

          • John_CC

             Yer funny.

          • Hoosierboy3423

            Do you think Theo said no to a deal with one of those teams. Because it appears that is what your assumption is. He rolled the dice and lost? Really, do we know he was offered ANYTHING for Byrd in the offseason to begin with? No we dont. Just cause you dont like team Theo, dont make silly assumptions. Are you one of the few who really thought we could get Martin Prado and something else from Atl for Byrd, come on. That is laughable. 

          • cubtex

            No. I never said you would get anything great…..but cmon. They basically released Byrd. Are you saying that his value wasn’t higher this offseason than now? If you are…..that is laughable.

          • Hoosierboy3423

            All you wanted to do was take a jab at Theo and the others for “rolling the dice and losing.”His value was minimal then just as it was now

  • matthew8510

    why on earth would you bring up wells with a 9.42 era in aaa when you got coleman with a 2-1 record and 3.80 era i dont get it someone please explain

    • BosephHeyden

       Because they want to move Wells.  Coleman still has a little value, because he’s a young guy that could wind up being a solid #4 starter (especially since at least Volstad has proven he’s not good, and Maholm, despite his good start yesterday, can’t be banked upon for future seasons).  But bringing up Coleman means using an option, and also means they should probably have a spot cleared for him for the rest of the season.  If Wells doesn’t pan out in the next 15 days, his time with the Cubs is up.  If he does, he’ll have had enough time to build up value to get a prospect or two in return.

    • Zonk

      I think it’s mostly because Wells has had major league success, and Coleman hasn’t.

  • SuzyS

    Yesterday, Someone mentioned Soriano…and what can we do with him?
    After all our endless discussions…and watching what happened with Zambrano/Byrd etc.
    My best guess…is that we will NOT get out from under his contract.
    There was a thing on mlbtraderumors the other day that stated that the new CBA  would not allow for “personal service” clauses in new contracts.
    It was my hope that the Cubs could re-work Sori’s contract into a personal services deal over an expanded period of time…that option is now gone.
    My best guess, ( with no takers on the horizon), is that at some point,the Cubs will simply DFA Soriano…and eat his contract.  (I don’t see him with us to start the 2013 season.

    • Zonk

      Soriano is currently untradeable.  There were rumors this offseason that the Cubs were offering to eat most of the contract to trade him, and there were still no takers.  Maybe if we take someone else’s really bad contract, but hard to see a scenario like that, and one big enough (even Adam Dunn; he can’t play the field anymore).

      At this point, he isn’t blocking anyone, so we may as well hope he’s in a slump and not terminal decline.  If the Cubs think it’s terminal decline, we will probably have to cut him and move on.  But I don’t think anyone’s there yet.

      This will be a bigger debate if LaHair continues to hit, Soriano doesn’t, and Rizzo comes up……

  • paul catanese

    Could not post yesterday as I was out watching my Grandson play in a double header, but had it on tape.
    What can I say, always a good game when The Cubs win, In particular I was impressed with the power display by Campana, his single carried at least 225 feet. But was also dismayed by the fly ball lost in the sun (he’s got to let someone know) and the attempt (diving) to catch a ball in right center, not so sure DeJesus couldn’t have caught that one.
    Castro and his defense, getting used to errors, he better not be(getting used to them), He’s here in his third year, and aside from his age, I am getting tired with that as an excuse.
    The important thing though was the end result, a win.

    • cubtex

      nice fish!

      • paulcatanese

        Thanks, thats the Grandson from a couple of years ago, and was my avatar. somehow got messed up again.
        By the way, I felt DeWitt should have come across the bag twice and got the throw off. Of course one was fielded off the wrong foot by Castro and late to second. Bummer game.

        • cubtex

          Yep. Thats not the best double play combo in the league :)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Frank Batista & Ty Wright promoted to Triple-A Iowa. Batista has 5 saves; Wright hitting .429 (6-for-14) with 4 RBI in 5 games

  • cubtex

    DJ LeMahieu is doing what he has always done in the minors. He is hitting .322 with not a lot of power….but he does have 6 SB’s. He seems to hit over .300 no matter what level he plays. If he ever can develop some power he could be a very productive mlb player.

    • Zonk

      Colorado Springs, it should be noted, is the Coors field of AAA; it inflates everyone’s stats. 

      He plays a decent 3B (not a very good 2B), and does make contact as you say…..he is kind of a big guy and should generate power, but he never has.  In all likelihood, he never will.

  • Texcubnut

    Frank Batista may be on a fast track to the Cubs bullpen. He has succeeded at daytona last year and Tennessee this  year and if he continues this at Iowa, we will see him in Chicago this summer.

  • Dorasaga

    That was a tough pitch for Ludwick to lay off. Good job for Wells hitting the corners.

    • Dorasaga

       *tough pitch that walked him.

      I feel that if Wells make through this inning, he’ll have a good game. He got control. He’ll regain command and fool hitters today.

      • Dorasaga

         And he did. Good curve struck out Rolen the veteran

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good job by Wells getting out of his jam

  • Ripsnorter1

    10% of the season will already be in the can with this game! 

    Was trying to find the link to Votto blasting the Cubs as a second rate organization, etc. 21 games vs. the Cubs without a HR ought to help him.
    It would sure be nice if Wells is ready to pitch today. The Reds offense has been terrible thus far in 2012. That ought to help.

  • cubs1967

    it says on mlbtaderumors.com; rays need catching help.  as someone who vacations in that area for 20 yrs and hence watches alot of their games on MLB pckg; they do.  Soto would be perfect for that team based on his under 30 age………….god I hope he starts to hit……there has to be a trade somehow of soto for wade davis in there; who’s now in their pen, but would start for the cubs.

    • Zonk

      I guess Robinson Chirinios isn’t working out for them

      • Ripsnorter1

        No, he isn’t. He’s on the 60 day disabled list. Serious injury. 

    • cubtex

      Didn’t they get one of our top minor league catchers  in Chirinos a couple of years ago :)

      • cubs1967

        chirinos was a 27 yr old converted catcher who had yet to reach the majors………he was never gonan be anything but a back-up at best; but becuz JH traded him everyone thought he was gonna be an all-star.

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

           Wow a realistic assessment of Chirinos I think that deserves a like.

           You throw in the fact that Fuld is Campana with better defense then you get a real idea of what it was the Cubs gave up for Garza. Yet some people will still say that Hendry gave up the farm for a guy that was at best a 3rd starter on a winner.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Cueto is humming out there. 

    We need to foul off some pitches and make him work harder, if possible. But he’s fanned 4 in 2 IP, so his stuff is moving.
    On the other hand, Well has thrown 44 pitches in 2 IP. Not going to go six innings like that. COME ON, RANDY! Let’s get it together!

    • Ripsnorter1

      5 BB in 4 IP.
      Not good.

      84 pitches in 4 IP.
      Not good.

      • Zonk

        Randy Wells is not good.

  • cubtex

    Castro is letting every ground ball play him. He looks so uncomfortable out there. I think he should be given a day off or two.

    • Ripsnorter1

      He’s almost the only bat in the lineup. Please….keep him playing! Please just find a place where he can field the position.

      • cubtex

        I know. That is the issue but he needs to play both sides. I don’t want to have him move positions but he is going through a bad stretch in the field right now.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good job by LaHair

    • SomeGuy27

      He’s the only guy on this club that give you a professional AB every time.

  • gary3411

    Why did we just take out our best hitter in a tie game?

    • Nathan

      Castro is our best hitter, let’s not get that confused

      • gary3411

         Not so far this year, LaHair is. And it’s not really close.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    A walk, a pair of bunts and two errors by Soto …

    • cubs1967

      why would he double switch out lahair??…….he just drove in a run and is hitting .370 plus???????

      • gary3411

        Makes some sense batting order wise, but how about Campana instead.

        • cubs1967

          soriano made the last out……….he would of made the most sense.

          • gary3411

             Yes, you’re right, for some reason I thought LaHair did, not sure why I thought that when I just saw him hit a single lol. Dumb move, unless LaHair’s back is acting up or still stiff or something.

          • cubs1967

            woulnd’t it be nice to have him up now instead of clevenger…….quade move by swamie.

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

             You throw in how brutal of defense LaHair plays and the fact that we are letting a lot of runners on base. Then it makes a little more sense.

    • cubtex

      Lopez didn’t even attempt to field that bunt by Cueto. It was halfway up the first baseline. Tough play for any catcher.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        I wasn’t stating opinion, stating fact. Soto was charged with both errors.

        • cubtex

          I know Neil. Just venting

  • gary3411

    Didn’t show the best angle on TV, but DeWitt looked like he kept his foot on to me.

  • cubtex

    Here we go. Get back in the game and give the Reds 5 outs.

  • Baron_S

    wow, that is some real shoddy defense
    2nd most team errors in all of baseball
    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/team/_/stat/fielding

  • cubtex

    Way to go Maine. He blew away Votto.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Maine has stuff. He may not have complete control, but his stuff is pretty good.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro hit right on the elbow. In a lot of pain.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro is up … did not look good.

    • Zonk

      Hopefully he’s OK.  Not sure who would start if he went down….Valbuena, I guess?

      • Ripsnorter1

        Or Barney to SS and DeWitt to 2B with Baker.

        • Chadaudio

          Ugg. That would be awful… but that’s sort of where we’re at right now.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Castro is killing the ball. Hated that big shiner on his elbow. 

            Barney says SS is his best defensive position.

    • Ripsnorter1

      LOUSY!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tough kid, that was a direct hit. Could get a night off Monday.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Another horrible at bat by Soriano with the bases loaded … 0-for-4 today with a strikeout and 7 left on base.

    • Zonk

      Is he in a slump, or is he terminally bad?

  • Baron_S

    Soriano should bat 8th…
    He looks just hopeless.. most worthless guy in the lineup

  • Zonk

    I have to admit, Cueto and Chapman are MONEY.  Very intimidating.

  • BrianT

    When are Chicagoans going to build a baseball stadium that is conducive to 21st century baseball…. ? Wrigley field is outdated and when the cold winds blow they blow straight in! Its unfair! Build us a stadium now

  • BrianT

    Thats not a bullpen…. thats a park bench that was misplaced

  • BrianT

    40 years+ I have been a Cub fan and this is just pathetic….. By the time mid May arrives it’ll be on to the Bears season…. This is just sad…

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 4-3 to Reds Sunday afternoon

    Randy Wells: 2R, 6H, 5BB, 2K in 5IP;
    Bryan LaHair: 1-for-2, RBI, BB; Starlin Castro: 2-for-4, 3B, 2R, HBP

    Cubs: 2-for-11 RISP, 12 LOB
     

  • Tom U

    Pitching change:

    Daytona – Matt Loosen (0-1, 81.00)

    The organization saw two pitching gems this afternoon. PJ Francescon had 5K’s in 7 innings as Peoria shut out the first place Lansing Lugnuts 2-0. 

    Chris Rusin tossed 8 scoreless innings with 4K’s as Iowa defeated Memphis 2-1.

    • Jim_Tinley_Park

      Is Rusin one of our better prospects?

      • Tom U

        Let’s put it this way, he’s capable, but he’s not as great as he was today. He’s also not as bad as he was his last outing (1 IP, 6 R, 2 ER), What he needs is more consistency.

  • paulcatanese

    Pretty funny confrontations between Cueto and Campana. I think Cueto feard Tony more than a power hitter, as he knew that he may have to make a play for an out. Even balked trying to pick him off.

    Not that Tony was any kind of solution to the Cub problems today as they needed some power from anywhere in their lineup.
    The errors combined between the two teams were  not Major league caliber at all. Votto was very lucky on the ball that went thru him and down the line, it could have hit him square in the face.

  • Nathan

    Rusin could be up soon of he keeps pitching like he did today

  • Nathan

    I just thought I would bring up something that has been on my mind lately and see what you guys have to say or think about it. Please share your comments on this…I have been hearing for the past couple of years that the cubs pitching throughout the system is extremely weak and lacks major league talent depth which right now I completely agree with but I was wondering about a few things. First, if they have another solid draft like this last one, will opinions change? With guys like Maples, Zych, Scott, Jensen, and Francescon it seems like those guys could really turn out to be something (atleast a few of them) *Random thought…I wish Jacques would have signed…but anyways you add that group plus another solid draft, along with guys like McNutt, Whitenack, Rusin, Struck, Wells (Ben), Rhoderick, Batista, Conception, Beliveau, Wood, Kirk, Cates,  etc maybe they have some guys there. Any thoughts?