Garza Can’t Keep the Ball in the Park … Cubs Drop Twelfth in a Row – Cubs 4, Pirates 10

Game Forty-Seven – Cubs 4, Pirates 10
WP – Erik Bedard (3-5) LP – Matt Garza (2-3) Save – None

The Cubs just avoided being shutout for the second time in three games and lost their 12th in a row in a game they were never in. Matt Garza put his team into a hole in the first inning when he served up a three-run shot to Pedro Alvarez, the first three-run home run hit by the Pirates this season.

Matt Garza has allowed five home runs in the last eight-plus innings he’s pitched … with three of those being three-run homers over a three-inning span. Andrew McCutchen hit a solo homer off Garza in the fifth then Garrett Jones chased Garza from the game with a two-run shot in the sixth.

Sunday was really all or nothing for Garza. He struck out five in a span of eight batters at one point but did not appear to be on the right page with Koyie Hill from the first pitch. Matt Garza allowed six runs on seven hits (three home runs) with a walk and six strikeouts in five-plus innings.

The Pirates tacked on four more runs against Rafael Dolis (walked only two batters he faced on nine pitches, one strike) and Michael Bowden in the sixth inning. The six runs scored off Cubs’ pitching in the sixth were the most by the Pirates in a single inning this season.

The Cubs offense was a no show until the last two innings. They managed only two singles prior to the eighth … a swinging bunt by David DeJesus in the third and clean single by Joe Mather in the fourth.

Tony Campana drove in the Cubs’ first run with a fielder’s choice that plated Koyie Hill in the eighth. Blake Lalli (1-for-2 with a run scored) then trotted home on a home run by Starlin Castro (1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI). Darwin Barney (1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a RBI) doubled in Jeff Baker in the eighth for the Cubs’ fourth run.

The Cubs are now 1-9 in games started by a left handed pitcher and 4-4 on Sundays in 2012.

With the 12th loss in a row, the Cubs have dropped to 17 games under .500 with a 15-32 record …

Erik Bedard faced the minimum in the first after walking David DeJesus to start the game. Starlin Castro hit a 2-2 pitch toward third that should have been an around the horn double play. Pedro Alvarez took his time before throwing to second and Castro beat Walker’s throw to first. With Castro running, Joe Mather hit a 3-2 pitch right to Neil Walker … 4-6-3 inning ending double play. Bedard threw 18 pitches in the first, nine for strikes.

Jose Tabata dribbled a 1-2 pitch back up the middle and into center to begin the Pirates’ first. Josh Harrison then squared on the first pitch and bunted right back to Garza, who threw the ball into foul territory. Tabata ended up at third with Harrison taking second on Garza’s third error of the season.

With runners on second and third, Sveum left his infield back. Andrew McCutchen hit a smash to Mather at third base. Mather threw home and cut down Tabata at the plate.

Matt Garza and Koyie Hill could not get on the right page. Garza kept shaking Hill off, then fell behind Pedro Alvarez 3-1. The Pirates’ third baseman did not miss Garza’s next pitch and deposited it into the stands beyond the right field wall … Alvarez gave the Pirates a 3-0 lead on the team’s first three-run homer of the season.

Garza struck out Walker before giving up a double to Garrett Jones. Matt Hague grounded out to short to end the inning. Garza labored through a long 29-pitch (20 for strikes) first inning.

Other than a leadoff walk by Alfonso Soriano, the Cubs did nothing in the second. More routine outs … Baker grounded out to third, Johnson popped out to right and Barney grounded out to second.

Michael McKenry popped out to second and Bedard grounded out to short to start the second. Jose Tabata ripped a 2-2 pitch into the gap in left center. The ball rolled to the wall and Tabata ended up at third … the first four hits off Garza were a single, a home run, a double and a triple. Harrison struck out swinging on Garza’s 46th pitch of the game (33 for strikes).

After Koyie Hill and Matt Garza struck out to start the third, David DeJesus notched the Cubs’ first hit … a swinging bunt up the third baseline. Castro hit the first pitch into right. Jones hauled it in to end the inning.

Matt Garza retired the Pirates in order on seven pitches in the third (53 pitches, 39 for strikes for Garza after three innings)

Joe Mather led off the fourth with the Cubs’ first clean hit of the game, a single to left. Soriano hit into the Cubs’ second double play of the game (6-4-3) and Baker hit a routine grounder to second to end the inning.

Matt Garza faced four batters in the bottom of the fourth. Garza struck out three of the four (Jones, McKenry and Bedard) and gave up a one out single to Matt Hague … but that was all. After four innings, Garza’s pitch count stood at 72, 53 for strikes, and five of the last eight outs Garza recorded were via strikeouts.

Other than a one-out walk by Darwin Barney, the bottom of the Cubs’ lineup did nothing against Bedard in the fifth. The Cubs were 0-for-1 with runners in scoring position and had left three on base after five at bats.

Jose Tabata and Josh Harrison went down quickly to start the fifth. Garza then made a mistake on a 1-2 pitch to Andrew McCutchen. The Pirates’ centerfielder deposited the ball in the stands beyond the left field wall … 4-0 Pittsburgh. Alvarez grounded out to first to end the inning.

After five innings, the Pirates had a commanding 4-0 lead.

David DeJesus walked to start the Cubs’ sixth … the fourth time in six innings the Cubs put the leadoff man on. Castro (flied out to right), Mather (flied out to left) and Soriano (grounded out to third) made three routine outs to end the inning.

Matt Garza walked Neil Walker on four pitches to start the sixth. Garrett Jones stepped in and launched a 0-2 mistake from Garza into the stands in right … 6-0 Pirates. Dale Sveum went to his pen and brought in Rafael Dolis.

Dolis picked up where he left off Saturday night. After issuing a four-pitch walk to Matt Hague, Dolis missed on his first two pitched to McKenry. Dolis ended up walking the Pirates’ catcher and Sveum made the slow walk again.

Michael Bowden replaced Dolis and the Pirates gave the Cubs an out. Erik Bedard bunted Hague and McKenry up ninety feet. Gorkys Hernandez hit for Jose Tabata and added insult to bad baseball. Hernandez ripped a 2-0 pitch into right center. Hague and McKenry scored, 8-0 Pirates. Bowden then issued the fourth walk of the inning (three different Cubs’ pitchers issued walks in the sixth). Harrison walked and put runners on first and second with one out.

Andrew McCutchen continued tormenting Cubs’ pitching with an infield single to the hole at short that loaded the bases with one out. Pedro Alvarez hit a sac fly to right center. Hernandez tagged and scored, 9-0 Pirates. Neil Walker then singled to left and drove in Harrison with the Pirates 10th run of the game. Garrett Jones flied out to left to end the inning.

The Pirates scored six runs in the sixth inning, their largest single-inning output of the season.

The Cubs did nothing against Chris Resop in the seventh.

Blake Parker faced the minimum in the bottom of the seventh.

The Cubs broke up the shutout in the eighth against Chris Resop. Koyie Hill led off the eighth with the Cubs’ third hit of the game. Blake Lalli followed with a single to left. Hill ended up at third and scored when Tony Campana hit a grounder to Hague at first base.

Starlin Castro stepped in and crushed a 1-0 pitch for his third homer of the season.

Joe Mather (ground out to short) and Adrian Cardenas (pop out to left) made two routine outs to end the inning.

Randy Wells retired the Pirates in order in the bottom of the eighth.

Jeff Baker led off the ninth with a double off Juan Cruz. Baker then advanced to third on a Reed Johnson ground out to short. Darwin Barney then ripped a 1-2 pitch into right for a double. Baker scored the Cubs’ fourth run. Koyie Hill flied out to deep center, Barney advanced to third and Blake Lalli grounded out to second to end the game.

12 in a row …

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  • Ripsnorter1

    Padres coming to town? One awful Jed Hoyer team vs.another awful Jed Hoyer team. 

    Do you know who loses?

    The fans.

    But I do have this one question: 

    How is Jeff Suppan still in MLB?

    Suppan has fanned only 5 Batters in 25 IP this year! HE’S THE MOST AWFUL EXCUSE FOR A ML PITCHER IN THE LAST TEN YEARS!

    On May 2, he fanned a season high 2 batters! One was Richie Weeks, who was hitting .154. The other was the Milwaukee pitcher.

    May 8, he fanned one: M. Scutaro.

    May 15…Freddie Galvis fanned.

    May 23…he fanned the St. Louis Pitcher Lynn.

    So of the 5 he’s fanned, two were pitchers.

    He walks the world.

    He gives up more hits than IP.

    His WHIP is as high as the moon.

    If the Cubs can’t beat this guy, the losing streak should reach 100 games. They would deserve it.

    • cubtex

      How is Koyie Hill still in MLB?

      • Coachdon

         Right there is a dream battery…Suppan throwing to Hill. They’d never lose…

      • Dnuge

        Only the Cubs would bring him back , it is enough to make me sick !  I have had enough of this he is a veteran player crap !

    • mutantbeast

      Remember Nate Cornejo with the Tigers several years ago? Had a 2k/9 average, something like 96% of his pitches were put in play. Consequently, he stunk. Suppan stinks even at Petco. Yet somehow, the Cubs pitchers will find a way to blow a late lead.

      • cubtex

        That is about what Gerardo Concepcion will be 3K/9 IP. Good thing the Cubs have a stellar defense :)

    • SuzyS

       Rip…Maybew the Cubs should sign Suppan…:)

      • Ripsnorter1

        If they did, that would be another Team Theo success story…..

  • CubsTalk

    Time to fire Rudy!

    • BosephHeyden

      They’re hitting…just not with runners on. Can’t coach that, that’s all mental.

  • cubtex

    Swept by the Astros and just Swept by the Pirates. It wasn’t even competitive! The only positive thing is that the Astros will be out of the Cubs division next year since they are moving to the AL.

    • CubsTalk

       Which means we take over last place.

      • cubtex

        Astros are much better than the Cubs now so we are already there :)

      • Ripsnorter1

        We already own that! 

    • paulcatanese

      Which means that if the White Sox weren’t in Chicago, it would be the Cubs moving to the American League.

  • CubsTalk

    Garza wants $16 million per year……and he can’t beat the Pirates!

    How many of you still want to keep this bum?

    • cubtex

      Cmon! Bum? Honestly……would you get up to pitch for this team? Garza is a quality starter and I would take him on my team any day! They need to deal him though because this team will not be competitive for several years(if that)

      • CubsTalk

         Maybe I should have called Garza “Lovable Loser”…..at this point, i would have thought that Archer kid would have been on the Rays staff…..I read he is now projected as a one-two inning pitcher now…and that Korean shortstop is not doing any better either…..so we gained on that trade…..lets get two near ready prospects for him now.

    • YOU SUCK

      Get rid of Garza now along with Dempster. Soto, Dolis

  • mutantbeast

    why is Koyie Hill even doing on this team? Matt Garza has SUCKED both times Hill has caught him. He cant hit if his life depended on it. Ive been a supporter of Theo/Jed. but decisions like keeping this stiff around are Jim Hendry-style decisions.

  • cubtex

    All this extension talk with Garza needs to stop immediately and they need to deal him. I like Garza a lot but seriously…..does anyone think this team will be competitive next year? 2014? Take a look at the free agent market. Anyone who thinks Cole Hammels would sign here is dreaming! They have 2 players who you can pencil in for sure next year. Rizzo and Castro. DeJesus will probably be back(unless traded) so that is 3 players. You can deal Garza now and hopefully fill at least 2 holes.

    • SuzyS

       Cubs wouldn’t even be looking for a fa like Hammels at this point…I don’t see us signing ANY high quality/high priced FA unitl 2014 and beyond.

      • cubtex

        I said the same thing Suzy. I agree with you. Many on here are expecting Theo to sign Hammels,Greinke,Josh Hamilton etc. It won’t happen. We can expect another long year next year.

    • Ripsnorter1

      The Cubs have only one player that they can pencil in for sure next year: Castro. And that “for sure” is not really for sure, because injuries can take out anybody at any time. 

      But RIZZO is an unknown quantity. Sure, he has torn up AAA pitching–just like LaHair, Bobby Scales, Hoffpauir, and Chris Synder.  But LaHair has now been scouted, and the teams know exactly what he can’t handle. The party is over. 

      Last year Rizzo came up, and the scouts figured out the holes in his swing, and he managed a nice .141 BA with 46 k in 128 AB. Who says that won’t happen again? We will have to wait and see what he brings to the table.

      Don’t ever–ever–forget that prospects are merely suspects until they prove it on the ML level. Mr. Rizzo has proven nothing thus far.

       I have listened to T….H…. talk for a year about “Brett Jackson will be up by June 1 and he’ll save the Cubs”….etc….etc…..etc. Yeah, well where is Mr. Jackson? He’s busy striking out in AAA. The scouts I read say “he can’t do it with this many K’s”–same thing they said about Mr. LaHair. In April, when it’s too cold to effectively throw the breaking stuff, LaHair hammers the fastball. But now, he walks back to the dugout talking to himself. 

      Let’s wait until Rizzo gets up here and proves for an entire year that he can handle ML pitching. Remember Mr. Soto?

      • SuzyS

        Rip, While I agree with you…seems to me that Rizzo might be the real deal.  It might take him a couple of years to “get his sea legs”….but I do think he is an mlb ready player…What kind and how good remains to be seen.
        Re: Jackson…(and Vitters)…I’m really leary of both those players…Jackson’s on his second year of AAA…and still has an amazing ko rate.
        Vitters is make or break right now…and he really does
        not appear to be making the push necessary for promotion.

        At this stage however…both should still be brought up in September call ups OR included in trade packages with the likes of Dempster etc…to net BETTER prospects/suspects….something that is easier said than done.

        • Ripsnorter1

          He might be…I dunno. I am going to wait and see……

          Jackson…I think all the teams know what he is. He is never going to hit for a .250 average with that many K’s. It just cannot be done on the ML level. At this level the competition is so very intense. I’m sorry. FORGETABOUTIT.

          Vitters. Yep. Still young, but it doesn’t look like this is going to work out. It’s his work ethic. Very sad–for him, for the Cubs, for everybody.

          Gotta love Dave Sappelt hitting just 213 in AAA this year. Another sad story. 

          2012 is just not our year.

           

          • SuzyS

             Agreed on 2012. But it can still be the start of good things. The June 4th draft…Soler???/ Last year’s draft…still
            in EST or on the DL. July 31 trade deadline etc. Think Bulls the year after Jackson left.
            Theo and Jud have a lot to prove….
            Like the State of Missouri…I’m in the “Show Me State” mood.

          • cubtex

            Its too early to write off BJax. Yes his K rate is extremely high but he could be a poor mans Drew Stubbs. A good athlete who can frustrate at times but can do some good things!

          • Dnuge

            Jackson has had a high K rate no matter were he played, all the way back to high school, why should it change, that is who he is a K guy !

      • cubtex

        I think alot of Rizzo’s problems last year was Petco.

  • CubsTalk

    We Stinks

  • mutantbeast

    BTW, Starlin, nice to see you get a hit when your team is losing by 10 runs in the top of the 9th. Maybe you might want to do something say, in the first, third , or fifth innings?

    • Ripsnorter1

      Castro is hitting…..

      RISP….311
      Runner on 1st…..389
      With men on base…..340

      What’s the complaint?

      Let’s compare with Ian Stewart….
      RISP……179
      Runner on 1st…..042
      Men on base……121

      DeJesus….
      RISP……242
      Runner on 1st…..214
      Men on base…..234

      Barney….
      RISP…..188
      Runner on 1st…..161
      Men on base……175

      Soriano….
      RISP……302
      Runner on 1st…..167
      men on base…….254

      Joe Mather….
      RISP…….222
      runner on 1st….286
      men on base….240

      Soto….
      RISP…..100
      man on 1st…333
      men on base….188

      Jeff Baker…
      RISP……167
      Man on 1st…..000
      runners on base…..105

      Reed Johnson
      RISP……235
      runner on 1st….286
      men on base…..258

      Mr. Bryan LaHair
      RISP…….194
      runner on 1st….320
      men on base….250
      And declining……

      What’s the gripe with Castro? The stats say he is the best hitter with men on that you have.

  • CubsTalk

    Poll Question of the Day…..

    How do you feel about the future trade market for the Cubs?

    A – Trade everyone except Castro
    B – Everyone is expendable, including Castro
    C – Many of our players have no trade value
    D – We will collect many future stars by dealing our vets
    E – Most Cubs trades are failure for us

    • cubtex

      Keep Castro, Rizzo and Shark. Back up the bus on everyone else.

    • GO SOX

      Just for the hell of it i’ll go with D

      • Anonymous47701

        I’ll go with you on that.

  • 0 FOR 12

    Amazing that Dolis hasn’t been sent to Iowa.

    • CubsTalk

       Do you want Lopez back in Chicago?

  • paulcatanese

    So much for platooning the batting order. That system has put the Cubs in a position to fail so many times that I have lost count.
    Those runs the Cubs scored late in the game were a gift, if the Pirates had not thrown strikes with that big of a lead it would have been fines all around for the pitching staff. I dont place too much in the hits that were there at the end.

    • cubtex

      As we have said…..Multiple platoons NEVER work. Sveum is like a broken record. We lost this way….so lets do it again. I have said this before……It is almost like he is trying to lose games. He doesn’t use strategy to win games late and he puts his players in situations to fail.

      • paulcatanese

        It’s starting to look like last year,only worse. I feel they will be hard pressed to win 50 games.

        • cubtex

          Yes. This is worse than last year. This is the most un-entertaining Cubs team I have ever seen.

          • Ripsnorter1

            :You are all wrong. This is TEAM THEO, BABY! TEAM THEO!!! 

            DON’T YOU GET IT? IT’S TEAM THEO!!!!

            IT’s TEAM THEO!

            TEAM THEO!!

            WE CAN’T LOSE! IT’S TEAM THEO!!

            TEAM THEO!!!!!!!!!!

  • CubsTalk

    If the Cubs lose tomorrow, there will be players looking to fight someone……a Padre….a teammate…..anyone with a Sox shirt on.

  • CubsTalk

    How soon will the NFL season starts?

    • cubtex

      Watch college baseball. Conference championships going on right now. Kids playing hard on every pitch!

  • GaryLeeT

    It’s obvious management does not give a shit about the parent club, and that attitude has predictably permeated throughout the club house. I know the players are suppose to be professionals, but they are still only human. You know it’s bad when a player gives up $3 million just to get the hell out of there, and now, Garza is doing what he can to punch his ticket out of town. When was the last time a major market team lost 110 games? This mess is beyond a disgrace.

    • Ripsnorter1

      I forgot…who gave up $3 million to leave?

      • GaryLeeT

         They didn’t let Kerry “retire”, and pay him for the rest of the year, did they?

        • Ripsnorter1

          Thank you for letting me know. I assume*assume* it was a forced retirement. After all, Sveum didn’t have any bullpen depth past Russell and Dolis and Camp. 

          • GaryLeeT

             So why would they force a bullpen arm to retire, when they had no bullpen depth?

          • Ripsnorter1

            Because Kerry was unable to pitch. His shoulder hurt so badly that he just couldn’t get ready to pitch every day, or even once per week. So they forced him to retire because they needed the bullpen spot for somebody who could actually pitch when the phone rang.

          • GaryLeeT

            Then that should have been an insurance claim by the team, not a retirement by Wood.

    • RynoTiger

      Gary, please confirm your sources that have shared with you that management does not “give a s_ _ _” and that the “attitude has predictably permedated throughout the club house”. 

      • GaryLeeT

         You are asking me this, after a 12 game losing streak, and Garza gets hammered by the worst offense in baseball? Open your eyes, because that’s my source. Management did not do everything within their power, to put the best product on the field. The evidence overwhelmingly suggests that they do not care about the fans, who are in essence, the payers of salary. Signing Beltran, E. Jackson, and putting a serious bid on Darvish, would not have broken the bank. It could have helped put fannies in the seats, and shown the youngsters that when the time comes, they will do what ever it takes to put them in a position to succeed.

        • Anonymous47701

          Gary, I think the problem stems deeper than what you are saying.  This whole losing may be both good and bad at the same time. The Bad thing about this is Theo and the Newly Revamped Front Office is looking at what they have right now, along with what they have brought in  and trying to figure out what they can do to help their trade value, which right now does not good (injury and inconsistancy), since they have to play them everyday: so yeah, it will frustrate the h&ll outta fans, I mean I’m Beyond frustrated with this team, too. But that doesn’t give me a reason to think that Managment is careless of the fans, instead it gives me a reason to think ahead to next season and beyond, including the 2013 MLB Draft.

          Think about it.

          • GaryLeeT

            Just because I may not see it your way does not mean I did not “think about it”. I mean really, playing sub .300 baseball is the only way to get from point A to point B? Beltran, E. Jackson, and Darvish would not have blocked any position that needed to be filled by an up and coming minor leaguer. E. Jackson and Beltran would have been 1 or 2 year deals. Darvish would have been long term, but plenty young enough to be around for the future.

        • RynoTiger

          wait…isn’t that the philosophy used during the JH regime that actually got us to a point of not being able to make additional signings, having bloated contracts that lasted too long and for too much, never got us a World Series, and left the minor league barren of talent to support those bigger FA signings?   was i totally missing something over the last decade?  did we not see the same thing?

          • GaryLeeT

             No, what got J.H. into trouble was having a minor league system completely devoid of pitching talent. That’s a drafting, not a contract problem.

  • CubsTalk

    Going to watch the “Dirty Dozen” tonight.

    • Ripsnorter1

      What league are they in? 

      • CubsTalk

        All I know is that Jim Brown is the running back on this team.

  • brent carmona

    Rizzo pulled early from AAA game? Hmm….

    • cubtex

      Could he be coming up now since Cub fans are restless?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Samson pinch-hits for Rizzo in top 6 and stays in game at 1B. Iowa leads Memphis 3-1 in middle of 6th.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From the I-Cubs: We have no further information on Rizzo. FWIW: All transactions involving Iowa Cubs players always announced first in Chicago.

    • cubtex

      Sounds like they are biting the bullet and bringing him up. What do you think Neil?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        The I-Cubs are speculating he has been called up. I am getting mixed reports.

    • brent carmona

      Radio announcer said he was out of the dugout* I think I heard correctly, nothing official said though

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From David Kaplan: Excellent source in Des Moines tells me that Rizzo is not getting called up to the Cubs. Repeat: NOT GETTING CALLED UP.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Radio report: Rizzo leaves Iowa Cubs dugout, heads to clubhouse.
     

    • cubtex

      Welcome to Chicago Anthony Rizzo!

      • cubtex

        If they are calling him up now…..they will lose 1 year of control instead of waiting for a couple of weeks.

        • cubtex

          What if they just traded Rizzo? That is a possibility.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Yep, it’s not the Super Two status, but the year of control.

        • GaryLeeT

           So what if they lose a year of control? That’s an issue the Pirates, Padres or Royals have to worry about. If he’s a keeper, he’ll get a contract before his arb years run out. It’s that simple.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Patience is always a virtue. 

          • GaryLeeT

             He who hesitates, is lost.

  • matthew8510

    why would you call him up now its 1 person we need a whole different team what a waste. management is under fire and how can you get  the fans to shut up? call up rizzo.

    • cubtex

      Panic! They might have dealt him. We will find out shortly.

  • matthew8510

    marmol with 1 inn pitched 3 so and a walk

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Sorry about the earlier errors on the site. I think I have them repaired

    • Calicub

      thanks neil 40 man works now

  • cc002600

    Guys, I was in Pittsbrgh this weekend to watch this trainwreck. All I can say is that I have been to about 18 of the 30 MLB stadiums so far, and I would rank PNC in the top 3. It is absolutely spectacular.

    now, for my question. I know this team is so bad that it really won’t matter much, but how the heck can you not play Campana  every day ?  They have so little offense, and yet they this incredible weapon with Campana’s speed that won’t use and yet they play Joe Freakin Mather in CF instead ?  ARE YOU KIDDING ME ????

    I mean if you are going to lose 100 games, at least give us something to watch.  And if you remember, that one stretch where they were playing pretty decent before this 12 game debacle, campana was playing mostly every day and making things happen.  I really can’t believe how stupid this team is sometimes. It’s like it doesn’t matter who we bring in, they instantly become idiots.  I think Sveum does a good job working their butts off in practice, but come on, his lineups really make you scratch your head. And oh, didn’t he say that Campana was going to start about 80% of the time ??  ughhh.

    How is it that Sveum can find starts for stiffs like baker, Mather, Reed Johnson, K. Hill and yet Campana sits ? Someone please explain the logic of this.  Is this their idea of rebuilding ?  WTF

    • Anthony

      Theo makes the decisions, all of them from rookie ball players to MLB, not Dale Schvayme

    • Ripsnorter1

      Sveum is looking for a power bat in the #3 hole. Mather has some power. If you look at his 2012 stats, he has an OPS of 
      841. That is #2 on the team (behind LaHair). If he qualified, that ranks him as the #41 best hitter in MLB. 

      So I do not dislike this move for Sveum. I do not like Sveum much, but this move is–imo–sound. He ought to play Mather at 3B instead of CF. Sure, Stewart fields much better, but then, Stewart is horrible with the bat. I do not know why they love him so. It is an enigma to me. 

      Campana, imo, should play every day. He is hitting both RHP and LHP at about the same clip right now: .297 and .333, respectively. 

      I have no idea whatsoever why Cardenas is on a ML roster. He can’t hit, run or field. He’s another enigma. 

      The Cubs need every last ounce of offense that they can muster. Playing both Mather and Campana would squeeze everything out of the tube that the Cubs currently have on their roster.

    • John_CC

      Just for the record, Campana was also starting everyday during the first 10 games of this skid.  Yes, he is exciting, but he wasn’t producing runs either.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From ComcastSports Net:

    Source: Anthony Rizzo left Iowa Cubs
    game with right wrist soreness after a swing and miss. It’s not a sign
    he’s about to be promoted. 

  • cubtex

    Buster Olney tweets Rizzo taken out because of sore wrist. No call up…..no trade.

    • paulcatanese

      And that confirms the post that Rip did earlier that “injuries
      can happen at any time”(or something to that effect.) that is true for all players and as you know has killed the career of many. It would be too bad if this were the case with Rizzo.
      One look at Stewart and you can see how it can be a lingering problem and affect the swing. I hope it’s not the case here.

    • Anthony

      Hamate Hook

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Chicago Cubs report: “Anthony Rizzo left tonight’s game with
    right wrist soreness. He is currently listed as day-to-day.” 

  • paulcatanese

    As much as anyone I would like to see Rizzo brought up now. Looking at it from the perspective of the state the Cubs are in right now, I don’t think it would be a wise choice for Rizzo.
    One can talk about pressure, well who would have more than Rizzo if he came up now? He has been billed as the saviour as well as Jackson (and Jackson is caving a little) if both were here right now I dont think it would make a difference as to whether the Cubs would be competitive or not.
    Too many other issues for one person to correct, as we all know one man does not make a team.
    Until this ridiculous idea of rebuilding that has been thrust out here has some merit it’s just not the time for Rizzo.
    What really scares me is that the Cubs may feel they can bring a couple of good prospects in exchange for Rizzo and deal him.
    The Cubs are going to have enough trouble trying to rid themselves of what they have brought in this year and the forecast is not much brighter for next year.
    They have nothing at all to trade that will upgrade themselves and the best that they can hope for is the draft, and that puts the Cubs further away than just next year.
    Cant be done without a mixture of good free agents, and who among them would want to come over to this zoo?

    • cubtex

      Right. The only trade chips with good value are Castro,Rizzo and Shark. This has been a train wreck.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Well said, Paul. That post was pure gold. PURE GOLD.

      The pressure would ruin Rizzo just like it ruined Bobby Hill. Man alive, did they think he was a savior or what?

      Kerry Wood said that the 20 strikeout game was one of the worst things to happen to him because “it raised expectations to an unrealistic level.” Translation: it put extra pressure on me. 

      If Aaron were the GM, he’d just DFA the whole team, except for Castro. LOL

      Me—I’d just DFA Team Theo. LOL

      • RynoTiger

        “I’d just DFA Team Theo”…..Because reversing over 100 years of futility should be done in 7-8 months…remind me not to work for your company…now those are high expectations.

        I just love how us fanboard GMs and Owners are so critical and think we would actually do things different once in a position to do so

        • Ripsnorter1

          Ryno,

          It’s perfectly fine with me that you love and blindly trust Team Theo. 

          But you should know that you are calling for blind trust in your post. Listen to yourself talk: “I just love how us fanboard GMs and Owners are so critical and think we would actually do things different once in a position to do so.”

          You are saying that we aren’t qualified to judge. But if we cannot judge Team Theo, then we are not qualified at any time to judge any GM on any team. Now that’s blind trust. More than that, it’s drinking the Kool-Aid. And if you like Kool-Aid, that’s fine with me.

          But I don’t like Kool-Aid anymore. I have taste fatigue. I drank so much of it as a kid…..

          • paulcatanese

            Agree Rip, as fans we are qualified to judge whats going on, fans pay the bills, without them there is no baseball, and of course no one to judge.

          • GaryLeeT

            The Kool-Aid reference is used to describe something that is blindly swallowed, like the Jim Jones followers. Did you know they actually used Flavor Aid?

          • Ripsnorter1

            Didn’t know that.

        • GaryLeeT

           Really? So how much worse could I have done than produce the worst team in baseball?

          • Ripsnorter1

            Gold. Pure gold.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Anthony Rizzo splits for 2011 at the ML level…..
    HOME=Petco Park, San Diego
    .173 BA…..328 OBP…..365 slugging in 52 AB

    AWAY….
    .118 BA…..247 OPB……158 slugging in 76 AB

    Doesn’t look like Petco was his biggest problem…..