Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Pirates – 09/14/13

Game One Hundred Forty-Eight: Cubs (63-84) vs. Pirates (85-62)

  • Game Time – 6:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184/844
  • Location – PNC Park, Pittsburgh

Scott Baker (0-0, 0.00/0.60/3.25) vs. Gerrit Cole (7-7, 3.48/1.16/3.18)

The Cubs will try to win two games in a row over the Pirates tonight behind Scott Baker. The Cubs are 3-2 in the first five games of the 11-game road trip and have passed their win total from a year ago. The Cubs won only nine games last September (9-19) and are 6-6 over the first 12 games this month. And while the big league team’s performance is nowhere near acceptable, this year’s club has won only eight fewer games than the team in 2011 (71-91) that had an Opening Day payroll that exceeded $134 million.

Scott Baker makes his next to the last start of the year tonight. The Cubs are interested in re-signing him for next season, but if he pitches the way he did the last time out over his next two outings, Baker’s price tag could “get beyond what the Cubs are willing to invest” according to a report from the Sun-Times. Baker told the Sun-Times, that he loves Chicago and the “organization as a whole” but “we’ll have to see because there are a lot of moving parts right now.” Baker added that what the Cubs invested in him this year will not hurt his decision “but it is hard to tell” because of what the free-agent market could dictate.

Look for Dale Sveum to load his lineup with lefties again tonight. Gerrit Cole has been very, very good for the Pirates but lefties are hitting .271/.314/.317 against him while right handers have managed a .245/.327/.288 slash line.

Tonight it all starts with Scott Baker

Scott Baker makes his second start of the season tonight in search of his first victory. Baker pitched five innings of shutout ball his last time out and gave up just two hits with a walk to the Brewers. Baker had good command and velocity in his first action on a big league mound in nearly two years. Baker will try to follow-up his solid debut against a Pirates team that can struggle to score runs.

Scott Baker faces the Pirates for the first time in his career tonight.


Pirates Career Numbers against Scott Baker

  • John Buck – 3-for-16 with a double and two walks
  • Marlon Byrd – 3-for-13 with a double
  • Travis Snider – 1-for-4 with a double and two walks
  • Felix Pie – 1-for-5 with a double
  • Clint Barmes – 0-for-2
  • Russell Martin – 1-for-2

While a majority of the Pirates roster will get their first look at Scott Baker, the Cubs will have the pleasure of facing Gerrit Cole for the first time.

The top pitching prospect in the Pirates’ system is off to a good start to his big league career. Cole is coming off a dominating performance against Yu Darvish and the Rangers in Texas. Cole tossed seven innings of shutout ball while allowing only three hits. Cole struck out nine batters and walked only two. Cole picked up the victory in the biggest game for the Pirates in the last 20-plus years.

Gerrit Cole struggled in August to the tune of a 1-3 mark in five starts with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. But Cole has stepped it back up his last two times out. Cole is 1-0 in his last two outings with a 1.38 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP. Over his last 13 innings, Cole has given up eight hits with three walks and 14 strikeouts.

No one on the Cubs’ roster has faced Gerrit Cole in a big league game.

Let’s Talk Cubs Baseball …

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Castro SS
    Valbuena 3B
    Rizzo 1B
    Schierholtz RF
    Sweeney CF
    Bogusevic LF
    Castillo C
    Barney 2B
    Baker P

  • triple

    Neil, you make an very interesting point about the Cubs current record compared to the 2011 team. So with a payroll that is at least $50 million less than 2 years ago, we have a younger team that has a better (or at least more effective) starting pitching staff, is playing better defense (most of the time anyway) and can come very close to the same win total. That is improvement, but there is plenty that needs to happen that can account for this team winning an extra 20 games and being a playoff caliber team: better baserunning, better bunting, better bullpen, and of course better hitting with RISP. Obvioulsy the bullpen and hitting w/ RISP will have a much more profound impact.

    In my opinion, the bullpen overhaul that took place this year is a large improvement from the last couple years, but it still needs more improvement. Do we resign Gregg? Maybe. Let’s hope that players like Strop and Parker continue to grow and prove to be effective bullpen pieces, and that we get a solid lefty for the bullpen that can allow Russell to be used only against lefties. If the Cubs can resign Baker, or are going to pick up a couple cheap starters to flip at the deadline, I think Rusin could make a good bullpen piece for the first half of next year and then be stretched out for the rotation after the trade deadline.

    As younger guys come up through the system, maybe we will see improvements in bunting and baserunning if they are being taught this stuff in the minors. I know Junior Lake still has some work to do with his baserunning, but he has proven that he does know how to lay down a bunt. As far as hitting with RISP, that is one area we will have to wait and see….

    • Ripsnorter1

      I wonder…how well do the Tigers, BoSox, Dodgers, A’s and Cards bunt?
      The worst bunters in MLB, if one goes by SH, is the ChiSox with just 19.
      I guess they deserve to be in last place, having only 19 SH.

      But wait: Tampa Bay has just 20 and they are in 2nd place behind Boston.
      .548 winning percentage and 80 wins with 16 games to go.

      Dusty Baker is leading the league in bunting: 79 times for the Reds.
      But they are in 3rd place.

      Dodgers are 2nd in bunting…and leading the West.

      Brewers are the third best bunting team on the planet. They occupy the bottom of the
      NL Central.

      SF is the 4th best bunters…they reside in last place.

      The Cubs are #18 in bunting. The Cards are #12. Detroit is #21.
      They are worse than the Cubs.

      My point: I don’t think bunting is going to make a lot of positive difference in the win column.
      If you can hit, you don’t need to bunt.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Thank you for posting this. It’s all about giving up outs, and bunting, for the most part, is not the best use of the 27 outs per game.

        • Tony_Hall

          Neil, I wish you would post this more often

        • cubtex

          I respectfully disagree 100%. Depends on your roster.

      • cubtex

        It’s a simple game. You need to play the cards you are dealt. What is your talent level. Let’s look at who has the worst hitting team in baseball. Who has the least amount of hits…not walks…hits.
        30. miami
        29.CUBS
        28. houston
        27. mets
        26. minnesota

        Coincidence? The Reds don’t have a lot of hits either but walk a ton and have a high OBP but are only 12th in baseball in runs scored. Simple game.

      • triple

        Rip, I’m glad you went through all that trouble to post that for me. But what you fail to remember is how the 2003 Florida Marlins took down the mighty Yankees that you root so heavily for just to prove how bad it was to trade Soriano. Juan Pierre set the tone to that series in the top of the 1st of game one with a bunt, going first to third on a single, and then scoring on a sac fly. Later in that game, a walk and a single left runners on 1st and 2nd. They advanced to 2nd and 3rd on a sac bunt. Both these runners scored on a single by the next batter. Small ball created 3 runs for the Marlins who went on to steal game 1 from the Yankees by a score of 3-2, at Yankee Stadium.

        Obviously you know that the Marlins prevailed over Soriano and the Yankees big payroll, big bat, high firepower pitching staff. So please don’t discount the importance of being able to lay down a bunt and run the bases the right way, as it did play a hand in the Marlins winning the World Series. No it’s not the biggest factor in getting your team to the playoffs, but it is a part of the game. The teams that can take advantage of poor defense, or fielders playing on their heels, especially during post-season baseball where runs are at a premium will make a positive difference in the win column when it matters. After all, we all know that the 2003 Yankees could hit. Hell, they had a .271 BA with 230 home runs that season, but they lost the World Series to a team that beat them because they could do the little things to win the game.

      • triple

        Since you were so diligent in your bunt debunking for it’s involvement in the win column, I decided to dig a little deeper. What do ya know, I didn’t even have to go back very far.

        The 2012 Giants (World Series Champs) won one of those 4 games on the strength of their bunting skills. Game 2, bottom of the 7th, score tied 0-0. First batter for the Giants gets a single, the next batter walks. The 3rd batter, Gregor Blanco, a career .255 hitter with 9 HRs lays down a perfect sacrifice bunt, so good that it stopped on the line and he got a single because of it. Wow! Bases loaded, nobody out, and the Giants hit into a double play, but the runner on 3rd scores and the Giants lead the game 1 to nothing. They went on to win the game 2-0. By the way, they scored the extra insurance run from the generosity of walking the bases loaded and a sac fly. Once again, a team has put themselves in the win column, during the world series, because of their ability to bunt, take some bad pitches, and play small ball.

        I won’t go into too many details about the 2011 World Series, but it certainly seems that a sac bunt to advance runners to 2nd and 3rd followed by a RBI groundball out in the bottom of the 10th by the Cardinals played a hand in them tying the game up and sending it into the 11th where they eventually won with their backs to the wall. If the Cards don’t give up that out and get the runners over, would the Rangers have won that game and clinched their first World Series title? We won’t know, but the fact is that a good bunt and an RBI ground out certainly fueled the Cardinals comeback.

        Are Jack McKeon, Tony LaRussa, and Bruce Bochy bad managers because they’ll play some small ball in the post season to help score runs in what are tight games? Well they have 6 rings between the 3 of them that prove that they can use a bunt in crucial moments that will help change the outcome of the game.

        You can talk about win columns of this season all you want, but examine the win columns of each World Series, and I’ll think you’ll find that bunting has made it’s impact in the win column, as well as the trophy cases of many teams.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Thanks for the reply, Mr. Triple. : )

          I did not mean to imply that bunting is always inappropriate.
          If you have a pitcher/player who cannot hit, he can help his cause by
          bunting a guy over. But the team would be much better off
          with a real hitter in the batter’s box. Do you want Miguel Cabrera sacrificing?

          I don’t. If you can hit, you don’t need or even want the bunt.

          The Cubs’ problem is that they cannot hit. #29 in MLB.
          Can’t hit? Then you can’t score many runs. Just think how
          bad things would be if the Cubs lacked power (they are #2 in
          NL with 162, behind Atlanta at 169).

          • cubtex

            Bunting was,is and will always be a huge weopon for a team to win close games.

          • Tony_Hall

            No one has said there are not situations when it makes sense, just most of us, that have looked deeper into situations and used the past to compile how the situations worked and now have the stats to review, now know that some of those situations, that the book says to bunt, you actually decrease your chance at getting that one run you were bunting to try and get.

            There are still situations where bunting makes sense, just not as many as you think.

          • cubtex

            Again. Disagree 100%

          • Tony_Hall

            You don’t agree that there are situations when it still makes sense to bunt! Thanks, that makes this easier to move on :)

        • Tony_Hall

          No one is saying that bunting should never be done or there are not situations to bunt, but bunting is giving up the most precious things an offense has, an out. You only get 3 of them each inning.

          The Cubs need to hit better and if they could improve one thing for next year, bunting better or hitting better, I think we all know that we would take hitting better.

          • cubtex

            Really? I thought everyone would choose bunting. Lol. Pop quiz. Is it easier to score a run with a runner on 3rd and less than 2 out or a runner on 2nd with no outs with a weaker bottom of the order up? I will give up that “precious” out from a Darwin Barney type all day and twice on Sunday to give me a chance to score a run without having to get a hit. I hope you are teaching those 13U kids to do that

          • Tony_Hall

            But is it easier to do it with one shot with a weaker lineup or with 2 shots from 2nd? That is what you miss on this, you are trading 2 chances for 1 chance and that changes. Listen, we disagree on this and you are not going to change my thoughts on this as I will take 2 chances with major league baseball players batting, weak or not (you can pinch hit as well…more variables).

            My son is at 16U (and the best bunter on the team and was 2nd in average on the freshman team) and we bunt. But we don’t bunt guys from 2nd to 3rd very often as they are already in scoring position. But this weekend we did bunt guys to 2nd 2-3 times yesterday. There is a time and place for bunting, but giving up an out to advance from 2nd and already in scoring position, especially when you already have 1 out just doesn’t make sense most of the time.

          • cubtex

            You are right,I will never agree on that. You don’t necessarily get 3 chances. What if the batter hits into a DP? What else could happen? Batter K’s, Batter pops up, Batter lines out. Cubs are 2nd to last in all of baseball in hits. Give me a chance to score 1 run in 1 at bat without having to get a basehit. If that batter fails, you are GUARANTEED you will have 1 other chance to score a run with the next hitter. You are NOT guaranteed 3 chances if the example you used hits into a double play.

          • Tony_Hall

            What????

            You said 1 out man on 2nd, bunt him over to get 1 chance to bring him in.

            I said don’t bunt and take 2 chances from 2nd.

            2 chances from 2nd is better than 1 chance from 3rd with weak hitting bottom of the order, why are they even in major league baseball players.

            There are so many variables, you could bunt the guy to third and a ball in the dirt gets away far enough for the guy to start to go and then he gets out.

            Nothing is GUARANTEED in baseball. It is about playing the percentages and giving your team an advantage.

          • cubtex

            OK. Let me explain this one last time and that will be it. My example is 1st and 2nd and NO outs. You do not like to bunt. You do not have a guaranteed 3 chances to score that run from 2nd. DP erases that. If the batter K or pops out, flys out or makes an out without advancing the runner….you are now at a worse situation than you would have been in if you had sacrificed the runners to 2nd and 3rd with one out. Follow? 1st and 2nd with 1 out vs 2nd and 3rd with 1 out after a successful sac bunt. You are guaranteed(unless something totally unusual happens) to have 2 at bats to score that run from 3rd(the 1st batter without having to get a hit)

          • Tony_Hall

            I was NEVER talking about 1st and 2nd with no outs. That was not the post that I replied to.

            1st and 2nd you are moving a second runner into scoring position and eliminating the ground out turning into a DP. Depending on the batter, that can be a very good situation to bunt, depending on the situation of the game.

            I have never said there is NO time to bunt. Just that that there is not as many situations that you improve your chance to score as the old school book thought there were.

          • SuzyS

            Cubtex and Tony, Thank you both for your discourse on bunting. It is a thorny area of baseball to me…I do believe the bunt has it’s place as a basic strategy….but you have to have talent that is proficient in bunting…(the Cubs rarely do).
            Team or individual speed helps when you are bunting…(We seem to have had our share of

            speedless teams in the past).
            I expect our team speed to be a strength in the near future.

            I think the squeeze play is the most exciting play in baseball.

            Conversely, I hate it when managers use the bunt to move players to second and third, leaving first base open…with a good hitting slugger coming up next.

            Too many times I’ve watched teams intentionally walk the slugger with a weaker hitter
            coming up behind them…I really hate that strategy.

          • Tony_Hall

            Good post and thanks for expanding. I agree, as a defense you take the out and walk the better hitter, and bring back the force outs.

            Squeeze play is awesome to watch. We won a game earlier this year on a walk off squeeze play.

          • cubtex

            Agreed. You don’t want to bunt 1st and 2nd with no outs with your best hitters coming up in most cases. If it is the 9th inning in a tie game, game 7 of the WS….then it could be the right call.

          • cubtex

            Who is saying to bunt 1st and 2nd with 1 out? That is dumb. Disclaimer….Unless the pitcher is batting

          • Tony_Hall

            I wasn’t talking about 1st and 2nd 1 out.

            The 2 shots are the next 2 batters.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Lesson: don’t fill your lineup with Darwin Barney types.

          • cubtex

            lol. or Valbuena’s,Gillespie’s,Bogusevics,Murphy,Ransom,McDonald,Sappelt,and every other AAAA player on this roster

          • Ripsnorter1

            Actually,…..

            Murphy has had a Miguel Cabrera year: .576 slugging.
            Bogusevic has had a good year: .495 slug

            Otherwise, I agree with you. : )

  • Ripsnorter1

    I would think that the Cubs will be top bidders for Baker.
    They paid Jackson, and the FA pitching market is not strong again
    this year. They need starters, and Baker can pitch when healthy.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Perfect relay nails Rizzo at the plate.

  • Ripsnorter1

    I expect the Cubs will beat the Pirates tonight.

    • texcubnut

      :) :) :) :)

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo smoked that 1-1 pitch into the right field corner

  • CubbyDenCritic

    “King of the Warning Track Outs” had to belong to Bobby Murcer

  • CubbyDenCritic

    No doubt Pirates not going anywhere in the playoffs this year……best series might be the one game playoff between Reds & Cardinals if the Pirates win the division.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Baker gives up a solo homer to Tabata, game tied at one in the sixth. First run surrendered by Baker in 10 1/3 innings.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Good outing for Baker, one mistake in six innings.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Unlike Six mistakes in One inning from the Shark.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I just think that Baker will sway to resigning with the Cubs after the season……..they did pay him well for one month of work…..help him in his rehab……which no other team wanted to do a year ago.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    If Baker does resign with the Cubs……knowing Theo can send him to a playoff team next July……pitching like a strong #2 type of pitcher in 2014…..think about the prospects in return……….lets hope we hear from Texas once again.

  • Ripsnorter1

    I was listening to the radio today, and they were speaking about
    the top international player now available: Mr. Jose Abreu.

    The talk is that he’s a hitting machine, ala Mr. Miguel Cabrera.

    Will the Cubs make a run at him? He’s 26.

    • Tony_Hall

      No

      • Ripsnorter1

        Do you care to evaluate the season, albeit shortened,
        that Mr. Soler had in Daytona? I’d like your viewpoint.

        • Tony_Hall

          Soler had a good season, just only 55 games.

          281/343/467 is a good line in a pitchers league. Hopefully he has a good AFL and winter and is able to move to Tennessee to start the year.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            I concur …

          • Ripsnorter1

            IMO he did okay, but I was disappointed in that he didn’t
            perform better for all the money and hype. Of course,
            he’s young, has time, and we’ll see if he catches fire like
            Baez did.

          • Tony_Hall

            Javier Baez in Daytona

            274/338/535

            It’s a pitchers league.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Baez: 17 HR…57 RBI…876 OPS
            He wasn’t pedestrian by any means…..

            Soler: .467 slug….810 OPS….
            I just expected more power….

            Baez fans A LOT. 78K in Daytona, and add in another 69 K’s
            in Tennessee. That has to worry a little bit….

          • Tony_Hall

            Let’s not forget that this was Baez’s second stint in Daytona.

            1st time through

            188/244/400

            I think Soler did well when you consider all that he has gone through in his first 12 months of professional baseball in America.

  • Ripsnorter1

    And how about Mr. James McDonald, P?

  • Ripsnorter1

    Wandy Rodriguez shut down by the Pirates for the season with
    forearm pain.

    Too bad. He can pitch.

  • Ripsnorter1

    James Russell can do what the Pirates could not: win the game for them.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Mr Selig……time for a PED’s Test For Byrd

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Thy say that Garza lost $20-30 million in free agency since his hot streak with the Cubs…….ERA over 5.00 being with Texas.

    • Ripsnorter1

      He’s not lost a dime just yet. Look at Edwin Jackson. He’s
      going to get at least that much, and very possibly, more.

      Texas should have known better….still, Garza should not go hungry.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        I do think that Garza will go to the max with lack of starting pitching that is out there……but unlike Jackson, Garza has a past medical issues……that might be an issue with some teams….but we are dealing with GM’s who like to throw away owners money to get that one more player that can make them a winner……..at the end, Gaza will pick a California team.

        • Ripsnorter1

          I always figured Garza would pick the team that
          will pay him the most dough–regardless of the weather or location.

          : )

          $$$$$$$$$$$$$

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Tribune reporting Rusin has the lowest ERA of any Rookie LHP

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      They are correct …

  • Ripsnorter1

    Yasiel Puig.

    There’s a book out on him now. By the scouts. Look at dis….

    Last seven days……207 BA…..375 slug
    Last 14 days…………250 BA…..500 slug
    Last 28 days…………261 BA……477 slug

    Looks like the pitchers are catching on to his weaknesses now.

    There have been hitters who baffled the league their rookie year, who
    settled in to be just so-so players.

    Rennie Stennett.
    1971….353 BA as a callup. I remember him killing the Cubs. Randy Hundley on
    TV, recovering from knee surgery, wondering why the Cubs weren’t pitching him high
    and tight.

    Thereafter: .286, .242, .291, .286. .257, .336, 243, .238, 244, .230 = .274 career hitter

    • Tony_Hall

      Teams will figure out overly aggressive swingers, faster then ever now.

      • cubtex

        Never figured out Vlad. Miggy Cabrera leads all of baseball in 1st pitch swings. Castro was extremely successful being overly aggressive, he struggled when they changed him. Soriano is a borderline HOF being overly aggressive. If you can hit you can hit. Look at Joey Votto. He actually hurts his team as a 3rd place hitter being under aggressive. If the Reds don’t make it…. alot will have to do with the lack of hits on the team.

        • Tony_Hall

          Talent! Miggy and Vlad had talent.

          Soriano is not going to the HOF and is not going to be borderline when the voting happens. Move On from your man crush or become a Yankee fan. (BTW, I just took down a Soriano poster from our house that I had up from when he was signed. I was a huge Soriano fan until I watched him for about 3 years.)

          I will take all of what Votto hurts a team and take him for my team anyday.

          • cubtex

            69 RBI for Mr Joey Votto as your 3 hitter? That really helps a team. He should bat somewhere else in his lineup. It is not this man crush on Soriano. It is giving credit for a hell of a career to someone who you wanted to cut from the team for 3 years.

          • Tony_Hall

            He was really bad for 3 years.

            Votto has had 113 and 103 RBIs in seasons before. 113 something the free swinging Soriano has never done.

            RBI’s are not the best stat for looking at a player. That does not mean the RUNS are not important, RUNS are a team score.

          • cubtex

            You computer stat overload people do not understand the game. Move on.

          • Tony_Hall

            You always try to label me as a computer stat guy, but I am in the middle, stats back up what your eyes tell you.

            You are all the way to JH style, all eyes, no facts.

          • cubtex

            not true at all. I look at stats. Look at the bottom 5 team in hits for baseball. What place are all 5 in? Not walks or OBP….hits. The Twins actually are one of the top BB teams in baseball but are still at the bottom of the division. These stat overload geeks are ruining the game(imo) They are trying to reinvent the wheel and look for value in places that doesn’t matter. Players like Valbuena and DeJesus love computer geek guys to point out that these below average players actually have(according to them) some sort of value to a team. If you dig deep enough…EVERY player can have and does have some value to a team in a certain area.

          • Tony_Hall

            You only look at the stats you grew up watching on your black and white TV screen….

            I actually had a black and white TV when I was a kid.

          • cubtex

            I grew up with smoke signals, then telegraphs. What new changes has the game of baseball gone thru since then. I might have missed them. Does each team get 3 outs? Is it still 9 innings? I heard about this one thing in the AL called the DH but I don’t believe the NL has adopted it. Please get me up to speed since my smoke signals and telegraphs sometimes don’t get to me for years on end.

          • Tony_Hall
          • cubtex

            I don’t understand what these blue links are. You know at my age…I can barely work this cell phone and computer. Why don’t you just explain to me ALL the changes that the game has gone under over the last 50 years. What are some of the “newer” rules?

          • Tony_Hall

            Rules change happen every year…they really do.

            I have only explained about 1% of what I would need to, so get a Big Gulp at the 7-11, we are going to be here for awhile.

            Time for some football.

          • Tony_Hall

            You think that I would rather have DeJesus in RF than a power hitting RF.

            My hope is that we have power and can one day be a Top 2 team in Home Runs…..

          • SuzyS

            Tony and Cubtex, It would be fun to watch you both sit next to each other at a game….Imagine the conversation of strategy. :-)

          • Tony_Hall

            I think that would be blast!

    • CubbyDenCritic

      7 for 7 against the Cubs in a 22-0 Pirates win at Wrigley in the 70′s.

      • Henry

        I was at that game! as a kid I would go to about 20 to 25 games a year. We would get in for free by lifting the seats for the grounds crew. They were not spring loaded back then. I always reference this game and tell people I have seen some of the worst baseball ever in my life!

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I remember a young player who started out 0-34…..some local baseball writers at the time said he was a “Bust”……..he is now in the HOF and manages the Phillies.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Feliz Pie: strictly a defensive replacement these days.
    21 games….23 AB…10 K…174 BA

  • Ripsnorter1

    We can still beat ‘em!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 2-1 to Pirates
    on Saturday night – Scott Baker: 1R, 3H (HR), 0BB, 4K, 11 flyball outs, 6IP (75 pitches, 54 strikes)

    Schierholtz: 1-4, 2B, RBI; Castro: 1-3, BB, R; Rizzo:
    1-3, 2B, BB; Castillo: 1-4; #Cubs offense: 1R, 5H, 3BB, 8K, 1-8 RISP, 6 LOB

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