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Chicago Cubs Game 5 Thoughts, 4/5/11, Diamondbacks

April 5, 2011

Andrew Cashner made his first start for the Cubs after beating out Carlos Silva for the 5th spot in the rotation in spring training. Cashner pitched well allowing 1 earned run in 5 1/3 innings leaving the game in line for a win with a 4-1 lead in the 6th.

Unfortunately the bullpen lost the lead when Willie Bloomquist hit a 2-run single to tie the game at 4-4 in the top of the 7th.

The Cubs fought back to grab a 6-4 lead in the bottom of the 7th on an RBI double by Marlon Byrd and a bases loaded walk by Tyler Colvin.

Sean Marshall closed out the game for in lieu of the resting Carlos Marmol was not available after pitching the previous 3 games.

The win ups the Cubs record to 3-2 on the season and the Diamondbacks drop to 1-3.

Thoughts from the game

Positive

  1. In his first Major League start Andrew Cashner pitched 5 1/3 innings allowing 2 hits 1 walk and 1 earned run.
  2. Tyler Colvin drove in 3 runs with a 3rd inning 2-run homer and a 7th inning bases loaded walk.
  3. Marlon Byrd went 3-4 and drove in the go ahead run in the bottom of the 7th inning.
  4. Sean Marshall earned the save in lieu of Carlos Marmol who had pitched the previous 3 games.

Negatives

  1. Jeff Samaedzija had another tough outing pitching allowing 2 earned runs on 2 walks in 1 inning upping his ERA to 9.00
  2. The bullpen blew a 4-1 lead in the 7th inning before being bailed out 2 run bottom of the 7th.

 

 

Chicago Cubs Game 4 Thoughts, 4/4/11, Diamondbacks

April 4, 2011

The Cubs bounced back from a very disappoinging loss on Sunday by beating the Diamondbacks 4-1 on Monday.

Randy Wells allowed a leadoff 1st inning homer to Willie Bloomquust before settling down and holding the Diamondbacks scoreless through the next 6 innings.

The Cubs scored two 8th innings runs to open up a 4-1 lead and Carlos Marmol closed out the Diamondbacks in the 9th leveling the Cubs record at 2-2 for the season.

Thoughts from the game

Positives

  1. Randy Wells shutout the Diamondback for 6 innings after allowing the leadoff first inning home run to Bloomquist.
  2. Alfonzo Soriano reached base three times and homered for the second straight game.
  3. Carlos Marmol bounced back from the tough luck blown save on Sunday by pitching a shutout 9th inning earning the save.
  4. Cubs pitchers stranded 11 Diamondbacks base runners.

Negatives

  1. Randy wells had to work hard throwing 99 pitches in 6 innings.
  2. Starlin Castro had another tough day in the field making a 8th inning throwing error.
  3. Carlos Pena had to leave the game in the 8th inning after hurting his glove hand thumb trying to catch an errant throw from Starling Castro

Tuesday February 15, 2011 Day in Review

February 15, 2011

Donald J. Trump Interested in Buying Mets?

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/16/spor

Speculation Sabathia Will Opt Out After 2011 Already Starting

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news

Brewers Reportedly Making Progress in Contract Talks With Rickie Weeks

http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/116281119.html

Jason Isringhausen Sign Minor League Deal with Mets with Spring Invite

http://www.amazinavenue.com/2011/2/15/1996210/m

Kelly Johnson Avoids Salary Arbitration with Diamondbacks

http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/news/articl

Fernando Rodney will Have to Earn Angels Closer Job

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2011/02/clo

Latest Michael Young Rumors

February 15, 2011

Diamondbacks Interested in Young?

http://tinyurl.com/4vggypr

Marlins Would Want Significant Salary Relief Before Trading for Young

http://sports.espn.go.com/dallas/mlb/news

Monday January 24, 2011 Day in Review

January 24, 2011

Arizona Diamondbacks Acquire Armando Galarraga from Detroit Tigers.

http://www.azcentral.com/sports/diamondbacks/articles

Colorado Rockies sign Willy Taveras Minor League Contract

http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_17186874

Oakland Athletics sign Andy LaRoche To Minor League Deal

http://www.insidebayarea.com/athletics/ci_17186250

Arizona Diamondbacks sign Micah Owings to Minor League Contract

http://www.azcentral.com/sports/diamondbacks/articles

Texas Rangers Won’t Rule Out Signing Vladimir Guerrero

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=2011012

Brandon Webb Not Expected to Make Decision Today

December 21, 2010
John Morosi of Fox Sports is reporting that Brandon Webb will not make a decision today about signing for 2011.

Webb has been linked to several teams including the Rangers, Cubs and Nationals.

Brandon Webb to Sign with Rangers?

December 21, 2010
T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com is reporting Brandon Webb is in Texas and deal with the Rangers may be close. Webb reportedly met with Ron Washington and Pitching Coach Mike Maddux.

The Cubs have also reportedly expressed interest in Webb.

Orioles Offer to Adam LaRoche Reported to be 3 Years 21 Million

December 20, 2010
Jen Royle of MASN had reported last Friday that the Orioles had offered Adam LaRoche a deal in the area of 3 years 18 million. 

This morning she is reporting that the Orioles are upping the offer to around 3 years 21 million. This would still seem to be a bargain in the current economic landscape of baseball.

Orioles Offer Adam LaRoche 3 Years 16+ Million

December 18, 2010

Jen Royle of MASN is reporting the Orioles have offered Adam LaRoche a 3 year deal in the 16-18 million range. This would be a bargain if LaRoche can come near the 25 HR 100 RBI season he posted for the Diamondbacks in 2010.

Nationals Interested in Derek Lee?

December 12, 2010

MLB.com is reporting the Nationals have expressed interest in signing Derek Lee. Lee said he expects to come to Spring Training at 100%. If that happens a typical Lee season of 20 HRs and 80+ RBIs is likely. The Nationals are also said to have expressed interest in Adam LaRoche. Rumor is LaRoche is looking for around 10 million per season. Both Lee and LaRoche would probably command similar salaries but LaRoche is 4 years younger and would probably be more motivated to hold out for a longer term deal.