Cubs Minor League Recap for April 6, 2012
Round Rock 4 - @Iowa 3; Coleman gives up 4 earned runs over 5 innings, but does strikeout 5 without giving up a walk. Rizzo with two singles and an error. W. Castillo and B. Jackson have the only extra-base hits on the night for Iowa. Campana gets caught stealing but does get an outfield assist (and so you know, First Inning doesn't update the stolen base/caught stealings until the morning for some reason so they're not usually going to be reflected in the screen grab).
Tennessee 1 - @Chattanooga 0; Burgess goes yard with a solo shot and ends with two hits on the night, Watkins with the only other multi-hit game. Catcher Juan Apodeca walks twice. Combined shutout by McNutt (3.2 IP), Antigua (2.1 IP), A. Cabrera (2 IP) and F. Batista (1 IP whom also got his second save).
@Daytona 6 - Brevard County 2; Rubi Silva and Arismendy Alcantara both with three hits, Alcantara's included a 3-run HR and he had 4 RBI's total on the night. Silva did have two doubles. Jokisch goes 6 innings, giving up 2 ER, 4 H, 1 BB and 5 K. Tony Zych goes 2 innings for the save (1 H, 1 K, 0 BB).
@Beloit 6 - Peoria 1; Nothing interesting in the offensive box score with Eduardo Gonzalz having the only extra-base hit. Reggie Golden did steal a base. Patrick Francescon goes 4.1 IP with 9 K's, 0 BB, 2 H, 1 ER. Willengton Cruz is the dunce of the night giving up 4 ER on 0.2 IP including 2 BB's and 0 K's.
If anyone cares to volunteer to bring updates on the minors or post lineups next week, let me know. I'll be out on vacation, but can give you posting access. Some sort of familiarty with blogging or computers may help as I won't be near any type of reliable Internet access to assist in any way.
Apparently the Yankees had the choice of either Gleyber Torres or Eloy Jimenez in the Chapman deal, and they chose Torrers.
Chapman shouldn't be reserved anymore on 40 man.
Interesting split on Heyward according to ESPN. As a CF, his slash line .292/.363/.375/.738. At RF: .212/.204/.300/.604. 21/72 as a CF, 58/273 as a RF.
He's also been better when batting 2nd, but he had a nice start in the 6 hole, but has slumped ever since. He was heating up before the All Star break, but is only hitting .108 in the 2nd half.
When we played the Reds with Chapman, I always thought of it as an eight-inning game. So now other teams have eight innings to try to get a lead against the Cubs. Should be a challenge, assuming three or four Cubs ever start hitting again.
I don't really try to get to know and like these players personally. I'm rooting for laundry, for the most part. Exceptions might be when a player makes trouble in the clubhouse or in the dugout. (Zambrano and Bradley come to mind. Also Papelbon.) But I don't think Chapman is one of those jerks.
Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.
The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.
Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.
If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.
Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."
This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.
I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.
They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.
However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.
I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
- They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
- Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.
new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup
Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.
.500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.
...i hate espn.
nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.
oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.
I'm liking this rookie Nathan.
Richard DFA'd. Meh...
Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.