Cubs Recap for April 17, 2012

The Cubs fall to 3-8 and only Peoria manages a win in the organization.

@Marlins 5 - Cubs 2; It appears the Cubs have a script they can follow for the rest of the season, solid starting pitching effort, a pathetic offense, give up some outs on defense and the basepaths, and then watch the bullpen implode and lose the game. Dempster goes 6 innings with 8 K's against just 2 BB's and 2 unearned runs, although it was own error that was the culprit. He gave way to Dolis in the 7th after 100 pitches and Dolis got through that inning with the tie intact. Dolis came back out for the 8th though and induced his specialty, a ground ball by Reyes to start the inning that Barney butchered. This was followed by a passed ball by Clevenger, then a walk to Bonifacio and the final nail, a 3-run bomb by Hanley to win the game. Some other memorable moments of awesome: DeJesus with a leadoff walk in the 6th, only to get thrown out at second base when a ball in the dirt didn't get nearly as far from John Buck as DeJesus was expecting. DeJesus with a weak throw to try and nail Josh Johnson at the plate. LaHair nearly getting picked off first base after bringing in the tying run with a single and then leaving too early, where Johnson just had to step off the mound to nab him at second base himself.

@Albuquerque 13 - Iowa 6; Rusin gets the start and gives up 6 runs in an inning of work, but just 2 earned thanks to Rizzo dropping a throw by Valbuena that would have ended the inning. N. Robertson got torched for 6 runs himself (5 earned) in 3 innings of work. There was also a passed ball by Lalli and errors by Cardenas and Vitters. On offense, Valbuena, Rizzo and Cardenas each had 2 hits.

Tennessee was rained out.

@Dunedin 8 - Dayton 7; H. Simpson gets lit up for 6 ER in 2.2 IP on 6 H, 4 BB, 0 K and 1 HR. On offense, G. Rohan was the star going 2/3 with 2 BB's including a 2-run shot in the 9th to bring them within one. Eleiser Bonne hit one out as well. Andreoli, Silva, C. Noble and R. Jones all get on-base multiple times.

@Peoria 7 - Cedar Rapids 6;  Not much on the pitching side as Francescon (3.2 IP/2 ER), Bryce Shafer(1.1 IP/3 ER) and Scott Weismann(2 IP/1 ER) all give up runs. Yao-Lin Wang goes 2 scoreless innings and gets the win when the Chiefs score on a leadoff bunt by Olver Zapata who advances to third on 2 balks and scores on an error. Zapata went 3/4 on the night, B. Zapenas 2/3 with a walk and Pin-Chieh Chen 2/3 with a walk, a double and a triple.

 

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  • Sure, no marks and some inconsistencies in the witness's statements. But firing your gun into garage wall immediately after an argument and punching out your car window is still threatening and out of control behavior. There was certainly enough for MLB to think it warranted a 30-game suspension.

    Charlie 7 min 29 sec ago view
  • I'd prefer they be flexible with the closing situation depending on matchups. You're not really adding a lefty reliever if you use him strictly as a closer.

    Charlie 8 min 1 sec ago view
  • Stockpiling young talent isn't only for trading for someone like Chapman though. Even with an elite closer winning the World Series is basically a crap shoot so the key is to get to the playoffs as much as possible and not just mortgage everything on one year. Once you get there an elite bullpen certainly helps but the playoffs can be won by one hitter or starting pitcher getting hot (Murphy, Molina, Baumgardner) and a closer might not be able to stop that.

    johann 32 min 20 sec ago view
  • I'm also not crazy about press convictions. As the police report noted, there were no marks on the lady in question. There's a TMZ link (of course) to her police pictures, as well.

    I think the only way this trade goes real bad is if Cubbery intervenes and Chapman is suddenly bad for some reason.

    Old and Blue 35 min 41 sec ago view
  • I am right there with you closing in on 60.

    I don't care that much about "mortgaging" one player who is not only blocked by two guys, but is not ready to hit the majors for at least a couple years.

    There is no reason why this team, this year, can't have a real shot at something NONE of us have experienced.

    Further, I don't feel that even if they fall short that they have ruined their farm system.

    I have made my opinion clear here, with others, Warren was shit on the Cubs save one spot start.

    The E-Man 2 hours 5 min ago view
  • Trading for Warren, Warren sucking, getting Warren back for Chapman plus 3 prospects, sounds like Revenge of The Yankees on the former Boston executive. Old rivalries never die.

    I pray to the heavens above Chapman doesn't suck for some reason, or he'll be booed out of town faster than a Todd Hundley revival meeting.

    Old and Blue 2 hours 12 min ago view
  • I'm kind of nostalgic for the Schwarber-for-Miller rumors.

    Brick 2 hours 24 min ago view
  • This offseason, after some ridiculous playoff run and Chapman saving every game from here until the end of the postseason striking out 27/9innings, I welcome anyone to quote this thread and call me a dummy: I hate this trade, and my hate is 2 parts Chapman makes this team less likeable and 1 part that's a ridiculous overpay for 30 regular season innings and, at tops, 10 postseason innings. Already hoping they don't extend him.

    Charlie 2 hours 26 min ago view
  • btw...Thanks AZ Phil. I'm really enjoying your take on this trade.

    Cubster 2 hours 48 min ago view
  • I'm a bit disappointed on the Warren experience. Essentially they gave Castro away for crickets (OK, well they signed Zobrist with the Castro salary dump). Otherwise one might look at it as Chapman for Castro and our #1 minors prospect (Torres) + McKinney/Crawford. Seems pricey for a 2 month rental. We will see if this price tag is that steep in a relative way based on the remaining deadline deals for relievers.

    Cubster 2 hours 49 min ago view
  • Yep. One of the great things about this team (in addition to being really good at baseball) was the "likable" factor. Feels a bit different now. Who knows...maybe Chapman will be the king of the dance parties.

    billybucks 2 hours 58 min ago view
  • Here are some possible corresponding minor league moves we might see in the aftermath  of the Chapman trade: 

    SOUTH BEND to MYRTLE BEACH: OF Donnie Dewees and INF Bryant Flete  

    EUGENE to SOUTH BEND: OF Robert Garcia and INF Vimael Machin 

    There is really no reason to replace Billy McKinney at Tennessee because both Chris Coghlan and Jorge Soler are doing their rehab at Tennessee.  

    And there are plenty of pitchers at Iowa. No need to replace Warren at AAA. .  

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 18 min ago view
  • I am 70 years old. The Cubs last played in the World Series in 1945. I was born in 1946. I hate to lose a prospect like Torres, but when the opportunity is there to get that World Series ring, you go for it. This was the idea in stock piling all this young talent. I would like to see Reddick added now and the Cubbies should be done.

    Hagsag 3 hours 48 min ago view
  • I would expect Richard to accept an optional assignment because based on how he's played this season, there is a decent chance that he won't find work elsewhere. Rather stay and potentially get a ring. Same goes for Coghlan since he's struggled mightily this year.

    Edwards should not go down. He's pitched very well and Maddon is very impressed with him. I would expect Grimm to go down for Cahill so he can get back on track (he's pitched better in July, but he's not getting enough appearances).

    chitownmvp01 3 hours 52 min ago view
  • chitownmvp01: Indeed Clayton Richard would seem to be odd man out once Chapman reports, but Richard might accept a minor league assignment if he is promised a return to Chicago on 9/1 when MLB Active List rosters expand (Richard has minor league ioptions left).

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 55 min ago view
  • The only player in the deal that would cause me a second thought is Gleyber Torres.

    McKinney and Crawford are decent prospects but both are redundant/replaceable in the system and Warren was really only a middle-reliever or #6 starter, so to me it's really just Torres for Chapman.

    Arizona Phil 4 hours 15 min ago view