Soler Collects an O-fer & Beeler Throws 6-Plus at Riverview Park
Nataniel Delgado belted an RBI triple and a double and scored a run, Brandon Bayardi stroked two RBI singles, and veteran MLB LHP Sean Burnett (2013 elbow surgery rehab) and five relievers combined to toss a three-hitter with ten strikeouts, as the Angels defeated the Cubs 4-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #6 at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.
Jorge Soler (hamstring injury rehab) played RF for five innings (first time he has played in the outfield in about a month) and batted once in each of the first five innings, going 0-5 with five ground outs.
RHP Dallas Beeler continued his EXST rehab assignment, throwing 6.1 IP (60 pitches - 44 strikes) and allowing three runs (all earned) on six hits (five singles and a triple) and a walk, while striking out two and (once again) getting a ton of ground balls (12/3 GO/FO, plus another grounder that turned into an error).
THE PITCHING LINES FROM DALLAS BEELER'S FOUR EXST OUTINGS:
4/14 - 2.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 41 pitches (31 strikes)
4/19 - 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 7/1 GO/FO, 63 pitches (44 strikes)
4/25 - 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 PO, 9/2 GO/FO, 68 pitches (45 strikes)
4/30 - 6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 12/3 GO/FO, 60 pitches (44 strikes)
TOTAL: 18.0 IP, 21 H, 9 R (9 ER), 4 BB, 11 K, 1 PO, 30/6 GO/FO, 71% strikes, 4.50 ERA, 1.39 WHIP
In EXST player news, Cubs 2012 5th round draft pick LHP Anthony Prieto (Americas HS - El Paso,TX) has undergone "Tommy John" ligament replacement surgery (TJS) on his left elbow and will miss the 2014 season. The 20-year old lefty threw only 40 innings (combined) for the AZL Cubs over his first two seasons in the Cub organization.
Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):
X. Jorge Soler, RF: 0-5 (6-3, 1-3, 5-3, 5-3, 6-3)
NOTE Soler batted third in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings
1. Jeffrey Baez, CF: 1-4 (L-7, K, 1B, P-3, R)
2. Justin Marra, C: 1-3 (K, F-7, BB, 3B)
3a. SLOT WAS SKIPPED FIRST TWO TIMES THRU BATTING ORDER
3b. Arnaldo Calero, RF: 0-1 (F-8 SF, K, RBI)
4. Eloy Jimenez, DH: 1-4 (2B, F-9, K, K)
5. Roney Alcala, 3B: 0-3 (K, 3-U, 6-3)
6. Elliot Soto, SS: 0-3 (K, K, 6-3)
7. Tyler Alamo, 1B: 0-2 (K, 4-3, BB)
8. Varonex Cuevas, 2B: 0-2 (F-8, 5-3, BB)
9. Charcer Burks, LF: 0-2 (6-3, HBP, K, R)
1. Dallas Beeler: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 12/3 GO/FO, 60 pitches (44 strikes)
2. David Garner: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1/0 GO/FO, 24 pitches (11 strikes)
3. Jose Paulino: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 2/2 GO/FO, 21 pitches (14 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. C Justin Marra - E-2 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. P David Garner - E-1 (errant throw on pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed baserunner to advance to 2nd)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Justin Marra: 1-3 CS, 1 E (see above)
WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 80's
I don't hate Coghlan as a PHer but he's leading off today which is as bad as Austin Jackson doing so last year. He doesn't even have the speed.
TLS has options. He will be up again in Sept, and maybe earlier.
Very odd -- TLS .308/.419 in July (in 26 AB). Strange move for a team struggling to score runs. Hard to imagine Coghlan doing better than that. Maybe they like Coghlan better as a PH?
Sorry to nitpick -- but the first game wasn't a save.
Wow La Stella sent to Iowa and Coghlan brought up. I'm not a huge Stella fan but he has been hitting lately and is to me better than Coghlan. Neither are good defensively but I guess Coghlan can play the outfield allowing Bryant to stay at 3rd more where he's better.
Not 2nd to last but Cubs are definitely bottom of the pack in the 2nd half in oWAR and wRC+. #1 in dWAR though which is certainly a good sign for the playoffs.
I was going to say that you wouldn't want Heyward to achieve Soriano's OBP--.317 with the Cubs--but now I see that he's already done that. Pitchers have lost their fear of him.
Oh, well, at least Chapman seems to be as good as advertised.
Thanks to E-man and Quiet Man for the link on Chapman in a previous post. It's funny because I never really noticed Chapman's delivery until I saw him doing it in a blue uniform. Two saves in a Cubs uniform already. I hope they don't need him today, despite that smooth delivery.
Cubs are middle of the pack in average, 5th in OPS, 2nd in walks, 4th in runs scored in MLB. Their runs scored ranks 17th in the MLB in July.
Boston, leading everything, continues to rake in July.
Lester has given up one run or fewer in 11 starts this year. So I'd answer yes. Three of his last four starts were duds, yes. Not worried about him at all. Arrieta is concerning, to be sure. I look it at as, what he was doing was historic, so the regression was bound to happen. He showed in his start against the Mets that he's still capable, and I'd bet on him regaining his form.
marlins getting a.cashner and c.rea from SD
This is not an attack...But In what stat are the Cubs second from last in MLB, in hitting? I don't see this.
How odd the stats:
Cubs 1st in pitching in MLB
2nd to last in hitting.
In May they were 1st in both.
trevor clifton (high-A) could be interesting in a couple seasons...could even become a high/middle rotation guy. he's got a lot of pluses in his pitching except control.
eric leal's (high-A) progression through the minors should be worth watching even if only projects to be an mid/end-rotation starter.
we also gotta keep a long-distance eye on guys like jose paulino (ss-A) and preston morrison (A).
As Johnny Bach used to say when it was time for the MJ Bulls to crank up the defensive pressure: "Release the Dobermans!", and Jordan, Pippen, Rodman and Harper would just suffocate the other team.
I'd love to add Carl Jr. to that group - he's got the stuff.
Historically, the Moneyball guys have been great at identifying productive hitters. Not so much with pitchers.