September 26, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Rockies

The Cubs look to play a full nine innings tonight, and even up the Series against the Rockies.  Jason Berken will get the ball for the Cubs tonight as he continues to vie for a spot on the 2013 roster.  Here’s how the Cubs will line up.

1. Sappelt – RF
2. Barney – 2B
3. Rizzo – 1B
4. Soriano – LF
5. Castro – SS
6. Castillo – C
7. Vitters – 3B
8. Mather – CF
9. Berken – P

Go Cubs!
– George

September 25, 2012 – Cubs Lineup vs. Rockies

Chris Rusin gets the ball tonight against the Rockies.  Here is what the rest of the Cubs lineup looks like against Jorge De La Rosa.  The game is set to start at 7:40 on WGN.

Sapplet – RF
Barney – 2B
Rizzo – 1B
Soriano – LF
Castro – SS
Castillo – C
Vitters – 3B
Mather – CF
Rusin – P

Go Cubs!!

September 25 – 27, 2012; @ Rockies – Series Preview

It’s a battle for second worst!  Okay, that doesn’t sound so great but this series will go a long way in determining who gets the number two pick in the draft next year behind the Astros.  Coming into this series the teams are deadlocked at 59-94, and the winner of this series has a great shot at losing out on the second pick.  I for one would prefer to play as hard as you can and if you lose, you lose, no tanking it here.  The Cubs, to their credit, have done just that as many players and front office staff have made it quite clear that they do not want to lose 100 games.  It’s nice to have goals, but as a team you really never want to say that your goal is to stay under 100 losses, but it is what it is right now.  The Cubs tend to struggle in Colorado regardless of the record of the Rockies, and this series might be more of the same as the Cubs don’t exactly have a lights out staff, but you never know.  Of course the Rockies can score runs in this park, the Cubs will have to keep up if they want to win this series, I’m expecting a lot of offense over these three games.

Here are the pitching matchups for this week.

Tuesday September 25, 2012
Cubs:  Chris Rusin (1-2, 6.00 ERA)
Colorado:  Jorge De La Rosa (0-1, 12.27 ERA)

Wednesday September 26, 2012
Cubs:  Jason Berken (0-1, 1.80 ERA)
Colorado:  Drew Pomeranz (1-9, 5.30 ERA)

Thursday September 27, 2012
Cubs: Chris Volstad (3-10, 6.22 ERA)
Colorado: Jhoulys Chacin (2-5, 4.73 ERA)

Season Series:  Cubs lead 2-1

Prediction:  Rockies win series, 2-1

Thanks for reading, go Cubs!
– George

Cubs Instructs 2012: Soler Goes Boom

Jorge Soler connected on his first home run of the Instructional League as the Cubs beat up the Giants 8-3 yesterday afternoon.  Pierce Johnson was outstanding on the mound for the Cubs going 2.2 innings allowing no runs on only one hit, he walked two and struck out one in his instructs debut.  Ryan McNeil also got a chance to pitch yesterday afternoon, he struggled with command but had a decent outing.  McNeil went 1.1 innings giving up one run on one hit while walking two and striking out one.

As I mentioned already, Jorge Soler launched a solo shot in the victory, he finished the day 1-for-2 with a walk, RBI, and two runs scored.  Chadd Krist also got a hold of one in the victory, he was 1-for-2 with a home run, and an RBI.  Trevor Gretzky also had a big day at the plate going 2-for-2 with two singles, and two RBI’s.  The instructional league is just that, a league for instruction and it’s pretty clear that the Cubs are buying what the Cubs brass is trying to teach.  Over the first three games in Arizona the Cubs have drawn 20 walks, 20!  That is outstanding, and something worth noting as that is exactly what the Cubs front office wants to see, young prospects working counts and taking their walks.

Marco Hernandez; 2-for-2, double, RBI, SB
Shawon Dunston Jr.; 1-for-2, RBI, SB
Ben Carhart; 1-for-2, double, RBI

Please visit The Cub Reporter for a full box score and recap of Monday’s game.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Cubs Instructs 2012: Trey Martin Taken to Hospital

The outcome of the game really didn’t matter much on Saturday Night during the Cubs instructional league.  The Diamondbacks won 17-3, nothing went right, but the game was the furthest thing from the minds of the players.  In the top of the 5th inning Cubs prospect Trey Martin was hit in the head with a pitch.  This resulted in a 25 minute on field delay as paramedics were called to the field by the Diamondbacks head trainer.  The ambulance drove right up to home plate where Martin was laying on his back.  It was a very scary moment for sure, Martin was loaded into the ambulance and was taken to a nearby hospital for observation.  Martin was conscious at the time that he was loaded into the ambulance, and there has been no further update on his condition, once we get some sort of update we will pass it along of course.

Back to the game, as I said, nothing went right.  Dillon Maples started, and his command was all over, he only surrendered one run, but walked three and had two wild pitches in his inning of work.  Carlos Martinez really got knocked around, giving up seven run, all earned in his inning of work.  Austin Reed turned in the best performance on the mound as he went two scoreless innings, but also struggled with command as he walked two.  Offensively the Cubs were lacking as well as the Cubs could only manage five hits in the loss.  Jesse Hodges made his Cubs organizational debut, and had a solid game going 1-for-2 with an RBI and a deep fly out.


Almora: 0-for-3 with a walk.
Soler: o-for-2 with a walk.
Candelario: 1-for-2

Full Box Score and Recap from AZ Phil at The Cub Reporter, thanks again to him for the reporting!

Thanks for reading,
– George

Cubs Can’t Overcome Early Deficit

The Cardinals used some two-out magic in the third inning against Justin Germano to build a 3-0 lead and eventually went on to win the rubber game of the series 6-3.  The Cubs did try to make a game of it as they cut the lead to one two different times today but couldn’t come all the way back.  Justin Germano got the start for the Cubs as he continues his 2013 tryout and had some good, some bad today.  Germano went 5.2 innings giving up four runs on ten hits while walking one and striking out three.  The Cubs only managed seven hits today, six of them coming from three guys, the four, five, and six hitters.  The rest of the lineup could only register one hit as the Cubs went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.  Alfonso Soriano doesn’t want 2012 to end as he continues his tremendous season going 3-for-4 with his 31st home run of the season.  Soriano also registered his 105th RBI of the season, a new career high which is amazing at this age and on this team.  Welington Castillo was the only other offense for the Cubs as he went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI, and a run scored.  Castillo is now hitting .282 on the season and has put up a really strong argument for why he should be the starting catcher in 2013.


Sveum Postgame

Game Highlights:
Kerry Wood and Family Sings the Stretch
Soriano Goes Deep
Cubs Slick DP
Kerry Wood Honored By Cubs
Castillo’s RBI Double

Thanks for reading,
– George

Cardinals Get Payback Right Away

One day after the Cubs rallied in the ninth inning to tie the game and win in extra innings the Cardinals did the same thing.  After trailing for the majority of the game today the Cubs broke through in the 6th inning, scoring three times to take a 4-3 lead.  The Cubs pen held strong into the ninth, that’s when Carlos Marmol blew his first save in his last 20 chances by giving up a one out solo homer to Carlos Beltran to tie the game at four.  Jaye Chapman took over in the 10th for the Cubs and after retiring the first two hitters he walked the next two guys which is all the Cardinals needed to take advantage.  Jon Jay, who was 0-for-the series ripped a two out double down the right field line to put the Cardinals up for good.  For the second straight day a Cubs starter struggled with pitch count, today it was Travis Wood.  Wood went five innings giving up three runs on six hits while walking two and striking out seven, he settled for a no decision.  Offensively the Cubs couldn’t get much strung together against Adam Wainwright.  David DeJesus blasted his 8th home run of the season as he continues to haunt the Cardinals.  Dave Sappelt had the biggest hit of the afternoon, an RBI single in the sixth inning to put the Cubs up 4-3, he finished 1-for-3 with a walk.  The rubber game of the series will be tomorrow afternoon, which is also Kerry Wood appreciation day.


Game Highlights:
Castillo’s Sac Fly
DeJesus Goes Deep
Barney’s Nice Play
Sappelt’s RBI Single

Thanks for reading,
– George