The Chicago Cubs trade Cesar Izturis to the Pirates

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,Uncategorized by chinmusic on Thursday 19 July 2007 at 4:23 pm

The Cubs have traded Cesar Izturis to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later.  Izturis played in 65 games this season for the Cubs and he was 47 for 191 (.246 avg, .652 OPS) with 15 runs scored and 8 RBIs.  The Cubs won’t miss Izturis too much as Ryan Theriot has taken over as their starting shortstop.

The Chicago Cubs acquire Jason Kendall from the A’s

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Thursday 19 July 2007 at 3:33 pm

The Cubs have acquired catcher Jason Kendall from the Oakland A’s for catcher Rob Bowen and minor league lefty Jerry Blevins.  Kendall has had a rough season as he is only 66 for 292 (.226 avg, .542 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 2 homers and 22 RBIs.  Kendall will likely bat 7th for the Cubs and he is a much better hitter than he has shown this season so look for him to hit well for the Cubs.  Rob Bowen didn’t make a good impression for the Cubs as he only played in 10 games for them and he was 2 for 31 (.065 avg, .264 OPS) with 3 runs scored and 2 RBIs.  In 40 games this season with the Padres and Cubs, Bowen is 24 for 113 (.212 avg, .661 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 2 homers, 13 RBIs.  Bowen has whiffed an incredible 41 times so far this season.  Blevins was 3-3 with 9 saves, a 1.32 ERA and an 0.95 WHIP in 39 games of A and AA ball.

The Chicago Cubs send Felix Pie to the minors and recall Geovany Soto

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Friday 13 July 2007 at 5:40 pm

The Cubs have decided to send Felix Pie to AAA ball where he can play everyday.  Pie had a tough time in Chicago as he played in 48 games and was 30 for 139 (.216 avg, .617 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 2 homers, 18 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Jacque Jones and Angel Pagan will platoon in CF for the Cubs for now.  Geovany Soto could be getting his big break if he hits well for the Cubs right away as Koyie Hill and Rob Bowen have been awful at the plate.  Soto played in 69 games in AAA this season and he was 77 for 226 (.341 avg, .996 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 12 homers and 55 RBIs.

The Chicago Cubs have only a couple of pitchers that didn’t throw well in the 1st half

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Pitching BP by chinmusic on Thursday 12 July 2007 at 8:46 am

Only Scott Eyre and Wade Miller pitched bad in the first half of the season.  Lefty reliever Scott Eyre has been so awful this season that Lou Piniella is using him as a mop up man.  Eyre is 0-1 with a 6.60 ERA and a 2.13 WHIP so far this season.  It will be interesting to see if he shows any pride in the 2nd half or if he mails it in and steals money from the Cubs.  Wade Miller was in the starting rotation at the start of the season but he pitched so bad that he was put on the DL.  He has been rehabbing in the minor leagues but it appears that he will likely be let go as the Cubs have nowhere to put him in the rotation.  Miller was 0-1 with a 10.54 ERA and a 2.20 WHIP for the Cubs.

The Chicago Cubs rotation has been great and they have a reliever stepping up

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Thursday 12 July 2007 at 8:30 am

Carlos Marmol has come out of nowhere and he has given the bullpen a huge boost.  He has cut down on his walks and he’s been aggressive in the strike zone and that is the reason for his success so far this season.  Marmol is 2-0 with 1 save, a 0.96 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP this season.  Marmol has only allowed 18 hits and whiffed 40 hitters in 28 innings this season.  Carlos Zambrano started the season poorly but he has been outstanding lately and his overall numbers don’t look too bad.  He is 10-7 with a 4.03 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP so far this season.  Look for Zambrano to dominate in the 2nd half of the season without Michael Barrett around.  Many thought the Cubs wasted their money when they signed Ted Lilly and Jason Marquis as free agents but they have both proved their critics wrong so far this season.  Lilly is 8-4 with a 3.67 ERA and Marquis is 6-5 with a 3.67 ERA.  If both of those guys pitch like that in the 2nd half the Cubs will probably make the playoffs.  The kid lefties at the back end of the rotation have also done their part this season.  Sean Marshall is 4-3 with a 3.48 ERA and Rich Hill is 5-6 with a 3.81 ERA.  Look for Marshall and Hill to be good in the 2nd half of the season as they both have outstanding stuff.

The Chicago Cubs have a few batters that just aren’t hitting the baseball

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,In Need of a Slumpbuster by chinmusic on Thursday 12 July 2007 at 8:10 am

Cesar Izturis has lost his starting job at shortstop because he just wasn’t giving the team enough with the bat.  Izturis only hit .242 in the first half of the season with 13 runs scored and 8 RBIs in his first 186 atbats of the season.  Look for him to get traded or be nailed to the bench in the 2nd half of the season.  Jacque Jones has also lost his starting job because of his poor first half performance.  Jones is only hitting .233 this season with 24 runs scored, 2 homers and 20 RBIs.  The Cubs have tried and tried to trade Jones and he could be moved in the next couple of weeks.  Rob Bowen has been absolutely awful since he has arrived in the Windy City.  He has played in 9 games this season for the Cubs and he is 2 for 27 (.074 avg) with 3 runs scored and 2 RBIs.  Bowen has also whiffed 11 times for the Cubs.  He would start losing playing time but the Cubs other catcher is Koyie Hill and he is also struggling with the bat.  Hill is only hitting .148 (9 for 61) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 RBIs.  Super prospect Felix Pie also has been slumping lately.  Pie is hitting only .216 with 19 runs scored, 2 homers, 18 RBIs and 6 stolen bases in 139 atbats this season. 

The Chicago Cubs have a few batters hitting well

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Playing Well by chinmusic on Thursday 12 July 2007 at 7:56 am

The Cubs “Big Three” are all off to good starts.  Alfonso Soriano started the season a little slow but he has picked up the pace big time for the Cubs.  Soriano is hitting .309 with 60 runs scored, 15 homers, 33 RBIs and 13 stolen bases so far this season.  Aramis Ramirez has missed some time due to injury but he’s been really good when he has played.  Ramirez is hitting .312 with 36 runs scored, 15 homers and 51 RBIs in only 266 atbats.  A healthy Ramirez would go a long way to helping get the Cubs into the playoffs.  Derek Lee is hitting well for average (.330) but the Cubs need him to regain his power swing as he only has 6 homers and 42 RBIs so far this season.  Mike Fontenot (.356 avg), Daryle Ward (.327 avg) and Mark DeRosa (.291, 7 homers and 49 RBIs) are all swinging good sticks also.

The Chicago Cubs were sleepwalking in the first half of the season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page by chinmusic on Wednesday 11 July 2007 at 9:06 pm

The Cubs hitting held them back in the first half of the season as the Cubs are sitting at 44-43 at the All Star Break.  That record has the Cubs in second place in the National League Central, 4.5 games behind the Brewers.  The Cubs are also only 4 games behind the Dodgers in the Wild Card Hunt.  The Cubs kind of wasted their pitching staff which had a 3.95 ERA (5th in the N.L.) and a 1.28 WHIP which was 2nd best in all of baseball.  Look for the Cubs to make a strong run at the Brewers in the N.L. Central as long as Derek Lee, Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez can stay healthy.

Mike Fontenot of the Chicago Cubs is on fire with the bat

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Playing Well by chinmusic on Friday 6 July 2007 at 8:13 pm

The Cubs started to get hot and start winning games when Mike Fontenot was called up an inserted at the starting 2B.  He has played in 26 games this season for the Cubs and he is 35 for 96 (.365 avg, .990 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 3 homers and 16 RBIs.  The Cubs will probably just start Fontenot as long as he’s swinging a hot stick as it would be dumb to sit him on the bench.

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