The Chicago Cubs trade Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot to the Dodgers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 31 July 2010 at 6:36 pm

The Cubs have traded 34-year old lefty starting pitcher Ted Lilly and 30-year old righty swinging 2B Ryan Theriot to the Dodgers for 24-year old lefty swinging 2B Blake DeWitt, 21-year old righty starting pitcher Brett Wallach and 22-year old righty reliever Kyle Smit. Blake DeWitt will replace Theriot at 2B. He played in 82 games for the Dodgers this year and he was 69 of 256 (.270 avg, .723 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 1 homer, 30 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. DeWitt has now played in 230 games in his three years in the majors and he is 176 of 673 (.262 avg, .719 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 12 homers, 86 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Brett Wallach came into this season as the Dodgers’ #20 ranked prospect according to Baseball America. Wallach has started 17 games in A-ball for the Dodgers this year and he was 6-0 with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. He has now started 29 games in his two years in the minors and he is 6-1 with a 4.12 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. Wallach has 130 whiffs in only 115 2/3 innings in the minors but he does have 58 walks and that’s way too many. Still, the Cubs will bring him along slowly so he can work on his control. Kyle Smit has pitched in 37 games (1 start) in A+AA-ball this year and he is 5-3 with 6 saves, a 2.35 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. He has now pitched in 105 games (40 starts) in his five years in the minors and he is 11-22 with 7 saves, a 5.14 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP.

Ted Lilly started 18 games for the Cubs this season and he was 3-8 with a 3.69 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Lilly pitched in 113 games (all starts) in his four years with the Cubs and he was 47-34 with a 3.70 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. He will be missed as he was without a doubt one of the best starting pitchers the Cubs have had in a while. Ryan Theriot played in 96 games for the Cubbies this year and he was 110 of 388 (.284 avg, .647 OPS) with 45 runs scored, 1 homer, 21 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. He played in 609 games in his six years with the Cubs and he was 648 of 2,254 (.287 avg, .712 OPS) with 328 runs scored, 15 homers, 174 RBIs and 100 stolen bases. The Cubs will miss his hustle.

This was little more than a salary dump for the Cubs as they didn’t get much back in return for Theriot and Lilly.

The Chicago Cubs release Bobby Howry

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Friday 30 July 2010 at 5:12 pm

The Cubs have released 36-year old righty reliever Bobby Howry. Howry pitched in 24 games (0 starts) for the Cubs this year and he was 0-3 with a 5.66 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP. He was cut to make room for Carlos Zambrano who has been activated off the restricted list. Zambrano pitched in 4 games (0 starts) on his “rehab” assignment and he was 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. Big Z has pitched in 22 games (9 starts) for the Cubs this season and he was 3-6 with a 5.66 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP. Hopefully Zambrano will get his act together this time around for the Cubbies.

Ryan Dempster keeps rolling along for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Monday 26 July 2010 at 1:50 pm

33-year old righty starting pitcher Ryan Dempster began his career as a reliever for the Cubs. In his first four years with the Cubs he pitched in 226 games (6 starts) in which he was 9-20 with 87 saves, a 4.10 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. Three springs ago a job opened up in the starting rotation for the Cubs and Dempster wanted it. He won the job in the rotation as he has really excelled in that role the last three years for the Cubbies. In the last three years, Dempster has pitched in 85 games (all starts) and he is 36-22 with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. This year has has been the most consistent starter on the Cubs. He has started 21 games for the Cubs this year and he is 8-7 with a 3.71 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. You really have not heard Dempster’s name in any trade rumors this month but the Cubs could get a nice haul for him if they put him on the block.

If I were running the Chicago Cubs I would be making some deals in the next couple of weeks

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were GM,Trade Rumors by chinmusic on Tuesday 20 July 2010 at 5:24 pm

If I were running the Cubs I wouldn’t be having a firesale. But I would be making some deals with an eye on the future. First off I would deal Derek Lee and Jeff Baker to the Angels for 1B Mark Trumbo, OF Chris Pettit and righty relievers Kevin Jepsen and Francisco Rodriguez. I would then deal 2B/3B Mike Fontenot to the Phillies for righty relievers Scott Mathieson and David Herndon. Finally I would pay Kosuke Fukudome’s contract and deal him to the Padres for shortstop Lance Zawadzki. These deals would help the Cubs rebuild the bullpen quickly and it would open up RF for Tyler Colvin and 1B for Mark Trumbo. Make the moves Cubbies.

Jeff Samardzija is trying to work his way back onto the Chicago Cubs pitching staff

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by chinmusic on Sunday 18 July 2010 at 6:05 pm

25-year old righty reliever made the Cubs’ pitching staff out of spring training but he didn’t get to stay to long. He pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Cubs earlier this year and he was 0-1 with a 18.90 ERA and a 3.30 WHIP. Samardzija have up 5 hits and he walked 6 batters in only 3 1/3 innings with the Cubs so you can’t blame them for sending him to AAA. Samardzija has been pitching pretty solid baseball in AAA since his demotion. He has pitched in 25 games (5 starts) in AAA-ball this year and he is 6-1 with a 2.85 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. Samardzija has only allowed 34 hits in 53 2/3 innings in the minors and he has 52 whiffs showing he has good stuff. But, he has walked 35 batters and until he tightens his control a bit I don’t see the Cubs calling him up.

The Chicago Cubs had an awful first half of the 2010 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Weekly Results by chinmusic on Thursday 15 July 2010 at 10:55 am

The Chicago Cubs finished the first half of the season with a 39-50 record which has them in 4th place in the N.L. Central, 9.5 games behind the Reds. The Cubs are likely going to be sellers at the trade deadline for the first time in a few years. The Cubs do have some nice surprises but also some big disappointments this year and here’s a closer look at them:

Pleasant Surprises: 24-year old lefty swinging outfielder Tyler Colvin has really stepped up as a rookie for the Cubs. He has played in 80 games for the Cubs this season and he is 47 of 179 (.263 avg, .844 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 12 homers, 32 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Colvin will remain the Cubs’ #4 outfielder unless they can find a new home for Kosuke Fukudome at the trade deadline. The Cubs were so glad to get rid of Milton Bradley over the winter that they took back Carlos Silva with the idea of him being a mop up man in the pen. But he won a job in the starting rotation in spring training and he has been very good for the Cubs so far in 2010. Silva has started 17 games for the Cubs this year and he is 9-3 with a 3.45 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. 27-year old lefty reliever Sean Marshall finally has decided to live up to his potential in 2010. Marshall has pitched in 45 games (0 starts) for the Cubs this season and he is 5-2 with 1 save, a 2.03 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. He has only allowed 33 hits in 44 1/3 innings this season while whiffing 49 batters showing just how nasty he has been. 27-year old lefty starting pitcher Tom Gorzelanny is pitching the best ball of his career for the Cubs in 2010. Gorzelanny has pitched in 18 games (12 starts) for the Cubs this year and he is 4-5 with 1 save, a 3.16 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. He has whiffed 76 batters in only 74 innings showing off some good stuff.

Disappointments: A lot of the core players of the Cubs are having terrible seasons and they are a big reason for the record they have in 2010. 34-year old righty swinging 1B Derek Lee just hasn’t looked good at the plate this year. Lee has played in 85 games for the Cubs this year and he is 75 of 322 (.233 avg, .695 OPS) with 42 runs scored, 10 homers and 36 RBIs. 32-year old righty swinging 3B Aramis Ramirez has had a horrible injury filled season. Ramirez has played in 62 games for the Cubs this year and he is 49 of 237 (.207 avg, .648 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 10 homers and 32 RBIs. 29-year old righty starter/reliever Carlos Zambrano has pitched horrible for the Cubs this season before he went all coo-coo in the dugout which resulted in his indefinite suspension. Zambrano has pitched in 22 games (9 starts) for the Cubs this year and he is 3-6 with a 5.66 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP. 31-year old lefty reliever John Grabow is hurt now but he has also been pathetic this year. Grabow has pitched in 28 games (0 starts) for the Cubs this year and he is 1-3 with a 7.36 ERA and a 1.87 WHIP.

The Chicago Cubs place Brian Schlitter on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 July 2010 at 7:25 pm

The Cubs have placed 24-year old righty reliever Brian Schlitter on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder impingement. Schlitter has pitched in 3 games (0 starts) for the Cubs this year and he is 0-0 with a 15.00 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP. The Cubs have called up 24-year old righty reliever/starter Mitch Atkins to replace Schlitter in the pen. Atkins has pitched in 18 games (10 starts) in AAA-ball this year and he is 5-2 with 1 save, a 3.60 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Atkins will be getting his second taste of the majors as he worked in 2 games last season for the Cubs pitching 2 scoreless innings allowing only 1 hit.

The Chicago Cubs are going to be sellers later this month

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were GM,Trade Rumors by chinmusic on Tuesday 6 July 2010 at 8:44 pm

The Cubs are 36-47 on the season which has them in 4th place in the N.L. Central, 11.5 games behind the Reds. With that in mind I see the Cubs being sellers this month giving Cubs’ fans further heartache. Derek Lee, Ryan Theriot and Ted Lilly are the best trade chips the Cubs have to offer. They will likely try to move all three of them in separate trades. Mike Fontenot, Jeff Baker and Xavier Nady all have value to especially if the Cubs trade them to another N.L. team. But any dreams of getting rid of Kosuke Fukudome or Carlos Zambrano are likely just that….dreams….because it is very unlikely to happen. This month is going to really hurt, Cubs’ fans!

Rick Sutcliffe was a fine pitcher for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Monday 5 July 2010 at 12:57 pm

Rick Sutcliffe is a baseball announcer on ESPN broadcasts of MLB but in 1984 he was on top of the world. It didn’t start that way as Sutcliffe was with the Cleveland Indians when that year started. He pitched in 15 games (all starts) for the Indians and he was 4-5 with a 5.15 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP. That didn’t stop the Cubs from trading for Sutcliffe and the rest is history. Sutcliffe pitched in 20 games (all starts) for the Cubbies in 1984 and he was 16-1 with a 2.69 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. He only gave up 123 hits for the Cubs in 150 1/3 innings with 155 whiffs showing how nasty he was for them. Sutcliffe went on to win the N.L. Cy Young Award despite barely playing more than half of the year for the Cubs. He pitched 8 years for the Cubs appearing in 193 games (190 starts) in which he was 82-65 with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.

Marlon Byrd will be the lone All-Star for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well by chinmusic on Monday 5 July 2010 at 12:51 pm

32-year old starting CF Marlon Byrd will be the Cubs’ lone All-Star next week. He has played in 81 games for the Cubs this season and he is 95 of 307 (.309 avg, .838 OPS) with 43 runs scored, 9 homers, 35 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Byrd has turned out to be a solid free agent signing for the Cubs as he has been their best player overall this season. He deserves the honor he will get next week and it will be his first appearance in the All-Star Game.

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