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The Chicago Cubs lose SS/3B Junior Lake for the next 4-6 weeks

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries, The Playoffs by joelapinski on Thursday 14 March 2013 at 6:35 am

The Cubs will be without 22-year old righty swinging SS/3B Junior Lake for the next 4-6 weeks due to a stress fracture in his top rib on the right side.  Lake played in 103 games in AA-ball for the Cubs last year and he was 113 of 405 (.279 avg, .773 OPS) with 56 runs scored, 10 homers, 50 RBIs and 21 stolen bases.  He has now played in 579 games in his first six years in the minors and he is 565 of 2,098 (.269 avg, .727 OPS) with 328 runs scored, 43 homers, 242 RBIs and 103 stolen bases.  Lake came into this season as the Cubs’ #15 prospect according to Baseball America.

Los Angeles Dodgers 3, Chicago Cubs 1

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Sunday 5 October 2008 at 8:56 am

The Cubs were put out of their misery last night by the Dodgers as they just couldn’t hit the ball. Can’t blame Derek Lee for this loss as he was 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and a run scored. Pinch hitter Daryle Ward drove Lee in with a pinch hit single late in the game. Rich Harden was awful for the Cubs in this game working the first 4.1 innings and allowing 5 hits, 3 earned runs, walking 3 batters and whiffing 4. He was the losing pitcher for the Cubs. Sean Marshall, Carlos Marmol and Neal Cotts followed Harden in the game and they pitched well enough to keep the Cubs in the game working 3.2 innings and allowing only 1 hit while whiffing 5 batters and not giving up any runs. The Cubs were swept 3-0 by the Dodgers as Cubs’ fans misery continues.

Los Angeles Dodgers 10, Chicago Cubs 3

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Friday 3 October 2008 at 6:23 am

The Cubs looked like the Bad News Bears last night as each of the Cubs’ infielders made a error. Mark DeRosa was 2 for 4 with 1 run scored and 2 RBIs. Derek Lee was the only other Cub with more than 1 hit as he was 2 for 4 with a run scored. Carlos Zambrano couldn’t overcome all of the shodding infield play. He worked the first 6.1 innings allowing 6 hits, 7 runs (3 earned), walked 2 batters and whiffed 7 as he was the losing pitcher. Reliever Carlos Marmol didn’t help the situation working the 8th inning allowing 3 hits, 2 earned runs and whiffing 2 batters. The Cubs are now down 2-0 in this series.

Los Angeles Dodgers 7, Chicago Cubs 2

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Thursday 2 October 2008 at 6:09 am

Things were looking good for the Cubs as they were winning 2-0 after 4 innings and Wrigley Field was electric. But, 1B James Loney threw a wet towel over the optimism of the Cubs’ crowd when he cranked a grand slam off of Ryan Dempster and it was all down hill from there. Dempster worked the first 4.2 innings for the Cubs last night and he allowed 4 hits, 4 earned runs, walked 7 batters and whiffed 2 as he was the losing pitcher. Sean Marshall, Jeff Samardzija and Jason Marquis worked the last 4.1 innings for the Cubs allowing 3 earned runs and they all gave up a earned run apiece. Mark DeRosa was one of the few Cubs that showed up in this game as he was 2 for 4 with 1 run scored, a homer and 2 RBIs. Ryan Theriot also had a solid game as he was 2 for 4. Alfonso Soriano heard the boo birds in Wrigley as he was 0 for 5, whiffing twice. The Cubs are now down 1-0 to the Dodgers in this series.

Arizona Diamondbacks 5, Chicago Cubs 1

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Monday 8 October 2007 at 10:06 am

At least the Diamondbacks didn’t make Cubs fans suffer as they got rid of them fast, sweeping them in three games.  The Diamondbacks jumped the Cubs quick in this baseball game and knocked out Cubs starter Rich Hill after only 3 innings.  Hill gave up 6 hits, 3 earned runs, walked 2 batters and whiffed 3.  Bobby Howry was the standout out of the bullpen for the Cubs as he worked 2 innings allowing only 1 hit while whiffing 4 batters.  Kerry Wood didn’t look too good as he allowed 2 hits and an earned run in only 1 inning.

The Cubs didn’t hit the ball too well against the Diamondbacks as Derek Lee (2 for 4), Mark DeRosa (2 for 4, 1 run) and Jason Kendall (1 for 4, 1 RBI) were the only hitters that did any damage in the last game of the season for the Cubs.  The D-Backs win this series 3-0 and send the Cubs back to the drawing board.

http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=271006116

Arizona Diamondbacks 8, Chicago Cubs 4

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Friday 5 October 2007 at 12:58 am

The Cubs have now dug themselves into a hole after tonight’s game.  Things got off to a good start for the Cubs as rookie catcher Geovany Soto whacked a 2-run homer off of Doug Davis.  The lead was short lived after Ted Lilly gave up a three-run bomb to Chris Young and the D-Backs never looked back.  They unloaded on Ted Lilly who only lasted 3.1 innings and he allowed 7 hits, 6 earned runs, walked 4 batters and whiffed 4 as he was the losing pitcher.  Rookie Kevin Hart was the next pitcher in and he worked 1 inning and he allowed 2 earned runs, walked 2 batters and whiffed 2.  Scott Eyre only pitched to 1 batter and he gave up a hit that allowed Hart’s runs.  The Cubs are now down 2-0 to the Diamondbacks.

http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=271004129&date=20071004

Arizona Diamondbacks 3, Chicago Cubs 1

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Thursday 4 October 2007 at 12:17 pm

The Cubs couldn’t get anything going offensively against the Diamondbacks last night.  Alfonso Soriano had a night to forget as he was 0 for 5.  Derek Lee (1 for 4, run scored) and Ryan Theriot (1 for 4, rbi) were the only position players to do any damage with the bat for the Cubs last night.  Carlos Zambrano had a good all-around game as he gave the Cubs a chance to win last night.  He was 1 for 3 with a double and he pitched 6 innings and allowed only 4 hits, 1 earned run, walked 1 batter and whiffed 8.  When he left the game it was tied.  Carlos Marmol followed him in the game and he got lit up as he allowed 2 hits, 2 earned runs and walked a batter in only 1 inning of work.  The Cubs are now down 1 game to the D-Backs.

http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=271003129&date=20071003

Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 3 October 2007 at 6:50 pm

These two teams got to the playoffs in different ways.  The Cubs were the best of a poor division while the Diamondbacks logged the best record in the National League due to their fine pitching staff.  Here’s a closer look at the matchups in this series:

CATCHER:  The Cubs are going to go with rookie Geovany Soto who hit really well down the stretch for them.  Soto played in 18 games this season for the Cubs and he went 21 for 54 (.389 avg) with 12 runs scored, 3 homers and 8 RBIs.  Chris Snyder will start despite platooning all season long with Miguel Montero.  Snyder does a fine job of handling the pitching staff and he’s a good thrower.  Snyder played in 110 games for the D-Backs this season and he was 82 for 326 (.252 avg) with 37 runs scored, 13 homers and 47 RBIs.  EDGE: EVEN

FIRST BASE:  Derek Lee of the Cubs is one of the better all around first basemen in baseball.  He is an acrobatic defender that saves his teammates a lot of errors in the field.  He also is a good hitter for both average and power.  Lee played in 150 games this season for the Cubs and he was 180 of 567 (.317 avg, .913 OPS) with 91 runs scored, 22 homers and 82 RBIs.  Conor Jackson had a disappointing season for the D-Backs power wise.  He played in 130 games this season and he was 118 of 415 (.284 avg, .835 OPS) with 56 runs scored, 15 homers and 60 RBIs.  EDGE:  CUBS

SECOND BASE:  Mark DeRosa will concentrate on second base in this series despite playing all over the diamond earlier this season.  DeRose has played in 149 games this season and he is 147 for 502 (.293 avg, .791 OPS) with 64 runs scored, 10 homers and 72 RBIs.  The D-Backs will be going with Augie Ojeda in place of the injured Orlando Hudson and it’s a huge dropoff.  Hudson is one of the best defensive 2B in the league and he’s a solid hitter.  Ojeda has been bouncing between AAA and the major leagues for a while now and he has never played well enough to stick in the bigs.  He played in 57 games this season for the D-Backs and he was 31 for 113 (.274 avg, .708 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 1 homer and 12 RBIs.  EDGE:  CUBS

SHORTSTOP:  Ryan Theriot adds a dimension of speed to the Cubs lineup.  He played in 148 games for the Cubs this season and he was 143 of 537 (.266 avg, .672 OPS) with 80 runs scored, 3 homers, 45 RBIs and 28 stolen bases.  Young Stephen Drew had an off year with the bat in his first full season in the major leagues.  Drew played in 150 games this season for the D-Backs and he was 129 for 543 (.238 avg, .683 OPS) with 60 runs scored, 12 homers and 60 RBIs.  EDGE:  EVEN

THIRD BASE:  Aramis Ramirez is one of the best third basemen in the major leagues.  He played in 132 games this season for the Cubs and he was 157 of 506 (.310 avg, .915 OPS) with 72 runs scored, 26 homers and 101 RBIs.  Rookie Mark Reynolds really stepped up after the D-Backs lost Chad Tracy to injury.  Reynolds played in 111 games this season for the D-Backs and he was 102 for 366 (.279 avg, .844 OPS) with 62 runs scored, 17 homers and 62 RBIs.  EDGE:  CUBS

LEFT FIELD:  This is the position that both teams have an elite player.  Alfonso Soriano is the leader of the Cubs offense as he makes it all go at the top of the order.  Soriano played in 135 games for the Cubs this season and he was 173 for 579 (.299 avg, .897 OPS) with 97 runs scored, 33 homers, 70 RBIs and 19 stolen bases.  The D-Backs MVP of the offense this season was Eric Byrnes.  Byrnes played in 160 games this season for the D-Backs and he was 179 for 626 (.286 avg, .813 OPS) with 103 runs scored, 21 homers, 83 RBIs and 50 stolen bases.  EDGE:  EVEN

CENTER FIELD:  Jacque Jones came on strong in the 2nd half of the season for the Cubs.  They had all but traded him to the Marlins in July but they might not have made the playoffs without his hot-hitting second half.  Jones played in 135 games this season for the Cubs and he was 129 of 453 (.285 avg, .735 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 5 homers and 66 RBIs.  Chris Young might not have hit for a decent batting average this season but was a run producer for the D-Backs.  Young played in 148 games and he was 135 for 569 (.237 avg, .762 OPS) with 85 runs scored, 32 homers, 68 RBIs and 27 stolen bases.  EDGE:  DIAMONDBACKS

RIGHT FIELD:  Cliff Floyd proved that he could still swing the bat when healthy.  He played in 108 games this season and he was 80 for 282 (.284 avg, .795 OPS) with 40 runs scored, 9 homers and 45 RBIs.  Rookie Justin Upton appeared slightly overmatched with the D-Backs but he will get the call in RF.  Upton played in 43 games this season with the D-Backs and he was 31 of 140 (.221 avg, .647 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 2 homers and 11 RBIs.  EDGE:  CUBS

STARTING PITCHING:  Carlos Zambrano is the ace of the Cubs but he must throw strikes to be effective.  He started 34 games this season for the Cubs and he was 18-13 with a 3.95 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  Veteran lefty Ted Lilly was worth every dime the Cubs paid him this season.  He started 34 games for the Cubs this season and he was 15-8 with a 3.83 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.  Young lefty Rich Hill will be the #3 starter in the first series for the Cubs.  He has outstanding stuff and he turned in a solid season for the Cubs.  Hill started 32 games this season for the Cubs and he was 11-8 with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.  If the Cubs use a #4 starter it will be Jason Marquis.  Marquis started 33 games this season for the Cubs and he was 12-9 with a 4.60 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.  Brandon Webb is the numero uno starting pitcher for the D-Backs.  Webb started in 34 games this season for the D-Backs and he was 18-10 with a 3.01 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.  #2 in line will be veteran lefty Doug Davis.  Davis started 33 games this season for the D-Backs and he was 13-12 with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.  He must throw strikes in this series or the Cubs will make him pay.  Livan Hernandez is a money pitcher in the post season and he will pitch well against the Cubs.  Hernandez started 33 games this season for the D-Backs and he was 11-11 with a 4.93 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP.  Rookie Micah Owings will be the #4 starter if the D-Backs decide to use one.  Owings started 27 games this season for the D-Backs and he was 8-8 with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  EDGE:  SLIGHT FOR DIAMONDBACKS

BULLPEN:  Ryan Dempster is one of the most unreliable closers in baseball and it could hurt the Cubs in this series.  He pitched in 66 games this season and he was 2-7 with 28 saves, a 4.73 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  Bobby Howry is the top setup man for the Cubs and he could fill in at closer if Lou Piniella gets upset with Dempster in this series.  Howry pitched in 78 games this season and he was 6-7 with 8 saves, a 3.32 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.  Carlos Marmol was the big find in the bullpen for the Cubs and he’s unhittable when he’s on his game.  He pitched in 59 games this season and he was 5-1 with 1 save, a 1.43 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.  In 69.1 innings this season Marmol only allowed a measly 41 hits while whiffing 96 batters!  Scott Eyre will be the main lefty out of the pen.  He was awful in the first half of the season and outstanding in the 2nd half of the season.  Eyre pitched in 55 games this season and he was 2-1 with a 4.13 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP.  Mike Wuertz also had a solid season as he worked in 73 games and he was 2-3 with a 3.48 ERA and 1.37 WHIP.  The bullpen is one of the biggest reasons for the Diamondbacks’ success this season.  Closer Jose Valverde was incredible this season!  He pitched in 65 games and he was 1-4 with 47 saves, a 2.66 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.  He whiffed 78 hitters in only 64.1 innings this year.  Brandon Lyon also turned in the best season of his major league career.  He has worked in 73 games this season and he was 6-4 with 2 saves, a 2.68 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  Fireballer Tony Pena was also very good this season.  He worked in 75 games this year for the D-Backs and he was 5-4 with 2 saves, a 3.27 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.  Lefty Doug Slaten did a good job of handling lefty hitters as he worked in 61 games and he was 3-2 with a 2.72 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.  Bob Wickman also could pitch in against the Cubs.  He worked in 57 games with the D-Backs and Braves this season and he was 3-4 with 20 saves, a 3.58 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP.  Juan Cruz also had a outstanding season for the D-Backs as he worked in 53 games and he was 6-1 with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  He whiffed an amazing 87 batters in only 61 innings.  EDGE:  DIAMONDBACKS

BENCH:  The Cubs have a very talented bench.  Daryle Ward has turned into one of the best pinch hitters in all of baseball.  Ward played in 79 games for the Cubs this season and he was 36 for 110 (.327 avg, .963 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 3 homers and 19 RBIs.  Jason Kendall will be coming off the bench in this series as the Cubs are going with Soto as the starter.  Kendall played in 57 games with the Cubs and he was 47 of 174 (.270 avg, .718 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 1 homer and 19 RBI.  Matt Murton will probably platoon in right field with Cliff Floyd.  Murton played in 94 games for the Cubs this season and he was 66 for 235 (.281 avg, .790 OPS) with 35 runs scored, 8 homers and 22 RBIs.  Backup infielder Mike Fontenot also had a solid rookie season for the Cubs.  He played in 86 games for the Cubs this year and he was 65 for 234 (.278 avg, .738 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 3 homers and 29 RBIs.  Tony Clark is a huge weapon off the bench for the Diamondbacks because of his power.  He played in 113 games this season for the D-Backs and he was 55 for 221 (.249 avg, .821 OPS).  Outfielder Jeff Salazar will also probably get some playing time in this series.  Salazar played in 38 games this season for the D-Backs and he was 26 for 94 (.277 avg, .734 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 1 homer and 10 RBIs.  Young catcher Miguel Montero will also likely get some PT in this series as he shared the job with Chris Snyder this season.  Montero played in 84 games for the D-Backs and he was 48 for 214 (.224 avg, .689 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 10 homers and 37 RBIs.  Veteran Jeff Cirillo will provide a good bat off the bench despite his poor play with the D-Backs after they acquired him from the Twins.  Cirillo played in 28 games for the D-Backs and he was only 8 for 40 (.200 avg) with 6 runs scored and 6 RBIs.  Alberto Callaspo might get to share 2B with Augie Ojeda.  He played in 56 games this season with the D-Backs and he was 31 for 144 (.215 avg, .536 OPS) with 10 runs scored and 7 RBIs.  EDGE:  CUBS

PREDICTION:  The Diamondbacks lack of offense will hurt in this series as the Cubs also have a pretty good pitching staff.  Look for the Cubs to win this series in 4 games.

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