DeRo for Peavy?

In looking at the latest Jake Peavy to Cubs trade news, I’m a bit confused about why people have such an attachment to Mark DeRosa. Now, don’t get me wrong. DeRo did a great job for the Cubbies in 2008, and was part of the reason why they won the division. But let’s be honest about this, despite  his career year he still had boughts when he was hot and cold.

This is the way I look at it: you need to build your team according to your needs. You have Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot who can play third and second. If you keep Cedeno, that allows you to give Theriot and Fontenot and day off. The outfield situation is a bit more precarious. You need a lefty bat in the outfield. It looks like the Cubs have set their sights on Milton Bradley. (They were also looking at him last year before they signed Fukudome.)

Hitting alone won’t get you to the World Series. The still have a weak spot in the rotation with Jason Marquis and never knowing which one is going to show up that game. You need another starting. Peavey is a good match and he wants to come Chicago and play in Chicago. Unlike Marquis who moaned and groaned all last season about playing in Chicago.

In order to get Peavy, they’re going to possibly have to give up their #1 draft pick from 2007–Josh Vitters, among other players (one of whom is Felix Pie).

 

In my book, it’s a good trade.

Rays clinch!

I’m not a Tampa Bay fan, especially after the team sweeping the Cubs earlier in the season and serving as the thorn in Boston’s side over the season. (They way I look at it, any team keeping the Spankees from the play-offs is a-okay in my book.)

However, as a true Cubs fan who knows the pain of finishing dead last and lost chances of making it all the way… CONGRATULATIONS TAMPA BAY RAYS! And congratulations to the fans fo the Rays.

You guys have had an awesome season. Well done!

Magic number 1

The Cubs may have gotten beat on Friday, but they still reduced the number by one. If the Cubs win today, they’ve locked up the Central Division for the second year in the row.

Carlos Zambrano didn’t last past the second inning after giving up five runs in two-innings of work. I’m giving Big Z the benefit of the doubt as his grandmother had passed away earlier in the week and he didn’t get back into town until late Thursday night.

Whether or not he should have pitched in Friday’s game is between the coaching staff and him. I think he shouldn’t have gotten the start, but Big Z is also a tough competitor.

Cubs deal Sabathia his first lost, magic number now 4

Ryan Dempster got his sixteenth win after a 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday.  C.C. Sabathia got his lost as a Brewer (15-9 on the season). The Brewers have lost five in a row. The Cubs magic number now stands at 4.

Box Score

Milwaukee AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Cameron, CF 4 0 0 0 1 2 4 .244
Durham, 2B 5 1 2 1 0 2 1 .288
Braun, LF 4 0 1 0 1 0 2 .290
Fielder, 1B 5 2 3 3 0 1 2 .268
Hardy, SS 4 0 1 0 0 3 2 .278
Hart, C, RF 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .274
Counsell, 3B 4 0 2 0 0 1 0 .236
Kendall, C 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .248
Sabathia, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .250
  Villanueva, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .125
  Shouse, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Lamb, PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .237
  1-Escobar, PR 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .667
Totals 37 4 11 4 2 13 14  
a-Singled for Shouse in the 9th.
1-Ran for Lamb in the 9th.
BATTING
2B: Fielder (24, Dempster), Durham 2 (32, Dempster, Wood).
HR: Fielder 2 (32, 6th inning off Dempster, 1 on, 1 out; 8th inning off Marmol, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Durham 4; Braun; Fielder 10; Hardy; Counsell 2; Kendall; Lamb.
RBI: Fielder 3 (90), Durham (44).
2-out RBI: Durham.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hardy 2; Kendall; Fielder.
S: Sabathia.
GIDP: Cameron.
Team LOB: 9.

 

Chi Cubs

AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Soriano, LF 4 2 2 1 0 0 2 .291
Theriot, SS 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .306
Lee, 1B 4 1 2 1 0 1 0 .295
Ramirez, A, 3B 4 1 3 2 0 0 1 .283
Soto, C 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .285
DeRosa, RF-2B 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 .281
Johnson, CF 4 0 1 0 0 2 3 .299
  Pie, CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .227
Cedeno, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .275
  Marmol, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Ward, PH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .221
  b-Blanco, PH 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 .286
  Wood, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Dempster, P 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .172
  Howry, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Cotts, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Fukudome, RF 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .259
Totals 35 5 11 5 0 6 15  
a-Batted for Marmol in the 8th. b-Singled for Ward in the 8th.
BATTING
2B: Soriano (26, Sabathia), Lee (38, Sabathia), Ramirez, A 2 (41, Sabathia, Villanueva).
HR: Soriano (29, 7th inning off Sabathia, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Soriano 6; Theriot; Lee 3; Ramirez, A 5; Johnson; Blanco; Dempster.
RBI: Lee (87), Ramirez, A 2 (107), Soriano (72), Blanco (12).
2-out RBI: Blanco.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Soto; Soriano; Johnson; Fukudome.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
E: Dempster (1, fielding).
DP: (Ramirez, A-Lee).

 
Milwaukee IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sabathia (L, 15-9) 7.0 9 4 4 0 5 1 2.88
Villanueva 0.2 1 1 1 0 1 0 4.19
Shouse 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.84
 
Chi Cubs IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Dempster (W, 16-6) 6.0 7 2 2 1 9 1 3.02
Howry (H, 15) 0.1 0 0 0 1 0 0 5.43
Cotts (H, 8) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.90
Marmol (H, 28) 1.1 1 1 1 0 2 1 2.70
Wood (S, 31) 1.0 3 1 1 0 2 0 3.54
HBP: DeRosa (by Villanueva).
Pitches-strikes: Sabathia 99-70, Villanueva 20-12, Shouse 5-3, Dempster 114-79, Howry 5-1, Cotts 5-3, Marmol 17-13, Wood 26-21.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sabathia 12-4, Villanueva 1-0, Shouse 1-0, Dempster 5-4, Howry 0-1, Cotts 0-1, Marmol 0-2, Wood 0-1.
Batters faced: Sabathia 30, Villanueva 4, Shouse 2, Dempster 26, Howry 2, Cotts 1, Marmol 5, Wood 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Shouse 2-1, Cotts 1-0, Marmol 1-0.
EjectionsMilwaukee Brewers First Base Coach Ed Sedar ejected by 1B umpire Joe West. (6th).
Umpires: HP: CB Bucknor. 1B: Joe West. 2B: Ed Rapuano. 3B: Ed Hickox.
Weather: 68 degrees, clear.
Wind: 4 mph, Out to CF.
T: 3:02.
Att: 40,738.
September 16, 2008

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner