Tagged: Kosuke Fukudome

Gregg… a waste of traded talent

Derek Lee hits a run in. Micah hits a home run and a funky infield single makes it 4 – 0 going into the top of the ninth for the Cubs. But, it’s amazing how little time it takes to take a way a win from a pitcher who’s pitched two really good games, only to have the bull pen F*CK it up in the final inning or so.

Yeah, Kevin Gregg. You are a waste of talent that we traded away for because of Kerry Wood wasn’t resigned. They have to sit your *** because of your knee. They didn’t sign WOODY because they didn’t want a long deal. (Bet you’re re-thinking that decision—as I am by the way–Mr. Hendry.)

Lou didn’t managed this game for ****. The minute Gregg gave up the home run, you should have had someone tossing in the bullpen. That way if he gave up another hit or a home run you could have yanked Gregg’s butt and throw him into the dugout. And after that third hit, I definitely would have yanked him by the shirt collar.

Heilman came out and did what he had to do to keep it from going completely out of control. And if it wasn’t for a bad throw…

Well.. just be thankful that’s still only a 1/2 game and not a game like it could have been.

Z finally gets a W

Carlos Zambrano finally broke is his opening day winless streak when the Cubs beat the Houston Astros Monday night 4-2. Zambrano went six plus innings, giving up one run on five hits and striking out six.

Milton Bradley, Kosuke Fukodome and Derek Lee went 0-for-4. Alfonso Soriano connected lead-off home run number 50. Aramis Ramirez also hit a solo shot.  One of the not-so-big surprises was Mike Fontenot who went 3 for 4 and scoring twice.

New closer Kevin Gregg got the save after giving up a run in the bottom of the nineth.

 

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.

Cubs take two of three: Pirates & Astros

The Cubs improved to 43-16 at home with a 11-4 win over the Astros Wednesday. Cubs second baseman Mark Derosa connected for a grandslam in the bottom of the third and Alfonso Soriano followed with a three-run blast.

Jason Marquis scrapped by with the win after giving up four runs in the top of the third. Marquis is now 7-7 with a 4.73 ERA.

The Cubs are now 8-2 for the last ten games. The Cubs have an off day on Thursday before hosting the St. Louis Cardinals for a weekend series. Lilly, Zambrano and Dempster will match up against Braden Looper, former Cub Todd Wellemeyer and the third pitcher will be announced later.

The Cubs are still atop the central division with a five game lead over the Brewers. They hold a 5.5 game lead over the Cardinals. The Cubs continue to hold the best record in the National League. 

In other news, the team activated Kerry Wood on Tuesday. To make room for Wood the team designated relief pitcher Scott Eyre for assignment.

Some other stats:

Alfonso Soriano is hitting .395 with five home runs, 11 RBIs and 17 hits over the last ten games.

Mark DeRosa had a five RBI day on Wednesday. He hit his fourth career grand slam in the bottom of the third to put the Cubs ahead for good.

Derek Lee is struggling batting .268 in the last ten games. He went 0-for-4 during Wednesday’s game.

Aramis Ramirez isn’t fairing much better than Lee. Ramirez is batting .306 in the last ten games with 4 RBIs.

Kosuke Fukudome continues to struggle. He’s batting .265 in the last ten games.

Ryan Theriot after having a productive first half, Theriot has begun a backward slide. He’s batting .270 for the last ten games. He is currently batting .200 for the month of August.

Geovanny Soto continues to come out of his July slump. He’s batting .333 for the last ten days. However, he’s batting  .235 in the last 30 days. He didn’t start on Tuesday or Wednesday, giving Henry Blanco a chance to get some work in.

Jim Edmonds is earning his place on the team. If there was to be a reflection back on the season of who has contributed to the success of the 2008 Cubs, Edmonds will be at the top of the list.Edmonds is .321 for the last ten games is batting .286 for the last (near his career average) 30 days. Don’t let the numbers fool you… he’s on par to have an average year. And for a guy who didn’t have much of a spring training, that’s a good thing.

 

Cubs take two of three from Cards; All-Star Game; Blogs

The Cubs exited their trip to St Louis the same way they went in: three and a half-games up. It could have been five and a half had it not been for Kerry Wood in the bottom of the ninth. That was a disappointing loss.

The Cubs have the day off today and will battle the Reds on Tuesday followed by the Giant for the weekened series before the Midsummer in Spankee (er Yankee… ah hell.. Spankee) Stadium.

Speaking of the All-Star Game, how about sending seven players to the classic? WOW! Sorioano and Fukudome covering the corners (note: Soriano is still a big IF for the game) and Soto behind the plate. Ramirez a reserve with Dempster, Wood and Zambrano rounding out. The most ever for the club. Congrats guys!

Now we move onto blogs… You know, I love the whole free blog thing and all. But I think if people are going to have a blog they should at least make an attempt to update it or at least post. Perhaps MLBLogs should do a purge of blogs that  haven’t been activate or updated for a year.

That brings me to another issue—I miss the team blogs where you could look at all the blogs associated with a team. It was a nice thing to have. Oh well… Beggers can’t be choosers.

 

Cubs add veteran lefty to roster; Pie sent down

When the Friars cut Jim Edmonds loose last weekend, talk immediately turned to the Cubs who are in dire need of a left-handed bat in the line-up. Late Wednesday, it became official. Former St. Louis Cardinal and former San Diego Padres center fielder, Jim Edmonds signed with the Cubs.

To make room for the move, the Cubs optioned a struggling Felix Pie to Triple-A Iowa.

Now, there’s going to be a lot grumbling about going for a guy who’ll be 38 in a couple of months. Going for a guy who’s having a rough start. Going for a guy who’s injured. However, I see this as a bonus for the Cubs.

One, they’re getting a veteran player who’s been a Cub killer at Wrigley. Ywo, he’s a left-handed bat. Right now, the Cubs only have Fukudome. Edmonds brings his ability to hit (and his bat is showing signs of waking up) and good, solid fielding ability. This is a chance for the Cubs to get someone now before the season gets deeper when the pickings might not be as good.

I look forward to seeing Edmonds in Cubbie blue. He could start in Thursday’s finale against the Padres.

The Cubs still hold a one-game lead over the Cardinals in the NL Central. The Cubs are 6-4 in the last ten games.

Former Cub Greg Maddux starts on the mound for the Padres. Ryan Dempster is looking for his 5th win for the Cubs. Game time is 2:20 Eastern.