The once hearlded centerfielder Felix Pie and picther Rich Hill days are number as Chicago Cubs if they cannot pull their act together. Both players out out of options both in the bigs, and in general.
On Wednesday, Cubs GM Jim Hendry made it clear that the team will not wait for Pie and Hill to figure out how to play in the big leagues.
With the addition of Joey Gaithright, Pie’s days are numbered as a Cub.
Rich Hill is struggling and is now warming a bench in Arizona. Carlos Zambrano is on the DL and he is very questionable. Desperate times call for desperate measures. The Cubs are expected to call up Sean Marshall from Triple-A Iowa to fill Z’s spot. That leaves Iowa a man short with Hill in Arizona.
So the Cubs call up the Shark, Jeff Samardzija to Iowa. Never mind the fact that the Shark has a 4.86 ERA at Tennessee. To Samardzjia’s credit, he had a rocky May. The ERA has improved.
But it does present a serious hole in the Cubs rotation.
So that brings up the question: Should the club pursue C.C. Sabathia?
From the outside, he’s a good fit for the club. However, he’s having an off year. And there’s another problem: he’s not going to come cheap (either in trade or money). The Cubs are going to have to try to get him “cheap” (meaning make the Indianas pay his salary or at least a good portion of it) and I don’t see the Indians doing that.
So who’s left? Well. No one. And that’s the problem. Hopefully Z’s shoulder will not pose a big problem. And here’s hoping the staff down in Arizona can correct Hill’s problem.
Felix Pie came through bigtime for the Cubs in the top of the 15th with a two-out, two-run game winning single.
Ryan Dempster pitched seven solid innings, allowing only one hit, walking two and striking out five. What is more remarkable is that he allowed only one baserunner to get to the second and he retired 20 of the last 21 hitters he faced. He did not, get the win, however thanks to closer Kerry Wood’s failure to close the game out.
The Cubs are now 2-1 in extra inning games and have moved to 5-3 on the season.
The Cubs go for the sweep tonight at 7 E.T. Rich Hill faces off against Matt Morris.