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Silva’s Bum Ticker Gives Rookie a Shot

Posted by dannmckeegan on August 2, 2010

The Cubs have placed SP Carlos Silva on the 15-day disabled list for cardiac evaluations (who had “bum ticker” in the office pool?) after he was forced to leave Sunday’s start at Colorado in the first inning because of an elevated heart rate.

Between Silva’s health issue and the trade of Ted Lilly, the Cubs starting rotation was down to three men: Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells and Tom Gorzelanny.

To fill the two vacant spots in the starting rotation and on the active roster, Thomas Diamond and Casey Coleman (both righties) have been purchased from Iowa.

On the season, Diamond has made 21 starts, averaging about 5.1 IP/GS. He’s 5-4 with a 3.16 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 86 hits allowed, and a 104:46 K/BB ratio. He’s allowed 9 HR, or 0.75 HR/9. He is said to have a mid-90s fastball and above average slider and change. Iowa manager Ryne Sandberg has said he’s been effectively wild at times, and hopefully he can harness his stuff at the next level. At 27, this would likely be his first and last chance to make up for the time he lost due to injury. Just about every scouting report says control, control, control.

Coleman is 10-7 with a 4.07 ERA in 20 starts for Iowa, of which he’s completed 2 and averaged just under 6 IP/GS. He’s given up 106 hits (10 HR) in 117.1 IP, has walked 35, and struck out 59. His WHIP is 1.20, while his HR/9 is 0.77. He turned 23 years old just one month ago. He’s an extreme ground ball pitcher (1.90 GO/AO in 2010) who has held righties to .200 BAA, while lefties have been more successful (.298 BAA). He was a 15th-round pick in the 2008 amateur draft. Needless to say, he has a decent sinker, but Patrick Schaefer of Bleacher Report says his changeup is his best pitch. Late in ’09, he added a cutter to his repertoire. Vineline’s preseason “Fifty Names From the Farm” rate Coleman as having the best command in the system, as well as ranking top-five in poise, athleticism, durability and mechanics.

Well, now’s the time for the kids to continue making an impact.  For those keeping score, eight of twenty-five active Cubs have rookie status.  Only two had previously been on the Cubs’ MLB roster for cups of coffee, those being RHP Justin Berg and OF Tyler Colvin.  Bullpen arms James Russell (14th round, 2007), Andrew Cashner (1st round, 2008), Brian Schlitter (16th round, 2007 by PHI) and SS Starlin Castro (signed 2006) are the other four.


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Wastin’ away a one-run lead again…

Posted by dannmckeegan on July 30, 2010

…searching for my absent run support
some people claim that it’s Piniella to blame
but I know it’s nobody’s fault

May 10th: Florida Marlins 4, Chicago Cubs 2 Ted Lilly: 7 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 1 K
Plate Appearance 1 1st and 3rd 2 out groundout
Plate Appearance 2 bases loaded 2 out FC 2-unassisted
Plate Appearance 3 1st and 2nd 2 out strikeout swinging

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The Future Is Now: Castro Arrives

Posted by dannmckeegan on May 7, 2010

He has arrived.  All of the Cubs’ problems have been solved.  He will  heal the cripples.  That would be Koyie Hill’s zombie hand, Xavier Nady’s rebuilt elbow, and Esmailin Caridad’s forearm, I suppose.

And he will also cure the ill: Lou Piniella’s heartburn and insomnia; the fans’ uneasy stomachs; Chad Tracy’s playing time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Good lord willin’, this post’ll work out

Posted by dannmckeegan on April 7, 2010

“I was excited[…]But I don’t like to show guys up. Hit the ball and run around the bases like you’ve done it before, shake hands and get ready for the next one.”

–Marlon Byrd, on reaching the seats in his Cubs debut (VIDEO)

“The umpires don’t have the benefit of replays.  You have to keep your chin up. You can let it fester or you can keep playing.”

–Byrd, on the double play resulting from umpire error (VIDEO)

“This matched Zambrano’s shortest start ever. On Sept. 4, 2006, he also went 1 1/3 innings, but he exited that game because of back problems. Big Z is 1-2 with a 6.99 ERA (22 earned runs over 28 1/3 innings) in his Opening Day starts.”

–’s Cubs writer and blogger Carrie Muskat

Let’s see if we can’t break down some things to learn from the Cubs’ ugly loss in Game #1. Read the rest of this entry »

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