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Matt Swain

Illinois engineering student, way too emotionally invested in the Cubs.

AAA Iowa Cubs- W 9-2

Player(s) of the Game:
SP Andrew Cashner- 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
SS Darwin Barney- 3-5, 3 R, 2B, RBI, SB

  • A bit of a weird line for Cashner, who just wasn't fooling people like he normally does. His strike % was right in line with where it has been this year, so it's not like he was pounding the zone especially hard; he just wasn't generating swings and misses. That's fine now and again when he can get away with it like he did today as long as he doesn't make a habit of it. At 70 pitches, it was also the shortest outing of his season to date. In his first 7 starts he averaged 92 pitches.

  • Matt Camp is quietly having an unexpectedly decent season. Aside from just the .328 batting average, he's got a 7/4 BB:K ratio while also displaying his usual versatility. He's played mainly at 2B, but has also spotted time at 3B, SS, and LF. He's got to be behind Barney on the utility infielder call-up list right now, but he's definitely on the list.
AA Tennessee Smokies- W 8-3W 9-2

Player(s) of the Game(s):
3B Josh Vitters- 4-7, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI, SB

  • A lot of good things happened in Huntsville Monday. Matt Spencer continues to look great at the plate, and another homer today puts him at .319/.365/.553 with 6 HR and 18 RBIs in his first ~100 plate appearances this year.

  • Starters Carpenter and Muschko both had good outings, each allowing 2 earned runs in 6 and 5 innings respectively. Carpenter touched 97 mph with his fastball and posted his highest pitch count of the season, so it's probably safe to say he's all the way back from his injury.

  • Vitters keeps hitting in Tennessee, he's now at .312/.358/.478 on the season. He's finally showing that special bat that got him picked #3 overall, and now we'll have to see if he can show more consistent power now that he's out of the FSL.
A+ Daytona Cubs- L 5-2

Player(s) of the Game:
SP Rafael Dolis- 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 4 K

  • Dolis is a tough case for me. It's hard to have faith in his stuff when he consistently has poor peripherals. If I ever do an interview with Oneri Fleita or someone similar, I'm definitely asking what kind of pitch quotas and such are being imposed on him. If anyone already knows the answer, please enlighten me in the comments.

  • Junior Lake reached base 2 times in 3 tries Saturday to RAISE his OPS to .448 on the season. Oy. How much further could he and Starlin Castro have split after having stocks in nearly identical spots following the 2008 season? Most people would have taken Lake too, who even today has more impressive physical tools.
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