Cubs Game Notes and Thread: Doing the roster shuffle -- Lillibridge, Gonzalez, Takahashi

The Cubs have been shuffling their roster in an effort, perhaps, to shake things up.

The 25 man roster is a bit imbalanced right now.  There are 6 outfielders and just 5 infielders, with Cody Ransom being the lone infield reserve right now.   You have to figure more moves will be made, especially once Ian Stewart comes back.

For now, however, it seems the platoon system stays in tact with Julio Borbon, who is expect to be in Milwaukee tonight, coming into play late inning defense and pinch-running as the 6th OF'er.  It seems logical that the Cubs will try to improve their late inning defense by moving David DeJesus to LF and putting Borbon in CF.

Meanwhile, there is a bit of shuffling going down at Iowa.  Hisanori Takahashi and Brent Lillibridge have cleared waivers and both have been assigned to Iowa.  Casey Coleman was activated from the DL, Jaye Chapman was placed on the DL, and the Cubs have released RP Jensen Lewis.

We can expect more roster moves if and when Alberto Gonzalez clears waivers and is sent to Iowa.  Barring a trade, the most likely moves are the activation of Ian Stewart, the demotion of Dave Sappelt, and perhaps the release of veteran Darnell McDonald.  Though I don't really expect the Cubs to have to worry about those moves for another week or so.

Also in the news...

Today's Lineup:

  1. DeJesus CF
  2. Castro SS
  3. Rizzo 1B
  4. Soriano LF
  5. Schierholtz RF
  6. Castillo C
  7. Valbuena 3B
  8. Barney 2B
  9. Samardzija SP

What to Watch For:

John: Anthony Rizzo is starting to take better swings and hit 3 balls on the button yesterday, one of which traveled 475 feet for the longest HR in the majors so far this year.

Felzz: Like the way David Dejesus has been swinging the bat. And a 1st inning lead would be just what the doctor ordered. Let's see if Dejesus can get the Cubs an early lead.

 

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    Looking for another dominant outing for Shark. It's starting to be a surprise if he doesn't pitch well. The guy has come a long way.

    Castillo and Castro will have another good game, Estrada doesn't have anything they can't handle and what he does throw caters towards their strengths.

    Side note: I wish we had a Matt Harvey. Young, durable body, 2 plus-plus pitches(including an easy 95-99mph fastball), and a developing 3rd pitch, under team control for years. He's fun to watch. Makes me wonder if Appel or Gray can be that kind of guy.

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    I think 30 teams wish they had Matt Harvey right now. He has really taken some leaps over the last 2 years.

    Agree on Samardzija, Castro, and Castillo. Maybe we should have had you fill in on the What to Watch for!

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    HA! Think i'll stay on the sidelines so I don't embarrass myself center-stage with the big boys.

    Guys like Harvey pitching today, Cigrani and Fernandez pitching yesterday solidifies my believe we should go pitcher with the first pick and maybe even the second one. We need homegrown studs like that. We have a very nice amount of guys with #2 potential but not a Harvey, Cole, Bundy, type guy, a potential #1. This draft will be our chance to get one and we can't pass it up.

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    In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    We have better! Barrett Loux! (Picked one spot before Harvey.) Probably he'll be just as good when we have room for him on the team.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    LMAO Jeez, Mike. You, KennyHubbs, and Felzz can't go one day without flooring me at least once. Even threw in some info i'd have never expected. Loux picked before Harvey, wow. Winning at the draft is like winning the loto.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Haha! If only it worked that way.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Today, he pitched like he deserved to be picked where he was.

    5 IP, 3H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K.

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    In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    I know TheHoyer have said they might draft a hitter #2 but one of the top college pitchers fits both our short and long term needs so much better. I'd be surprised if they don't take a college pitcher there.

  • In reply to Just Win:

    I think at this point it's Appel or Gray.

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    In reply to Just Win:

    See above. I've long felt a pitcher was the way to go with the first 2 picks and it gets clearer and clearer for me everyday. You can find good hitters, especially outfielders. Potential #1's are much harder to find and develop. Cubs can't afford to pass on Gray and especially Appel(could be ready this year).

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    In general i disagree with the idea that good hitters can be found later on, because when you look at all the good and great hitters around, almost all of them were drafted at the top of the first round. great pitchers, on the otherhand can be found throughout the draft. It seems the consensus opinion from experts is that Appel and Gray are leaps and bounds above the rest of the field, so this year is a bit of an exception and the cubs most definitely should go pitcher with the 2 pick. In general though the strategy they used last year makes more sense to me position player at the top and lots of arms at the bottom. Arms just have too much risk to consistently use the first round pick.

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    In reply to Andrew:

    I agree in terms of the draft. When I said hitters can be found easier I was more meaning in other avenues like free agency and internationally. The draft is another story. I was completely on board with the Almora pick because Cubs felt he was the BPA. Nothing to do with being a hitter or a pitcher. If the Cubs feel a pitcher is the BPA they should take them regardless of history.

  • Listening to the Smokies while I wait for the Cubs and Alcantara just worked an 8 pitch AB for a sac fly. What the heck has gotten into that kid? That approach has taken a 180 degree turn for the better.

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    I love football!

    Wait, what? They're playing baseball in that weather?

  • Rizzo didn't need to rush that play.

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    Shark: 17 pitches 14 strikes 3 balls and has thrown some really good pitches but it's just one of those days. Some bad luck and brewers hitting good pitches leads to 4 runs.

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    Cubs can't catch a break. Shierholtz destroys a ball up the middle, estrada catches it with his eyes closed and head turned, doubled off Soriano at first.

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    I went back to the Smokies game. Gillespie said the Smokies approach is improving by the day -- the entire team really makes opposing pitchers work on a daily basis. Music to my ears.

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    i think we need to revise the scouting report on Aoki. Cubs havn't been able to get him out for two years straight now. He's good but he turns into Babe Ruth against us.

  • DDJ!!

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Building up that trade value.

  • You gotta give it to the cubs they don't quit.

  • In reply to seankl:

    They do scrap and fight back. I give Sveum credit for some of that. One thing he said he wanted to change when he got here.

  • Another big performance from Jonathan Gray tonight, 6 IP, 2H, 0R, 0 BB, 10 Ks

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    I think he's the Astros' pick. Not that I'm at all disappointed with Mark Appel as a booby prize.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    I want Appel but at this point you can't go wrong with either one.

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    In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    I think Appel might be the better package -- but not dealing with Boras will let Luhnow lock down a 100 mph fastball and move on to later round picks. And, as you say, you really can't go wrong with either one.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    It's a good year to have a top two pick. Gets a little dicey after that you can probably make an argument for about 5 players for that #3 pick.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    These are famous last words for a Cub fan: this team is starting to get some breaks.

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    My god, Castillo has a rocket launcher. Perfect bunt by Segura and still got thrown out. Even he was amazed.

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    In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    I kind of surprised teams still challenge him. You're right -- his arm is turning into something truly special behind the plate.

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    He moves really well too. More athletic than he looks.

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    Alcantara is just 2-for-2 with a walk and a steal tonight. Ho-hum.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Not to mention a pair of RBI.

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    I think Svuem just saved Shark from being ejected, good move coming out.

  • Bruno's hit streak over at 12. Geiger extends his to same number.

  • Beef has got a serious gun. Man, he's looking good. Hope he continues to hit. If he does, the Cubs may have something here...

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    Has anybody ever attempted to steal second twice in one inning before Seguera just did? Crazy stuff!

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    In reply to Matt McNear:

    We just witnessed a play that is going to be talked about for as long as people play baseball.

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    In reply to Matt McNear:

    Probably, by batting around.....but that was an awesome play! Some sort of record had to have happened.

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    In reply to Matt McNear:

    Apparently, the last out of that inning, where Segura was thrown out by Castillo, was NOT a caught stealing. How about that?

    The reason is that he was not entitled to first base; if he had been tagged out at any time, he would have been out, even while standing on first base at the end of that sequence!

    Thus, the final out isn't a CS; it's simply a tag out that happened as he was getting back to the base he was supposed to be on in the first place

    PS: The umps missed the fact he was tagged of course while off 2nd base

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    Glad I was able to see historic play like that......And it'll be historically hilarious for a long time.

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