The Cubs outlasted the outmanned (feels good to say that) Miami Marlins last night as Carlos Marmol ran 93 mph in on Giancarlo Stanton than put him away with a slider low and away. Was that textbook pitching or was it plain old luck? Either way, I'll take it.
In the News...
- Some teams use a closer by committee approach. The Cubs apparently are using the closer by uncertainty principle. Dale Sveum's new plan is to not hand Carlos Marmol the closer's job outright. "He pitches great when he doesn't know he's the closer", said Sveum. Maybe Marmol needs a little more stress and uncertainty in his life. As Cubs fans, we know the feeling.
- David Kaplan wrote a great piece on Tom Ricketts and the debt he incurred when buying the team. Is some of that revenue we've heard so much about going to pay that debt? It seems that way and you have to wonder if Theo Epstein feels a little deceived as to how much money would actually be available for the actual ballclub on the field. Could this be why Ricketts is crying poor and clamoring for the added revenue that the Wrigley renovations would bring?
- Matt Garza tweeted that he'll be back on the mound May 1st. His actual tweet is this, "for the really fans, not fake cub.Fans who do nothing but talk smack! Had tiny setback,everything is all good! 5/1 is my day." So there you have it from the man himself. Good news and hopefully no more setbacks.
- I'm not a White Sox fan, but I enjoy James Fegan's work and he breaks down the debate on MLB Network between Brian Kenney and Hawk Harrelson. In case you missed it, the debate was about sabermetrics and Harrelson is very much against such newfangled thinking. With all the tenacity of Don Quixote attacking windmills, the Hawk went on the offensive and controlled the debate -- even if much of what he was saying wasn't really relevant to the topic.
Here are your minor league transactions for the week, via Baseball America...
- Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Jose Arias, RHP Ryan Searle, C Taylor Davis, 1B Justin Bour, OF Darien Martin, OF Tim Torres
- Reinstated from DL: C Yaniel Cabezas, SS Tim Saunders, SS Elliot Soto
- Sappelt CF
- Castro SS
- Rizzo 1B
- Soriano LF
- Castillo C
- Hairston RF
- Ransom 3B
- Barney 2B
- Feldman SP
What to Watch For:
John: Dave Sappelt is one of the players to feel the wrath of frustrated Cubs fans and it's not hard to see why. Sappelt is in the lineup to hit. He's not exactly a one trick pony, but none of his other tools are much better than average. So he needs to start hitting.
Tom: With Matt Garza (allegedly) on the way back, Scott Feldman might be the odd man out with opening rotation 5th starter Carlos Villanueva outpitching him. He can't afford to have a poor outing against the offensively challenged Marlins.
Felzz: Alfonso Soriano. Warm weather, just what he needs maybe this is the series that spring boards one of his streaks
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