I think he will have a good season… He had a knee procedure if I remember correctly and has been a different pitcher sinceForceAtHome said:James Paxton's night should be over with 99 pitches through 7 innings pitched. He's allowed just 2 hits, 2 walks, 0 runs, and struck out 9. Again, two of those four base runners allowed were Trout.
What's their bench situation? I mean, how do you let Clint Barmes bat with the bases loaded?ScubaSteveAvery said:The Pirates steadfastly refuse to win. Tabata grounds out to short to take us to the 14th. Back to back innings with the bases loaded and they haven't' scored at all.
MakMan44 said:What's their bench situation? I mean, how do you let Clint Barmes bat with the bases loaded?
I think there is only one man left. They've used Sanchez, Tabata, Harrison and Barmes as pinch hitters. That leaves Tony Sanchez left? What is worse is that Barmes is now playing 1st base.
They keep Sanchez on the bench and let Pimentel hit. Watching Stolmy pitch has been fun. He struggled in the Sox system, but he's developed into a decent pitcher. At least tonight he's flashing solid control with a hard fastball and a nice mix of breaking stuff. Glad to see him make it.
To add to this, the Cubs only have their backup catcher John Baker left as well. Bullpens are getting really thin too.
He is so bad. Why Beane traded for him I'll never understand.
Andrew said:Papelbon is toast.
I too was utterly baffled by that trade. Johnson is the exact type of pitcher that Beane usually foists on some other team for a great return: a random reliever who inherited the closer job, racked up some nice save numbers, and is getting overpaid in arbitration. There are a few closers out there who are legitimately worth that kind of money because you know the game is over when you call on them, but that's only guys like Rivera, prime Wagner, prime Papelbon, Kimbrel, etc. Jim Johnson at ~10M for one year is a huge overpay in money alone, and then Beane actually traded a potentially useful infielder for him in Jemile Weeks too. That trade was completely inexplicable.
And you can bet ushers were still shooing away anyone that didn't have tickets for a specific section/seat. They were doing it in Baltimore last night - we were four rows behind the Sox pen and by the 7th we had six empty seats around us and the four rows behind were empty. Good ol' usher though kept kicking out dads and little kids who wanted a photo or anything.soxhop411 said:Under 1,000 people here right?
Remagellan said:I hate the Cubs new CUBS road uniforms. Road unis should always have the name of the city, and if not, they should feature something more distinctive than the team name in block letters. They look like Little League uniforms.
Chicago Cubs outfielder Junior Lake wore the wrong road jersey as his team took the field for the first inning of Thursday's 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Cubs have two gray road jerseys this year -- one with "Cubs" written across the front, the other with "Chicago" written on it. They wore the "Cubs" jersey during their entire three-game series with the Pirates, but Lake took his place in left field for the final game of the series wearing the jersey that said "Chicago" on it.
InsideTheParker said:Ok, now explain why the Twins signed what ought to be a really good long man to starter money.
nattysez said:I think Beane decided that Weeks was AAAA. so no great loss there. But that doesn't explain why he was willing to devote $10mm of his payroll to Johnson. The only theory that makes sense is that he was hoping Johnson would be good in the first half and serve as trade bait, but if that's what he had in mind, it's not going too well thus far.