Tuesday, June 21

Intrigue in Illinois

The Chicago Cubs returned to winning ways last night in a 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. I didn't see the game nor any of the boxscore, but they won -- Lee hit a HR I believe, as did Ramirez, and Corey P took note of his LB battering in registering a 2-5 night with the bat. Well done Corey. I do have some interesting possible explanations for his shoddy and unenergetic form with the bat of late: my girlfriend's mother was recently talking to a friend of hers, a well-to-do woman who just moved to Chicago, and apparently is a bit of an attractive socialite. She moved into the same building as Corey Patterson, and has supposedly enjoyed spending some time with him, on a purely social level of course, even being invited to some soirees with Patterson and friends. Could he be enjoying the night life a little too much? I doubt it, but it's a funny story nonetheless.

The one highlight I did see this morning was a ESPN top play involving a diving Neifi backhanding a ball to Walker from the turf who then turned a remarkable double play. Nice work, Neifi and Hot Rod with that one.


Trade rumours have been heating up. I've been following an MLB Trade Rumour Aggregator on Pro Sports Daily (link here) that collects all the whisperings from various daily newspapers, and more and more of today's clippings concern our Cubs. Talk is escalating about The Cubs-Austin Kearns connection, a man who was batting .225 with 50 strikeouts in 52 games (although Dunn still thinks very highly of him), although the more curious link concerns a recently-departed Cubbie, Moises Alou.

Alou is apparently being dangled by the Giants as a man to trade, and the fact that he was highly regarded in the Cubs dugout means that he might well bounce back to us. This story was broken by Steve Stone and subsequently by all the other Chicago dailies, although it seems a little far-fetched.

Initial talks with Rockies OF Preston Wilson are currently faltering a little, as the Cubs are reluctant to part with the IF prospect Ronny Cedeno (someone that they covet, but keep in the minors while awful veteran IFs like Macias and Wilson clog up roster space) as part of the deal.

Other solid LF/OF players should come available, the most likely being Mets CF Mike Cameron, Athletics OF Mark Kotsay and the Devil Rays LF Aubrey Huff -- Hendry has mentioned time and again that the LF position is by far their top priority, and with every passing day, the Cubs seem more and more likely to trade for a powerful and versatile LF/OF who can fill that spot.

So what does that mean for Dubois and Hollandsworth? It's tough to say, as it's really hard to get a gauge of what these teams would want in return for one of those reasonably solid OFs. One would think pitching, and not a straight LF-for-LF swap -- I have no clue who we would offer up. I think it's safe to say that Joe Borowski is definitely on the block, although with his failing pitch repertoire, it seems unlikely that Joe-Bo would be satisfactory in return. Rich Hill? Mitre? Koronka? Patterson? Dubois? Macias?

It is all quite confusing, but that website definitely makes for interesting reading in these trade-talks times.

Tonight's Pitchers:
CHC: RHP Jerome Williams • 0-2, 6.48 ERA in 2005 • 0-1, 10.80 ERA vs. MIL in 2005
MIL: RHP Victor Santos • 2-6, 2.87 ERA in 2005 • 0-0, 2.31 ERA vs. CHC in 2005

Jerome "Grill n' Thrill" Williams takes the hungry Wisconsin mound tonight, and we get to hear what he's made of (except for you lucky devils with WGN and the like).

Santos was good in his first start against the Cubs in 2005, throwing 6 2/3 innings and giving up 1 earned run on 6 hits while striking out 6 and walking 3. Let's see how he fares tonight against "Mr. Grill" Williams.

7 Comments:

At 8:21 PM, Blogger Hyposquasher said...

i personally think it's crazy that MLB let's mike cameron play for both the mets and the athletics. i mean, what happens if they meet in the world series???

 
At 8:37 PM, Blogger JT said...

Hahahaha I totally meant to write Mark Kotsay, I think I was distracted by something shiny, I'll correct that right now hahahaa

 
At 10:40 PM, Blogger Jim said...

Heartburn City: Tonight's game! Whew! Only four hits.

Hey, stop trying to talk trade for Holly in left. He's starting to come through. He's a battler. He had two of the Cubs' four hits tonight, and hustled his butt off going to third on the error that preceded Lee's two-run homer.

I take back whatever I thought and anything I said about Williams. He pitched his heart out tonight.

And what about that guy in the leftfield stands who caught Rameriz's homer? Great catch!

 
At 11:31 PM, Blogger JT said...

I think that despite that "starting to come through", he'll end up making way for someone else.... the numbers, at least in the eyes of management, can't compare to the likes of an Alou or whoever else is mentioned...

but he'll make a weak bench stronger, that is for sure, if they do pursue that trade for a LF.

Our bench of
Dubois
Wilson
Hairston Jr
Macias
Blanco

hardly puts the fear of G-d in anyone.

 
At 12:19 AM, Blogger Jim said...

If Alou wants to come back, I don't see how you can pass him up, but Nomar is still out there in the wings for sometime in the second half. I don't see Cedeno coming up. They want him to play everyday, not sit on the bench. He's not going to play everyday at the major league level yet.

If the Giants are talking trade for Alou, it's because they've given up. That probably means Bonds isn't coming back this year or at least not before the end of August. That's an interesting notion.

 
At 12:38 AM, Blogger JT said...

Deeefinitely interesting. It's one of those "planning ahead for next year" moves, although it wouldn't make much sense as I think they have a $6 million option on Alou for 2006, and trading him now would mean they have to swallow some salary... having said that, another big possible trade object I've heard of is their ace, Jason Schmidt...

getting rid of him as well in exchange for prospects surely might not sit that well with Barry.... how is he supposed to get a World Series ring with a ragtag bunch of rookies next season?

Definitely a "watch this space" situation.

 
At 1:46 PM, Anonymous Lazlo said...

Wait, you guys actually think Barry cares who's on his team? Or that he is even on a team?

Yeah, having Alou back would be great, and a pitcher like Jason Schmidt is a great addition to any club, but we would have to give up either a lot of prospects or a ton of money for either of those guys, and I don't see it happening. I think Holly and Dubois will continue to platoon in left field, and provided that our pitching rotation stays healthy, Hendry will do his best to keep it intact too.

 

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