Cubs slip from last place
The Cubs sweep of the Padres puts them one game behind in the race for the #1 pick. The Cubs are tied with the Twins for the second pick.
Buried in this Hobbitton Times article about the sweep was a nugget about Ryan Dempster putting a hole in the wall next to his locker after his poor start. ZOMG, he's so emotional and out of control. Time to start concern trolling him about needing a psychologist, right Paul?
Sveum ♥ Mather
Dale Sveum continues to bat Joe Mather third in the order. Joe Mather.
"I thought I'd put somebody in there that might juice the team with a home run, or a three-run homer or two-run double, something like that. Just going to see if he can spark the team now and do some things," Sveum said. "Since I've put him in there, he's pretty much had a quality at-bats, hit some balls really hard right at people."
Mather has the second highest SLG on the team. Arranging a Cubs lineup this season is pretty much just deckchair rearranging, but Joe Mather's hot tear to start the season has only managed to drag up his wOBA projection to .300, just a hair behind Darwin Barney. I think he should definitely be in the lineup against LHP, but ugh. (via Muskat + Kruth)
Tweets from the other day
@BleacherNation Cubs record with Campana starting: 10-11. Cubs record with Campana NOT starting: 7-21. Not saying cause/effect, but…
— Al Yellon (@bleedcubbieblue) May 30, 2012
Is that like saying cause/effect?
Sveum: “[Shawn Camp] is probably our MVP up to this point”This sums up the 2012 Cubs on so many levels
— Berselius (@STAnteater) May 30, 2012
So many levels. That a guy who was DFA'd in spring training is our MVP, that the offense sucks, and that Dale Sveum thinks a middle reliever is the most valuable pitcher on the team.
Phil Rogers suggests a Soriano landing spot
Apparently Travis Hafner is injured again. It's probably only news at this point if Hafner is *not* injured. Cleveland is playing well in a division that was supposed to be dominated by the Tigers and could be interested in a "suddenly" power hitting DH. This isn't that much of a surprise though, aside from his defensive resurgance pretty much all that's left of Soriano's game is his power. Offensively he's the reverse of the empty batting average hitter – instead of a zillion singles with no walks and xbh, most of his (small) offensive value is just hitting HRs. I do wonder how much DHing could help him at the plate though – he's clearly been hurting for weeks now in the OF without getting any relief.
Is there a Cubs game today?
Cubs work out possible first round pick
Carlos Correa worked out at Wrigley yesterday. He's a 17 year old SS from Puerto Rico. I bet he and Geovany Soto know each other, since it's just a small island and everyone knows each other /GROTA Rob. Sveum himself threw BP to Correa. He might not drop to the Cubs – Klaw thinks the O's will grab him at 4.
Anthony Rizzo back soon
According to Brett at Bleacher Nation, Rizzo is expected to return from his sore wrist today.
Jason McLeod spoke to the media yesterday
Brett was all over it. Summary of his summary: the Cubs are looking for pitching, Rizzo is in "finishing stages".