Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Samardzija could get start Sunday and other notes.

-Because of the double header today Lou is considering pitching Jeff or Sean Marshall Sunday because he does not want to pitch Harden on short rest. He also said he would consider pitching Marquis on short rest but is more likely to pitch Jeff or Sean Sunday against the Fish. I think Lou should give the spot start to Samardzija on Sunday because I want to see his stuff over 5+ innings, but that is just me.

- We heard Sheffield name on the Cubs front yesterday and he is expected to clear waivers tomorrow afternoon. It is a chance that the Cubs will let him clear waivers rather than claim him to get a better deal and more time to hammer a trade out.

- Another name the Cubs had interest in at the trading deadline is Raul Ibanez. He was put on waivers along with Jarrod Washburn and both were claimed yesterday. It is possible that the Cubs claimed Ibanez and is working out a deal for the power hitting lefty. This would be interesting move because it is likely Ward would be placed on waivers or released because Ibanez can play 1st and the corner spots. Not to mention he is a better hitter right now than Ward. He will likely cost a decent prospect, I expect like a Donald Veal or Felix Pie could be involved. We should know in 24 hours who claimed Raul.


Anonymous said...

thanks for the info man!! keep the details coming..

Joe said...

I dont mind sending Pie... but definitely not Veal.

Then again I had Rich Hill as an untouchable this off season and look what happened, so what do I know right? Haha.

aw said...

please don't give up veal for ibanez. he is a nice prospect and could be in our rotation in a year.

Nick I Cub Fan said...

What's going on with Zambrano, last 2 starts 10.1 IP 14 H 14 ER his ERA went from 2.76 to 3.38. Is he hurt? Or is he going though a slump? Anybody read anything on him? That's the last thing we need with the Cubs sept. schedule.

cubsfan82 said...

It seems the Cubs will stay with Ward, Howry, and call up Hoffpauier when the roster is expanded. They are unlikely to add another player unless an injury occurs.

As far as Big Z, I think he has been having some bad luck lately. He could have that nagging arm injury that may be sore but I think he will turn it around. I would not worry yet. Take a look at Brett Myers, now that is something I would worry about if it happens to Z.