Results tagged ‘ Cardinals ’
On March 29 in a Cactus League game in Mesa, Ariz., Mark DeRosa went 3-for-4 for the Indians and all three hits came off his former Cubs teammate, Ted Lilly. DeRosa hit two homers, both on the first pitch of each at-bat.
“I wish it counted,” DeRosa said at the time.
“The thing that’s important from here on out is that he definitely had fun today,” Lilly said, “and I need to make sure when we play them, that he has a miserable time in Chicago.”
At the time, DeRosa and Lilly were looking ahead to an Interleague rematch, but it didn’t happen. DeRosa ran into the right field wall at Wrigley, and missed Lilly’s start.
Now, he’s with the Cardinals and in the starting lineup Friday vs. Lilly.
“I’d like to repeat the performance,” DeRosa said before Friday’s game. “We’ll see what happens. We talked yesterday. I told the guys yesterday that although I care about them as friends, we’ll have to keep fraternizing to the minimum.”
DeRosa has been bothered by a sore left wrist, and was batting .233 with eight homers and 20 RBIs for St. Louis. However, he’s headed to the postseason.
“This game’s funny,” he said. “It’s a business. [The Cubs] felt they needed to make some changes. Although disappointed, I ended up in a great position.”
“I’m excited,” DeRosa said. “I played behind Teddy for two years. I have the utmost respect for what he brings to the table. He’s one of the best teammates I’ve ever had the chance to share a clubhouse with and he knows that. It’s friendly competition.”
But it still hurts that he no longer is with the Cubs.
“Yeah, I don’t understand why they did it,” DeRosa said.
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs head into Wednesday’s game having lost five of their last six games, and three games behind the Cardinals in the National League Central. Lou Piniella has come under some criticism.
“We’re just going through a tough time,” Cubs GM Jim Hendry said. “A few weeks ago coming out of the break, everybody was applauding him for getting it turned around in the second half. We lost a lot of games when we haven’t knocked in runs with guys in scoring position. We had a couple where we just got kicked, and rightfully so.
“I think you see the same Lou,” Hendry said. “When you get beat and expectations aren’t being met, whether it’s the media or radio or anywhere else, you’re going to get your share of criticism. We all go through it when we’re not doing well.”
Hendry said the Cardinals somehow find a way.
“As long as they’ve got Tony [La Russa] managing and the guy [Albert Pujols] at first playing, they’re going to have something to say about the race,” Hendry said. “They’ve done some nice additions, too. Obviously their pitching has once again exceeded expectations, a credit to Dave Duncan.
“I thought it would be a three or four-team race. We just haven’t played like I thought we would,” he said. “The injuries are a part of it, but certainly not what I would consider a giant excuse not to be doing somewhat better. Hopefully, we’ll finish the last seven weeks strong and get in.”
* Hendry said the Cubs have made claims on players placed on the waiver wire. Other teams have claimed those players ahead of the Cubs, and some weren’t traded.
“Hopefully, we’ll survive the injuries,” Hendry said.
Ted Lilly (shoulder) was making a rehab start Wednesday night for Class A Peoria and Carlos Zambrano (back) was not expected to miss more than 15 days. Reed Johnson (fractured foot) has not healed as quickly as they anticipated.
– Carrie Muskat
Lou Piniella has stressed that the Cubs need to score runs to win — simple concept but true. Looking at team batting averages and runs scored since the All-Star break, he’s right.
TEAM: Batting aver. since ASG, Runs, Record
CUBS: .280, 61, 9-2
Reds: .225, 42, 3-8
Astros: .267, 46, 6-5
Brewers: .288, 47, 4-7
Pirates: .236, 39, 5-6
Cardinals: .281, 47, 5-6
The Cubs will play National League Central foes for 10 of the next 13 games, starting Friday with the Reds. Just before Friday’s game, they got news that the division leading Cardinals added Matt Holliday from the Athletics.
“He’s a good player,” Cubs GM Jim Hendry told reporters Friday. “Obviously, a good move for them for their stretch run. He’s a real good player, a real good kid, too.”
The Cardinals also acquired Mark DeRosa, and seem to be in a win-now mode. Will the Cubs counter?
“We’re going to try to do what we have to do,” Hendry said. “Obviously, we’ve been in that spot before where we’ve made big moves at the deadline or right before. Sometimes they work. sometimes they don’t.”
The Cubs do expect to get Geovany Soto back the first week of August, however, the rotation may have taken a hit with the news that Ted Lilly has soreness in his left shoulder.
– Carrie Muskat
Mark DeRosa fans will be crushed. DeRosa was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to July 1, with a strained left wrist and won’t be playing for the Cardinals in the upcoming weekend series vs. the Cubs.
– Carrie Muskat