Results tagged ‘ Jeff Baker ’

9/10 Lineup vs Brewers

Aramis Ramirez (sore right quad) apparently isn’t ready to return to the Cubs lineup yet. Here’s Friday’s lineup:

RF Fukudome
SS Castro
CF Byrd
1B Hoffpauir
C Soto
LF Soriano
2B DeWitt
3B Baker
P Zambrano

– Carrie Muskat

9/7 Cubs lineup vs Astros

Aramis Ramirez (sore right quad) apparently is not ready to return so Jeff Baker is starting at third Tuesday against the Astros. Micah Hoffpauir is starting at first against right-hander Nelson Figueroa. Here’s the lineup:

RF Fukudome
2B DeWitt
CF Byrd
1B Hoffpauir
LF Colvin
3B Baker
C Hill
SS Barney
P Silva

– Carrie Muskat

9/6 Labor Day lineup vs Astros

Aramis Ramirez and Starlin Castro are both sitting out Monday’s Cubs game vs. the Astros. Ramirez came out of Sunday’s game with a sore right quad, and that may be the reason he’s out. Here’s the lineup:

3B Baker

SS Barney

CF Byrd

C Soto

1B Nady

RF Colvin

LF Soriano

2B DeWitt

P Coleman

– Carrie Muskat

9/5 Extra bases

The Cubs have given up five or more runs in an inning 21 times this year. That’s the most since doing so 23 times in 2001. Sunday’s game was the first time the Cubs have given up five or more runs in three separate innings in the same game since May 26, 1967. Thanks to Elias Sports Bureau for the notes.

* Ryan Dempster failed to go past the fifth inning for the third time this year. He entered the game with a career record of 99-99, and suffered his 100th loss.

“It was a battle early on and then one pitch way from getting out of it with a tie game in the fifth and I just needed to make a better pitch than that,” he said of an at-bat with Ruben Tejada.

“I didn’t give us a very good chance to win the game,” Dempster said. “They gave me two leads and I didn’t hold either one. It’s very frustrating. I feel bad. The bullpen has to go out there and wear it because I can’t do my job and go deep in the ballgame.”

There’s no fatigue and nothing physically wrong, he said. Just a lack of execution.

“Maybe I’m picking a little too much on the corners instead of going after them,” he said. “That’s probably more than anything else what’s going on. I feel good, velocity is good, my arm feels good. I’m not putting guys away when I’m ahead of them and that’s a rare occasion. I’m not getting ahead of guys.”

* Jeff Baker is 8-for-12 with two walks, one double and two RBIs in four games as the leadoff man. He’s a career .533 hitter in the No. 1 spot. Baker has been leading off against lefties lately, and has a career .352 average against southpaw pitchers.

* Scott Maine has yet to give up a run in three relief appearances at Wrigley Field.

– Carrie Muskat

9/5 Lineup vs Mets

Ryan Dempster is vying for his 100th career win on Sunday. Here’s the lineup:

2B Baker
SS Castro
CF Byrd
3B Ramirez
1B Nady
LF Soriano
RF Colvin
C Soto
P Dempster

– Carrie Muskat

8/29 Lineup vs Reds

Mike Quade has tweaked his lineup for Sunday’s game, inserting Jeff Baker into the leadoff spot. It’ll be only the sixth game Baker has led off in his career. He’s 1-for-4 with three Ks but also has a career .339 average leading off an inning. Baker does have a .321 average against lefties and the Reds are starting a left-hander. Hmmmm. Here’s the lineup:

2B Baker
SS Castro
CF Byrd
3B Ramirez
1B Nady
LF Soriano
C Soto
RF Fukudome
P Coleman

– Carrie Muskat

8/19 Colvin preps at 1st base

Before batting practice on Thursday, Tyler Colvin was asked if he had been secretly practicing at first base just in case he was needed there. Colvin did play first in high school and part time in college at Clemson.

“At night,” Colvin said with a straight face. “We’ve been practicing at midnight with no lights which makes it tougher.”

At that point, none of the Cubs coaching staff had said anything to him
about a possible switch from the outfield. That changed in minutes. Colvin was taking grounders at first on Thursday.

“I was a little bit surprised but I had enough people hinting toward it
the last week or so,” Colvin said. “I was a little surprised at the
timing.”

With Derrek Lee gone to the Braves, the Cubs have a huge hole in the lineup and infield. Xavier Nady and Jeff Baker can handle the position for now but Colvin, a left-handed hitter, may get some time there in the final six weeks.

“He’ll get some ground balls over there and we’ll do that for a couple days and see how he feels and how he does,” Lou Piniella said. “If we can look at him over there, it gives the new people a head start on what the options are.”

Cubs bench coach Alan Trammell, who works with the infielders, only made a few suggestions during Colvin’s workout Thursday, saying the athletic rookie looked comfortable. How did Colvin feel?

“There’s a big difference between taking ground balls off a fungo and taking line drives from Ryan Howard,” he said. “That’s what I have to get used to.”

He used his first baseman’s glove from college which his grandfather had sent him earlier this year as well as a new Wilson A2000 model he was trying to break in. When Colvin did play the infield in college, he wasn’t the every day first baseman either. His best spot really is left field. That’s Alfonso Soriano’s space. Maybe Soriano could switch to first?

“Whoa,” Soriano said. “Never. I didn’t want to play second base and I played second base for five years.”

– Carrie Muskat

8/12 Good effort, bad execution

The Cubs may have lost Thursday’s game to the Giants in the ninth but the fifth inning was more costly. Aaron Rowand was safe on a throwing error by third baseman Jeff Baker and then stole second, sliding under a missed tag by Starlin Castro who dropped the ball.

“[Pat] Burrell was key for them in this series,” acting Cubs manager Alan Trammell said. “But you cannot give Major League teams extra out. Can’t make a play — can’t make two plays, to be honest.”

One out later, Randy Wells walked two batters to load the bases for Burrell’s grand slam, his 10th homer of the season. It’s the first time Wells has given up three homers in one game.

The problem wasn’t mechanical but mental.

“It’s just a bad game,” Wells said. “Poorly executed and no feeling sorry for yourself. Cut and dry, it’s pitiful.

“I can’t keep putting the team in a hole like that,” he said. “It’s not professional, it’s not acceptable. Just chalk it up to a bad day and move on.”

Trammell turns the Cubs back over to Lou Piniella on Friday when he joins the team in St. Louis to start a three-game series. Since Piniella’s been gone, the Cubs have traded Fontenot and added Micah Hoffpauir plus rookies Marcos Mateo, Welington Castillo and Darwin Barney this week. Barney is the 11th rookie on the 25-man roster and entered as a defensive sub in the ninth.

“I’ll be very glad to see [Piniella],” Trammell said. “He feels like we’re in good hands. Obviously, we haven’t done that well but I think he’s comfortable knowing we did our best and we did.

“The effort level is there,” he said, “but we have to clean some things up. It’s more than just talking — we’ve talked about it. Guys have to go out there and do it. For some reason, this year in particular, we’ve had more than our share of mistakes that have come back to cost us.”

– Carrie Muskat

8/4 Lineup vs Brewers

Aramis Ramirez is getting the day off Wednesday, although Lou Piniella said the problem wasn’t his thumb. Here’s the lineup:

RF Colvin

SS Castro

1B Lee

CF Byrd

C Soto

LF Soriano

2B DeWitt

3B Baker

P Dempster

– Carrie Muskat

7/19 Lineup vs. Astros

Jeff Baker started at second base Monday against Astros lefty Wandy Rodriguez. Here’s the Cubs’ lineup:

RF Colvin

SS Castro

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

CF Byrd

LF Soriano

C Soto

2B Baker

P Silva

– Carrie Muskat

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