Bobby Scales was optioned to Iowa to make room on the roster for Rich Harden, who is returning to start today. This is just above complete madness. 12 pitchers is too many -- 13 is over-the-top. This leaves the Cubs with the following bench players:
- Koyie Hill; if you use him as a PH you lose your backup catcher.
- Micah Hoffpauir.
- Andres Blanco.
- And, whoever isn't starting in CF, Reed Johnson or Kosuke Fukudome.
Seriously, who decided this was a good thing? If a game goes into extra innings -- and Lou, in case you weren't watching, five games on the road trip just ended did exactly that -- you're probably diving into that pitcher pool for pinch-hitters. Or maybe spare outfielders, in case someone gets hurt.
This will give the Cubs essentially a 23-man roster, because Lou will do his best to ignore both David Patton and Jason Waddell, especially since both of them pitched yesterday.
And for a change, it's raining in Chicago this morning. Fortunately, it's supposed to clear out by game time, though the 62-degree high would be a nice day... for November.
|Today's Starting Pitchers|
As you can see above, little is known about Anthony Swarzak. He is 23 years old, was recalled from the minor leagues on May 22, and has made four major league starts, one good, one decent, and two bad. I hope the Cubs have a better scouting report than this one. (Yes, I know the number on the image is backwards. I made it by flipping this one. My Photoshop skills suck.)
Rich Harden is 1-0, 2.13 in four career starts vs. the Twins while he was in the AL, but has not faced them since 2006. He has handled most of the players on their current roster pretty well. Joe Mauer is only 1-for-8 vs. Harden, but that was a home run.
Today's game is on cable only in Minnesota and Chicago. Thanks to Bud and Fox's Idiotic Blackout Rules, it is NOT on MLB Extra Innings. If you have MLB.TV, you should be able to get it in the usual locations. For other games today see the MLB.com Mediacenter.
Overflow comment threads will post today at 1 pm, 2 pm and 2:45 pm CDT.
Discuss amongst yourselves.