Tagged: Ryan Theriot

8/6 About last night …

Some notes from Friday’s 4-3 win over the Reds:

* Starlin Castro has scored a run in a career-high seven straight games. It’s the longest streak by a Cubs player since Ryan Theriot also scored in seven straight Aug. 9-16, 2010. The last to score in eight or more consecutive games was Derrek Lee, who did so in nine straight Sept. 7-16, 2009.

* Castro now has 42 multi-hit games, the most by a Cubs shortstop since Theriot had 51 in 2009. The single-season high for a Cubs shortstop is 58, set by Theriot in 2008.

* Tyler Colvin ended an 0-for-19 skid at Wrigley Field with his home run on Friday. Eleven of his 24 career homers have come at Wrigley. All four of his career hits against the Reds’ Mike Leake have been home runs.

* Aramis Ramirez recorded his 248th double as a Cub, and is seven shy of passing Wildfire Schulte for 14th on the franchise all-time list. Ramirez is hitting .373 with 15 runs, seven doubles, nine homers and 19 RBIs in his last 20 games.

* The Cubs have hit 12 homers in their last four games, the most since also hitting a dozen Sept. 19-23, 2007.

* The Cubs have opened August 5-0 for the first time since they went 6-0 in August 1969.

— Carrie Muskat

6/6 Agree, disagree with Big Z?

It was tough to watch Albert Pujols hit a game-winning homer for the second straight day and lead the Cardinals to a win over the Cubs on Sunday. Carlos Zambrano then added to the bad mood with his post-game comments. Zambrano clearly wanted his opinion to be heard. He was in line for the win if Carlos Marmol doesn’t give up the RBI double in the ninth to Ryan Theriot. Zambrano spoke loudly and clearly during his post-game rant. This wasn’t like the dugout tirade last June at U.S. Cellular Field when he yelled at teammates, prompting a three-game suspension and anger management therapy.

On Sunday, Zambrano said the Cub were “embarrassing,” that they were playing like a Triple-A team. “We stink,” he said. You may agree with Zambrano’s assessment of the team.

What’s troublesome is calling out his teammates in the clubhouse. That’s usually something done behind closed doors, not in front of the media.

Do you agree with what Zambrano did?

— Carrie Muskat

6/5 Marmol’s best pitch

Carlos Marmol’s best pitch is his slider but Cubs catcher Koyie Hill called for a fastball on a 2-2 pitch to Ryan Theriot. Marmol shook him off, and Hill went to the mound. The catcher’s objective is to make sure the pitcher believes in his pitch. Marmol did, and threw a slider. But it cost the Cubs, as Theriot hit a RBI double in the ninth to tie the game at 2. Albert Pujols hit a walkoff homer for the second straight game to complete the Cardinals’ sweep over the Cubs.

“You’ve got your big guy on the mound to close games and he’s really good at it,” Hill said of Marmol. “If he wants to throw something he believes he wants to throw, I’m all for it. The oldest thing in the book is to sit back and say ‘You should’ve done this, you should’ve done that.'”

After the game, Carlos Zambrano criticized Marmol’s pitch selection, saying everyone knows Theriot can’t hit a fastball.

“‘Z’ critiquing Marmol’s approach? I could care less,” Cubs manager Mike Quade said when told of Zambrano’s comments. “Everybody’s always [ticked] when he gets beat with a fastball. I’m just [ticked] when we get beat.”

And Marmol’s take?

“I made a mistake,” Marmol said. “I threw it down the middle and that’s what [Theriot] was looking for. I missed. I missed with my best pitch and he got a hit. What can you say? I decided to go with my best pitch and it didn’t work out.”

— Carrie Muskat

11/4 Theriot golf event Nov. 12

Fans of Ryan Theriot can play a little golf and help a good cause. Theriot is hosting his first annual celebrity golf classic on Nov. 12 at the Carter Plantation in Springfield, La. The former Cubs infielder is holding the event to benefit the National Wildlife Federation’s Gulf Oil Spill Restoration Fund, the Autism Society of America Greater Baton Rouge Chapter, and Fore! Kids Foundation.
Several athletes and celebrities will join Theriot, including his former Cubs teammate and new World Series champion Mike Fontenot of the Giants. The event will feature a special musical performance by country music star and Lafayette, La., resident Sammy Kershaw. There will be a silent auction featuring jerseys signed by New Orleans Saints players, New Orleans Hornets team-signed ball and more. Sponsorships and foursomes are still available. Go to ryantheriot.com for info.

— Carrie Muskat

10/13 AFL update

Mesa Solar Sox manager Casey Kopitzke, who managed the Cubs’ Class A Peoria team, posted an 8-3 win on Tuesday over the Phoenix Desert Dogs and manager Don Mattingly in the Arizona Fall League opener. The Solar Sox, who have seven Cubs prospects on the roster, will face the Desert Dogs again Wednesday night at HoHoKam Park in Mesa (6:35 p.m. Arizona time).

The Cubs pitchers slated to go include Jake Muyco, a converted catcher; plus David Cales, Chris Carpenter and Kyle Smit, who was acquired from the Dodgers in the Ted Lilly-Ryan Theriot-Blake DeWitt deal. Also, third baseman Josh Vitters, the Cubs’ No. 1 pick in 2007, may play. He missed most of the 2010 season because of a broken hand.

— Carrie Muskat

9/14 Ryan Theriot golf tourney

Attention all Ryan Theriot fans: The infielder is hosting a celebrity golf tournament Nov. 12 and proceeds will benefit the National Wildlife Federation’s efforts in the Gulf Oil Spill. Theriot raised more than $22,000 in July with a mystery ball auction at Wrigley Field for the same cause. The golf event will be held at The Carter Plantation in Springfield, La. Among the athletes who will participate are Mike Fontenot, Jake Peavy and A.J. Pierzynski.

— Carrie Muskat

8/1 DeWitt ready to go

The Cubs didn’t waste any time getting new second baseman Blake DeWitt in the lineup. He was batting eighth and starting at second on Sunday. Acquired Saturday from the Dodgers for Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot, DeWitt said the trade came as a surprise.

“It was definitely a shock,” DeWitt said Sunday. “I’ve been with the [Dodgers] organization for a while. Like everybody told me, the first time being traded is always the toughest. You grow close to your teammates but I really couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity. It’s a great organization, a great city and great baseball.”

DeWitt did give up some ground in the standings by switching from the Dodgers to the Cubs.

“It’s an organization that’s definitely committed to winning and definitely has a bright future,” DeWitt said. “I can’t wait to get out on the field.”

He’ll get some extra time on Monday. Acting manager Alan Trammell had wanted to give DeWitt a day to get used to his new teammates but instead had the infielder starting at second. Aramis Ramirez’s left thumb flared up again. On Monday, Trammell and DeWitt and the other middle infielders will be on the field to get some extra work in.

Former Cubs outfielder Reed Johnson, now with the Dodgers, did give DeWitt a few pointers about Chicago and the team, including how to handle day games. Growing up in Missouri, DeWitt was a Cardinals fan.

“I haven’t been a Cardinals fan for a long time,” he said. “It’s an easy transition for me.”

— Carrie Muskat

7/31 Z says he's ready to start

Carlos Zambrano is ready to start. Now. Not next season, but now.

Alan Trammell, subbing for Lou Piniella, who was attending the funeral of his uncle in Tampa, Fla., was able to get Zambrano back in action for the first time since he was reinstated from the restricted list on Saturday night.

“I was trying to pick the right spot,” Trammell said. “He got himself in a little bit of trouble but got out of it which was nice to see. Hopefully, that will gie him some confidence and get him back into the team.”

Zambrano entered in the seventh. Carlos Gonzalez had hit a sacrifice fly to give the Rockies a 5-2 lead and there was one on and one out. Zambrano walked Troy Tulowitzki, then gave up a single to Melvin Mora to load the bases. Zambrano struck out Seth Smith and got Brad Hawpe to pop up and end the inning.

“It’s just another game for me,” Zambrano said. “I just want to get hitters out.”

He’d also like to be considered for the Cubs rotation. There’s a vacancy following the trade of Ted Lilly.

“I’m ready,” Zambrano said. “I’m ready to pitch Tuesday, Thursday.”

We’ll wait until Piniella comes back to make that call. As of now, Thomas Diamond is scheduled to start Tuesday in Lilly’s spot and make his Major League debut.

— Carrie Muskat

7/31 Tough to say goodbye

Koyie Hill and Ted Lilly spent the off day together Thursday, fly fishing in Colorado. They sat next to each other in the dugout for most of Friday’s game. And on Saturday, they said goodbye.

Lilly was dealt to the Dodgers along with Ryan Theriot for infielder Blake DeWitt and two Minor League pitchers. The Cubs lost a key player in the clubhouse in Lilly.

“He’ll tell you as much as I will that he’s a little behind some guys but his mind and the way he competes is his best attribute,” Hill said of Lilly. “You don’t have to throw 96 [mph] or hit .330 and hit a bunch of homers to inspire guys.”

The left-hander led the Major Leagues in the least amount of run support but never blamed the offense for not backing him up.

“There’s so many things you can take from his game, mentally, physically and heart-wise,” HIll said. “You can take so much from what he offers as a player, as a teammate, as a friend. I consider him one of my best friends and teammates I’ve played with. It’s a bad day for all of us in here who respected him so much. Life goes on.”

They did chat during Friday’s game about how Lilly may be leaving.

“A little bit,” Hill said. “We spent our off day driving down to North Fork Ranch to go fly fishing. We were buddies. He’s right up there, all time. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so, not down but just a weird feeling when you lose somebody like that. Goodbyes are never easy.”

— Carrie Muskat


7/31 Fontenot starts, but how long?

Mike Fontenot’s best friend and college teammate, Ryan Theriot, was traded on Saturday to the Dodgers. It was a weird day in the Cubs clubhouse as Theriot said goodbye.

“We’ve been together for a long time and I’ve known him for a long time,” Fontenot said. “I’ve been there where I’ve been traded before. It’s something different. Hopefully it’ll bring out the best in both of us.”

However, the Cubs acquired Blake DeWitt in the deal. Fontenot lost playing time when Theriot moved from second to short to make room for rookie Starlin Castro. Now, there will be someone new on the Cubs for him to compete with as far as playing time.
“Blake’s a good ballplayer,” Fontenot said. “We’ll be glad to have him.”

Saturday was Fontenot’s first start since July 9.

“I’m glad to get a chance to get in there,” he said. “I just come to the ballpark every day and try to do some stuff.”

Cubs GM Jim Hendry has said they now are evaluating players for next season.

“I feel I’ve done a good job every time I’ve been in there,” Fontenot said. “Some things you can’t control but I try to play hard every time I’m in there.”

— Carrie Muskat