Chicago Cubs: Roy Halladay

Sandberg savors win over Cubs

August, 30, 2013
Levine By Bruce Levine
CHICAGO -- The Philadelphia Phillies' 6-5 win over the Chicago Cubs was certainly a sweet victory for Cubs icon Ryne Sandberg on Friday.

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AP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastChicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg returned to Wrigley Field on Friday as the interim manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.
After the Phillies came back from a five-run deficit, the lineup card of his team’s first win at Wrigley Field under his direction was prominently featured in the middle of the Philadelphia interim manager’s desk. The Cubs Hall of Famer had spent a chaotic day that included 25 interview requests, Chicago and Philadelphia television appearances and countless one-on-ones.

With a veteran team going nowhere, Sandberg has been able to get his players to bust their behinds for him in his quest to become the full-time manager in 2014.

"There is some good energy on the bench," Sandberg said. "Guys were talking it up and pulling for each other. (Jeff) Samardzija was in a good grove for a while, but we were able to get some guys on base and put some hits together."

Sandberg used his bullpen to perfection, getting four shutout innings in relief after Roy Halladay gave up five runs in five innings.

Sandberg could not resist telling reporters about his warm welcome by the fans and the subtle differences he noticed at the friendly confines.

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Things won't get any easier for Cubs

April, 26, 2012
Padilla By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- As if the Chicago Cubs needed any more reminders that their upcoming road trip to Philadelphia and Cincinnati will be a tough one, they open the journey Friday night against Roy Halladay.

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Howard Smith-US PresswireThe Cubs' road trip gets off to a challenging start Friday when they face Roy Halladay.
As of Thursday, the Cubs were 11th in the 16-team National League in batting average at .235, and were 15th in slugging percentage at .333, ahead of only the Pittsburgh Pirates (.325).

Halladay, meanwhile, will enter Friday’s game with a 3-1 record and a 1.50 ERA, and he has yet to give up a home run in 30 innings this season. The Phillies will go with right-hander Joe Blanton to start Saturday night, but they have yet to announce who will pitch in the final two games.

“The pitching, I think they have a 2.70 ERA as a team, so it will be tough to score runs and put things together,” manager Dale Sveum said. “That’s why they have one of the best pitching staffs over the last few years. It will be tough. Hopefully getting into a more hitters’ park we can hit some home runs. You have to do that against those kind of pitchers because it’s hard to string hits together. They don’t walk people either.”

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The Cubs will try to make it three in a row on Friday, but it won't be easy as they face former Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay, who will face this lineup:

Kosuke Fukudome, RF
Darwin Barney, 2B
Starlin Castro, SS
Carlos Pena, 1B
Aramis Ramirez, 3B
Blake DeWitt, LF
Geovany Soto, C
Tyler Colvin, CF
Carlos Zambrano, P

Halladay to Cubs? Not likely

November, 21, 2009
Levine By Bruce Levine

The Cubs and Toronto first talked trade in early October. Among the many names that were mentioned was star pitcher Roy Halladay. Halladay, going into the last year of his contract before becoming a free agent, will be shopped extensively by the Blue Jays during this offseason. The one caveat is that Halladay has a complete no-trade clause, which allows him to stop any type of deal unless he first approves.

Among the names that the Cubs and Blue Jays talked about was Vernon Wells in the original scuttlebutt that got out about a possible Milton Bradley-for-Wells deal. Toronto also talked to the Cubs about Lyle Overbay; another contract the Blue Jays would like to rid themselves of. Actually, Toronto has talked to many teams about the big contracts they have committed to Wells, Overbay and Halladay. Toronto is trying to go young and free themselves of the heavy payroll load that they are committed to at this point.

As far as Halladay and the Cubs, it doesn't look good for the North Siders to be able to come up with the kind of money it would take to take on his contract. The most feasible situation would be to trade Carlos Zambrano and at least one of the top young prospects in the system like Starlin Castro, or Josh Vitters, in any deal that would make sense for both sides. The problem with that type of trade is two-fold: One, Zambrano has a full no-trade clause, and two, trading the team's top future prospect at shortstop by moving Castro would be counter-productive to what the team is looking forward to in years to come.

Halladay will most likely be traded in the offseason, but trading him to the Cubs is a real long shot. First and foremost, general manager Jim Hendry has to move Milton Bradley's contract. The most logical team still remains to be the Tampa Rays, who are hoping to include Pat Burrell in the deal. For the Cubs, that would mean that they would have to complete that trade, eat some money on Bradley's contract, and then trade Burrell.

The Cubs already have a long-term commitment (five years) to a left fielder who is below average defensively and strikes out too much. Therefore, it will be imperative for Hendry to move Burrell's contract before the season begins.



Jason Hammel
8 2.98 104 108
BAS. Castro .284
HRA. Rizzo 29
RBIA. Rizzo 69
RA. Rizzo 80
OPSA. Rizzo .896
ERAT. Wood 4.86
SOJ. Arrieta 122