09/30/2003 7:24 PM ET
Notes: Baker sets playoff roster
Cruz, Glanville on; Estes, Womack left off for NLDS
ATLANTA -- Pitcher Juan Cruz and outfielder Doug
Glanville are on, pitcher Shawn Estes and infielder Tony
Womack off the Chicago Cubs' postseason roster for the
NL Division series.
By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com
Cubs manager Dusty Baker announced his final 25-man
roster Tuesday before Game 1 of the best-of-five series
against the Atlanta Braves.
Estes has a tender left shoulder, so there was a
question as to his durability. Womack also has been
bothered by a sore right elbow, so he also was limited.
Baker said Glanville gives the Cubs another right-handed
bat on the bench and some speed.
"We just erred on the side of caution," Estes said
Tuesday. "Hopefully we'll get through the first round and
I'll be available for the NLCS. It started bothering
me in Pittsburgh after my relief appearance and it was
tender before I pitched in Cincinnati but nothing was
going to keep me out of that game."
Estes went the distance against the Reds, throwing a
four-hit shutout in only his second start of the month.
"I thought I could be ready for Monday's game if
necessary (to have a tiebreaker)," Estes said. "I may have
been ready ... but we didn't have to do that and (my
shoulder) still isn't where it needs to be."
Estes said he isn't hurt, just bothered by
inflammation and fatigue in his shoulder.
"I have no question in my mind that I'll be ready next
round," Estes said. "(Baker) had to make a decision."
The roster moves means the Cubs will carry 11
pitchers. Besides starters Kerry Wood, Carlos Zambrano, Mark
Prior and Matt Clement, they will have Antonio
Alfonseca, Joe Borowski, Cruz, Kyle Farnsworth, Mark Guthrie,
Mike Remlinger and Dave Veres in the pen.
All Sammy all the time: Sammy Sosa batted .182
(2-for-11) in the 1998 NLDS against the Braves. Baker
will watch his slugger's at-bats in hopes that he
"You can't hit for him," Baker said. "You hope he
stays in the strike zone. when a guy's struggling, they're
usually swinging at balls that aren't high percentage
pitches to hit.
"In '98 he struggled, but he was a lot younger then,
he was a lot more vulnerable then," Baker said. "Plus
in '98, you've got a young (Greg) Maddux, a young
(John) Smoltz and a young (Tom) Glavine (pitching for the
Decisions, decisions: Baker says he has no
regrets about leaving San Francisco and accepting the job
with the Cubs.
"You're not sure about your decision until later,"
Baker said. "This has been -- other than marrying my wife
and starting my career with the Giants -- this is
right at the top as far as making a decision. I prayed on
"I'm the most blessed man in America," he said. "How
often do you make a decision and it turns out not only
great but better than where you were? To me, this is
perhaps one of the better situations or decisions I've
made in my life."
Extra bases: Cubs center fielder Corey
Patterson will be in uniform and with the team in the dugout
as will some other players not on the roster but with
the team. That list includes Hee Seop Choi, Todd
Wellemeyer, Josh Paul and Augie Ojeda. Patterson suffered a
season ending knee injury July 6, and has been
rehabbing in the Atlanta area. ... Former Cub catcher Joe
Girardi is doing color commentary for ESPN Radio. ...
Baker is a little superstitous about his wristbands. For
the record, he was wearing gray with a red stripe for
Experience: Cubs catcher Damian Miller is
wearing the diamond-encrusted ring he won as a member of
the 2001 World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks.
It's a nice motivator.
In 2001, Miller caught veterans Randy Johnson and Curt
Schilling, two veterans pitchers. This year with the
Cubs, Miller has worked with young, up and coming
pitchers like 22-year-old Carlos Zambrano, who will start
Game 2 of the NLDS, and 23-year-old Mark Prior, who
will start Game 3. Kerry Wood, who started Game 1, is
"I think this has been a little more fulfilling for
me," Miller said. "I'd like to think I've helped them
come along. Randy and Curt were already at their star
status and understood the game. These guys don't
understand how good they are yet.
"For me to come over and think that I helped -- I hope
they think I did," Miller said. "It's been a fun year
catching these guys."
Numbers game: Mike Hampton started this season
with a 7-4 career record against the Cubs. Sosa has
some interesting numbers against the lefty. Sosa has
batted .250 (13-for-52) against Hampton in his career,
and six of those hits have been home runs. He's also
struck out 10 times.
Here's how the other Cubs have fared against Hampton:
Moises Alou is 8-for-21, Alex Gonzalez 1-for-7, Mark
Grudzielanek 15-for-37, Eric Karros 5-for-30, Kenny
Lofton 6-for-17, Aramis Ramirez 3-for-10.
The Braves haven't seen Chicago's Game 2 starter,
Carlos Zambrano, very much. Vinny Castilla is 3-for-8,
Rafael Furcal 0-for-9, Andruw Jones 0-for-5, Chipper
Jones 1-for-6, Javy Lopez 2-for-8, and Gary Sheffield
Good timing: Congratulations to Chuck
Wasserstrom, manager of media information for the Cubs, and his wife Michelle who celebrated the birth of twin
daughters, Danielle and Nicole, early Tuesday in Chicago. All
were doing well.
Weather forecast: It'll be beautiful in Atlanta
with clear skies and evening temperatures in the 50s.
However, the forecast for Chicago for Game 3 Friday
isn't good with showers expected and lows in the 40s.
Thanks, Brewers: The folks at Lou Malnati's
Pizza in Chicago are Cubs fans. They delivered 25 deep
dish pizzas, three huge salads and 10 Eli's Cheesecakes
to the Milwaukee Brewers' front office Tuesday to say
thanks to the team for beating the Houston Astros in
the final weekend of the regular season. The Brewers'
wins gave the Cubs an opening, and Chicago clinched the
NL Central Division with a doubleheader sweep Saturday
Brewers president Ulice Payne said he was proud of the
way the team battled even though it was the 161st game
and meant nothing to Milwaukee but everything to the
"To the people of Chicago," Payne said into a
television camera, scarfing down a big chunk of cheesecake,
"Mmm, mmm, good."
"It was a highlight to us because we finally got a
little bit of exposure, where our game would be No. 1 on
'Baseball Tonight' instead of waiting for 28 minutes
... to see the highlights," Brewers manager Ned Yost
said of the final series.
"The Cubs did their part, too. They had to win it,"
Yost said. "But Houston had to win it, too, and they
didn't. So it was a satisfying, fun time, and it was good
to show everybody, 'Look, this is what we've been
talking about all year long and our record might not be
the greatest, but this is what we've got.' "
Game 1 notes: Kerry Wood became the 11th player in NL Division Series with a double-digit strikeout game. Wood fanned 11 in Game 1 Tuesday. ... Kenny Lofton went 2-for-5 Tuesday and is batting .280 (7-for-25) over his last six Division Series games, all of which have come against the Braves. ... Eric Karros is batting .320 (8-for-25) in the postseason in his career after his 2-for-4 night. ... Sammy Sosa's stolen base in the seventh inning was his first in 2003 and his third since the start of the 2001 season.
Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not
subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its