Cubs Drop 8 More from Spring Roster

Brett Jackson, Josh Vitters, Christian Villanueva, Arodys Vizcaino, Zack Rossup, Mitch Maier, Armando Rivero and Rafael Lopez are optioned or reassigned...and there were 45 (I think).

LOCKED IN (MOST LIKELY) - 18

Castillo, Kottaras, Rizzo, Castro, Barney, Schierholtz, Ruggiano, Lake, Sweeney

Samardzija, Wood, E. Jackson, Hammel

Veras, Strop, Wright, Russell, Carlos Villanueva

DISABLED LIST - 3

Fukijawa, Arrieta, J. McDonald (NRI)

ON THE BUBBLE - 13

Valbuena, Murphy, Olt, Roberts(NRI), Bonifacio(NRI), Kalish (NRI), C. Rusin, A. Cabrera, Grimm, Rondon, Parker, J. Sanchez (NRI), Ramirez

MOST LIKELY CUT OR OPTIONED - 11

Baez (NRI), J. Baker (NRI), E. Whiteside (NRI), D. McDonald(NRI),  Wells(NRI), Coughlan(NRI), Hottovy (NRI), Yong-Lim (NRI), Schlitter (NRI), Wada (NRI), Valaika (NRI)

ALREADY OPTIONED OR RELEASED - 21

Soler, Bryant, Almora, Alcantara, Szczur, Watkins, Valdez(NRI), Pimentel(NRI), Jokisch(NRI), A. Cunningham, M. Hatley (NRI), Beeler, Hendricks(NRI), Rosscup, J. Vitters, B. Jackson, Christian Villanueva, A. Vizcaino, A. Rivero(NRI), M. Maier(NRI), R. Lopez(NRI)

Castro may end up on the disabled list when it's all said and done and I might be jumping the gun on McDonald as he said it's just shoulder tendinitis, but seems that it's going towards Chris Rusin getting that 5th starter spot out of camp while they await Arrieta to get healthy and ready. That'll keep Villanueva in the pen and 2 spots left for Cabrera, Grimm, Rondon, Parker, Sanchez or Ramirez.

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h/t to Bleacher Nation for the find...

Cray CEO Pete Ungaro recently told The Economist that an unnamed MLB team purchased a Cray supercomputer with the intention of being able to analyze large volumes of information in a very short amount of time.

~snip~

[The team as] one that "exemplifies an organization that, five years ago, most people would not have dreamed would need, or even want, a supercomputer."

 
and Tom Tango weighs in on it (he happens to work for the Cubs, so either he's playing dumb, doesn't know about it or the Cubs aren't the team).

i'm more interested in the software behind it rather than the machine crunching the numbers.

creating a custom solution software for a single organization would probably cost nearly as much as the machine, itself. there are metadata-defined data mining solutions that are already somewhat "out of box" able to do this (my former career) once you tell the modules what metadata is being pointed to...but i wonder if they're using an already made data mining solution or creating a custom piece of software.

Couple years ago I was at a Cubs Convention listening to Oneri Fieita tell an entertaining story about how in the Dominican, the Cubs used to have goats "mow" the grass.
Tied up at a small stake, they'd eat the weeds in a circle, then someone would move the stake again and again til the field was mowed.
And that was funny.
It really was.
But it's astonishing what used to be funny.




NCSU owned a piece of "junk land" for decades that they decided to turn into a golf course (a big piece of junk land).

it was overgrown with decades of grass, weeds, and kudzu. they used goats to clear most of it...and heavy equipment to remove the kudzu base roots (they get massive). the goats were put in temporary pens and moved space-to-space until it was clear enough to be machine cleared/graded/etc.

goats are pretty good at land clearing.

They're using goats out at O'Hare these days. Well, summertime.

I think this is an awesome idea and custom software isn't needed for crunching data. We're in the big data era now, and decisions are driven by analysis. Software packages already exist for this- stata, sas... there's a long list of them and in the hands of a skilled analyst, and given enough data, these systems can help make good decisions.

And it would be a mistake to assume a system like this would contribute only to baseball decisions- you could determine the best nights to offer a bobblehead, or which concessions should be added and for how much, or what team colors are most appealing to fans. Human behavior is now being measured, predicted, and manipulated at the micro-level.

The only problem with systems like this is the so-called black swans- those game-changers that we can't predict or see coming: PEDs, some data-defying superstar, _________ fill in the blank- the point is we don't know the next game-changer.

That said, I think the Cubs ought to get on this bandwagon (if they aren't already). As e.e.cummings wrote- "while Gadgets murder squawk and add, the cult of Same is all the chic" ;)

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  • ESPN game tonight, btw.

  • Cardinal way #48
    "negligent transmission of STDs"

    http://mlb.nbcsports.com/2016/05/01/carlos-martine...

  • Heyward getting the night off.

    Grand Slammin' Sczcur in RF - La Stella batting 2nd

    Twitterverse reporting that Heyward is dealing with a sore right wrist

  • See ya on parrot chat

  • In what was probably the last start for RHSP Jeremy Null at EXST... 
    Intrasquad game this morning on Field #5 at Riverview Baseball Complex: 
    4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/AO, 75 pitches (50 strikes) 

    Next stop is likely either South Bend or Myrtle Beach (TBD)  

  • There does seem to be something funky about closers pitching in non-save situations -- they never seem to be as effective. But, to your point, there could not have been a save situation in that game, so why not use your best reliever?

  • Your thought: don't pitch Rondon at all, since a save can't happen in extra innings at home.

    Maddon's thought: might as well pitch him now, because there's no later.

  • It looked like the baserunner might have screened Russell some though it's still a play he should have made.

    I wasn't thrilled with the use of Rondon in that situation. In save situations opponents have a 77 OPS. In non-save situations it's a 116 OPS. We had other relievers for that spot we could have used.

  • I'm not sure if it's his normal swing but it's obvious he can hit and he's always hit for power just not HRs so if it is his normal swing there's something else going on.

    This article from spring training said he was trying to pull the ball a lot more:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/making-too-much-of-...

  • Oh, thanks. I guess I should actually look at the schedule. Yay, 3-game road trip!

  • Good call, indeed. This ought to be a good series.

  • Sorry to nit-pick -- but the games against the Nats this week are at home.

    Can't remember a worse weather-start to a season. Yuck.

  • Basically Russell booted a slam dunk DP grounder letting a run score. But he drove in the tying run in 9th. Just not their day, Rondon notwithstanding.

  • Didn't see the game, but it sounded like the Cubs gave away 2 runs with poor fielding. Bummer.

    Well, it's been a fun diet of Reds, Brewers and Braves, but now the Cubs have to play real teams in May (Pirates, Nationals, SF, Cards and Dodgers) -- hope we are all still smiling when we wake up on Memorial Day.

  • He does seem out of synch. His body seems to start forward, then his arms sort of try to catch up -- if that's his normal swing, he will never hit for power. It's an all-arms slasher swing, but the timing seems off.

    He is currently slugging .256 -- I realize the weather has been bad, but that's epically bad. Currently 92nd out of 94 qualified NL batters. Yikes.