TCR Friday Notes

- Dale Sveum's ass must be pretty chapped from the hot seat he's been sitting in over the last week. Although he hasn't been fired yet, rumors earlier in the week had the Cubs targeting Joe Girardi and now another catcher is in the fold. Peter Gammons is saying that Brad Ausmus would be a person of interest if the Cubs do indeed decide to go another direction. Ausmus hasn't been given a major league managing job yet, but he did manage Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic qualification round and was a candidate for the Boston Red Sox job last offseason before the Red Sox traded for John Farrell. Also, if he would lead the Cubs to the promised land, he could help turn this leaflet into possibly a pamphlet.

- Baseball America has been putting out their top 20 prospects for each minor league. The Cubs didn't land anyone on the top Arizona League prospect list, but 6 made the Northwest League including Kris Bryant at #1. The other 5 are Paul Blackburn(#7), Yasiel Balaguert (#9), Dillon Maples (#10), Shawon Dunston Jr. (#12) and Kevin Encarnacion (#17). You can see how the Cubs have fared in the past over at Wiklifield.


interesting statistical...thing.

the top 5 teams in ERA in the NL all made the playoffs (in order): Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Dodgers, Reds, Cardinals

in the AL, the top one won't make it...the Royals, and Rangers are 3rd. A's (2nd), Tigers (4th), Rays (5th), Red Sox (6th) round out the field.

the team leader in ERA in the AL hasn't made the playoffs 6 years straight: Royals (2013), Rays (2012), Angels (2011), A's (2010), Seattle (2009), Toronto (2008). 5 of those 6 years, the same team that led in ERA led in run allowed with the outlier being the Rays in 2011 (who did make the playoffs).

Red Sox made it in 2007.

Minor League Ball Top 75 update

8) Javier Baez, SS, Chicago Cubs: Pre-season 18, July rank 14. I do worry about the strikeouts but the power/speed upside is just enormous. I could see this going down a few slots depending on book analysis.

19) Kris Bryant, 3B, Chicago Cubs: 2013 first-round pick. Masher.

22) Albert Almora, OF, Chicago Cubs. Pre-season 44, July 18. The Cubs are going to have one hell of a lineup someday.

27) Jorge Soler , OF, Chicago Cubs. Pre-season 25, July 23. Holding steady pending health.

41) C.J. Edwards, RHP, Chicago Cubs. Unranked pre-season, July 73. Spectacular season from pre-season sleeper. You can make a case to slot him in the 30s.

70) Arismendy Alcantara, SS, Chicago Cubs. Unranked pre-season, July 57. Very broad range of skills, has speed, power, patience, don’t expect batting championships.

Pierce Johnson and Dan Vogelbach make honorable mention. Mike Olt tries to cry in his beer, but no tears flow.

Haw haw!

He never saw it coming.

fun times if there's a 3-way tie in AL wild card

the Indians would host the Rays on Monday, with the winner becoming an A.L. Wild Card. The losing Club in Monday's game would then play against the Rangers in Texas on Tuesday, with the winner of that game becoming the other A.L. Wild Card.

In the event of a two-team tie for one Wild Card berth, the Tiebreaker game would be played on Monday and hosted by the Club that won the season series between the two Clubs

btw, Rays and Indians have won 7 straight and Rangers 4 straight...Rays up 1 game on Indians, Indians 1 game up on Rangers, Rays 2 games up on Rangers...pennant fever baby.

pointless things from a pointless season...

"Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

Travis Wood will pitch just one inning tonight to get to 200 for season. Then will be pulled for Brooks Raley most likely"


T. Wood pitching just one inning tonight to get him to 200 and will be replaced by Brooks Raley.

A. Wainwright moved up a day to start Saturday if anyone possibly cares.

What, did you say Bears? Oh,cares? No, guess not.

Sabean comments in the sidebar looks like they're going to re-configure the Giants...see how far they take it. I imagine everyone but Posey can be had at the right price.

Can't imagine Cubs would unload too many prospects for Cain or Bumgarner, but the possibility is intriguing at least.

given the fan outpouring last night for t.lincecum (lots of signs, lots of ovations) it might be him letting the fans know that with cain/bum around they're probably not going to sink loot into keeping lincecum around. i imagine they're ready to wash their hands of zito...can't imagine they'd want pence around since you could probably get someone like choo for a few million more at worst.

they've still got some key pieces around for another year under contract so i don't see them punting...though it'll probably point towards that if they get rid of panda and/or romo who are only under contract for 1 more season. scutaro + pagan + buster have multiple years left.

vogelsong has a 6.5m option...300K buyout...that might be interesting.

they need bats badly, especially more power...there's not many attractive options for that on the FA market.

I agree. This was definitely a pr bite to start softening the blow when Lincecum leaves etc.

the fan love for lincecum last night was rather impressive...standing O after a sac bunt...numerous ovations when he took the mound from pre-game til he exited...lots of signs in the stands.

He deserves it. Great player, and man he brought the hardware (personal and team) and did it with grace and style.

wood's last harrah inning not so sweet.

after a missed 3rd out sliding catch (ruled a hit) by bog...

hit (the botched catch), hit, hit, walk, lead by 3

he K's the pitcher with the bases loaded for the final out.

he gets his 200 innings...but his sub-3.00 era is now 3.11

It was a really stupid idea to pitch 1 inning and man did it backfire. Damn.

Btw if Sveum gets the boot on Monday (and I think he will) it will be for many reasons none of which are really anything close to incompetence. But I think one consideration was his dour persona - really a PR disaster and not what the Cubs want to project. It was like having a bridge troll as a manager.

If this team manages to get swept in St. Louis and put up a -50 run differential, it'll ease the pain of not having Cubs baseball to watch ... until about 6 hours after the World Series, of course.

it's rather sad that i'm sitting here with 2 games left (after tonight) of cubs baseball asking myself why in the hell am i still watching this game...

it's not even been messy's just been a display of mediocre talent doing the best it can do.

castro is 3-3 so far at least...

also, if d.barney is the starting 2nd next season this new "the cubs way" can go fuck itself.

also, i'm pretty sure the gun is hot tonight.

a.cabrera and b.parker were throwing 95 regularly...h.rondon was throwing 98 regularly...

also, rondon has 8 outings in a row without giving up a run after tonight. 8ip 1h 1bb 6k

c.martinez (STL) just threw a 101mph fastball...that gun is hot f'sure.

Ozzie and his sons watch out, you've got competition...

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  • Yes! In a 12-way tie for first!

  • Shit.

    Blew my prediction! I had them signing Zimmerman and trading for another arm.

  • Damn wanted Zimmermann

  • Yeah, this market. Remember when Ted Lilly signed a 4/$40m with the Cubs? It was like "Well, I guess if you can throw a ball, that's what the 3 and 4 starters are all getting." I'm glad I'm not a GM. Of course, they're spending our money...

  • in this market that seems like a decent deal relative to the market.

    given that d.price will probably get 30m-ish a year, 22m for 29yo zimm doesn't seem bad. i wouldn't complain about him suiting up for the cubs. one less option gone...

  • Zimmermann 5/$110m with Tigers. Youch.

    And the updated predications page:

  • Cubs 3B Christian Villanueva (who is out of minor league options) is hitting 358/464/500 for Obregon in the Mexican Pacific League (LMP), and is leading the LMP in OBP, is second in BAvg and walks, is seventh in SLG, and is tied for 8th in HR. He also has struck out only 16 times in 175 PA. 

  • CTSteve, thanks for spelling Zimmermann correctly. We don't need another first baseman.

  • The media has linked Cueto and the Cubs approximately zero times this winter. I'm thinking there's just not a lot of interest there on the Cubs' part. It seems unlikely.

    If the Cubs miss on Price, Grienke, and Zimmerman, they will aim for a mid-rotation starter via free agency or trade. However, I think this scenario also significantly boosts the odds that they extend Arrieta.

  • The Tigers are going after Zimmermann and the Red Sox will be throwing money at Price. Bringing Cueto back to the NL with the Cubs is looking like a serious possibility. Thoughts?

  • Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe in the financial impact to the Red Sox for not signing Jon Lester early in the free agent process:

    It will be interesting to ultimately add up the cost of letting Jon Lester go.

    The Red Sox botched up their negotiations with Lester in during spring training of 2014, making an initial offer of $70 million that was roughly $40 million short of what it should have been. Talks broke down and Lester was traded in July.

  •'re flip-flopping again?!

    Is this legal? What is the rule here on opining definitively and then changing your mind?

    I am not only surprised at your declaration, but Cutler's better 2015 showing. I don't get it - he went through Martz, Turner, Trestman, Kromer, and now Gase...and he is still here! And. he'll be here mext year too.

  • Happ signs w Jays

    Morsi saying Price won't be a Jay

  • needs more d.beeler and e.jokisch

  • As an Illinois tax payer I appreciate what they r doing

  • + Bankruptcy Court