Fond Memories

Mark Prior, RHP
7-3, 3.23 ERA
97/30 K/BB, 14 HR in 94.2 IP
Javier Vasquez, RHP
9-9, 4.37 ERA
127/24 K/BB, 20 HR in 140.0 IP
2B *Craig Counsell CF Jerry Hairston
RF *Chad Tracy SS #Neifi Perez
LF *Luis Gonzalez 1B Derrek Lee
3B Troy Glaus
omy Burnitz 1B #Tony Clark 2B *Todd Walker CF *Shawn Green LF Matt Murton SS Royce Clayton 3B #Jose Macias C Chris Snyder C Henry Blanco P Javier Vasquez P Mark Prior Let's hope this game turns out as well as the first time we faced Vasquez on Opening Day. I'm supposing that Ramirez's quad injury is acting up and that's why we're subjected to another Jose Macias start. Looks like Holly is back to the bench as Murton gets his first start versus a righty this season. I'm sure if he does well, Dusty will take all the credit. As I mentioned in the comments of the last post, if we can't take a series from the D'Backs at home, Hendry needs to keep his eye more focused on the seasons beyond this one, which means looking to move some of our veterans if the price is right. It doesn't have to be a fire sale, but anything that gets us better for 2006 and beyond should be considered if the cost is 2005. Of course a 3 game winning streak will change my opinion. Go Cubs!!!


If the goal is to win the World Series this year and if the Cubs have a four-man rotation in the postseason, would you really feel comfortable with Jerome Williams taking the ball?

Dateline, Chicago-Wrigley Field, October 2003--

Chicago V. Florida--discussion--"We feel very confident any game in which Wood or Prior starts...but not quite sure of Zambrano and of those guys is going to have to step up"...

Okay--that was with probably the best starting rotation in the game and we still didn't feel at the time our 3rd and 4th starter could get er done. Now if we had doubts about Clement and Zambrano there is sure no way in hell we will feel confident with Williams in way.

Not to worry though Philadelphia, Florida, NYM or Houston will have to worry about how their rotation will fare.

Why does everyone have such a hard on for Baez anyway? I bet Mets fans end up pretty pissed if it happens.

I agree completely, Cubfan. So, shouldn't the Cubs trade for the best starter they can get? Or since you don't think they aren't going to the playoffs, should they throw in the towel? (Does this have something to do with Dusty?)


I was high on Dusty when they signed him--partly because I just saw winning seasons in SF under his helm. I simply think he is a lousy manager and this team is very borderline--meaning they are probably as good as several other playoff contender teams...but not any yes I think Dusty will cost this team in the end.

That said, Yes I think starting pitching is a weakness. You basically have Prior, Zambrano and an aging Maddux who has shown signs of being un-Maddux like this season. The bullpen is also very dicey--but that I think is because Dusty can't generate much offense when the HR's aren't showing up, thus a lot of one-run games in which they probably should be up by 3 or 4 giving the bullpen a more likely chance of success.

The past few games they have won in the 8th or 9th were nice to see--but lets set the record straight a lot of that is due to other teams choking--walks, errors, bad throws etc...

I don't think they should throw in the towel...I don't think we have a lot of baggage that carries over to next year so I don't see us being sellers either...

I just think at some point one of the playoff contending teams is going to get hot--my guess is Houston. I don't think this club has a lot of holes...just not much strength outside of 1B, 3B and a couple starters..and that I don't feel confident in Aug and Sept and no trade-deadline deal is going to overcome the medicore team.

We Seem To Have A Team Of Believers...

{...Not all of the Cubs players wear the "Believe" bracelets, but they all believe in themselves and in the team. Chicago started the day three games back in the National League Wild Card race.

"You've got to believe it. Belief is a powerful thing," Baker said.

"We're all in this thing together, from seat 229 to the dugout," Barrett said. "When Mark gave up the hit [to Glaus], we were all thinking the same thing. That was gut-wrenching and an awful feeling because Mark pitched so well. I felt Mark pitched too well to get a loss."

So he put his batting gloves on and got ready.

"We all feel that as long as we can stay together, we have a chance to win," Barrett said. "There are a lot of teams that are shedding players right now. I've been on those teams before, and I'm glad that I'm on a team that's not doing that. I thank God and thank the team for allowing us to stay together."...}

Olney was saying that Wickman probably will be traded. How about this deal.



Some on here all year were saying that TB would not trade Huff (he is too cheap and good some said). And some said it would take 2-3 MLB ready players (not 2 prospects, no matter how good). Based on these TB/BOS/NYM rumblings, seems like TB is willing to dump Baez and Huff for 4 top prospects total. Not too high if you ask me.

Oh yeah, Cubfan, good to see you around here after a Cubs win and not only losing streaks.

Sorry if this has been previously posted, but from Rotoworld:

The Providence Journal's Sean McAdam says there are five teams involved in talks with the Red Sox regarding Manny Ramirez and that the three-team trade with the Mets and Rays is the least likely scenario right now.
McAdam said two other NL clubs and two AL clubs, one the White Sox, are looking at Ramirez. We're guessing the Cubs and maybe the Dodgers are the NL clubs. The Angels would make sense as the other AL team. Jul. 29 - 9:54 pm et

Re: #203 --

Mitterwald --

Your points about the 4 man rotation in the playoffs and defining our true goal for this year are very important. In my opinion, we would be nuts to give up good prospects for a starting pitcher for the 2005 run because:

(1) While we are in it, our odds of making the playoffs aren't great due to the number of teams in the race. There is too much luck involved, and we have too many games against STL. So, while it will be fun to watch things develop the rest of the year, I don't want to mortgage the future to improve our odds only marginally.

(2) Williams and Hill are going to start about 40% of the rest of our games. Therefore, if we do end up winning the wildcard, it's almost certain that at least one of them will have emerged as either hot or reliable. (That is, if both of them suck, we ain't going anywhere.) So, if we do make the playoffs, our 4 man rotation will have revealed itself naturally.

(3) Due to the glut of teams in contention (by my count all but 5 in the NL can legitimately consider themselves in contention for a playoff spot), the market values of trade talent are inflated. This isn't the year to make a deal with a "seller."


My time on here has been limited this past season. Hopefully I can visit and contribute a bit more as the regular season comes closer to an end.

I do like that this years club doesn't just play dead in the 8th and 9th like they did so often last season. Last season if they didn't get it done by the 7th it was usually over. However I get this feeling that each winning streak will be matched with a similar losing streak and that isn't very good.

Someone in the WC hunt is going to get hot. Houston is the hottest team and that long hot streak still hasn't gotten them to the top of the WC chase. I just don't see the makeup of this club having that continuous hot streak. I'm not sure there are any deals to be made that will alter the team makeup enough to matter.

Hopefully I am wrong.

You are right, whoever is hot down the stretch among the 4-5 WC teams will win it. The Cubs have been pretty hot since the 3 games before the AS break and I think can continue it and improve still with health and a good trade or two. The demise of this team on this site is premature.


433, regarding #213:

I don't disagree with what you said. But if the plan is to go for it this year in spite of all those obstacles you mention, wouldn't starting pitcher be the way to go?

I do think the most important hole IF this club gets to the post season is to add one more quality starter....I guess Hendry has to decide if he thinks he can get a good one without giving away too much. We probably have 7-8 teams who might be sellers and that is the pickings are slim and the quality might not be there.

#201 of 217: By Rob G. (July 29, 2005 05:44 PM)

as a reminder and if you were interested in the Cubs dealing for any of those players, here was our top 10 list:


Oh man that's painful, Dopirak is sucking the life out of Daytona, Pie is sitting on the DL(although I like him)

Harvery is the master of the K (in a bad way), Guzman may pitch in August, Petrick is out for the year with shoulder woes, Pinto got demoted to AA (where he is doing well), Marshall is on the DL with shoulder problems, Leicester sucks, Johnson is hardly dominating A ball, Dubois got traded.



ROB G: But I don't think the pre-season Top Ten Cubs prospects would be the same today. I can't say for sure, but I would bet the Cubs Top Ten right now would be something like this:

1. Felix Pie
2. Rich Hill
3. Mark Pawelek
4. Ryan Harvey
5. Angel Guzman
6. Matt Murton
7. Renyel Pinto
8. Sean Marshall
9. Eric Patterson
10. David Aardsma
11-20 (alphabetical): Ronny Cedeno, Jeff Culpepper, Brian Dopirak, Mike Fontenot, Sam Fuld, Sean Gallagher, Grant Johnson, Carlos Marmol, Scott Moore, and Ricky Nolasco.

I would think Brian Dopirak and/or Scott Moore would be available in most any deal where a "top prospect" needs to be included, because I don't see either as having much of a future with the Cubs. I would expect Hendry to sign Derrek Lee to a contract extension (through 2009) and guarantee A-Ram's last season in exchange for him giving up his player option for 2007 (which I expect will happen).


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  • bless your heart. *pinches cheeks*

    crunch 3 hours 59 min ago view
  • real shame I missed this week's episode of The Crunch Reporter.

    It's highly unusual.

    It does matter a little.

    It matters much less than you think.



    Rob G. 4 hours 2 min ago view
  • four winds field is awesome. it's crazy how minor league parks have "grown up" since the 80s/90s and that park was one of the late-80s models that showed a low-capacity ballpark could look like you're at something other than a highschool baseball game.

    crunch 5 hours 7 min ago view
  • On another topic....I returned to South Bend last night for the 2nd time this season (still haven't tried either the deep-fried mac & cheese sandwich nor "The Porknado", as the drive home is over an hour and that could get ugly), and was pleasantly surprised to find D. Underwood pitching in a rehab start. He looked good -- although, to be fair, these are low-A hitters -- fastball consistently at 94-95 (if the SB scoreboard is to be believed -- several pitches were clocked in the 30s...) and with good location.

    billybucks 6 hours 16 min ago view
  • he gains nothing, no advantage, no saving of resources, nothing...there is not a cost/benefit tradeoff...him letting the running game go on around him for others to control isn't gaining him an advantage elsewhere. it's putting him at a disadvantage even if it's not cashed in with a run.

    crunch 8 hours 56 min ago view
  • And out of respect for the rest of TCR, I'm done on this. I'm sure I'm not the only one in the other camp, but time to let it go. (Until the next Lester start. I kid.)


    Tito 8 hours 59 min ago view
  • He is putting himself at a disadvanage. But how much of one relative to the rest of his game? He's not Justin Germano -- he's inarguably one of the best SPs in baseball, issue or not. It would be more of thing to discuss ad nauseum if it constantly caused him to give up runs and lose games. But it doesn't.


    Tito 9 hours 9 min ago view
  • shouting down my points about lester with "well, it didn't hurt" is like saying it doesn't matter if a guy starts out walking 3 guys every inning as long it's followed by a K and a double play.

    it's like elevating ERA and wins to a high level while ignoring what it took to get there.

    crunch 9 hours 14 min ago view
  • I'm asking how much it has hurt Lester and the Cubs this year. Do you have that answer?

    I legitimately don't recall you answering that quesion, apart from the condescending silliness you just posted. So if you did answer specifically about the impact of Lester's issue, I'd like to re-read it. Thanks.


    Tito 9 hours 28 min ago view
  • if runner = on base and pitcher = j.lester then lead = large

    if lead = large then probability of extra base on following hit > average of mean

    okay, enough of that silliness... can read more on the thread i copy/pasted this from the last time you decided you needed to talk to me about me.

    crunch 9 hours 34 min ago view
  • Thank you for your answer.


    Tito 9 hours 38 min ago view
  • bless your heart.

    crunch 9 hours 39 min ago view
  • I don't recall you answering my question about quantifying how it has hurt Lester and the Cubs this season, apart from one guy scoring on a sac fly. Can you direct me to your answer? Thanks.


    Tito 9 hours 44 min ago view
  • Lester's personal catcher has an .809 OPS.


    Tito 9 hours 47 min ago view
  • we already has this asinine discussion. you didn't like the answer. there's already an answer above you can apply about how a guy goes from 1st base to home on a sac fly that included him stealing 3rd while lester watched from the mound. the fact that the cubs bats, 100% independent of that situation, scored some runs invalidates it as an issue to you. i find that stupid. we will not get anywhere with this. you know we will not get anywhere with this...because we already had this asinine discussion.


    crunch 9 hours 48 min ago view
  • it's not about never was.

    jake arrieta being slow to the plate isn't comparable to jon lester not throwing to any base. how the runners read off arrieta isn't anything similar to what a runner is reading off lester.

    maybe arrieta could use a personal catcher solely to control his running game...but i doubt it's that important.

    crunch 9 hours 52 min ago view