Cubs Playoff Baseball, Kind Of!
It's not all doom and gloom in the Cubs' system. No, the team's Double-A affiliate, the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx, have qualified for the postseason by virtue of winning both the first and second halves of the season in the Northern Division of the Southern League! Today, the Jaxx commence a best-of-five series against their biggest rivals this season, the Carolina Mudcats, a Florida Marlins affiliate, and given that the Cubs aren't giving us much to cheer about at the Major League level, why shouldn't we revel in the fact that the Jaxx have enjoyed a terrific year? It's pure escapism! The Diamond Jaxx are... SP: *Renyel Pinto, Ricky Nolasco, Carlos Marmol, Jae-Kuk Ryu RP: David Aardsma, Randy Wells, Andy Shipman, Jon Searles, Thomas Atlee, Victor Ramos, *Ryan O'Malley C: #Jose Reyes, Casey Kopitze IF: Brandon Sing, *Eric Patterson, #Matt Craig, Casey McGehee, *Buck Coats, Ryan Theriot, Aaron Sisk OF: *Adam Greenberg, Matt Creighton, Luis Montanez, #Dwaine Bacon DL: Jemel Spearman, *Felix Pie, *Sean Marshall, *Jon Connolly, Lee Gwaltney, Rocky Cherry And today they line up as follows...
|Renyel Pinto, LHP
10-3, 2.78 ERA
123/58 K/BB, 3 HR in 129.2 IP
|Ray Aguilar, LHP|
5-2, 3.20 ERA
49/17 K/BB, 6 HR in 84.1 IP
|2B *Frank Moore||2B *Eric Patterson|
|LF James Shanks||SS Ryan Theriot|
|RF Juan Carlos Muniz||RF *Adam Greenberg|
|C Jason Hill||3B Casey McGehee|
|CF Reggie Abercrombie||1B Brandon Sing|
|1B Angel Molina||CF *Buck Coats|
|3B #Drew Niles||LF Luis Montanez|
|SS Rex Rundgren||C #Jose Reyes|
|P #Ray Aguilar||P *Renyel Pinto|
@billybucks you speak the truth and it's precisely what me and others have been saying for over a year. It's an unfortunate hitch in his game, one that seems correctable, but so far has not been corrected. Also a hitch that is going over 3 seasons now and no one has been able to truly exploit in any meaningful way (except sort of the Royals in that Wild Card game although they stole plenty of bases off the other pitchers in that game and the rest of the playoff teams the rest of that run).
AZBOBBOP: Nothing new on Oscar de la Cruz. Still shut down with elbow issues.
I nominate Sean Rodriguez.
who's this guy being all reasonable and stuff?
pick someone on the board who's literally worse than hitler and start screaming about it. cubs 2016!
It's not pathetic -- it's what we've been waiting for!
Yikes -- I was off the site for a short while and it blew up.
Gentlemen -- it is apparent that Lester has a weakness in his game. Everybody knows about it. He has, apparently, tried to work on it, but without success. Fortunately, he is talented enough that he is able to largely overcome his shortcoming.
I am amazed that other teams don't try to bunt on him, but, as has been said, bunting is not a skill many players have.
Interesting that Hendricks is going tomorrow -- so, he wasn't really "skipped", just moved back a few days so Jake and Lester could deal against the Pirates. I'm OK with that.
PHIL: Thanks for your updates.
One thing that we are seeing come to bear is that Theo's obvious strategy has been to stockpile young, power arms in the lower levels while owning bats that are much nearer to MLB ready - then, buying the arms the org needs in order to be highly competitive.
It's fun to watch the cards shit the bed anytime of the year
I really thought he would be the one getting the call-up. This must be a favor to the player from Theo.
I'm already scoreboard watching and it's only the start of May. How pathetic is that?
Glad to see Hudson having another good outing. He is so impressive for an 18/yo. Surprised to see Shane V. still there. I thought he would be gone this week. I can picture today. Thanks Phil!
stats don't lie. *nods*
2016 Cubs are 0-1 on day after Trans recaps, 20-5 in other games. I enjoy his recaps, but there is a price to pay.
He's the Albert Pujols of recaps and has gotten a huge contract based on past performance. He doesn't need to do anything the rest of his days and he'll still get love.
I thought he was one-and-done on recaps?
Didn't he get Optioned?