Wake Me Up When September Ends

It's hard to believe that only two months ago I reacted to a Dempsterian meltdown by taking the time to figure out what to look forward to for the rest of the year. And that was after actually watching the game! I experienced this week's back-to-back 11th-inning disasters only via the coments here and ESPNews at the gym, and it was still enough for me to write a sentence that I really never thought I'd write: I'm done with this team for this season. Seriously, what is to be gained by watching this team over the next month? Jerry Seinfeld has a well-known riff about how rooting for a specific team is just rooting for laundry, and I gotta tell ya, this laundry sucks. I'm gonna torture this metaphor for a little while: the ownership needs to sort through the laundry, throw out a bunch of it, and get some new clothes, preferably a nice pair of flat-front slacks that can hit 30 home runs and plays a passable outfield defense. Maybe a snappy blazer that can play second base, too. Oh, and a new manager. Until that happens, I can't follow this team. All of my favorite players are either hurt or traded, with the exception of Derrek Lee, and Lee isn't enough to keep me paying attention. There's just too much negativity, too much suckitude, too much "clog-the-bases" anger-making bullshit for me to deal with on a daily basis. It isn't healthy. I'm working on tabulating the results of the "Wisdom Of Us" contest (remember that?), and I'll be unveiling the results throughout October. Hopefully that month will also bring us a few decent free agent signings and a new manager. For those of you who aren't as completely burned out on this team as I am, there's a little bit of actual content after the jump: Back at the end of June I said there were four things worth paying attention to over the last few months of the season: * Whether Todd Walker, Greg Maddux, Jacque Jones, Phil Nevin, and/or Juan Pierre will be traded, and if so what the Cubs will get in return. The Cubs went 3-for-5 on that list and got themselves Cesar Izturis, a Rookie-league pitcher, and a PTBNL. Woo. * Mike Fontenot, Ryan Theriot, Randy Wells, and Felix Pie at Iowa; Eric Patterson, Sean Gallagher, Carlos Vazquez, and Ed Campusano and J.R. Mathes at West Tenn; Yusuf Carter and Mitch Atkins at Peoria; and Mark Pawelek, Jeff Samardzija, and Josh Lansford at Boise. How'd they do? Fontenot: 296/375/450 -- not bad Theriot: 304/367/379 and a callup -- pretty good, but what did it get him? Wells: 4-5, 5.29, 21 BB/54 K in 63 IP -- not so great Pie: 277/336/436, 13 HR, 16/26 SB -- not Leadoff Man Of The Future numbers Patterson: 263/330/408, 38/50 SB, and a callup to Iowa (347/404/429 in 13 G) -- good speed Gallagher: 7-5, 2.71, 55 BB/91 K in 86 1/3 IP -- nice, but too many walks Vasquez: 3-5, 3.62, 32 BB/58 K in 49 2/3 IP -- ditto Campusano: 2-1, 1.75, 8 BB/34 K in 25 2/3 IP -- good relief numbers Mathes: 9-8, 3.40, 30 BB/110 K in 150 2/3 IP -- nice Carter: 210/271/371, 12 HR -- oof Atkins: 12-4, 2.55, 51 BB/120 K in 130 2/3 IP -- pretty good Pawelek: 3-5, 2.41, 23 BB/47K in 56 IP -- decent Samardzija: 1-2, 2.70, 12 BB/17 K in 30 IP between Boise & Peoria -- should be good for 80 yds receiving against Georgia Tech tomorrow Lansford: 259/340/356 -- not bad There are a few brights spots there -- the Cubs' future at second base looks pretty bright, and the next wave of good minor-league pitchers is rounding into shape -- but any regular reader of Baseball America or Future Shock on Baseball Prospectus would have to notice that Cubs prospects don't get talked about much. * The continued development of Cedeno, Matt Murton, Sean Marshall and Carlos Marmol at the major league level, with the potential arrival of Pie and Wells over the next few months. I think I've seen as much "development" out of Cedeno as I'd like, thankyouverymuch. Murton has put up some nice numbers, and I think is on his way to a productive career, as long as Dusty isn't his manager. Marshall and Marmol are both hurt, so I guess in that respect they've developed into Cubs pitchers extremely well. * The performances of the aforementioned Lee, Prior, and Wood. Pass.

Comments

Speaking of throwing out the laundry, any chance we can get rid of that crappy blue third jersey? We look like a damn expansion team with that tacky shit. Although we play about as bad as one, so maybe it's just as well that we look like a bunch of solid-colored idiots out there. I guess if the shoe fits...

And I love the concept, but please change the name of the "Wisdom of You" contest. It sounds like a dang Celine Dion song.

Sorry to monopolize the board here, but what is with the obsession over Pie leading off? What's wrong with Theriot leading off? Or even Murton?

NEIFI'S latest Tig stats:

Avg OBP SLG OPS
.156 .206 .156 .362

Freakin' stubborn, stubborn, Dusty.

Congratulations to Rich Hill. Consistent improvement.

pie goes 2:4, epat goes 2:4 (damn)...no Ks for either, no walks...singles, no SB.

for what its worth, buck "0h n0z, breaking pitchez!" coats went 3:4 with a double.

marmol pitches a couple innings in relief, 0h 1bb 1k. he's due to start on monday (suposedly), which is the last day of the season in iowa. maybe we'll see pie...if hendry's crack supply comes in we might see epat, too.

colvin went 2:4 tonite in boise...2 HR.

.279/.322 - 11 doubles - 6 triples - 11 HR (15bb-51k) 251ab

so far so good, especially after the slow-ish start.

Canzler and Colvin have been bashing the ball as of late. Colvin has 6 home runs in the last 5 games and Canzler leads the league in home runs and rbis while Colvin is 4th in home runs and 2nd in rbis!

It does look like Ty Colvin has progressively adapted from metal to wood bats.

Congrats to the Boise Hawks!

The Hawks will host the Salem Keizer Volcanoes in the first game of the Northwest League Championship Series on Thursday September 7th with Game 2 on Friday September 8th. Games 3, and Games 4 and 5, if necessary, will be played at Salem-Kaiser.

Salem is the Giants rookie league entry.

http://tinyurl.com/oyp27

um, don't most FA's sign in Dec & January? Generally only players who are of no consequence or those staying with his original club sign in October. It's going to be a long 4 months which should lead into an even longer winter after another Hendry/Tribune FA signing letdown.

I'll watch every game I can just to see whether it was Derrick or Dusty at the heart of the slide. Either way I can't give up on my cubs..

Major college programs need to switch to wooden bats.

I hear what you're saying ... but you chose to be a Cubs blogger. We didn't. If you can't handle it, find someone who can. There's plenty to write about. This is a weak-ass shitty copout on your part.

I put 1060 West's url in here not because I contribute to that blog but because despite their disgust with the season before it began, they don't take the easy cop-out to blogging the Cubs.

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  • Classic ending, about 12:11 AM, CST. 5 hours, 3 minutes. Both teams have bases loaded, no out situations in the last inning.

    Magic #19.

    Last man on the bench, Montero gets it done.

    Cubster 8 hours 1 min ago view
  • This fucking game

    Baez lucky to not have hurt his hand with headfirst slide on play at plate in 12th inning.

    Rob G. 8 hours 57 min ago view
  • #$@!$!@$!@$#@!$@!$!@#!@!

    SOLER POWER!

    crunch 10 hours 2 min ago view
  • Maddon's master plan to challenge his offense to improve on coming from behind late in games is working amazingly.

    Rob G. 10 hours 35 min ago view
  • Everyone remember Starlin Castro dropping or misplaying just about every ball near second base that involved a tag?

    Javier Baez is the opposite of that.

    Rob G. 10 hours 44 min ago view
  • on the wild pitch thing, did they really call that a wild pitch on Jansen that Heyward scored on Friday? If so, I don't know what a passed ball is anymore.

    Rob G. 10 hours 47 min ago view
  • Let's see -- up 3-0, at home, Jake on the mound annnnd....compare and contrast 2015 to 2016. Bleh.

    Hopefully, the Pirates will uncork a series of 9th inning wild pitches.

    billybucks 10 hours 51 min ago view
  • modern media

    @BNightengale: Former #MLB pitcher Dan Haren will be throwing to Tim Tebow tomorrow during his tryout in LA, he announced.

     [email protected](dan haren): @BNightengale nope, I was offered the opportunity and declined.

     @ithrow88 Oh and memo to my agent, @bvanwagenen: Pitching to Tim Tebow tomorrow DOES NOT count as getting me a real job offer.

    Rob G. 11 hours 10 min ago view
  • I think the Cub Reporter should be politics free.
    ---
    Build Bridges. Don't anyone dare pull out a trump card.

    Cubster 11 hours 18 min ago view
  • The Cub offense is in on the con.

    1-for-10 so far w/RISP.

    billybucks 11 hours 23 min ago view
  • swing and a miss.

    i'm gonna like...go stand over there. *points*

    crunch 11 hours 24 min ago view
  • This is all a long con by Arrieta to lull playoff opponents.

    Rob G. 11 hours 27 min ago view
  • the factual correction on your mistakes on your post that I barely bothered to read the first time because it had nothing to do with anything I wanted to talk about is indeed a sign of my degenerative brain condition. I appreciate the safety tip and will be looking into with extreme urgency now.

    Rob G. 11 hours 50 min ago view
  • it took you 4 posts to get to this?

    have you checked the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector?

    #droppingknowledge #savinglives

    crunch 12 hours 15 min ago view
  • Fwiw, Billy Hamilton's actual WAR numbers that relate to the ones that I posted for Mike Trout are:

    • 2014: 2.5
    • 2015: 1.0
    • 2016: 2.6

    But by all means #crunchsplain on the stupidity of WAR while exaggerating your points. I can't wait to read more.

    Rob G. 12 hours 20 min ago view
  • jacos 12 hours 20 min ago view