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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  • Oh my! Cards down 2-1 to Reds in the bottom of the 9th -- get a leadoff triple -- and don't score!

    billybucks 2 hours 25 min ago view
  • Gameday has stopped at the top of the 8th inning. Google tells me it ended up 8-4 Pirates but I can't get further detail. Guess I'll have to wait until the Cubs' website updates...

    JoePepitone 3 hours 30 min ago view
  • Attaboy!

    billybucks 3 hours 44 min ago view
  • Phil, thanks for posting. Where do find the schedule? I have a condo in Surprise, yet I drove to Mesa and Tempe looking for a game today! Thanks!

    rvimpeny 3 hours 45 min ago view
  • Dear Baseball Gods--
    My trip to Chicago has nothing whatsoever to do with the Cubs. In actuality, I am a Red Sox fan.
    Sincerely,
    CTSteve

    CTSteve 3 hours 46 min ago view
  • Well, if Strop had to give up a run...at least he hit Sean Rodriguez to do it.

    billybucks 3 hours 54 min ago view
  • strop...stawwwp.

    jaso has a cycle and 5 rbis...pit leads by 4.

    crunch 4 hours 6 min ago view
  • have a nice bowl of pizza soup deep dish pizza...or a leisurely walk around the notorious south-side (bring money)...shopping at one of the walmart supercenters...waiting in line to waste $20 at willis tower...

    seriously, though...it's chicago, a lot to do. have a dog for lunch, a great dinner, and catch some local comedy.

    crunch 4 hours 13 min ago view
  • Strange, because he really seemed to have the Pirates number last year.

    Bummer for Jake -- I think this is the first time all year his ERA has been over 3.00, and that will be his number for the year.

    billybucks 4 hours 17 min ago view
  • Jinx remover -- your trip doesn't have to be for a baseball game -- lots of stuff to do here in town.

    billybucks 4 hours 20 min ago view
  • Guess they could always try to White Sox (and Bears...sob) approach: Never Rebuild! Seems to work pretty well for them.

    billybucks 4 hours 21 min ago view
  • 3rd time this season he's given up 6+ runs to PIT...only team he's given up 6+ runs to this season.

    7 runs is the most he's given up since august 6th in colorado...in 2014.

    crunch 4 hours 51 min ago view
  • Over 100 pitches, only the 5th.

    Brick 4 hours 53 min ago view
  • coghlan out...got his cleats stuck in the wall attempting a play (failed, but looked great doing it). walking off on his own, precautionary/day-to-day looking stuff...hopefully not worse.

    also, jake arrieta is literally worse than hitler. 1-5, bottom 5. ...make that 1-6, bottom 5. ...make that 1-7, bottom 5.

    crunch 4 hours 54 min ago view
  • Coghlan crashes into wall and comes up limping, looks like left knee or ankle. Leaves game...

    Arrieta inspiring no confidence yet again.

    Rob G. 5 hours 20 sec ago view
  • from a sun-times article that I won't link to so you don't have to bear the ad-loading that will crush your browser

    When he left Boston after nine years as general manager, Epstein said he believed in the philosophy espoused by legendary football coach Bill Walsh: essentially that 10 years is a natural shelf life for a high-stress job.

    Rob G. 5 hours 2 min ago view