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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  • The Cubs have released RHRP Scott Frazier (2013 7th round dfraft pick - Pepperdine).

    A Cubs pitching coach told me in Spring Training 2014 that he thought Frazier had the best pure stuff in the organization. Absolutely electric fastball & breaking ball combo. Other pitchers would gather behind the screen just to watch him throw "live" BP. That's how amazing he was. 

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 29 min ago view
  • Got a chance to see Diamondbacks RHSP Zack Greinke (15-day DL - strained oblique) throw a rehab start at Sloan Park Friday night. Four of the first seven AZL Cubs hitters singled and the Cubs did score an unearned run in the bottom of the 1st inning, but then Greinke got serious and struck out five in a row.

    ZACK GREINKE: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 4/0 GO/AO, 49 pitches (34 strikes)

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 44 min ago view
  • Eloy Jimenez grand slam tonight. Hoping Soler power returns and gets hot but future looks bright in the outfield regardless.

    Eric S 5 hours 55 min ago view
  • Have fun - It may be good for Arrieta to be facing a team that doesn't know him as well as the NL teams. A nice shutout would do wonders for his confidence. He is confident in public but baseball is hard and he could use a boost, I'm sure.

    Old and Blue 6 hours 35 min ago view
  • Me too. I'll be at the game tomorrow and would love to see Good Arrieta.

    Brick 7 hours 34 sec ago view
  • Last few games have been the April version of the Cubs that disappeared completely the past two months.
    Hope they can sustain it.

    blockhead25 7 hours 27 min ago view
  • Don't sell yourself short, Judge.

    Jackstraw 7 hours 54 min ago view
  • I love this team.

    Looks like Mother Nature is trying to call this fight.

    Rob Richardson 9 hours 22 min ago view
  • Hey! I remember this team!

    billybucks 9 hours 30 min ago view
  • The key for Heyward's offense: get early leads. Heard a stat on Mike & Mike on the way to work that his avg/power much better this year when the Cubs have the lead. And true to form he gets the two run dinger with Cubs winning 3-0 ...

    Eric S 10 hours 57 min ago view
  • I'm sorry - I was probably not looking at the correct line, or spot, or...who knows!

    I could blame it on the weed, but I stopped smoking many years ago.

    Fortunately, I can rely on the rest of you sober and astute folks to bring the correct info forth.

    The E-Man 11 hours 24 min ago view
  • Oh yeah! It just felt like one for some reason.

    Old and Blue 12 hours 30 min ago view
  • Agreed. I was not including Fowler or Heyward.

    I'm just not a fan of 2016 Coghlan.....

    Dusty Baylor 12 hours 37 min ago view
  • @Dusty Contreras if it's a Lester or Arrieta start. TLS is good PH too. You also forgot about Heyward, assume Fowler is CF.

    chitownmvp01 12 hours 38 min ago view
  • I expect Soler to get optioned as well when activated and Cahill to replace Grimm. It wouldn't surprise me if Coghlan and/or Soler is included in a trade.

    Maybe Coghlan is up to see if he can get on track before someone acquires him.

    This move could also be to assure that we have as much OF depth as possible to maximize Joe's ability to rest players in September once we've clinched.

    chitownmvp01 12 hours 40 min ago view
  • Maddon basically said as much...Fowler still kind of sore, they're being proactive, etc.

    Tito 12 hours 42 min ago view