An Official TCR Apology…

...to Tony LaRussa and the team formerly known as the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals, for all the untoward things the writers and readers of this site have ever written, implied, or even thought about you. (All those Red Schoendienst jokes were WAY out of line.) We couldn’t have reduced our magic number to 3 tonight without you. In fact, if we drop a few more turds like this one, we might not be able to reduce it any more without additional third-party help. Anyway, thanks for the helping hand. (And getting Yost tossed? Nice touch.)
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thank you
i did not have to hit the i am worried
button tonite.

although i have heard the cubs like to
clinch on saturday see 2003

The Brewers are so stupid. They threw a retaliation ball at Puljos in the 8th. Leads to 4 runs and a loss. Talk about foolish pride. Yost in his post game presser said it just got away from his pitcher, yet Turnbow was warming up. What an stupid stupid stupid team.

Thanks for that gift!

go cards go!
go cards go!
hey st louis what do you say?
cards are gonna win today!

We are really lucky Milwaukee is stupid because right now, we stink!.

Go magic number Go!

"Let the magic number reduction begin. Please."

Amen, Cubnut...

Please let's not get swept by the Marlins this season.

kjk....I think that might border on blasphemy =P

"We are really lucky Milwaukee is stupid because right now, we stink!."

We've still won 10 of 14 games...I'm not going to start worrying about the team spiraling down until/unless we get swept tomorrow.

We lose tomorrow, then I'm on board with the idea of hoping we stink less than the Brewers the final few games.

"We lose tomorrow, then I’m on board with the idea of hoping we stink less than the Brewers the final few games."

I hope we stink less than the brewer no matter the outcome of tonights game.

FWIW, i think tonights loss by milwaukee will take some pressure off our boys.

Daaaaaang. Yost tossed again?

Well said, Cubnut.

And if we win the division I say we chip in and buy LaRussa a new pair of glasses.

#5 cwtp-
We are really lucky Milwaukee is stupid because right now, we stink!.

in the dictionary, stink finished ahead of stupid. let us see if the cubs can duplicate that.

(typed slowly, with many crossed fingers.)

kjk….I think that might border on blasphemy =P
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that song was written by little known evil twin brother of Steve Goodman (Scott Ire Goodman)...never did get much listening though.

"And if we win the division I say we chip in and buy LaRussa a new pair of glasses."

Go transitional lenses!

LaRussa, master of the IHBP... Much more effective than a IBB cause the other guy loses a player later, a PTBEL.

Trib:

"Piniella said he would go with Jason Kendall behind the plate in at least four of the last five games, opting for experience over youth in bypassing rookie Geovany Soto."

Kendall's experience has helped him be right down there with Theriot as the weakest hitters in September. It probably won't cost the Cubs a playoff spot, but still.

Let's never thank the Birds. For anything. Especially not for Marquis. He was horrible last night.

Agreed, Ron Galt. And it sure hasn't helped him throw out more runners than Soto, either.

And not only has Theriot been one of the worst hitters in Sept., but he has the lowest average and OPS of anyone else in the starting lineup, and his OBP ranks second to last, ahead of only JJ.

If that doesn't say "bat me eighth!", I don't know what does.

was lou yelling and swearing at matt sinatro
last nite,i guess the umpire had to enjoy
that, no way was soriano out.
lou was very animated ,i tv they said
that he usauallly does not stand till 6th inning,
but he was up for the whole game.

I am not hitting the panic button yet.

One fateful day in October 2003, DC Tom put a bottle of champagne (Perrier Jouet) in his refrigerator during the seventh inning. There the bottle remained for an hour, from which a melancholy DC Tom quietly took it out and placed in a cabinet.

Two household moves later, the bottle remains in my possession. I have kept it in front, so it mocks me each time I open the cabinet.

I am now convinced that bottle is the reason we cannot beat the Marlins. I have until 3 pm CDT today to figure out how to dispose of it. Suggestions?

You could always slap an asterisk on it and send it to Cooperstown.

Um, I'd probably drink it. But I'd never let a good (or shitty) bottle of liquor die an unconsumed death.

Unrelated, I'd like to say something to Steve Trachsel:

Your team is only as good as your next day's starting pitcher. Since you're pitching today, you guys suck something fierce."

I like the asterisk idea, but now I'm thinking of sauteing a game fish in it for an early dinner around 3 pm central.

Random, but interesting, from The Hardball Times:

As noted on the STATS blog, the Cubs have led the major leagues in strikeouts each of the last six years, tying the major league record (the 1903-08 Athletics and 1958-63 Dodgers accomplished the same feat).

As of Wednesday, the Cubs are third in the majors in strikeouts, with 1,174 K's, only slightly behind the Mets (1,082) and Padres (1,081). The race for this record could go down to the last day, and I'll bet there isn't a single Cubs fan who cares.

From the Trib:

Trachsel already was feeling a little tight under the collar after Wednesday's loss, shouting expletives at the media from the other side of the clubhouse.

http://preview.tinyurl.com/37yj3x

Am I late to this? What's the story behind the Traxphemy?

His hitting aside, I wish someone would explain to me why Kendall thinks that a hanging slider, ordinarily a perfectly good pitch on 0 and 0 (since non-hackers don't like to swing at first-pitch breaking balls) is a good thing to try again on 0 and 1. To me, it's like telling Cabrera, study this one and then pound the next one.

You don't have to be a former minor league pitcher to know that the next slider Cabrera saw should have been out of the strike zone on strike two.

I wish someone would explain to me why Kendall thinks that a hanging slider, ordinarily a perfectly good pitch on 0 and 0 (since non-hackers don’t like to swing at first-pitch breaking balls) is a good thing to try again on 0 and 1.

Um... catchers don't call "hanging sliders."

Marquis . . . was horrible last night.

I only watched the bottom of the second, when the Marlins did most of the damage. I watched it after the game was over, and I expected to see Marquis pitch poorly and DeRosa make a big error.

Actually, Marquis served up what looked like a double-play grounder that would have ended the inning with no runs. And DeRosa's "errant" throw to second was not really off the mark.

What happened was that the baserunner, Alejandro de Aza, got to second so quickly that Theriot had to hurry past the bag in order to get off a relay throw. Theriot had left second behind him by the time DeRosa's flip got there. It was more Theriot's error than DeRosa's, but more than anything it was de Aza doing with his legs what he hasn't been able to do with his bat lately, keeping an inning alive.

Ah, youth! Our rapidly aging leadoff man doesn't run the bases so well.

Or, as Rob said recently, "The Marlins are young. Let's be like them."

Ah, youth! Our rapidly aging leadoff man doesn’t run the bases so well.

Aging? Or maybe he is just not 100% healthy.

Or, as Rob said recently, “The Marlins are young. Let’s be like them.”

Then go be a Marlins fan with their worst record in the National League. Their youth is really getting them far.

#20
DC Tom-
I have until 3 pm CDT today to figure out how to dispose of it. Suggestions?

please hop on the next commuter special flight to miami, bottle in tow, and hit trachsel in the hand with it. repeatedly.

or, pour the champagne out, and head for a nearby thunderstorm. catch some lightning in the empty bottle, and fed-ex it to cincy; the cubs will need all possible sources of assistance the next few days.

or, pour the champagne out, and head for a nearby thunderstorm. catch some lightning in the empty bottle, and fed-ex it to cincy

lol. well played.

Um… catchers don’t call “hanging sliders.”

Shoulda shook him off, dave.

Trachsel in 2007 = Estes in 2003. Believe.

"please hop on the next commuter special flight to miami, bottle in tow, and hit trachsel in the hand with it. repeatedly."

I wouldn't board a flight with that bottle in my hands.

Don't look now, but ignore the wildcard the Cubs have the largest lead in the NL.

As of Wednesday, the Cubs are third in the majors in strikeouts, with 1,174 K’s, only slightly behind the Mets (1,082) and Padres (1,081).

I am no math genius, but I think that 1174 is greater than both 1082 and 1081. I posted about this last week (and got it right).

Yeah, Neal, I noticed that, too... forget it, he's on a roll...

Thanks, dc60124. Doubt I could get to Dolphin Stadium in time to wallop Traschel. But I might could get to Cincy in time to nail Arroyo and Harang in succession. And there are thunderstorms over Ohio right now...

(I blame Wes's catcher for calling too many "hanging sliders" and Wes being the impressionable youth throwing them, and that's the only reason he's not in the big leagues right now.)

and Wes being the impressionable youth throwing them

Stupid Crash Davis. grumble grumble told him it was coming grumble grumble hit bull win steak etc

so is it ok to cheer for michael barrett
the next four days?

No way should Trachsel be pitching today. It should be Rich Hill today and Carlos Zambrano tomorow (both would be pitching on four-days rest), and then see where things stand after that. And Geovany Soto should be catching. The Cubs need his slugging and his arm.

I am no math genius, but I think that 1174 is greater than both 1082 and 1081. I posted about this last week (and got it right).

and

Yeah, Neal, I noticed that, too… forget it, he’s on a roll…

I didn't create the information. I just copied and pasted from THT.

Here are the actual numbers for the top ten teams in MLB in K's:

1- Chicago Cubs - 1181
2- Tampa Bay - 1159
3- LA Dodgers - 1158
4- Milwaukee - 1142
5- LA Angels - 1141
6- Florida - 1118
7- Boston - 1110
8- NY Mets - 1087
9- San Diego - 1081
10- Atlanta - 1077

Oh I really meant to post:

Screw the Cardinals. They should apologize to us for dropping the first two with their 'best' pitchers on the mound.

so is it ok to cheer for michael barrett
the next four days?

I think so, but no matter what happens, it will be his fault.

I think so, but no matter what happens, it will be his fault.

And the season comes full circle...

hopefully he will scrape himself off the
bench and actually play

I was watching last nights beat down in Miami with my 9 year old son. In the 8th inning he calmly said with a bit of frustration, “There should be no such thing as the Chicago Cubs”. I was thinking, “No kidding”. Instead I just shrugged and finished watching the inevitable conclusion to the story.

"No way should Trachsel be pitching today. It should be Rich Hill today and Carlos Zambrano tomorow (both would be pitching on four-days rest), and then see where things stand after that."

Is it written in stone that Trachsel will trot out there today? I remember reading yesterday morning some quotes that sounded like Lou was hedging a little bit. He said after last night's game that they would go out and win today. Maybe he had something in mind...or maybe he just thinks Trachsel will get it done. Scary.

Funny that Trachsel was cussing at the media in the club house last night. Even more funny that the media feels the need to report it.

...and the Cubs are going to be facing a lefty that they have not seen much of... Seems like a recipe for eight innings of one-hit ball to me...

Theriot might be hitting abysmally in September, but I recall Len Kasper saying he hit something like .390 during the homestand. Albeit that was what, 6 games? But still it could be a sign he was coming out of his slump.

Theriot is hurtin - I seem to recall him haveing back spasms recently and wornder if that has something to do with his poor performance at the plate.

I don't get the Kendall decsion at all. Soto's bat is just too valuable to give up, and Kendall's 2-52 CS (or whatever it is now) is just pathetic.

Soto seemed to be doing just fine behind th plate, why bench a bat like that in such important games, against two teams that score a lot of runs.

Just heard Scott Eyre on the radio. Cubs rookies getting hazed after the game today - some costumes include Raggedy Ann and Andy (probably , Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Robin and a female mountie.

Trying to get home by 3 ....

Hopefully the hazing will loosen this team up a bit. Some of the guys definitely look a bit tight and maybe even a bit scared. Please let's win the next two and maybe clinch before Saturday.

Maybe our hopes have come to this: Scott Olsen, from Crystal Lake, pitched at Crystal Lake South where I was a scrub centerfielder a few years before.

Olsen is a die-hard Cubs fan (and a bit of an a'hole) and was in the throng of people outside Wrigley on Waveland ready to explode when the Cubs clinched the NLCS. This was the Gonzalez game, or the Prior game, or the You Don't Put a Pitcher in the Game Who Struggles With Control To Intentionally Walk the First Batter He Faces game and the celebration never happened.

He was torn on who to root for, his boyhood favorite or the team that drafted him.

Maybe today nostalgia will render his left arm useless, throwing BP fastballs and hanging sliders.

Maybe...please...

Hate to do this, but there is an interesting article on Baseball Prospectus today on the "worst collapses" of teams not making the playoffs, based on the playoff probability runs they have done for current year and historically.

1969 Cubs comes in as 5th worst collapse in history, with 97.9% chance of making playoffs on August 19. 1951 Dodgers collapse to Giants was second worst, 99.74% chance on August 12. 1995 California Angels had 99.988% chance of winning on August 20 and lost, they have that as the worst collapse.

We should be happy to know that the Unmentionable would not break the top 10. But if the Mets miss--and that is more likely now than the Unmentionable--it would rank as the No. 2 collapse of all time, as they had a 99.8% chance of making playoffs on September 12. And you could certainly argue that since that collapse would have occurred in two weeks, it is worse than the 1995 Angels, whose collapse took six weeks.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php...

Feel good numbers of the day, latest BP Playoff Odds:

Cubs chances of winning division: 89.84%, up 3.96% from yesterday
Brewers: 10.16%, down essentially the same 3.96%

Interestingly, the last few days of the Playoff Odds Report has shown a big increase in likelihood of a tie for the NL Wild Card, right now the projections show a 2-in-3 chance of there being some kind of tie for the NL Wild Card. And even a nontrivial 23.6% chance of there being a three-way, four-way or even five-way tie (the five-way tie consisting of ties for division titles as well, e.g., Mets, Phils, D-backs, Padres and Rockies all having the very same record).

I know that if there is a tie for division championship, the do not have a playoff game if both teams would make the playoffs. But if there is a four- or five-way that involves at least one tied division championships, you're talking possibility of multiple playoff games...holy cow.

So I see the photo they have Trachsel throwing a pitch on the front page of the cubs website. The only person I can think that he looks like is this guy:

http://www.jeffreykishner.com/movies/uploaded...

Does anyone else have this awful feeling that the guy on the Brewers website was right about the impending Cubs collapse?

Here's a reason to hope the Cubs clinch on Friday: Saturday's game is going to be blacked out in Chicago!

According to the FOX contract, a team can only be shown on Fox 9 times in a regular season, and this will be the Cubs 10th appearance. That means the game will be Blacked Out in the Cubs Home Market.

I'd give you a link, but I don't think it has been reported anywhere else yet...

DC TOM: "Hate to do this..."

Then WHY did you?

do we really nee to be reminded?

Come on.

Re: #58

No, Jace...I don't have that feeling.

E-Man,

Well, I posted it because I thought it was interesting and figured that others would too. And I found it moderately reassuring. Especially because it made me feel glad that I wasn't a Met fan today.

Let's just tell Trachsel his starting lineup tonight is:

Johnson CF
Morandini 2b
Sosa RF
Rodriguez lf
Gaetti 3b
Houston c
Hernandez C

and it is 1998...we should be fine...

Bleeding Blue,

I believe WGN will also carry the game on Saturday.

Can they black out WGN in Chicago if they choose to broadcast it as well?

Yea Wes - I believe that WGN is carrying the game precisely because it cannot be on Fox.

I'm with the people who think it's still going to happen, and when it does, it will happen quickly. Cubs clinch Friday, that sort of thing.

This team has a lot of talent. Talent is good even on the bench, because it makes the starters play better.

And you never know what Lou's thinking, or what he's going to do. Soto could go in the first time Trachsel is up with men on base, and stay in the game.

We could see the bullpen early, the defensive outfield early. Just get an early lead for a change.

"Does anyone else have this awful feeling that the guy on the Brewers website was right about the impending Cubs collapse?"

No. I think the Cubs will win 2 of the next 4 and and the Brewers will drop one to the Pads.

Pretty reasonable. Tell you this much, I'd much be in the position the Cubs are in rather than the one the Brewers are in.

I'ma go yard today. I like to hit that long ball.

Just get an early lead for a change.

Didn't the Cubs have an early lead last night?

The Cubs have had early leads in 3 of the last 4 games.

An offense often goes as its leadoff man goes. My boy Sori is streaky.

I hit further down in the order where I get those sweet RBI's.

I'm scared.

Muskat saying that Trachsel getting the start because he was 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA against Florida last year.

Says that Kendall could start, not would.

I know it's dumb to be thinking about next year, but I can't help it... bad habit from being a Cubs fan for 20 years!

Anyway, after watching the Marlins the past few games, I can't help but wonder what it would take to get Cabrera, who will be in a FA in 09 if I'm not mistaken, from the Marlins this offseason. FL ownership being the tight-asses they are, I can't imagine them wanting to fork out the $10+ mil that he'll be getting via arbitration next year. He'd be a wet dream in one of the corner outfield spots.

Len mentioned it the other night that the Saturday game will be on WGN.

For my money it just doesn't get any funnier than when some posts on behalf of Craig Monroe.

Hits lower in the order...ha, ha!!!

I think Saturday is the most likely day for us to clinch. We would need 3 of 4 games to go our way to clinch on Friday. Certainly possible, but fully dependent on our game today.

As long as the Magic # is 2 by the end of tonight, I'm happy and comfortable.

That sort of makes sense, I've just been dealing with Fox people who said it would be blacked out.

I thought Fox had exculsive rights to all MLB games on Saturday afternoon, so I'm not sure how WGN is allowed to show this one.

I guess this will be win/win, because most FOX stations affected by the blackout will be showing the Brewers/Padres.

for those that care...TBS-HD will be added to Cablevision within the week, supposedly.

Bleeding, I don't remember for sure, but I believe the same exact thing may have happened in 2003, where Fox picked up one of the DH games, but had to black it out locally, so it was carried on WGN.

I'm sure there is a provision where the game can be carried on a different station in the home market if it exceeds the game limit for FOX.

Just as long as it is carried on WGN nationally, I'll be happy, because I'm sure the Padres/Brewers game will be carried on FOX here in LA (If Angels and Dodgers aren't being carried)

If we lose today and the Brewers win, all bets are off. The collective collars will tighten up appreciably if that happens.

gordon "heavyfoot" wittenmeyer at ye olde sun-times reporting that soto/hart **COULD BE** on the postseason roster...no idea how that plays out logisitically, but it may have a lot to do with prior/pagan.

I think there is a 100% chance Soto will be on the playoff roster. They need two catchers, and considering Blanco hasn't played since 1867, I'm sure it will be Soto.

Hart probably depends on how many pitchers we carry...but he certainly has earned himself a spot.

no idea how that plays out logisitically, but it may have a lot to do with prior/pagan.

Crunch... as AZ Phil has stated a few times, a player who is on the DL can be replaced on the playoff roster by any player who was in the Cubs organization on August 31.

I still don't really see Hart getting on the roster, but it is possible. Here are the pitchers that I see making the roster for sure:

Z
Lilly
Hill
Marquis
Dempster
Howry
Marmol
Eyre

Then I would think that Wood and Wuertz bring the total up to ten.

If you take 11 pitchers, you have to choose between:

Hart
Marshall
Trachsel
Ohman

Hart is definitely a possibility of those four, but it will depend on how badly Lou wants another lefty.

You guys think we're nervous... imagine being a Mets fan...

Soto seems like a lock at this point. Hart probably throwing as well as anyone in the pen. Seems to be a 3-horse race between Wood, Wuertz and Hart for 2 spots unless Trachsel throws a gem today.

you know, if we're so lucky to make the playoffs.

Gawwwd...I can't even sleep at my job with all this stress.

One thingsI've noticed? You regulars on TCR aren't pouring out the negativity about lineups, players, etc...like you were for awhile. There was a theme...a reverse hex...come on guys!!!!

for those of you who can't get a TV feed of the game, there is Dolphin Stadium webcam!

if you hit the timelapse link, it appears to update only once an hour. Certainly a less stressful way to watch the game.

I have a good feeling about today's game.

Ah, there's the lineup...
I was fine until I saw Trachsel at the bottom there. Craptastic!! Is all I have to say.

What happened was that the baserunner, Alejandro de Aza, got to second so quickly that Theriot had to hurry past the bag in order to get off a relay throw. Theriot had left second behind him by the time DeRosa’s flip got there. It was more Theriot’s error than DeRosa’s, but more than anything it was de Aza doing with his legs what he hasn’t been able to do with his bat lately, keeping an inning alive.

actually Theriot just slipped on the wet dirt, but you seem to see games in a whole different way than the rest of the world.

Or, as Rob said recently, “The Marlins are young. Let’s be like them.”
Yeah, 90 losses and playing for pride. But they're YOUNG!!!!

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