TCR Friday Notes (presented by OfficeMax)

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Soto gets knocked over by Weeks
Observations from the first three games:

  • A bad idea is a bad idea and I'm glad Lou doesn't take 20 games to come to these conclusions. Theriot batting leadoff was just never a good idea and Soriano batting second is even a worse idea. Soriano doesn't have the patience or bat control needed for that spot and Theriot doesn't get on nearly enough that it's going to help the teams bottom line - scoring runs. Kudos to Lou to for the willingness to admit his mistake quickly and moving on just as quickly.
  • Has Geovany Soto been listening to Henry Blanco or did he dust-off a copy of "Michael Barrett's Defensive Drills for Catchers"? It's never good when between you and Jason Kendall, Kendall looks like the better defensive backstop.
  • While legal, Weeks took one heckuva cheap shot at Soto. I'm not sure if Weeks was just angry at getting plunked a few times, but he's made a career of getting hit by pitches, so he needs to get over it quick. As for the play itself, the ball wasn't all that close to Soto and it wouldn't have taken any effort by Weeks to go around him. I'm frankly shocked that the Cubs didn't retaliate later in the game. On the other hand, we needed the win pretty badly and maybe it's best to save that for down the road.
  • This Fukudome character is pretty good.

- I'm a bit surprised people are buying into this story from Moises Alou that he wouldn't have caught the infamous Bartman ball. Let's compare and contrast:

(The night of the game)

"I timed it perfectly, I jumped perfectly. I'm almost 100 percent that
I had a clean shot to catch the ball. All of a sudden, there's a hand
on my glove."

(4+ years later)

"Everywhere I play, even now, people still yell, 'Bartman!
Bartman!' I feel really bad for the kid," Alou told Associated Press
columnist Jim Litke.

"You know what the funny thing is?" he added a moment later. "I wouldn't have caught it, anyway."

Maybe he was just caught up in the heat of the moment that night and disappointed about the outcome, but I think it's far more likely that his memory of the event was a bit clearer just a few hours removed than four and a half years later. Personally, it just sounds like Alou's trying to be gentlemanly about it all and try and cut poor Bartman a break.

- Finally, the folks at have started a new website called "Keep It Wrigley". The name says it all, so head on over and sign the petition to lend your support in keeping corporate naming rights where they belong, in the hands of the Wrigley corporation.






I think we're going to see a new Lou Piniella this year, and his reaction to questions about the lineup change is a preview. I think he's going to be more assertive, less jocular with the press, and more publicly dissatisfied if the team doesn't play well right out of the gate. This will partly be the result of his having a year under his belt in Chicago and partly a reflection of the urgency he feels about the team needing not to give a Brewers a big early advantage.

didnt he do the same thing last year along with bitching about how he's not got enough pen while burning through 70-90 pitch starter outtings?

The Weeks play was definitely a cheap shot. He clearly went out of his way to pop Soto.

Have to defend Weeks here. He doesn't know where the ball is, so if he thinks he's in danger of getting tagged out if he side-steps Soto, Weeks' best option is to knock Soto over. I think if the shoe were on the other foot and a Cub had bowled over Kendall in the same situation, you wouldn't find it objectionable.

sure I'd find it objectionable...

most runners sneak a peak at the throw, but even if he didn't, he should be looking at the on-deck batter to tell him what to do, which certainly wasn't bowl Soto over. You can also get a sense by the catcher if he's ready to catch the ball and Soto was definitely not gearing up for a play at the plate there.



No, I would. It was a cheap play, I don't care who did it. He went out of his way to nail him and clearly saw that Soto did not have a play on him.

The Cubs have been done by many cheap plays over the past couple/few years and did nothing to retaliate. Berkman's fake beaning and Carlos Lee's leg whip come to mind. I didn't mind the play by Weeks nowhere as bad as the others I mentioned. But if the Cubs had a problem with it, pay them back or be prepared to keep having things like that happen to you. I still blame Baker for not going after HOU or MIL in thos other situations.

It seems that managers haven't forgotten Baker's do nothing attitude.

Philadelphia was throwing at Reds batters all night tonight and Dusty just stood there toothpicking.

bullet point 1: When someone is making the kind of money Soriano is, no matter where in the lineup he is he better produce. And the Cubs have been searching for a leadoff man since when? Bobby Dernier?

bullet point 2:

Hard to get too worked about Soto after how he looked last year. Being given the job may have freaked him out a bit. He'll get over it.

bullet point 3: Soto took it like a man.

bullet point 4: Soriano makes a lot more than him, and guess which one is gonna be more valuable.

All that said, it would be a complete drag if Wrigleyville turned on Alf, so I hope he catches fire soon. He's got almost a decade-long contract, after all. I don't see any way around things getting pretty rough for him in year six or so.

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  • Imagine if Lester would just pitch nine innings every start.

  • Now that's funny coming from the board martyr.

    You made a comment about Lester not pitching deep enough into games, Rob and others dispute it, and then it devolves into more of you acting like you're being unfairly singled out.

    Classic Crunch.

  • "Therefore, the Cubs have not had ONE pitcher in the last five years that is a TOR starter waiting in the wings ..."

    It's a little scary, especially when you look over at the Mets, the one team around the league that worries me, maybe because I have clear recollections of 1969.

    Actually, the only Cub draftee since 2012 when McLeod and the new FO took over the draft who has thrown a pitch in the majors is Zack Godley. So it's not just TOR starters that we're not seeing.

  • We've got a David-Goliath type situation tonight, but you never know. In matchups like this, I always remember that Sergio Mitre v. Roy Halladay game the Cubs won at home several years ago.

  • I am going tonight, so I am not ok with that.

    But, maybe Hendrix will give his patented solid 5 before Richard or Wood comes in...

    One can hope.

  • if you save the lumber from your constant trips to the cross you can build your very own safe space to view my posts.

  • @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.