TCR Friday Notes
- As one astute reader noticed - replacing the big bat of Alfonso Soriano with Mike Fontenot has all the makings of replacing Derrek Lee's bat in 2006 with Neifi Perez. After today's showing, it's hard to see if Eric Patterson is much better.. But with two lefties scheduled after today, I think it's time to (wait for it)....Free Matt Murton!
Some site notes after the jump...
- You've asked, we listened...you can now access The Cub Reporter with your mobile phone a whole lot easier. If you try to visit us on your cellphone it should now automatically detect that and redirect you to the stripped down version of the site.You can also just bookmark the following link: http://thecubreporter.mofuse.mobi (or preview how it'll look on your cellphone by visitng that link). Or just enter your cellphone number below and you'll get an SMS message, not that I'm actually sure what that is, and you should be able to bookmark the site once you receive that message.
You should be able to read the posts a whole lot easier and you can access the comments as well. It gets a little trickier after that and I wasn't able to log-in and post a comment, but I could read the site a lot easier. Now I'm not sure how it works with an I-phone, so if you own one and it automatically redirects you and you would prefer the normal site, let me know. I think a little link shows up that lets you view the normal site, but if that's not working for you, drop me a note.
- You may have noticed a "Cubs Headlines" menu item up top earlier in the week. I took it down for the time being because I can only get it to work in Firefox. If you are a Firefox user (and you should be), you can still visit the page and bookmark it. Once I get the kinks out for the other browsers, I'll put the link back up. The idea behind the page is a one-stop shop for all the latest Cubs news. Headlines from all the major news outlets via Sportspyder and Rotowold, standings and the latest box score from ESPN and headlines from the Cubs blogosphere.
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2nd in defensive WAR, NL.
6th in NL in RBI
Go complain about something else, like, "they never play good against the good teams", or some other shit.
Addy really has trouble breaking through .250 BA -- after his hot streak got him to .251, he has gone 1-for-17.
Thank goodness for Jansen's 2 WP on Friday -- otherwise this would have been a sweep.
There seems to be a direct correlation with overconfidence in the Cubs offense against mediocre/young pitchers and really poor offense against mediocre/young pitchers. So, let's fear the Pirate pitchers!
Rizzo due for a power surge -- one HR in August so far. He truly does hit them in bunches.
Sometimes I'm not as supportive of Cahill as maybe I should be. There, I said it.
Rough 8th inning all around -- HBP, Cahill error, Javy's poor decision.
Oh well - given that the Cubs didn't look like they were going to score, it's better to lose in 9 innings, save the bullpen and get changed for the PJ trip home.
Baez still learning
heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.
he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.
stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.
that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.
brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.
Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.
video of Maddon.
always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.
#Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs
Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.
Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.
Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.
I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.