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!

- A quick shout-out to a new member of the Cubs Blog Army. One of our readers has started Harry and Hawk, which covers both Chicago baseball teams. You can stop by and read half the articles.

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.

- And finally, an update on our April Pledge Drive, we're up to 33 donations and $735. Thanks to everyone who has chipped in, it's much appreciated and we'll be sure to make you proud.


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Comments

So now were comparing Murton to Barney Stinson?

The Rays signed Evan Longoria to a 6 year contract with 3 option years. The guy has played 6 games in the majors. Dumb on both parts. Dumb for them to guarantee 17.5 mil to an unproven rookie, and dumb on is part. The 9 year deal, if the options are picked up, is worth a total of 44 million. He'll be complaining about this deal long before then.

http://tampabay.rays.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=...

I don't think it is dumb at all.

17.5M over 6 years is a reasonable risk for a VERY highly touted prospect.

17.5M over 6 years, with the possibility of 44M, is a good risk for Longoria, as he is set for life.

I say good deal all around.

"real deal" gets thrown around a lot in this game for guys who dont even have 100ab's in the majors...

NONETHELESS...

he's sure the hell of a better bet than jay "raw" bruce right now and you can bank that. his maturity, approach, and skills are not only there, but honed.

I agree that it's smart on both sides. The Devil Rays have some real financial hurdles to deal with in their division. If they hope to compete long term, this is what they are going to have to do. Grow their own players. Figure out who's a keeper and who isn't. And lock the right guys up as long as they can. Longoria is set in the event he turns into Mark Prior. The Rays get 3 years of Longoria's free agency for their good faith.

I still say his contract will be grossly undervalued very quickly and he'll be complaining. But my stance on players who complain about the contracts they signed is Tough Shit. Don't sign deals for that long then, Mr. Urlacher.

I concur with that paul. In fairness to Urlacher though. NFL contracts are not guaranteed (other than signing bonuses). So if he underperforms his contract. The bears can cut and run. Yet if he overperforms his contract. It becomes "tough break Brian".

what he said...

Wow, a semi-shout out in the Friday Notes. My ears are semi-burning.

http://cubs.scout.com/2/747550.html

Leon Johnson (member of the "He's White?" club) as well...

Drew Rundle going back to extended spring training (say hi AZ Phil)

Jonathan Mota to Daytona

http://deadspin.com/381459/espn-plays-to-catch-a-p...

not that I care about Tejada, but have to agree that is was pretty bush-league by ESPN. Can they just go back to showing highlights of games that aren't sponsored by something and make with the funny?

Awesome Rob... I love the Free Matt Murton line.

You are welcome to join my coalition.

You are welcome to join my coalition.

it doesn't exist if it doesn't have an official website... 

don't tempt me...

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  • 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.

    crunch 18 min 13 sec ago view
  • 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.

    crunch 1 hour 24 min ago view
  • brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.

    crunch 2 hours 13 min ago view
  • 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.

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 43 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    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.

    Rob G. 21 hours 54 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #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

    Rob G. 21 hours 59 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    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.

    Rob G. 22 hours 4 min ago view
  • great defense

    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.

    Rob G. 22 hours 16 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 22 hours 27 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 22 hours 52 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 23 hours 32 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 1 day 45 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 1 day 6 hours ago view