Recipe for a 7-1 Homestand

  • Outscore opponents 67-28 (41-9 over the last 4 games)
  • Score first in 6 of the 8 games (they won 5 of the 6 games they scored first in)
  • Out-homer your opponents 10-8
  • Hit 342/436/535 as a team
  • Walk 43 times, while only allowing 28 free passes yourself
  • Hit .389 with 21 RBI's with the bases loaded
  • Pitch to a tune of 3.25 ERA as a team
  • Hold opposing team to a 219/300/364 line
  • Bear down and hold the opposing team to 197/310/361 with men in scoring position
  • Strike out 56 batters in 72 IP (7.375 K/9)
  • Beat up on the Reds and Pirates and use that momentum to finish off the Mets

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it's a Cubs Week in Quotations all in one article...neat

Rob G.:
...Outscore opponents 67-28...

Wow.

Dear Cubs,

Small request: Can we keep playing like this through October?

Thanks,
Mr. Whipple

On an unrelated note, ESPN headline says "Bengals nix Chad offer."

Sorry to hear your football dreams have been quashed Chad.

Football dreams? I offered to blow them!

I heard Chad was trying to be the next great Bengals wide receiver, but they turned him down because he was white.

It's wonderful they had no problem with his homosexuality. I'm glad to see pro sports have come this far.

Posted my above response before I read this.

Dusty thinks guys who bleed internally are awesome players:

http://www.firejoemorgan.com/

Everyone knows Chad is a tight end anyway.

so Chad's a gay Hebrew with a mullet...a rare breed indeed.

Don't forget Republican!

even more rare...might be one of a kind

Easily forgettable.

The Cubs clogged the bases 43 times with walks and still went 7-1? How could that be? It's a paradox!

And to think that two of the wins were against Dusty...

And to think CINC is 4th in the NL in BB's with 85 (Cubs are 2nd with 91), but are somehow only 9-12.

Yeah! Dusty's great! His player's have great fundamentals!

Dusty's a hack. Were it not for him benefiting more than most during the chemical era he'd be long gone from managing. Long gone.

if you can run you dont clog the bases.

a walk is a walk...unless bengie molina's walk is compared to ichiro's walk. then you're dealing with a very real thing.

Kalk from Hardball Times does a PITCHf/x breakdown of Fukudome's start at the plate over at RotoAuthority. It's a bit geared toward fantasy but has some interesting stuff nonetheless.

http://www.rotoauthority.com/2008/04/kosuke-fukudo...

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/jon_...

not the impending perjury trial or massive headache and media blitz that would accompany signing you

that being said, it would be awesome if you could sign players for 10 day contracts like the NBA. Sign Bonds when Soriano went down and then drop him. He could jump from team to team throughout the year.

Amusing little highlight from the article:
"No team has made an offer at any price at any time. That's a simple fact,'' Bonds' agent Jeff Borris told SI.com. "At this point in time, no club has even offered the minimum salary. And even though the minimum salary wouldn't be a bona fide offer for a player of his stature, it's beyond comprehension that no team [has made] such an offer.''"

And I don't think I'd like that NBA rule, Rob. MLB teams get desperate later in the year after injuries and would spend some crazy money on stop gaps. After a while I could see all the superstars refusing long-term contracts and instead working free lance and bouncing around.

Plus, I kind of like how certain guys are identified by their team. Like Ryan Howard is a Phillie... Vlad is an Angel... A Rod is a Ranger... etc.

I can't possibly imagine anyone passing up a multi-year contract for a cheap, 10-day contract...ever. The 10 day contracts in the NBA are only used to fill-in for injured players and teams have the option to renew them or pick up the player for the whole year at the end of the 10-day deal. 

It wouldn't really change much and you can probably do something similar anyway right now by just releasing a player after 15 games or something and a minimun salary. 

Hasn't Roger Clemens auctioned his services off at midseason for like 4 year in a row?

http://www.southtownstar.com/sports/907454,042208s...

''I was open to anything,'' said Santana, whose trade to the Mets in a 4-for-1 deal in February boosted them past the Cubs as the popular favorite to win the NL pennant. ''My mind-set was if they're going to trade me, that they trade me to a team willing to do whatever it takes to win it all. It looks like they're trying to win here (in Chicago). That's what I was looking for.''

Cubs officials won't comment publicly about Santana, but privately they said they called the Twins when general manager Bill Smith put Santana on the block last winter and were told Santana wouldn't waive his no-trade clause for any team that didn't train in Florida or play on the East Coast.

Santana said Monday that nobody told him the Cubs called and that - despite the fact he makes his home in Fort Myers, Fla., where his young kids are in school - the Florida spring training issue was overblown.

''I said that would be more convenient,'' he said.

So, did the Twins lie to the Cubs or does Santana need to get on the same page with his agent?

Or, and this might be a shock to some drinking the Kool-aid, the Cubs weren't being honest about pursuing Johan.

Not again! Damn that Hendry!

Renteria already had dropped in my estimation after he clocked Fontenot in that game in Atlanta last year. Now he has sunk to the level of detestable idiot.

I think Bobby Jenks should dial up that fastball high & inside a few times this year. Let's see how he reacts under pressure.

Is that when Lilly drilled him with the first pitch?

Yes it was

If everybody recalls, Renteria delivered a forearm to Fontenot's head on a stolen base attempt immediately after reaching first on the HBP (without comment or warning by the umpires who had just tossed Lilly for the HBP). Renteria then took himself out of the game before he came up to bat again, claiming injury on the HBP. What chicken shit.

the thing that bugged me about the renteria/fontenot thing was fontenot was up as a fresh kid for the first time in a couple years and had played like 3-4 games before "the incident".

it was an opportunistic target, but rent. should have either let his pitchers handle it or go after someone who wasn't barely off the bus.

It was a cheap shot but it's not like he could have gone after Ramirez. The jerkoff slid into second.

Believe Fontenot tripled and/or homered later in that game after being bush-leagued by Renteria...

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