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...


Dear Cubs,

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

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:

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.

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 "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?,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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  • Clayton Richard is absolutely, positively NOT a free-agent.

    Richard came into the 2015 season with 5+070 days of MLB Service Time, so he only needed to accrue 102 days of MLB Service Time during the 2015 MLB regular season to qualify as an Article XX-B MLB free-agent post-2015.  However,  he spent the first three months of the season at AAA Indianapolis (the Pirates AAA affiliate) and so he did not accrue any MLB Service Time during that period of time. 

  • Did they ever say or who the PTBNL or cash decision on Rodney was or who was the PTBNL in the Austin Jackson deal was yet? Neither was worth whatever they gave up. Cahill and Richard were the only two good "deadline" deals they made. Hunter (given Lake was the odd man out by far and taking up a roster spot) and Haren weren't worth it.

  • says he is, site says he's a Cub, great cooperation between the 2 sites, weird

  • The drafting of Shea at #1 was a sign of things to come -- an undersized white linebacker who's not particularly fast; lets make him an NFL defensive end! Just idiotic. When the best thing you can say about your #1 pick is that he has a "high motor", that's a problem...that's what you should say about late-round picks.

  • Not AZ PHIL but after being DFA'd by the Cubs (after they got him from the Pirates in the "I get a chance in the Majors clause"), the Cubs re-signed him for the remainder of the season. I do not believe service time is an issue for him, so he is eligible to opt for Major League Free Agency - which he is doing and the Cubs or someone else will sign him to an MLB deal. AZ PHIL please correct this if you see fit - but that is the most current info that I'm aware of.

  • To also be fair to Emery, wtf do you draft Shea McLellin as a #1, Jonathan Bostic in the same draft, let Peppers go in lieu of signing Jared Shit-Head, Brandon Hardin, Evan Rodriguez, Isiah Frey, on and on...

    I will give him credit for Kyle Long - who is like my favorite player (what does THAT say about the team - but he did throw in the 90's as a former pitcher), and Jeffrey.

  • Geo Soto leaves the WSux and signs with the Angels who lost Chris Ianetta to the Mariners.

    Freed... The Angels also promoted Bobby Scales from director of player development to special assistant

  • AZ PHIL- Is Clayton Richard a free agent or not? One site I see he is, on another no. MLB has him listed as a free agent, Cot's contracts says he is a FA, baseball-reference says he's not, but Cubs have him on active roster. I know that he is just short of MLB 6 years service by just like 15 days, but that doesn't always matter.

  • Except that he gave up Russell and McKinney for a half-season of Hammel...

  • Beane cam at least point and laugh at Hammel.

  • The genius Angelo traded Olsen at Martzs request

  • Maybe Theo will sign Shark just so he can call Billy Beane and say: "Let's see...Russell? Check. McKinney? Check. Hammel? Check. Ninja? Check. Any other deals?"

  • To be fair to Emery and Trestman the foreshadowing of last year started happening well before them with the failure or mismanaging of multiple draft classes forcing the team to overspend in a free agency market that is even worse than baseball. Kyle Long seems like a good pick but they traded away another good one in Olson because of Martz's stupidity and inability to change his offense to fit the team talent.

  • HAGSAG: I think Domonic Brown does fit the criteria of a reclamation project, but unless he is willing to accept a minor league contract with an NRI to Spring Training, I don't think the Cubs would be interested given where the Cubs are right now. A couple of years ago? Yes. But probably not now.

    Brown would be better-off going to a club that is rebuilding and re-establish his value there, like Chris Coghlan did with the Cubs. And if he can re-establish his value, he could get traded to a contender at the trade deadline and take it from there.  

  • "they just fade away"

    (Except in the cases of no-fade lefties like Moyer, Orosco and Rich Hill.)

  • Amazing to me how quickly it fell apart under Trestman. Year 1, they were a Chris Conte brain fart away from making the playoffs. Year 2 -- coach, staff and GM all fired.