Around The NL Central In Five Sentences; Pie to Minors?

The Cubs get more than enough sentences around here, so here's a look at our divisional brothers:

  • Despite all of their pitching injuries, a shaky closer, and having Cesar Izturis in the lineup most days, the Cards continue to soldier on.
  • Only two NL teams have worse records over the past ten games than the 3-7 Cubs, and the Brewers, with four-homer-hittin', veggie-burger-eatin' Prince Fielder, are one of them.
  • With all of the Reds' young talent, plus Homer Bailey and Jay Bruce waiting in the wings, only a numbskull could get in the way of their becoming a very dangerous team, very soon.
  • That bargain Nate McLouth apparently struck with the devil continues to pay handsome dividends.
  • Sorry, but regardless of Kaz Matsui's contributions to the Astros' recent hot string, I cannot read or hear his name without immediately thinking of the term "anal fissure."

As for Felix Pie, Paul Sullivan writes/reports/spectulates? in the Tribune that one of the possible "changes" Lou Piniella has recently referred to could be the demotion of Felix Pie to Iowa, with Andres Torres--on a 23-game hitting streak for the I-Cubs that has lifted his average to .352--coming to Wrigley Field. Rogers points out that Pie is hitting .061 (2-for-33 with 22 K's) when the count against him gets to two strikes.

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Since their uplifting 9th inning 3-run rally against Kerry Wood and Alfonso Soriano to defeat the Cubs, the Brewers have lost 6 straight.

The Cubs, meanwhile, have basically sucked on the mound, in the field and at the plate since then.

A good homestand would be a very, very good idea.

Not Rogers--Sullivan.

Indeed. Thanks for the catch.

Don't get too excited about Andres Torres, Phil, er, Paul. He is the classic journeyman whose 20+ hitting streak is owed,in no small measure, to his bunting prowess[for which he should be accorded all due respect]. Call him Juan Pierre Light. Also, re: 'your' Iowa Cubs, Hoffpauir's return resulted in the demotion of the team's leading run producer [Jake Fox] to AA; sort of like one of Viagra's side effects being man-breasts...Kevin Hart was stretched to almost 70 pitches yesterday and whiffed six in three+ scoreless innings - no walks!

Not sure 70 pitches in 3 innings is a "woo hoo!" event....

Are the Cubs looking at Hart as a starter or a long reliever now?

Torres's numbers are pretty impressive at this point, being outmatched in average and obp by only Matt Murton in Iowa (who STILL has yet to hit anything for extra bases--21 singles), but the fact he's doing a lot of it with bunting and he still strikes out a ton is not encouraging. He makes more sense as a bench player than Pie does, though, and Pie has been starting only sporadically. However, if the Cubs aren't sticking with Pie as a starter, they need to look for one. Reed Johnson's numbers don't look so great anymore. What are the chances Ronny Cedeno or Eric Patterson (who's AAA numbers look pretty weak) get a shot at CF if Pie is demoted?

speaking of Juan Pierre, that little bitch has a 380 OBP. Where that come from? It was over .400 earlier in the week.

okay, it was 67 pitches in three and two thirds; no walks, no runs, six k's...no 'woo-hoo', but encouraging...

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  • the factual correction on your mistakes on your post that I barely bothered to read the first time because it had nothing to do with anything I wanted to talk about is indeed a sign of my degenerative brain condition. I appreciate the safety tip and will be looking into with extreme urgency now.

    Rob G. 10 min ago view
  • it took you 4 posts to get to this?

    have you checked the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector?

    #droppingknowledge #savinglives

    crunch 34 min 37 sec ago view
  • Fwiw, Billy Hamilton's actual WAR numbers that relate to the ones that I posted for Mike Trout are:

    • 2014: 2.5
    • 2015: 1.0
    • 2016: 2.6

    But by all means #crunchsplain on the stupidity of WAR while exaggerating your points. I can't wait to read more.

    Rob G. 39 min 55 sec ago view
  • jacos 40 min 4 sec ago view
  • *stroking intensifies*

    crunch 43 min 33 sec ago view
  • #crunchsplaining

    Thanks for the awesome give and take today and for the 535 words you spilled filling in all the gaps that I woefully neglected. We're all a little wiser and better for it. I look forward to your play-by-play summary later in the comments.

    Rob G. 50 min 2 sec ago view
  • it was about a post comparing players based on WAR...and comparing WAR values of a CF to a slew of other players...a post that you made...and i made a comment...that talked about D weighting of WAR...and comparinging WAR values of a CF to a slew of other players...etc etc...

    hell, we didn't even get in deep. i didn't even involve UZR or FIP versions and their strengths/weaknesses...or position mandated "handicapping" in points...etc.

    let's not talk about that...cool, fine, awesome. context sucks. san dimas highschool football rules.

    *shrug*

    crunch 57 min 57 sec ago view
  • Ha

    jacos 1 hour 13 min ago view
  • Thanks for shining a light on this very important topic and steering it away from the frivolity that was the awesomenes of Mike Trout, but moreso on the foolishness of WAR as a metric to judge the value of center fielders. We're all a little wiser now and your contributions are invaluable to this community and to America's pastime. God Bless!

    Rob G. 1 hour 36 min ago view
  • so...what's chan-yong lim up to these days?

    http://www.thescore.com/mlb/news/1088746-korean-le...

    oh...

    crunch 3 hours 54 sec ago view
  • yes, those hamilton WAR numbers are very reasonable. i'm on your side now based on that biting commentary and reasoning of why he's a 3.5-ish WAR player over a 600 PA season.

    those numbers are obviously well deserved and worthy of no scrutiny...none at all. no issue.

    CF D is rarer than a jon lester pickoff at 2nd...totally irreplaceable...no way in hell there's good D, low/no-hitting CF's in anyone's system that could do what hamilton is doing. guys like this don't exist...you get like, 2-3 at any given time in history.

    crunch 3 hours 20 min ago view
  • Please do not discuss War here. I think the Cub Reporter should be politics free.

    But yes, whether you support War or Peace...Mike Trout is ridiculously consistent and good.

    blockhead25 5 hours 39 min ago view
  • ^^^#WARTruther

    Rob G. 5 hours 51 min ago view
  • "According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, Tim Tebow's baseball workout Tuesday in Los Angeles will be attended by scouts from "roughly half" of the 30 major league teams."

    "One scout told ESPN.com last week that Tebow's swing is so long it might "take out the front row." That's not a good thing."

    crunch 8 hours 22 min ago view
  • MyrtleBeachPelicans [email protected]

    The #MBpelicans and @Cubs have extended their PDC through 2020!
    ----
    Carolina League getting 2 new teams too.

    QuietMan 8 hours 41 min ago view
  • CF WAR is ridiculous...billy hamilton is pulling a 3.0 WAR somehow...and managed a 2.0 WAR last year (even though he missed a month of the season)...and a 3.7 WAR in 2014.

    yeah, a lot depends on how one is doing relative to others at a given position, but WAR is common used (right or wrong) as a blanket comparing all kinds of players.

    trout's one of the best, and at this point should probably win over donaldson (and should have more MVPs in the past, too), but the defensive aspect of valuing WAR still needs more tweaking...imo.

    crunch 8 hours 46 min ago view