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.


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' 'woo-hoo', but encouraging...

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  • Contreras seems pretty adamant he'll play anywhere Madden wants him to so as long as he stays hot and with all the injuries it'll be pretty nice to have yet another bat Madden can move around.

    johann 1 hour 18 min ago view
  • Rizzo in, Zobrist out, Willson in LF, Montero back and Almora batting 9th ... let's score some runs

    Eric S 2 hours 45 min ago view
  • Time for Mr. Oh to get some save chances.

    Newport 3 hours 1 min ago view
  • Rosenthal does it again! Comes in with a 3-1 lead in the 9th -- double, BB, HR...ballgame.

    Very nice win last nice -- could have caved in after the bottom of the first. It would be OK if guys stopped getting hurt, and if SF would lose a few.

    billybucks 6 hours 42 sec ago view
  • Awesome. It wasn't long ago that he was kind of the best prospect coming through the system.

    Old and Blue 7 hours 55 min ago view
  • QuietMan 19 hours 7 min ago view
  • Javy's grunge dive into the stands for the popup was awesome - the hitting into the double play not so much

    Eric S 19 hours 36 min ago view
  • Third time I've tried to post this (forgive me if it winds up appearing three times)

    Junior Lake, batting 9th and playing RF for the Blue Jays...

    Transmission 19 hours 48 min ago view
  • *That was a fun HALF inning.

    Brick 20 hours 52 min ago view
  • this game is no longer awesome.

    crunch 20 hours 52 min ago view
  • he was awesome.

    crunch 21 hours 2 min ago view
  • I'm pretty sure that Len called Bryant's home run a Brexit.

    Old and Blue 21 hours 3 min ago view
  • everyone but heyward with a hit and a 3 run lead with coghlan on 3rd through 5 batters. hell yeah.

    okay, this is just silly. 19 pitches in, 1 out, 4 runs in, men on 1st and 2nd...hendricks up to bunt.

    ...and almora contributes the final out. that was a fun inning.

    crunch 21 hours 5 min ago view
  • this game is awesome already.

    also, there's a lot of cubs fans in the park tonight.

    crunch 21 hours 14 min ago view
  • Clearly, Joe Maddon is a Lineup Wizzard.

    Transmission 21 hours 14 min ago view
  • "Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Friday that Anthony Rizzo (back) is feeling better and it's "possible" the first baseman could return to the lineup Saturday."

    crunch 22 hours 36 min ago view