Game 116 Thread / Cardinals @ Cubs (1 of 3)

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SP Braden Looper SP *Ted Lilly

10-9, 4.29, 65 K, 32 BB, 134.1 IP

11-6. 4.35, 129 K, 50 BB, 140.2 IP
LF #Vince Coleman LF Alfonso Soriano
CF #Willie McGee SS Ryan Theriot
2B #Tommy Herr 1B Derrek Lee
1B Jack Clark 3B Aramis Ramirez
RF *Andy Van Slyke RF *Kosuke Fukudome
3B #Terry Pendleton C Geovany Soto
Mike Heath CF *Jim Edmonds
SS #Ozzie Smith 2B Mark DeRosa
P *John Tudor P *Ted Lilly

UPDATE: Screw LaRussa, I have to get back to work. Let's see how he does with Mike Heath in the lineup from 1986.

(I'm posting this without a Cardinals batting order. Based on what Bernie Miklasz is reporting here, Tony LaRussa is waiting to see if Rick Ankiel and his strained abdominal muscle are ready to go before he posts the lineup.)

At around 8:45 this morning, I saw a middle-aged couple walking hand-in-hand in downtown Chicago, wearing matching St. Louis Cardinals t-shirts. This reminded me of two things: first, that the Cards were in town to play the Cubs, and second, that middle-aged couples should never wear matching t-shirts.

As for baseball, all of the analysis of the Cards' unexpected success this season has overlooked the obvious—Tony LaRussa and Dave Duncan are witches.

Nevertheless, on Thursday, Brian Gunn, formerly proprietor of the first-rate Redbird Nation blog, picked his favorite team apart in an excellent analysis for The Hardball Times and concluded that the Cards haven't the stuff to catch the Cubs or even hang with the Brewers in the race for the Wild Card spot. A miserable bullpen (an MLB-leading 27 blown saves this season) and a starting staff still beset by injuries will do that to a club.

On Wednesday, John Perrotto at Baseball Prospectus (subscription) wrote about LaRussa's shift into full-blown pennant race mode, wherein the manager says he will be thinking much less about constantly juggling the Cardinals lineup to keep his regulars fresh and his bench guys sharp and thinking much more about simply playing the guys who "play the best." Somehow, this has led Tony La to reinstall Jason Isringhausen—5.98 ERA and just 12/19 in save opportunities—as his closer. (Maybe it's because one of the guys with whom Isringhausen shares the NL Blown Saves lead is Isringhausen's teammate, Ryan Franklin.)

This afternoon, the St. Louis Meritocracy turns to Braden Looper, who dropped a 2-1 decision to the Cubs and Carlos Zambrano back on the Fourth of July. The Cubs, who have split six games with St. Louis this season, all of them played at Busch, hand the ball to Ted Lilly, who has a victory and an ND against the Cardinals in '08.

Separately, Lou Piniellia, who might have skipped Jason Marquis's turn in the starting rotation in light of Monday's off day, is now saying that Marquis will, in fact, take his regular turn Wednesday at Atlanta. Rich Harden will pitch the series opener against the Braves on Tuesday with Lilly going Thursday.



F*ck St. Louis. I hope we take a big Schlitter all over them this weekend. Here's to being 9 up on them. Go Cubs!

trade to Rsox per ESPN.

Giles vetoed it.

*Sorry didn't see your subject...

called up by the Chicago Traveling Minor League Cast-offs

Where the hell is Bob Brenly? I can't stand Plesac.

Called strike 5 inches outside...Plesac calls it a 'good take'. No shit, it was a fucking ball, genius.

Does it seem to anyone else that certain umps hate walks? It always seems like they're extra generous on 3-0 or 3-1 counts. I mean, that pitch to Aramis wasn't in the same zip code as the outside corner.

I never pay attention to umps as individuals, personally, so I don't notice tendencies. But that call was absolutely ridiculous.

I guess I don't really mean individual umps, but rather umps in general. It just seems like they'll always give an extra wide strikezone when a hitter is obviously taking on a 3-0 or 3-1 count.

you're not alone, yes

umps should be fined and fired for making bullshit calls like that one on Aramis.

Plesac's commentary reminds me of when the Cubs are on Fox or ESPN. These yahoos come out there and act like they need to introduce all of the players to us. Tell all the old stories, talk about the acquisitions. On ESPN, I can understand it, but someone needs to tell Plesac that just because he hasn't been calling games, games have still been going on.

Plesac doesn't know how to finish a thought so he just keeps on talking until he finds an awkward way to wrap it up (usually about a minute and a half too late). It's been somewhat in check during the game, but it's just atrocious when he does the studio show.

Jocking Vin Scully but he don't got the motherfuckin' CHOPS.

Well, that was very telling.

RHP intentionally walks ARam to put runners on 1st and 2nd for the lefty K-Fukky, who obliges by grounding out.

It's now clear why Rammy is setting a career high in walks -- teams have no respect for K-Fuk, and thus don't fear putting Rammy on base in front of him.

Fukudome has only had 209 AB's in the 5th slot going into today, and has hit .311 .418 .483 while there. As a team the Cubs #5 hitters are hitting .287 .379 .498.

We talked about it in Parachat, though. Edmonds should have been batting 5th... in 133 AB's there he's hit a smoldering .211 .325 .383. Soto has struggled there as well.

or did Soto do something awesome?

It had more to do with Lilly throwing a pitch that was too bad to bunt than anything else.

K-Fuk has no business batting behind A-Ram. There's a reason he only has 41 ribbies this season. The four teammates he's left sitting out on the bases in two at bats today illustrate why.

Actually... no.

The four teammates illustrate why he didn't have any RBI today, not why he only has 41 RBI.

Cards' batting order did what it was designed to do in the 6th inning. Three pesky hitters try to get on base for Pujols batting fourth. And Pujols always gets to bat in the first inning.

Most games, we have the smarter manager.

batting the pitcher 8th, the guy who should leadoff 9th, and 2 of the weakest hitters on the club bat 1st and 2nd?

interesting design, there.

The kind of hitters who score a run on two singles.

Yea... I wish we had a .308 and a .318 OBP at the top of the lineup.

That would be awesome.

apparently you missed season 03-06

It was sarcasm, my friend.

You forgot Schumaker's .364.

He bats after the pitcher, so after the first inning, he's at the top of the order.

The whole thing is designed to maximize Pujols.


Explain how a .308 and a .318 OBP batting 1st and 2nd maximized Pujols.

Explain how having a higher OBP in the 9th slot than in the 1 or 2 slot maximizes anything.

Thank God for the unassisted 7-2 double play. Now it's time to actually convert some of these hits into runs.

I'm sure you meant something else, or I'm just dumb, but how can it be an unassisted double play involving two players, one being the left fielder?


Yeah, that was a typo.

FROM Cubs fans.

nobody could have seen that coming a few months ago

In other news, St. Louis just froze over and Prince Fielders are flying.

How is it August and this is the first Cardinals game at Wrigley of the year? And only the third series in general.

Edmonds, keep it up, my man.

Can Samardzija not hold runners, or is he just awful slow to the plate?

he was caught sleeping pretty badly. seems to be a reoccurring thing, though.

i don't really see him pitching out the stretch, but he's not got a huge leg kick or long delivery.

LaRussa is no dummy, and seems to have identified that as a weakness. Samardzija will need to work on that.

You know that pitcher we had in the 80's, I think if his name was Maddux, would have been in the Hall of Fame if he only kept guys from taking 2nd. Its not a problem as long he gets guys out.

Maddux didn't let them take 2nd and 3rd though.

I cannot say enough bad things about Daryle Ward.


haiku summary

awful umpiring
only edmonds hits today
howry doesn't suck?

plesac is trying waaaaay too hard for a full time job somewhere else
what happened to dave otto?

and why the hell is howry in instead of wood? that makes zero sense. wood pitched 8 pitches on TUESDAY. he can almost certainly go two, unless they suck, in which case there will probably only be one anyway.

I hope to god he gets a full time gig somewhere else. Then we don't have to listen to him anymore.


he threw ONE knuckler to soriano. the other ones have not been even close to them, they've been awful curves.


and there was much rejoicing

Henry Blanco, man of the hour

P.S. Jim Edmonds is a golden god.

Wait, what the HELL did I just type?


Upsides: Edmonds carrying the offense through regulation.
Lilly and the bullpen with a very strong performance.
Hank White wins!

Downsides: Dan Plesac is terrible. TURRRRRRIBLE. Yak yak yak yak yak yak yak yak yak yak yak yak yak yak yak. We can see the action as it occurs. You don't need to describe the game to us in AGONIZING detail.

Oh, and that's Bob "Winning Pitcher" Howry

Way to go Hank White!!!

Nice to break that streak of losing the first game of the series.

Did Howry read the recent TCR piece on him and throw nothing but fastballs?

"Dan Plesac will join us from the ballpark in just a minute..."

*changes channel as fast as possible*

70 wins into the season, Cubs have a +144 run differential. The Phillies are the next closest NL team at +72 -- HALF the Cubs mark.

Words fail me, so I'll just concentrate on how nice it would be to sweep TLR & co. out of Wrigley. Scoreboard > stats.

BTW... for some negative news...

LouPa said that Wood was unavailable today due to a sore back, and he doesn't know if he will be available tomorrow.


I think it's just his time of the month. What phase is the moon anyway?


No coincidence that this happened right after his bowl-a-thon.

HE was fine before it - i.e. we heard nothing of this.

This guy should just stay in fucking quarrantine so he can't hurt himself.

Great outfield asst. by Fonzie in this game - also a good barehanded play by Dero on a bunt single attempt for an RBI. BTW, did anyone else see the replay on Edmonds' first HR? He tossed the bat right at the St. Louis dugout, replete with a glare at Larussa. Methinks the master of mind games may have f--cked himself over this time, big - time. Talk about pissing the wrong guy off at the worst possible time.

This game was close because of Tudor. I'm betting we beat Andujar in regulation tomorrow.

Hopefully Gene Michael finds a way to get Raffy and Davie Martinez into the lineup tomorrow. We need some kids in there to mix it up against Andujar.

Vince Coleman and Willie McGee are running us out of our own home.

Hopefully Gene Michael finds a way to get Raffy and Davie Martinez into the lineup tomorrow...
and Cindy Sandberg will sing the 7th inning stretch?

I'll be hanging out in the parachat for the screwers game.

David Aardsma off the disabled list for the Red Sox and Huston Street was claimed off waivers by a non-contender but no deal could be agreed upon.

Brad Ausmus claimed by the Marlins, but he has 10/5 rights so don't expect anything. LoDuca signs minor league deal with Marlins.

If Ausmus and Giles want to block trades to contenders because they want to stay close to home, maybe they should retire then if being home means more than winning. I mean its only 2 or 3 months out of their lives.

And in the Stupid Manager Decision Department: calling a steal of home with the pitcher batting - and two outs?! Fuck you La Russa! And, nice CS by an alert Notre Dame Boy!

A couple of things.

First, it wasn't a steal, it was a suicide squeeze.

Second, there was one out, not two outs.

It was a "squeeze" play technically, but the ball was never touched by the bat, was it now? It is a CS.

A CS and K in the same at bat, double play. Yes, one out, indeed. Thanks for the correction. Still stupid.

It was a CS.

But it wasn't really a stolen base attempt. They look the same in the box score, but they are not the same in practice.

A couple of things for you Lowitski: Actually it is a catcher unassisted CS when the batter misses the ball, catcher catches and tags the incoming runner from 3rd. So, right back at you,

And its the same result. I was there. Izzy was halfway down the line when Lilly made his delivery. Looper was not even close to touching the ball. It was closer to a CS than anything resembling a "suicide squeeze". No contact. It is an unassisted CS by the catcher dude.


You are right - it is a caught stealing. I get that part. I already said that, did I not?

But Larusa didn't try to have the guy steal home. He sent the guy on a suicide squeeze. A suicide squeeze and a steal of home are two very different things.

And the only reason Looper wasn't close to touching the ball was because it was the ball was so far inside he didn't have a chance.

Get it?

You say caught stealing. I say botched suicide squeeze. Let's call the whole thing off and settle on the fact that it's a dumb call with your pitcher at the plate. At least safety squeeze if that's what your going to do.

Rammy was in at 3rd on that play, but the safety is probably the higher percentage play with a pitcher at the plate.


Dumb play - which was my whole point before the other poster found a need to try to "correct me".

Which seems to be the point The Big_Lowtski has missed altogether.

Well... you would make your point better if you supported it with what actually happened.

And I am not sure that it was that stupid. I have no idea what kind of bunter Looper is, but Larusa knows better than I do. And I don't think any batter - pitcher or not - would have been able to bunt that pitch. So I am not sure how the fact that Looper is a pitcher is relevant.

Fair point, but I still think LaRussa pushed too many buttons today. Tried to force the action. I know he didn't make the call on whether or not to send the runner that Fonzie threw out (Oquendo did), but that wasn't a very good send.

I don't know if Pujols made the delayed steal attempt on his own or if that was called from the bench, but that was also a pretty crappy call. I know Samardzija doesn't pay a ton of attention to runners, but that's probably not the guy to send on a delayed steal with power hitting behind him.

Cards ran themselves out of 3 innings on the bases today. Pretty good gift, I'd say.

I think larussa showed how smart he really is today by outsmarting himself all throughout the game.

Actually there was a 4th base running gaff, when some fool tried to go 1st to 3rd on a ball hit toSoriano, he made it, because the ball hopped up high, but it was still stupid.

And E-Man, 'the play' as you said yourself was a suicide squeeze. That's what Larussa called, he did not call for a steal.

Technical point, but not a delayed steal. If I recall Pujols ran before the pitcher even threw the ball. That's the opposite of a delayed steal in which you take a big secondary lead and sprint to second right about when the ball hits the catcher's glove.

Yeah, yeah. You knew what I meant.

THIS is from today's box:

SB: Izturis 2 (14, 2nd base off Samardzija/Soto, 3rd base off Samardzija/Soto).
CS: Pujols (2, 2nd base by Samardzija/Blanco), Izturis (4, home by Lilly/Soto)."

The batter whiffed. It is in the box as a CS. This is what happened. The runner ran home and tried to score, as the ball was being pitched.

I HAVE made my point and the Box backs up mine. We'll agree to disagree.

And, it appears as if the LaRussa calls WERE stupid. None of them worked, did they?

A manager is a genius when they work, but they also take the fall when they don't.

How many times do I have to tell you that you are right about it being a CS in the box score? I have already said that.

But that does not mean that Larussa has the player tried to steal home. An attempted steal of home is quite different than an attempted suicide squeeze, even though the result looks the same in the box score.

It is pretty simple. I don't know anyone but you who would call that an attempted steal of home rather than an attempted suicide squeeze.

And just because a move doesn't work does not mean that it is stupid. That is silly.

"Attempted Steal" "Attempted Squeeze"

It didn't work - no matter what you want to call it! Its a CS in the box. That is what the official scorer called it, too.

"An attempted steal of home is quite different than an attempted suicide squeeze, even though the result looks the same in the box score." Bullshit - not today it didn't.

HOW the Hell does what Itzturis did today, in what you are calling a "Suicide Squeeze" LOOK any differently than a a steal of home? The timing was the same, right handed batter, the point of the jump - all EXACTLY the SAME. And, Looper totally missed the pitch.

Whatever, Big Lowitzki. Have a nice night. Or, have a night.

Its a CS in the box. That is what the official scorer called it, too.

I know... I have agreed with you on that numerous times!

"An attempted steal of home is quite different than an attempted suicide squeeze, even though the result looks the same in the box score." Bullshit - not today it didn't.

Huh? The results look different in the box score?

HOW the Hell does what Itzturis did today, in what you are calling a "Suicide Squeeze" LOOK any differently than a a steal of home?

Well... first of all, it looks different because the batter tries to bunt.

Second... I never said it "looked" different. I said that the strategy was different, and that the two were two very separate things.

Look... you tried to bash Larussa for two things that simply were not true, and I corrected you. Larussa did not call for an attempted steal of home. He called for a suicide squeeze. If you don't get the difference at this point, I have no idea what to tell you. AND... he didn't do it with two outs.

granted, I didn't see the play...BUT that won't stop me.

A suicide squeeze with the pitcher and a lefty on the mound is actually a really good call imo. A left-handed pitcher can't see the runner and he can get way down the line and he won't tip the play. Just poor exection or luck....

Second, yes it counts as a CS, but no one in their right mind would say that Izturis was trying to steal home.

Let me state the obvious here by saying that, E-man, dude, quit already cos you're making yourself look "out of your right mind".

Looper's tied for 5th in the league with 9 sacrifices, so he's probably a pretty good bunter.

Lilly didn't have his K pitch working and was giving up a lot of fly outs, so I thought it was a stupid call, regardless.

Dempster is 2nd in the league with 12 sacrifices...Another little thing that goes into making a pitcher win that isn't captured by ERA (Aaron Cook of the 14 wins leads the league).

How many inside changeups did he throw? ;)

"I know Samardzija doesn't pay a ton of attention to runners..."

He doesn't - and that's why that play really is all to Soto's credit. He called out to Samardzija as soon as he saw what Pujols was up to - another heads - up play by our catcher.

That fellow Edmonds will be difficult to ignore this offseason.

I'd love to see him in Ward's spot next year (late inning LH bat), but he could play 1B on occasion (?) and be a 4th/5th outfielder, along with Reed. This assumes we find a full-time CF. Problem with Jimmy is that those fly ball HRs will be caught in April/May when the wind is blowing in, so he will probably get off to a slow start.

Terrific game -- great pitching and defense. A tip o' the cap to Hendry for getting Edmonds.

Now -- time to get greedy!

Well the wind was blowing in pretty stiffly today but Jimmie boy knocked out two of 'em on line drive ropes that sliced through the wind.

Or would he become Gaetti all over again? That would be my only reservation about resigning him. We caught lightining in a bottle with him this year, could it happen twice?

I think Edmonds made a pretty convincing explanation that his poor numbers the past couple years was due to the concussion he suffered and the side effects of the anti-concussion meds he was on. Ever since he decided to stop taking it (on the advice of the Cubs trainer) he has started to hit like the Edmonds of old.

So NO, I don't think it's just lightning in a bottle. I think he will be just as effective next year.

The arthritic knee doesn't bother you? Part of being a smart GM is knowing when you get lucky. I think at the end of the season we thank Emdonds and wish him the best of luck... he's essentially the Eric Karros of 2008.

If Jim can help the Cubs win the World Series, I wouldn't mind the Cubs showing him some love, despite the possibility of him becoming Gaetti redux. He'd be deserving of the chance. Perhaps already is.

That's what the Cardinals did, it didn't work out too well for them.

wow, alot of bashing going on for semantics. Here's my take.

It was definitely a suicide squeeze not an attempt to steal home, Looper was squaring away to bunt.
The pitch was low and inside and Looper had to skip thinking he might get hit in the foot lost his balance and wound up laying on the ground.
No way he could bunt when he's moving both feet to get out of the way and falling down.
Excellent work by Soto just to catch the ball low and inside with Looper moving his feet and falling down.
Double excellent work by Soto to move around Looper who was laying full out on the ground (rather than through or over him) to get in front of the plate to tag Izturis.

here's the link so Rob can watch the play:

although Scott Eyre is in the Phillie bullpen, he wasn't used in a 2-0 loss last night vs the Pirates. Interestingly enough, Les Waldron surfaced somehow in the Phillie bullpen to get the loss giving up both runs in the top of the 12th.

Eyre (if he was there yet, not sure he arrived for that game...still driving that RV?) must wonder what it takes to get into a game if a lefty like Waldron gets in before him.

2003 NLCS Game 6, 7th Inning stretch - "Root, root, root for the ... Champs ... ?!"

... R.I.P. Bernie Mac ...

and this quote regarding the Looper at bat from Teddy Roosevelt Lilly in the Sun-Times:

''We talked about it with the pitcher coming up,'' Lilly said. ''I actually told Geo if [Looper] squared to bunt, I'd try to throw high. I ended up throwing it down and in.'' add another kudo to Soto in that he still caught the ball when the pitcher was supposed to throw it at the other end of the universe. With Barrett, the ball goes to the backstop.

24 games over .500 is the most since October 1, 1989. The next mark is 32 games over on September 15, 1984.

Not only is Walrond up with the Phillies, but Rocky Cherry was called up to take Chad Bradford's place with the Orioles.

Submitted by billybucks on Fri, 08/08/2008 - 9:42pm.

That fellow Edmonds will be difficult to ignore this offseason. I'd love to see him in Ward's spot next year (late inning LH bat), but he could play 1B on occasion (?) and be a 4th/5th outfielder, along with Reed.

This assumes we find a full-time CF. Problem with Jimmy is that those fly ball HRs will be caught in April/May when the wind is blowing in, so he will probably get off to a slow start.

Terrific game -- great pitching and defense. A tip o' the cap to Hendry for getting Edmonds


BILLY B: While Jim Edmonds has proven he can still play and while it would be nice if he could return to the Cubs next season and do it again, Felix Pie will be out of minor league options next ST and Micah Hoffpauir is on a "full-season" pace for 90 doubles, 45 HR, and 225 RBI at Iowa, so I suspect the Cubs will go with Felix Pie in CF (at least in a platoon with Reed Johnson or somebody else still TBD) and Micah Hoffpauir as the back-up 1B & primary LHPH next season.

The Cubs are going to need to find the cash to re-sign Dempster and maybe Wood, and cutting costs on the bench would be one way to accomplish that (trading Jason Marquis sometime during the off-season would be the other way).

As for Edmonds, I could see him playing most every day in CF with somebody next season. Other than the nagging knee and foot problems, when he's able to take the field, it's pretty obvious he is still a valuable and productive player. I just doubt that he'll be back with the Cubs in 2009.

I look forward to the day when useless Daryle Ward is
replaced by Micah Hoffpauir. It should have happened months ago.

As for finding cash...The Cubs have a bottomless pit of money. Hendry knows where to find it now that cheapskate MacFail is gone. The big secret? Just ask
and the brass open their wallets.

Goodbye Jim? It would be a mistake to let a healthy Edmonds go. He's too important to the offense, especially with Lee and Ramirez both showing dropoffs in power. Take away his 14 home runs as a Cub and the team is just average---sinking from 4th in the NL to 9th.

The Cubs are 8-3 when Edmonds hits a home run. They are timely. And his other numbers aren't flukey, his .284 .384 with the Cubs is congruent with his career .286 .378 .

As for Pie, he may be out of options but Lou hates his lack of sophistication at the plate and his utter lack of coachability in that regard. The fact that he screwed up his hand trying to hit the way they want him to is a testament to that. And now it's proven to be a lingering type "injury" or whatever as he was benched for an entire week with "hand" as the excuse.

And with Fukudome having severe problems at the plate lately as the league has adjusted to him, I really doubt that Lou and the Cubs are going to have much patience with Felix next year. Kosuke is a 4/48 investment that needs protecting. Edmonds can take the heat off the order if Fukudome isn't producing. Asking the same of Felix Pie is a pretty tall order.

I'm not sure if Edmonds is really equipped to be an off the bench bat? I also imagine that he still views himself as an everyday player. Probably best to give him his WS ring and send him on his way. The radical in me wants to see the following changes after we win the WS this year.

1. offer arbitration to Demp and Woody. If they accept and come back on 1 yr contract. Great

2. Decline to offer Arb to Edmonds,Howry, and Blanco (after his option is declined)

3. See if it's possible to trade Marquis. If we gotta keep him so be it.

4. Offer Manny Ramirez a contract in the 3/57 to 3/66 range. They we can go left to right with Manny/Fukyu/Soriano.

Rf- Soriano
Ss- Theriot
Lf- Manny
3b- Aram
1b- Dlee
Cf- Kfuk
2b- DeRosa
C- Soto

Koyie Hill

fill out the bench




X- scrap heap
X- Scrap heap

Fight for spots in the pen.

I would much rather pay Sabathia $20M a year than Manny.

Exactly what I was thinking in reading that.

Little bit of an early eulogy for the season over at Viva el birdos... (shouldn't that be viva los birdos?)

I don't feel bad for them. I do wish they'd continue to battle the Brewers though.

shouldn't that be viva los birdos?

Orlando Cepeda referred to the Cards as "El Birdos."

I just saw this gem in their sidebar:

Well, "birdo," if it were a real Spanish noun and not a Spanglish invention, would most likely be masculine (some exceptions like la mano (hand)), and, in plural form, the article would be los. So if my Occupational Spanish doesn't fail me, it should be vivan los birdos. (The plural noun takes a plural verb.)

Is it game time yet?

For the gazillionth time, I hate Fox and their MLB blackouts. Pat and Ron, here I come.

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  • Don't mess with the SI jinx. Since the Javy/Cubs cover came out, he is 2-for-20 with no walks.

    billybucks 19 hours 31 min ago view
  • BRADSBEARD: If all three are assigned to Eugene, the Cubs can play Galindo, Paredes, and Paniagua at the same time by moving Paredes between SS-3B-DH, Galindo between 3B-1B-DH, and Paniagua between 1B-LF-DH. 

    The Cubs like to have their players (including their minor leaguers) learn to play more than one position even if they eventually are projected to settle at one spot, and I suspect that will be reflected at Eugene, with just about everybody who will be assigned there able to play at least two positions. 

    Arizona Phil 19 hours 52 min ago view
  • Thanks - at least the scorer was consistent

    Eric S 20 hours 6 min ago view