TCR Saturday Notes

- Lou says Sean Marshall is well on his way to securing a spot in the rotation.

"He has done absolutely nothing to hurt his chances," Piniella said.
"He's throwing the ball as well as I've seen him throw it. He came in
here as the front-runner and, truthfully, he hasn't lost that status."

- If you're missing Wrigley Field, you can print out and assemble your own thanks to this link I found through Baseball Musings. Or if you need some set pieces for a Godzilla movie you're filming.

- Jonathan Mayo goes through his Top 10 Cubs Prospects at which has some nice bits of info including that Tyler Colvin has hit the weight room pretty hard while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.

-  THT has been doing their own farm system run-down and has the Cubs as 26th in baseball.
They also did a composite top 100 list combining the results of some of
the major prospect lists and came up with Josh Vitters as the #36
prospect in baseball.

- Jeff Passan pens an excellent piece on the fall of Mark Prior and the fallacy of his "perfect mechanics". There's a couple of good links within the article explaining some of the possible issues with Prior's delivery plus a bit of Dusty bashing. Also, we get a brief glimpse into the genius of a major league ballplayer:

“For a four-year stretch, everything was good, and then it suddenly
happens?” Prior said. “Who knows? There may be some validity to the
people who say it’s mechanics. I’m not changing. I don’t think there’s
anything I specifically do that has caused my injuries. No one’s ever
going to be able to tell me for certain that it is, either.

Stupid is as stupid does....

- Big League Stew thinks ballplayers taking out an ad in the newspaper to thank the fans of their old team is an antiquated practice ands asks for a little creativity - like skywriting! Also, I didn't realize the writer - Kevin Kaduk - wrote Wrigleyworld and grew up a Cubs fan.

- Reed Johnson has a blog and promises to make fun of Mike Fontenot in each one of his posts. This will be fantastic.

- Cubs face the Angels again today with Aaron Heilman on the mound. The game is on I see, so it's being televised somewhere.


Didn't mean to post over you - didn't see anything else in the works as I was saving mine (and updating my time stamp as I saved it.) Happy to trade spots with ya, remove mine, or whatever.

no worries, I think my time stamp is set for the wrong time zone still.

It's just links, I could care less where it's displayed.

Cubs face the Angels again today with Aaron Heilman on the mound. The game is on I see, so it's being televised somewhere....

FYI: The game is televised on WGN AMERICA today.

Baseball players and (especially) beat writers should leave blogging to us perfesionals.

Spilling secrets, pulling back the curtain and providing inside information the Cubs don't want to get out to the public, unsubstantiated rumors, and provacative irresponsible speculation are the lifeblood of any Cubs blog, and Carrie Muskat and Paul Sullivan don't understand that. They should just get out of the way. They don't need to blog. They already have access to the mass media.

And I challenge Reed Johnson to write what he really thinks, and not clear it first through the Cubs.

BTW, Jim Bouton and Jimmy Piersall would make great bloggers, because they aren't afraid to give their opinions and don't withhold anything. They're not afraid to let you know what they know.

And I can tell you without any question that the Cubs HATE blogs like The Cub Reporter. The players and the players families love us, but the executives and the field managers don't. They wish we would just go away. They believe "What you see here, what you hear here, what you say here, let it stay here." 

"And to those who make a fuss about the Inverted W and point out that House’s prized student has been laid up for years? Well, House said, “They don’t know their asses from a boat paddle.”"


oh tom...

i don't buy it myself, but wow...out of all the people he attached his legacy to and all the pitchers he's worked with...mark prior and that stupid ass 'inverted-W' nit picking is gonna haunt house his whole life.

it doesn't help that tom is now so tired of the questions he's just bitterly defensive at this point over one of his prized methods.

Reed's blog sure talks a lot about inserting Fontenot...

Just saying.

Now you're just peniacally obsessed.

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  • i do what i want.

    i run with 12 gangs and we only commit hate crimes.

    i do what i want.

    crunch 38 min 48 sec ago view
  • I was asking how well Scherzer holds on runners.


    BTW, your used underwear remark sounds rather specific. Please don't project. Thanks.

    Tito 1 hour 7 min ago view
  • nothing gets you going like someone talking about lester, eh?

    i hope you're on his payroll or he sends you used underwear or whatever you're into.

    btw, he holds runners like shit. he does things with runners i've never seen another pitcher do in my life...even going back before i was born as far as i can tell. would you like to discuss it? that sounds like it could be educational and fun. hit me up, bruh.

    crunch 1 hour 9 min ago view
  • last year they won 97...and came in 3rd in the division. crazy game on a year-to-year basis.

    this year it's likely no one else in the division will win 90, though it's technically possible at this point.

    no matter what, this is a special team, though...very well rounded...and should be mostly intact next year with a bonus schwarber. chapman may not be around, but whatever...rondon and crew are capable even if not on chapman's level.

    crunch 1 hour 11 min ago view
  • How well does he hold on runners?


    Tito 3 hours 6 min ago view
  • It's August 26. Cubs with 14 game lead. And not for #1 draft pick.

    Words I never thought I would type together.

    Jackstraw 3 hours 21 min ago view
  • One more victory to ensure a winning season!

    billybucks 5 hours 37 min ago view
  • If I were a betting man

    Give me the Dodgers tonite, not just because of
    Monty on mound.

    Two nights in LA for the kids? Woooo

    /Prove me wrong

    jacos 5 hours 38 min ago view
  • When Scherzer is on his game, he might the the most dominant and intimidating pitcher. A couple of games he has pitched against the Cubs when he had his stuff, and his mound presence was just powerful.

    billybucks 5 hours 39 min ago view
  • So are lack of chances due to the great pitching?

    jacos 5 hours 41 min ago view
  • TLS watch: 0-4 with Iowa last night. Saving his pinch hits for September.

    Cubster 6 hours 31 min ago view
  • Objectively true. Scherzer's FIP is almost a half point higher than his ERA, mostly I deduce because his BABIP is .249 so something ridiculous like that. It's not like the guy can't be scored on, but when I watch him, I sometimes feel that he's the most in control of the game moving around him.

    John Beasley 7 hours 15 min ago view
  • Certainly might be the hottest pitcher right now, but he's behind a few pitchers by most objective full season standards.

    Rob G. 10 hours 30 min ago view
  • Well noted. You may also note that Lester's Career Playoff ERA is almost a full point lower, and he has a lower WHIP as well.

    Can't have everything, I guess.

    The E-Man 15 hours 36 min ago view
  • i'm happy enough with the Lester signing, but Scherzer has more than earned the extra money so far. If he was in the rotation instead of Lester, this team would feel practically bulletproof to me.

    Blaspheme maybe, but I think Scherzer is the best pitcher in the NL right now.

    John Beasley 16 hours 27 min ago view
  • Maddon was pimping Russell for Gold Glove honors recently as a manager should do...

    Here's some defensive numbers:


    1. Crawford (22.2)
    2. Seager (16.9)
    3. Cozart (14.2)
    4. Hechavarria (13.5)
    5. Russell (12.4)

    Baseball Reference

    1. B. Crawford 2.3
    2. Russell 2.0
    3. Hechavarria 1.7
    4. N. Ahmed 1.6
    5. Z. Cozart 1.5


    13.C. Seager 0.7

    Traditional stats


    .978 FP, 11 E, 333 A, 162 PO, 562 Chances, 4.27 RF, 72 DP Turned


    Rob G. 17 hours 1 min ago view