Cubs Finish Off Perfect Road Trip

The Cubs finish off the road trip a perfect 0-6, scoring a grand total of five runs in those six games and are now 21-21 on the season. $140 million doesn't buy what it use to in this crazy world.

Why the Cubs Lost:  Because God hates the Cubs and all their fans.

Ted Lilly pitched...not particularly good or bad, but he pitched, giving up five runs in his 6.1 IP. Aaron Heilman came in to try and bail him out in the seventh with a man on third and one out and struck out Scott Hairston. This would be when I remarked in Parachat that he'll still end up letting the run in and after intentionally walking Adrian Gonzales, Heilman hung a slider to Kevin Kouzmanoff and three runs later, the game was completely out of reach.

The offense sputtered along once again with no baserunners until a Mike Fontenot single in the fifth with two outs. They manage to mount a few rallies in the upcoming innings that predicatbly fizzled out including a sharp two-out grounder by Ryan Theriot up the middle that Chris Young kicked to the second baseman that would have scored a run. Reed Johnson did knock a meatball into the front row in left field for the Cubs only two runs and the Cubs come home with their tails between their legs and hoping the Friendly Confines live up to their name.



totally uncontaminated by quality.

Today's game was as pleasant as consuming way too much Olestra and having anal leakage for a week.

Actually, it was as pleasant as accidentally buying Pepsi Clear instead of regular Pepsi.

EDIT: Had an epiphany about 5 drinks into my evening, I'm looking for "Crystal Pepsi" and not "Pepsi Clear." My apologies to all concerned parties.

If you could get rid of ONE player from the Cubs, who do you choose?

If we don't have to still pay them, I'd pick Milty. If we did it would be Fontenot or Miles. The way I'm feeling lately even Geovany Walton would merit some consideration

Not that it would really make much of a difference to the overall team but I would want to get rid of NEAL FUCKING COTTS!!

IF you had to keep ONE which one would you keep?

If I had to keep one team player, Kosuke Fukudome. Thank you for not disappointing, unlike everyone else (save Aramis pre-owie). Lowered expectations and all.

Derek Lee. Micah or Jake Fox would be better this year. And I'm a big Mark Grace fan, so power isn't everything, but Derek isn't even bringing situational hitting into his at bats when needed as Mark did. Did they tell everyone to swing for the fences or something? If they did, at least put the guys in that are doing it.

The only good news right now is that it looks like they will still only be 4 games out after losing 7 in a row.

This has gotten mighty ugly, mighty fast, but stranger things have happened then the Cubs suddenly playing decent baseball after looking horrible for a week. I'm not giving up yet.

Uh 68 more days till bear training camp

For me, at this point forward it is on Lou. This is what we pay him for right here. He's done all the typical manager tricks to try to get them going, now its time to go above and beyond. They don't know their place on this team and Lou has to show them. Aramis is gone, and they've had nics and cuts, but that isn't the whole thing at this point.

The next two weeks we'll see what Lou is made of. Time for another umpire charge? That's the only manager's trick he hasn't pulled out this year yet. Should've done it 7 times already. If Lou doesn't REALLY want it....

Thinking about it more, sans Lou punching out a Card fan, an Illinois Democrat, or an ump, they should bring Fox up and bench Derek and boardgamehead until Jake and Micah stop hitting. But I don't know crap and I'm just frustrated because this team should be a team and it should win. Lou's the manager. Is the uncertain ownership crap being delayed by federal investigations really this much of a drain on them? Please start winning.

, they should bring Fox up and bench Derek

Why would you bench the team's hottest hitter?

Lee has an OPS over a 1.000 in May...the only 2 players over .800 are Reed and Bobby Scales.

Hoffpauir, fwiw, has just 2 less AB's and a .782 OPS in May.

I felt pretty uneasy with the offseason the club had, but I thought I was just being a Whiskers.

Now, I dunno.

Well, Foxie made an error @ 1B yesterday but did extend his hitting streak to 16...gonna go to the holiday matinee today & watch the minor millionaire duel ex-Cub/current River Cat Sean Gallagher; will let you know what I see there - take a moment of silence in the spirit of the occasion sometime today...

three things from my perspective:

1.) I was much more terrified about our bullpen than our bats (and I still am terrified about our bullpen, but looks like we may not be competitive enough to get late enough in the game for it to matter.) I honestly don't know what Hendry was thinking bringing in so many new arms. And unproven arms as well. Pure potential at best . . . and aging potential too which is just plain stupid.

2.) Much of this year's trouble at the plate in my opinion can be traced to LOU's bullcrap excuse making in the playoffs regarding needing left handed bats. That is not why we lost in the playoffs, Lou . . .

3.) BUT somehow Hendry buckles to that excuse making and brings in weak hitting left handed bats. Obviously injuries and mysteries and aging have accounted for the real outtage (ARam, Soto, Lee, Milt, etc.) but this team is considerably weaker at the plate and and particularly in the bullpen.

I am not sure if a firesale is the fix. But I am sure Hendry won't do that. What he will do is try and get a budget superstar (whether it's a oft injured free agent or a guy who is on the verge of retirement - Hendry will find a NAME that is cheap.). But clearly we need more than that.

Also I will now go on record of saying that it is impossible for the Cubs to win it all with Lou. We need someone more progressive.

A firesale isn't the fix for THIS year, but it's probably the team's best hope for a decent future. However. Do I trust Hendry to even know what kind of prospects to acquire? At this point, I do not.

I'd like to see some young, fresh blood up and down the organization. From the GM on down.

Honestly I wasn't all that shocked that last year's team played cream puff baseball in the playoffs. They played over their heads all year (except for the pitching). Last year's working the count magic was obviously a fluke. It's never been who this team is. It was a miracle that they did something they had never done before. This year, they're doing what they always do.

Plus, now they're a target. Teams this year have their A game on, even the mediocre ones, when they play the Cubs. It's like a playoff game for some of them. This team couldn't play 3 games in a playoff atmosphere last year. So I'm not shocked they can't play 162 this year.

BARRY F'N BONDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!


According to the Sun-Times the Cubs are looking at Kouzmanoff. Thats great but can he play 2nd base when Ramirez gets back? And I don't think the Padres would trade him anyways.

Also Milton Bradley went off on MLB umps and claimed they are out to get him.

Ahhhh another one of my predictions of him comes true. Throwing out the victim card and blaming everyone else but himself when he screws up.

Hey the good news, if they werent out to get him before, they sure are now. Way to work those player umpire relations what with his past of spitting on them, trying to physcially assualt them, calling them racist, and just being a general asshole to them. I am sure this will win him over with the Umps.

Kevin Kouzmanoff is a terrible hitter.

I have as much interest in acquiring Kevin Kouzmanoff as I have in acquiring syphilis.

from what you wrote, you don't have to worry about catching siph at all, as you strike out so much anyway.

Kouz would just be the 2006 version of Phil Nevin.

I still think this team is goin' nowhere fast.


Kouz has hit .274 .320 .466 on the road for his career. Dunno what the Aramisless 3rd basemen have hit for us, but certainly not that well.

I saw that, and I understand he's also only making like $432,000, but I don't think I'm the only one looking for something a little more earth shattering than career 308 OBP Kouzy.

I have as much interest in acquiring Kevin Kouzmanoff as I have in acquiring syphilis.
Syphilis is easily treatable except for tertiary syphilis. The Cubs have played like they've got the neurologic manifestations of the tertiary disease which means they were screwed a long time ago.

Dunno what the Aramisless 3rd basemen have hit for us, but certainly not that well.

I'm not harping for Kouzmanoff but saw this stat in today's sun-times about the Cubs 3B post-ARam and it couldn't be much more ugly.
Considering Cubs third basemen have gone 5-for-45 (.111) with just four RBI -- all in the same game -- since Ramirez injured his shoulder May 8, Kouzmanoff's .236 and four homers alone is an upgrade. The third-year player has 44 homers his first two seasons, including 28 outside of Petco Park, to go with a .282 career average away from San Diego.

so, you guys are saying Ty Wigginton who Hendry could have gotten on the cheap instead of Dog-Crap Miles, is not able to get pried fron the O's?

I'd like to thank the 2009 Chicago Cubs...

...for validating my decision not to spend for the MLB Extra Innings package this year. Hours of my life and dollars in my pocket I get to keep!

Happy Towel Day, everyone. We Cubs fans have a special affinity for towels.

Happy Towel Day, everyone...
I thought Towel Day was May 22nd. Oops, that's Towel Drill Day.


It really bewildered me how an entire team could go into such a deep, dark batting slump all at the same time. Then I remembered how all the girls at one sorority would wind up on the same cycle and it became abundantly clear.

Boy, this Cards/Brewers game is a dandy. Gallardo has a no-no thru 5 just gave up a hit. Carpenter perfect thru 5.

May they both become miracles of modern medicine.

single to leadoff bottom of 7th by Counsell....

and Counsell is thrown out stealing on a botched sac bunt by McGehee...Carpenter can still face the minimum.


revised lineup...dlee not ready because of flu although he was in the original lineup given out tonight

Soriano, Riot, Bradley, RJohnson, Soto, Hoffpauir, Freel (3B), Miles, Dempster

per WSCR...

DLee and Scales out of the lineup due to flu, DLee so sick he was sent home.

Marmol not available as he wife is due to deliver, he went to New York to be with her.

add invisible Patton and this is a very short roster. Pray for rain.

Stupid question alert!

Why is Marmol's wife in New York?

I was wondering the same thing...

family in New York, they don't like each other, the possibilities are endless...

if you want gossip, Marmol was at an MMA fight or something last week with someone other than his wife...

Cheating on your pregnant wife. The height of class.

I'm off to tonight's game. If I recall, I was there for the last Cubs lead, last Sunday against the Astros. I'll do what I can to create another one tonight.

I didn't promise you a win. I promised you a lead. I delivered two.

Recent comments

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  • The Cubs had some good runs and nice winning streaks that propelled them to the playoffs. Austin Jackson wasn't part of that. I don't quite understand what it is about Jackson that they are so enamored with.

  • I think the strike zone was very inconsistent, but it's hard to blame the loss on the ump. They had chances and mistake pitches and just couldn't cash in. Lackey ran the ball inside and outside very effectively.

  • Correct. Castro 5th, AJax 6th; I'll edit my lineup post to fix this.

  • Lineup: Fowler, Soler, KB, Rizzo, Castro, AJax, Montero, Hendricks, Russell

  • if he put ajax 1st/2nd in the f'n playoffs he deserves to lose his nearly sure-thing MOY award to terry collins.

  • I believe Castro batting fifth, Ajax (LF) sixth

  • Maddon did not listen to me yesterday re Strop, or EricS on Schwarbs today.

    Wtf is up w/that?!

  • Crunch got his wish - Ajax not hitting 1-2 in the lineup ...

  • I know he's struggles against lefties but Schwarber seems zoned in - hope he starts tonight.

  • Awesome stuff, Phil.

  • listening on ESPN 1000, caller says Bill Welke will be the home plate ump today. Supposedly his reputation is for having an even bigger strike zone than last night's Phil Cuzzi. Some of the issues with bad umpiring come from an inconsistent strike zone. Hoping at least for consistency. Last night's called strike on David Ross was outright embarrassing for Cuzzi.

    That might work out in favor of Kyle Hendricks, who benefits much from a large strike zone.

  • it's kind of mesmerizing to watch
    should Theo add some Ted Abernathy videos for minor league pitching coordinator's use?

    sadly, Ted passed away in 2004 from complications of Alzheimers. I always loved the Cub bullpen trio of Phil Regan, Ted Abernathy and Hank Aguirre. As a kid, I even worked on both Phil Regan (very quirky delivery) and Ted Abernathy (extreme submarine) imitations when throwing a rubber ball against a wall. It wasn't a good imitation unless I could scrape my knuckles off the ground. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for submariners.

  • HAGSAG: Chris Pieters was sent to instructs to develop his hitting, bunting, and outfield play (he is already a decent first-baseman).  

    Pieters is tall and rangy , a "long-strider" in the same mold as Trey Martin and Rashad Crawford. He is a very patient hitter (unusual for a hitter with his lack of experience) and has an outstanding (almost uncanny) eye at the plate, and he is a fast runner with unusually good baserunning instincts, and he is a good basestealer, too.

  • I doubt we will see Pedro in any more "high leverage" situations this series. With Hendricks and the pen today, we need Bryant-Rizzo-Castro to get going ASAP.

  • One funny thing to see before the game was the two submariner pitchers (David Berg and Corbin Hoffner) playing catch with each other. Both pitchers throw "submarine" even when they play catch, and it's kind of mesmerizing to watch, even for the other players. 

  • CUBSTER: One of the points of emphasis  at "basic" Instructs this year was teaching the position players the art of baserunning and base-stealing, like getting a good primary and seconday lead, reading the pitcher, cutting bases sharply, and different ways to slide to maximize the baserunner's chance to arrive safely.