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.

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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CMON JIM,DOOOO ITTTT

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.

NOMAH!!

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.
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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.

http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/sy...

Dunno what the Aramisless 3rd basemen have hit for us, but certainly not that well.
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http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/15902...

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.
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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.

http://www.towelday.org/

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

nevermind.

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 famous...as 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.

Ex-Cubbery.

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...

http://www.mmamoz.com/carlos-marmol-cub-man-mma-fan

http://www.talk-sports.net/mlb/girlfriend.aspx/Car...

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.

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  • Tommy LaStella has three minor leaue options left so it's no big deal to send him to Iowa, but as of right now he projects to be at 2+124 MLB Service Time by the end of the of the 2016 MLB regular season, which will place him "on the bubble" as far as being eligible for salary arbitration as a "Super Two" post-2016.

    But if he spends at least twenty days on optional assignment this season (anything less than twenty days and he will accrue a full season of MLB Service Time), he will not have enough MLB Service Time to have a chance to be a "Super Two."

    Arizona Phil 1 min 10 sec ago view
  • this will be his 4th time leading off for the cubs this season...WITH A .500 OB%! HAIL MADDON! THE PLAN (c)2016! HE HAS RISEN! #YOLO #SWAG! KONY 2012!

    crunch 8 min 46 sec ago view
  • I don't hate Coghlan as a PHer but he's leading off today which is as bad as Austin Jackson doing so last year. He doesn't even have the speed.

    johann 57 min 43 sec ago view
  • TLS has options. He will be up again in Sept, and maybe earlier.

    Rob Richardson 1 hour 8 min ago view
  • Very odd -- TLS .308/.419 in July (in 26 AB). Strange move for a team struggling to score runs. Hard to imagine Coghlan doing better than that. Maybe they like Coghlan better as a PH?

    billybucks 1 hour 18 min ago view
  • Sorry to nitpick -- but the first game wasn't a save.

    billybucks 1 hour 33 min ago view
  • Wow La Stella sent to Iowa and Coghlan brought up. I'm not a huge Stella fan but he has been hitting lately and is to me better than Coghlan. Neither are good defensively but I guess Coghlan can play the outfield allowing Bryant to stay at 3rd more where he's better.

    johann 1 hour 35 min ago view
  • Not 2nd to last but Cubs are definitely bottom of the pack in the 2nd half in oWAR and wRC+. #1 in dWAR though which is certainly a good sign for the playoffs.

    johann 1 hour 40 min ago view
  • I was going to say that you wouldn't want Heyward to achieve Soriano's OBP--.317 with the Cubs--but now I see that he's already done that. Pitchers have lost their fear of him.

    Oh, well, at least Chapman seems to be as good as advertised.

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 48 min ago view
  • Thanks to E-man and Quiet Man for the link on Chapman in a previous post. It's funny because I never really noticed Chapman's delivery until I saw him doing it in a blue uniform. Two saves in a Cubs uniform already. I hope they don't need him today, despite that smooth delivery.

    Old and Blue 1 hour 50 min ago view
  • Cubs are middle of the pack in average, 5th in OPS, 2nd in walks, 4th in runs scored in MLB. Their runs scored ranks 17th in the MLB in July.

    Boston, leading everything, continues to rake in July.

    Old and Blue 1 hour 53 min ago view
  • Lester has given up one run or fewer in 11 starts this year. So I'd answer yes. Three of his last four starts were duds, yes. Not worried about him at all. Arrieta is concerning, to be sure. I look it at as, what he was doing was historic, so the regression was bound to happen. He showed in his start against the Mets that he's still capable, and I'd bet on him regaining his form.

    Tito 2 hours 49 min ago view
  • marlins getting a.cashner and c.rea from SD

    crunch 2 hours 56 min ago view
  • This is not an attack...But In what stat are the Cubs second from last in MLB, in hitting? I don't see this.

    Dusty Baylor 4 hours 2 min ago view
  • How odd the stats:

    Cubs 1st in pitching in MLB

    2nd to last in hitting.

    In May they were 1st in both.

    The E-Man 4 hours 19 min ago view
  • trevor clifton (high-A) could be interesting in a couple seasons...could even become a high/middle rotation guy. he's got a lot of pluses in his pitching except control.

    eric leal's (high-A) progression through the minors should be worth watching even if only projects to be an mid/end-rotation starter.

    we also gotta keep a long-distance eye on guys like jose paulino (ss-A) and preston morrison (A).

    crunch 12 hours 58 min ago view