MLB.com Needs to Look Up the Definition of Preview

So MLB.com is doing a minute and a half "previews" for each team leading up to the draft on Tuesday. You can find the Cubs version by following this link (Mlb.com has something against embedding video files). If you don't want to waste that minute and a half of your life, let me summarize the "preview" portion of the video.

"This year's first pick falls at number 31 overall and with a deep pitching crop, the Cubs will likely take advantage."

The other 1:22 of the video is reviewing the ineptitude of the past Cubs drafts.


Soriano, Theriot, Fukudome, Lee, Fontenot, R. Johnson, K. Hill, A. Blanco and Wells go against Hairston Jr., Willie Mays (aka Chris Dickerson), Phillips, Nix, Hernandez, Gomez, Gonzalez, Hanigan and Arroyo in today's series finale.

 

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versus the Brewers today...go rookie.

Harden scratched from today's AAA start for "undisclosed reasons" ala Rotoworld.

Sean Marshall smiles...

must have updated their story...says now stomach virus and he'll pitch tomorrow

That's pretty much the best news it could've been. Sweet.

Kosuke's OPS dropping like a rock again

April 1.052
May .830
June .472

Mr. April!

June .472

After 4 games? Good intelligent commentary on that one.

5 games. Clearly that's all the Cubs have played so far in June.

After yesterday, Fukudome has played in only 5 games in June, and started just 4. He only has 21 plate appearances.

And you want to pretend that is some kind of meaningful sample size?

He's hitting .000 for the rest of the season! We should just DFA him!

cubs trying to blow another one for wells.

thank you carlos marmol,cant guzman pitch every day

marmol can pitch everyday evidently.

Possible slogans for the 2009 Cubs:

"Chicago Cubs 2009: What's the point?"
"Bad AND boring"
"Come watch us punk Randy Wells again!"
"Hey, we won 97 games last year!"

With all of the grousing we give Hendry and Co. for giving up on players too soon, have to give them props for sticking with Gooz through all of his past trials. Can't remember another recent minor - league player from this organization that's sticked around as long as he has, yet still made the big league club.

Hope Guzman still has something left in the tank to close this one out ... today is his 5th appearance in the last 6 days.

He had plenty left

RICH HILL lost it again today

First inning of his start:

single
pop out 5
stolen base
BB
BB
BB (0-1)
HBP (0-2)
ground out 5-3 (0-3)
BB
removed from game

NAVIGATOR, who bizarrely cannot even properly spell his own Internet chat board handle, continued to blather on with facts irrelevant to the 2009 Cubs.

? Since when is news about Cubs former prospects irrelevant at TCR? That broom up your butt must really be bothering you.

Yeah, I was going to post the same thing but you beat me to it. I think a lot of us are interested in how Hill is doing, just because of his strange tenure with the Cubs, and the fact that his performance impacts our PTBNL that we will get in about a month. Furthermore, it is interesting to see how players do away from the Cubs as it helps us reflect on our coaching and player development. If everyone blossoms elsewhere, we should be worried, but so far we haven't seen that. In fact, it's mainly the opposite, Hendry seems to jettison prospects that are in fact overrated and don't turn into stars. I find all of this interesting.

I might add that those of us who took a flyer on Hill for our fantasy teams are thoroughly, completely perplexed. Mr. Hill, meet Mr. Bench...I guess?

David Patton 2-1
Randy Wells 0-2

hell of a good time for an off-day tomorrow...

i just hope marmol can throw 20-30 pitches on the off-day tomorrow to stay in playing shape.

What was that weird thing Lou was doing with his tongue at the end of today's game while Gooz was working on his career high number of saves? It kept going in and out of his mouth like a lizard. Does he do that all the time? Is that gonna happen to me as I get older?

"Is that gonna happen to me as I get older?"

It might. You never know.

Lou also goes into Bloomingdale's and tries on shirts by stripping off what he's wearing right there on the sales floor.

Lou has just gotten old enough where he doesn't care what people think.

Back in 2004, I saw Dustin Hoffman do that very thing in the men's department of Barney's in Beverly Hills.

Is there a place where people can browse your published writings?

personally i thing marmol needs a mental break can he have
a seat next to soto.

I think he needs a mental break followed by a 2 week stint in Daytona.

call up harden send down marmol?

Len said something about Larry trying to get him to raise his arm angle or something and Marmol just won't do it.

still, tough to get too down on a guy leading the league in holds and the 2nd best ERA among relievers on the team, 5th best BAA against among NL relievers. Way too walk happy of course, and it doesn't look like it's going to fix itself anytime soon.

So much for Lou hating relievers that walks guys...seems to be sticking with him.

and now I look forward to the dozen responses to tell me I'm an idiot...

I really can't wrap my mind around why he won't respond to Larry about his arm slot. I don't know how Carlos can't tell it's clearly MUCH lower than last year. Just watch video.

You cannot control a slider with as much break as he has from that arm angle. It's just not physically possible. Your release has to be absolutely perfect every single time. If you're a little early, that's when that thing turns into a riser with very little break. Ends up at the guy's eyeballs. If you're a little late, that's when it breaks a mile and everything is away, away, away to righties. That pitch with that arm angle makes it nearly impossible to throw strikes. Kinda like 8.3 BB/9 impossible.

In a not really related story, I guess, we went through this exact thing with Z to start 2006. Arm angle was way down, Larry told him it was way down, and he didn't do a damn thing about it.

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  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 13 hours 7 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 13 hours 12 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 13 hours 17 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 13 hours 29 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 13 hours 40 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 14 hours 5 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 14 hours 45 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 15 hours 58 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 16 hours 15 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 16 hours 19 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 17 hours 3 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 21 hours 54 min ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 23 hours 8 min ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 23 hours 12 min ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 1 day 30 min ago view
  • cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.

    crunch 1 day 7 hours ago view