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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  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 1 min ago view
  • ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels. 

    M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores)  the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating. 

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 4 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 14 min ago view
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 2 hours 56 min ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 7 hours 42 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 7 hours 43 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 17 hours 24 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 20 hours 22 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 20 hours 34 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 20 hours 43 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 20 hours 48 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 21 hours 7 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 21 hours 43 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 22 hours 1 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 22 hours 2 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 22 hours 20 min ago view