Marmol to Close

Gordon Wittenmyer's tweets that the Cubs will go with Carlos Marmol as expected. It's like choosing your death by slowing draining the blood out of your body versus stepping on a landmine. Good luck with that Cubs...

Ryan Theriot is back tonight....and the great scrap-off of '09 can commence between him and David Eckstein, who scrapped out a the tying run with that walk in the 9th. Theriot, Bradley, Lee, Ramirez, Fukudome, Soriano, Baker, Soto and Dempster go for the Cubs.


also per Wittenmeyer:

Believe it or not: Lou got a jaywalking warning ticket in SD today. Been that kind of summer.

what's a jaywalking warning ticket? if we catch you jaywalking next time, we'll give a real ticket?

‘‘They believe in me, and I believe in myself, too,’’ Marmol said. ‘‘I think that’s the reason he made the decision.’’ happen to be the tallest midget in the bullpen

...We'll give a real ticket?
Here's a real ticket:

I would rather a guy who's unhittable (be it strikeouts or walks) than a guy who gently places the ball on a tee, with the laces out.

Lois Einhorn or Ray Finkle?

I'd rather take a bullet to the head than have my parachute fail, but you know same result.

some #'s:

Marmol 4 BLSV, 4 SV, 27 HOLDS, 2 Losses - of course his blown saves come earlier in the game and the team can still recover, on the flipside he can often be called in tougher situations.

1 Blown Save turned into a win for the team, another was an unearned run on his own error and the Cubs lost in 10 innings to Florida, after the Cubs came back with 3 in the 7th against the Cards early in the season, he gave up a run in the 8th for his first loss, 3rd BLSV was giving up an inherited run in a game the Cubs came back to win in extras, 4th BLSV vs. White Sox coughing up a 1-run lead that the Cubs dropped, lost his 2nd game versus Marlins on that last road trip, could have had a loss last week versus Phillies, but Cubs rallied in 9th to tie.

Gregg 6 BLSV, 23 SV, 0 HOLDS, 5 Losses, 4 of those Blown Saves ended up to be Gregg losses as well, 1 turned into an extra inning loss and one into a win (a week or so versus Marlins)

The upside of Marmol to closer is this. He might very well revert to 07-08 form with a lighter 1 inning defined workload. Lou likely hasn't done him any favors with his 3 year workload. Might as well find out now!

Marmol in the 9th...maybe it's good for his confidence, might actually force him to throw more strikes and a few more fastballs

(I know, it's wishful thinking)

non-news flash: cubs leave em loaded

Repeat as needed (PRN).

Soriano: 16 million
Gregg: 4.2 million
Bradley: 7 million

The guy who really needs to go is Jim Hendry for Bushian investments.

The answer is: Finkle is Einhorn, Einhorn is Finkle

Peoria 14-1 over Quad Cities, 21st win in 26 games, big blows struck by Perez, Burke and Lake.

Tennessee 2-1 over Chattanooga on walkoff homer by Colvin.

So are we talking a West Coast Sweep?

Or, will the Cubs manage 1 or 2 games?

Rob G are you going to a Dodger's game?

just Saturday at the moment, things could change though...

intentional walk to fukudome to pitch to soriano with a runner at 2nd how the $18M has fallen

and he hits a rocket (actually len called it a floater) for an rbi single...and his 1500 career hit

and a tie game

more like jammed floater over the shortstop...hey, it's something...

Demp serves up go-ahead HR the following half inning

Kyle Banks inside-the-park HR

(2009 season fades to black)

len sounds tired...bob sounds disgusted when he can bother to comment.

ladies and gentlemen. the titanic is sinking and will eventually be completely submerged. time to regroup and make some changes for next year. maybe we should get ryno to manage? god, would that be a fresh breath of air

if ryno can play middle IF and hit...or throw some decent pen...he might be useful.

if any change this offseason involves just changing what elderly fat man is in charge then *puke*

minimum...i wanna see a new middle IF option and a solid option to back up guzman/marmol in the pen (or two...)

i don't even want to get into this whole world "let's trade milton/soriano" or etc, really...there's just so much that could or could not happen there.

0-5 this year at petco park...that's just odd.

Story of the 2009-10 off-season:

How much of Soriano's contract the Cubs will have to eat in order to find a taker for him.

My guess is he will revert closer to his career numbers. Not this bad. Not 40-40 good.

I just want him to do it somewhere else.

there are just plenty of shitty contracts to go around.

My god - it is a deal signed with the Devil himself.

Last year was the "Shot".

I would say that right now Soriano (.243/.303/.425) is worth about half of what Adam Dunn (.282/.414/.574) is making, plus he's four years older and seems to be fading fast. In any trade, the Cubs would be on the hook for about $70 of the $90 million--might as well eat the whole thing and get rid of him today. Soriano's toxic contract should have been a disputed item in the sale of the team, and I don't know why it wouldn't have been. Who in his right mind would take over that contract without getting concessions from Zell for it?

I'm embarrassed to root for a team where a Derrek Lee--never mind the younger players working for the minimum--has to watch a mutt like Soriano ride the elevator to the upper floor (where the suites are located) of every road hotel.

I hate those two corner-outfield free agent mutts, which is why I spend more time following Tennessee and Peoria these days than the Cubs.

My prediction should pan out now from earlier.

I'm expecting a 2-7 Road trip to the West.

And, you can bet, I will be getting a Playoff Invoice soon.

2-7? I wish I had your optimism.

Tennessee and Peoria these days than the Cubs.
the above teams are definitely more talented too.

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  • I noticed that too. He's getting to everything, but when he gets right under it on a high flyball he looks uncomfortable

    cubbies.4ever 4 hours 23 min ago view
  • Did you expect anything different?

    billybucks 4 hours 53 min ago view
  • Wow, did they blow this game. Stupid plays by the kids in the 7th -- Almora throwing to 3rd instead of 2nd to keep the DP in order (when a DP probably wins the game) and Baez throwing to 3rd (to a backpedalling KB) instead of getting the easy 2nd out at first - cost them the game. Also, Contreras almost throws the ball into RF on a nonexistent pick-off play. And Maddon, for using Peralta in the first place. Did they do a bunch of shots in the dugout before the 7th? Unbelievably bad baseball. I thought Almora had a high baseball IQ?

    billybucks 5 hours 15 min ago view
  • men on 2nd/3rd, 0 out...and nothing.

    cubs lose :(

    crunch 5 hours 48 min ago view

    crunch 5 hours 58 min ago view
  • Getting tired of this Heywood weak sauce

    jacos 6 hours 9 min ago view
  • Yep, can't say I disagree with that. His first batter and resulting walk was just brutal. Reminded me of a bit of Jacque Jones spiking his throws into the ground from RF.

    Eric S 6 hours 17 min ago view
  • The use of Peralta in any semblance of a high leverage situation is questionable at best.

    fixed that for ya.

    crunch 6 hours 24 min ago view
  • The use of Peralta in any semblance of a high leverage situation is questionable at best. Hind sight is easy but Peralta had nothing.

    Eric S 6 hours 32 min ago view
  • make that just peralta...

    crunch 6 hours 33 min ago view
  • a.soriano new OF fielding coach?

    crunch 7 hours 37 min ago view
  • Why is Almora jumping up on catches?

    jacos 7 hours 39 min ago view
  • "Tommy La Stella (hamstring) will remain on his minor league rehab assignment through at least Friday."

    should be an interesting roster shuffle once these guys trickle back in. i imagine patton or peralta are on the hot seat for la stella's return.

    crunch 7 hours 58 min ago view
  • 6 pitches, 2 run lead.


    crunch 9 hours 7 min ago view
  • So am I. Point remains.

    Old and Blue 18 hours 56 min ago view
  • Not certain why the site has been slowed. Worked much of Wednesday on it and will continue today. Sorry for the inconvenience. I will probably take it offline for a while, but it will be up before the game against the Mets.

    WebAdmin 1 day 3 hours ago view