Marmol to Close

Gordon Wittenmyer's tweets that the Cubs will go with Carlos Marmol as closer...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.

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also per Wittenmeyer:

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

http://twitter.com/cst_cubs/

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.’’

also...you happen to be the tallest midget in the bullpen

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

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/11/white-sox...

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

...my 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.
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the above teams are definitely more talented too.

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  • heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.

    he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.

    crunch 26 min 14 sec ago view
  • stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.

    that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.

    crunch 1 hour 32 min ago view
  • brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.

    crunch 2 hours 21 min ago view
  • Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 51 min ago view
  • 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. 22 hours 2 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. 22 hours 7 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. 22 hours 12 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. 22 hours 24 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 22 hours 35 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. 23 hours 51 sec 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 23 hours 40 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 1 day 53 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 1 day 1 hour 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 1 day 1 hour 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 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

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

    Eric S 1 day 6 hours ago view