VICTORY!!!

The Blackhawks celebrate Z's first win since returning to the rotation.

Congrats to the Hawks and drawing the attention away from the Cubs for a few more days.

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5 scoreless for Cashner to start with 4 k's, 0 bb's and 2 H allowed

Welcome to the 8th inning kid.

How sweet it is!!

Every Chicago pro sports team has now won a championship in my lifetime except the one I spend the most time, energy and money on.

Congrats to all you Hawks fans. I'm happy for the city.

Well it's nice that Cashner is being used in the role that helps this franchise the most instead of having blinders on to the world and remaining a starter.

Blinders on? Like pretending this team is going somewhere this year depending upon whether Cashner starts or pitches in the bullpen?

ha.

Cashner needs to be a starter. Bro can pitch.

I agree it doesn't matter this year, though. I mean in the long term.

If the Cubs are far enough out of it in late August and September for Lou and Hendry to admit they are out of it, Cash, Jackson, and maybe even Thomas Diamond (depending upon trades, his play in AAA at that point) should have opportunities to pitch in the rotation if they haven't hit their innings quota for the year, and other guys ought to shift from rotation to bullpen to cut down on their innings and save their arms a bit (Dempster? Zambrano? Wells?).

[I agree with you, Ryno. Consider him a starter until/unless he gives you sufficient reason to think he's not. Starters are much more valuable.]

Since this is a congrats Blackhawks thread...

The actual Stanley Cup has been modified over the years, anyone know much about that history?

Here's a pic I found of Redwing Sid Abel holding the cup in 1950. Many more layers (9) in the bottom portion of the cup. Obviously they had to rework it so that all the players can get their names engraved but the cup itself looks the same size. I wasn't sure if they just made the cup bigger by adding a bottom layer when they ran out of room for names.

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w192/Mahjo...

The Wiki entry includes several pictures showing how the design of the cup's base changed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Cup

CUBS HOIST SOTO'S CUP!
Geo Pokes 2 of Team's 5 HR's vs. Sorry Brewers

rumor alert
cup and hawks will be at wrigley tomorrow .

/hope it's true

just don't let Alex Gonzalez near it, he'd be sure to drop it.

"The Blackhawks celebrate Z's first win since returning to the rotation."

haha... clever.

lineup for Thurs

Fuku, Theriot, Byrd, Tracy, Nady, Colvin, Soto, Castro, Dempster

You can bet Demp is hung over today. MAny buddies on this Hawks team as you all know.

HE will either pitch lights-out, or will suck mightily.

B.

blue angels are in chicago for their many-times-a-year show of taxpayer military waste.

woooooooooooooooooooooooosh.

Byrd catches a huge break.

Earlier in the game Weeks took 2b on him on a sac fly by Fielder. Now with 1st/3rd and 1 out Nady flies deep to center with Byrd on 1b and decided to try and make-up for it but would have been nailed before Theriot's run would have scored, but Weeks dropped the ball.

Did you catch his "wait til next year" comment?
http://marlonbyrd.mlblogs.com/archives/2010/0...

so he's a realist?

yeah, what an asshole.

I sure don't think Marlon is an asshole.

Except for his throws that tail to the right (another one today..) I love the guy.

Thank goodness Weeks can't hold onto the ball.

Thank goodness we got Chad Tracy's bat back up from Iowa.

2 AB, 2 K's.
Against Dave Bush.

Sheesh.

Can you say "AAAA" ball player...

You're talking about Dave Bush, right?

Brewers pitchers are killing us with their bats....

chad tracy...you suck so much.

how not to do a rundown by the 2010 cubs.

Remember the Barrett v. Rollins rundown? Good times.

[How the hell do you bounce that throw, anyway?!]

expect it any time tracy has to throw at a target he's running toward...he's pretty bad about it, imo...still, that was pathetically tragic.

How did the Brewers score their third run?

the botched run-down mentioned above...

grounder to 2nd with runners on 1st/2nd. Theriot goes to first when Fielder stopped and Nady had him at 2b, but Weeks was now at 3b so Fielder tried to get in a rundown.

Weeks took off and Castro threw home, Soto then gunned it to 3b and Tracy tried to throw home on the run and bounced it and Soto didn't come up with it. Weeks did get clocked though which was nice.

Thanks, no mention of how it scored on Yahoo.

WOO!!!!!!!

Nady seems healed.

Cardinals signed Jeff Suppan... I normally would be pretty happy about this but when I think about the history of the Cardinals doing something with unproductive pitchers I get a little scared.

At least Suppan supposedly has back problems. Then again he probably wins the damn Cy Young. Oh how I dislike Dave Duncan.

"C. Tracy struck out swinging" -- times 3. Against Dave Bush. Dave Frigging Bush.

how is that fat-as-hell brewers fan near home plate fitting into his seat?

Think Gorz is having fun?

Sloth was screwed by the Castro/Nady error. Although could have not walked Weeks or Fielder.

jeff baker ph 4 colvin?????

Howry in

this can only end in 2 ways, bad or horrific.

more cubs defensive fail in the bottom 9th...awesome.

My love for MarByrd is dying as I write.

cubs hair kid #1

something tells me howry isn't much of a 2 inning guy...

okay...screw this game. what the hell...so much cubbery.

MIL deserved to win this one.

you just have to laugh.

or kill yourself.

Nady's a dumb-ass

Was that the ball that sailed over third or his arm?

It was Stanley's cup (cub fan Stosh tossed his beer cup in disgust)

did anyone here know that Byrd is leading the league in BA?

I know he was second going into last night's game behind Prado.

Why is Bob Howry on the team again? Diamond, Jackson, Schlitter... all of these guys would have given the Cubs a better chance to win today (though sounds like the defense was top notch as well).

Notice how the Brewers were able to keep their lineup intact, and the Cubs wound up with Howry batting second, Hill batting 9th and Soriano batting 7th?

this game was full of stupid all around.

why howry was pitching a 2nd inning, i dunno...don't know why after striking out 3 times they had a hit and run on with byrd/tracy, but it kept tracy from following up his 3 Ks with a double play, though.

lot of walks...cruddy D...

Why are you complaining about decisions made by a fat old man making $3 million?!?!? Those decision's don't matter, right?

no, it's about how similar the 500K-1m ones are to the 3-5+m ones.

besides, the walks + cruddy D killed the game and 1 weird decision turned out okay, anyway. there's other weird decisions not mentioned that didn't.

it was just a really stupid game.

Ok, I'm still grinning ear to ear from last night, but now I can switch into Cubs mode.

why would you want to do that to yourself?

fart

lol!

Kerry blows a save against the Red Sox.

-edit- but gets the win when Bard blows it filling in for Papelbon.

After the cup and the hawks leave wrigley tomorrow, do the city and the fans a favor and napalm the place

"It was a perfect situation for the Brewers," Hill said. "They had a guy up there at the plate [in Counsell] who takes a lot of pride in what he does and he practices those situations, so when it does come up, he gets the bunt down to the right side of the field. They have the perfect guy on first base [in Gomez], who is one of the fastest guys in the league, and they had one of the worst fundamental teams on the field, so it was a perfect situation for them."

well at least Mordecai Hill is honest...

Wow.

From Phil Rogers -

The Cubs have committed 43 errors, tied for the eighth-most in the majors. But the really telling statistic is unearned runs allowed. The Cubs have allowed 32 of those already, a pace that would produce 86 over 162 games. The only team that has allowed more is Washington (34).

Those unearned runs have been as much a part of the 2010 story for Lou Piniella's team as a bad bullpen and disappointing run production. And there's a trend here that says bad things about Piniella's ability to address issues.

In 2007, his first year in Chicago, the Cubs allowed 40 unearned runs. Those totals have climbed to 47 in '08, 56 in '09 and the projected 86 in '10.

http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/06/...

That's assuming that unearned runs follow a straight line projection.

Toyota sign is up.

http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/06/...

(With picture.)

It's hideous. And it's not what the Ricketts said they were going to put up. The sign was supposed to be lower and wider. Like this

http://chicagoist.com/attachments/Marcus%20Gi...

fart

I smell a new meme.

nice.

fart just sums up how I felt about the game (and the season) as well as how much I care about a new sign.

Can we recall the 2010 season now?

Kendry Morales officially out for the year now.

Get on the phone Hendry!!

j/k, I'm sure with the way the Angels are playing they'll wait it out until they get the deal and player they want.

caller on wscr said Randy Wells (and Ryan Dempster) were partying with the Blackhawks at The Underground until the wee hours...Wells left early (3 am) because he's starting today, Dempster closed down the place.

...expect another "wobbly" outing for wells. James Russell you have an appointment with the 2nd inning.

...expect any pics of Dempster to be with his sunglasses on.

http://www.theundergroundchicago.com/

i like koyie hill...

So do I. For me, he replaced the pitching coach a while ago. When a pitcher is having problems, they put him in Hill's care.

But now he seems to be going after Piniella's and Trammel's jobs. Well, more power to him. I like Lou, but he's sloppy about defense.

Hill's outburst was the strongest since the one Bradley got kicked off the team for. But Hill won't be disciplined, more likely he'll be rewarded, because he was talking about something real.

"But Hill won't be disciplined, more likely he'll be rewarded, because he was talking about something real."

and because he's white

and because he adds 5 mph to a pitcher's fastball. you just can't teach that.

you also can't teach his whiteness.

you also can't teach a crappy backup catcher to call out the rest of his team.

koyie hill is kinda' like ryan theriot. neither do anything well. yet cubs fans still still like them.

"you just can't teach that."

Well, you can teach a pitcher to trust his fastball and throw it more often. The current pitching coach can't, but maybe a catcher could. You can remind a slider-happy late-inning reliever, whose occasional fastball was hitting 91-92, that he used to throw 96-97. It's not exactly adding 5 mph to a pitcher's fastball, but you're right, it sounds funnier that way.

As to Theriot and Hill not doing anything well:

I think Theriot was pretty good at positioning himself at shortstop, so that his complete lack of range wasn't as glaring as it might have been. If that sounds like damning with faint praise, I'm not his biggest fan right now. He is 13 out of 15 in stolen base attempts, which is keeping him in the lineup and near the top of the order. Nobody else steals bases on this team. So he does that pretty well, at least lately.

Hill was 40% in caught-stealings last year, compared to Soto's 20%. Hill's CS numbers are down this year, but it may be because he tends to come in the game when Marmol is pitching. (They must think he catches Marmol well. Also Carlos Silva.) Marmol doesn't usually bother to hold runners. Since 2007 he has had 19 bases stolen on him, against 1 caught-stealing. Maybe holding runners is one of the fundamentals that Hill was talking about.

Anyway, Hill will still be here next year. I'm not so sure about Theriot, the manager and the pitching coach.

I just lol'd imagining having this conversation with somebody like Francisco Rodriguez.

Catcher: Hey man, we're in a bind here. You used to throw 98 miles an hour all the time!

K Rod: And?

Catcher: That was awesome.

K Rod: Hey, fuck you, man.

Maybe Hill should try it with Zambrano. He used to throw 98.

There's a difference between reminding a guy to rely on the fastball and somehow making a guy recover lost velocity.

I'd just to like to know when Marmol was throwing in the low 90's?

Arguments are easier to win when you make up stuff.

fwiw, Marmol is throwing his fastball even less this year than last year.

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  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 6 hours 22 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 9 hours 20 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 9 hours 32 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 9 hours 41 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 9 hours 47 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 10 hours 5 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 10 hours 41 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 10 hours 59 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 11 hours 58 sec 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 11 hours 18 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 11 hours 26 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 12 hours 21 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 12 hours 39 min ago view
  • 9 pitches in and this game already rules.

    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 12 hours 44 min ago view
  • First time I saw Herrera was yesterday. He took like 100 pitches, fouled off a ton off Lester.

    Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.

    The E-Man 13 hours 54 min ago view
  • Obviously not Phil. But he mentioned this on Wednesday.

    "Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."

    In the comments here: http://www.thecubreporter.com/05242016/cub-power-d...

    QuietMan 14 hours 32 min ago view