50-Game Mark TCR Reader Survey: Question 1

I will leave these questions open for voting for two days, and we'll revisit them at games 100 and 150.

How satisfied are you with the performance of the Chicago Cubs ball-club?


Even with a pretty good arm for a left fielder, Ibanez has been pretty bad over his career:


The Hardball times last year, based on his Zone Rating and his Out of Zone plays gave him a grade of F.

Though it's intuitively hard to understand, looking good and playing well in the outfield are not the same thing. And keep in mind that right field in Wrigley is one of the toughest outfield positions to play in MLB.

Not arguing, but just for fun:

What grades do they give Soriano and Burrell?

Soriano F
Burrell F-
Abreu F-
Bradley too little to be graded but didn't look good.
Dunn F-

Now I am curious... wonder who they think is good.

Ryan Braun got a B
Ahh finally, Carl Crawford got an A
Fred Lewis got a B
Chase Headley B

They claimed that they normally distributed the grades, but they must have done it by grouping all outfielders, because left field has a ton of F's.

We need to fake label the entire state! Damn Francour!

Can we trade Z to the Yankees for a couple of pitching prospects and package those with our own bums to get Peavy?

If we have to eat any of Z's contract, maybe we can get the Pad's to eat a little of Peavy's to help offset the money. Actually, all the fuckers involved, players, owners, etc. are all rich, so I don't care who pays what.

And I see Vitters in the majors being a bad 1970's style DH unless he learns the goddamn strike zone. Vitters is on a pace for 14 walks if he gets 500 ab's this year. The only good thing is right now, in low A, he's only going to k 81 times in 500 ab's, but those numbers will likely go up as he faces better pitching. He needs to learn the strike zone, and I'm of the belief that hitters aren't taught the strike zone, they are either naturally gifted or hackers. Maybe Vitters projects as a .260 30 hr, 180k guy in the majors, but that's not a blue chip prospect. That's Russell Branyon territory.

Arizona Phil, have you seen Vitters in person? What do you think he projects to right now?

So your theory on Vitters is that the competition will get better, but he will not. You realize he's 19, playing with a bunch of guys who are 22 or 23? Then there's the whole "he doesn't walk, therefore he can't play third base" thing you've got going on.

He's on pace for 37 HR's against those 81K's. He's one of the top 20 prospects in baseball, calm down.

I'm not talking about whether he can play 3b, I'm saying unless he learns the strike zone he's going to resemble Corey Patterson, Felix Pie, Ryan Harvey, and a countless stream of other over-hyped Cubs busts.

Well you said you see him as a DH.

Harvey was a year older than Vitters when he was in the midwest league, he hit 24 HR's against 137 K's in 467 at bats.

Pie was a year younger, hit only 4 HR's and K'd 98 times in 505 at bats.

Patterson had 20 HR's against 85 K's in 475 at bats at the same age as Vitters, and would have been an all-star player in 2003 if not for blowing out his knee.

Alex Rodriguez K'd 44 times against 14 HR's in his 248 at bats in the Midwest league.

Walks are good, but to tell if a guy can hit at a level, K rate is more important.

Now if you're more making an beef against the minor league organization and how they don't encourage hitters to take walks, I can 100% support that. But if you don't think Vitters is a top prospect... well, you're in the Flat Earth Society.

A 1970's DH style hitter.

You didn't include that ARod's minor league career his k to bb rato was 2:1, not 5:1 like Vitters.

And we all know how well Korey's career has gone.

These guys are rushed through the Cubs system with apparently no emphasis on learning the strike zone. Then the Cubs brass are shocked that the players struggle against big league pitching.

You need to quit using K to BB ratio as your tool for evaluating strike zone discipline. Was Andre Dawson a major league hitter? Shawon Dunston? Joe Carter?

Just look at K rates, that tells you whether the guy is hitting what he's swinging at.

An interesting note: Mike Murphy on the Score radio in Chicago replayed an interview he had with the Iowa play by play guy, Dean something I think. This was from when Randy Wells first was called up to face the Brewers, and the announcer said that when Wells was with Toronto in spring training and for a few weeks at the beginning of 2008, Roy Halladay taught Wells a sinker, which has made Wells a much more complete pitcher, according to the announcer.

and Bruce Levine's take on Z missing the flight...


Cubs movie soon...


Clearly the reality is scarier than anything they can think up for the big screen.

Pie/Orioles = Patton/Cubs, some potential but mostly useless and wasting a roster spot.


From that link:
"Sudhir said:
I totally agree with Mr. MacPhail. It's good to have a backup, who is a legitimate CF. Pie, probably, is confused because of overcoaching."

Oh Orioles fan, you'll learn eventually. Does Maryland not get WGN?

crunch, I have to agree with you.

This is a waste of medical resources. It's a castration of the medical staff where they no longer need clinical judgement. Every ingrown toenail gets the mega workup. Might want to draw some bloodwork on Bradley to see if he has Dontrelle Willis disease while they are at it.

It's unlikely that an MRI will give more info than an office exam...unless they get the radiologist to dictate some gibberish and then use that to put Bradley on the 60 day DL.

Bruce Levine coming on ESPN radio shortly.

edit: he didn't have any news on the all important MB MRI. Bradley Day-to Night- to Day-to Night...

sori, riot, fuky (rf), lee, font (3b), rejo (cf), hill, blanco, lilly.

as will Soto...
This lineup sucks.

It's one thing to have this lineup this shitty every once in awhile when players are resting, but this type of caliber lineup basically everyday SUCKS. The starting pitchers can't pitch good enough to overcome the lack of runs and shittiness of the bullpen. Changes need to be made and soon...

Well that pretty much guarantees us an 9-3 win.

HA HA That is probably right!

What changes, Manny? Lets hear some ideas.

Adding a bullpen arm and adding a bat would be the changes I would be looking at. As for exact changes, I am not sure who is available, so I can't tell you you Hendry should go after.

Where would you play this 'bat'. What would you trade for these guys?

Can we trade Theriot for Hanley, then Fontenot+Scales for Utley?


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

    Eric S 3 hours 6 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 6 hours 4 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 6 hours 17 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 6 hours 25 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 6 hours 31 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 6 hours 49 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 7 hours 25 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 7 hours 43 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 7 hours 45 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 8 hours 3 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 8 hours 10 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 9 hours 6 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 9 hours 23 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 9 hours 28 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 10 hours 38 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 11 hours 17 min ago view