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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  • On the other hand, Pries won his first start for Iowa, only giving up two HRs in the process. This trade has got some legs yet!

    Eric S 3 hours 40 min ago view
  • KB now with 0 RBI in his last 10 games and 1 in his last 15, despite having 19 hits in his last 15 games and raising his batting average from .278 to .286 over that span.

    Maybe have Zobrist hit 2 and KB hit 4?

    Also -- no HR in the last 15 games -- time for a bunch. Starting tomorrow.

    billybucks 3 hours 56 min ago view
  • Down a run. Fowler on first. Nobody out. KB singles to left, Fowler makes it to third, perfect throw from Cabrera nails KB trying to stretch for 2nd.

    So, instead of 1st & 3rd and no out, you have 3rd with one out. It was a perfect throw, but why take the chance with 3-4-5 hitters coming up?

    billybucks 4 hours 10 min ago view
  • Must be a Cub thing - our lefties can;t get lefties out.

    billybucks 4 hours 11 min ago view
  • Splitting hairs, but Jake's pitch was poor execution, while KB's play was a poor decision (and the 2nd time he got thrown out trying to stretch in the game). Poor execution happens. Poor decisions are preventable. Speaking of poor decisions -- Baez's steal of 3rd made absolutely no sense.

    billybucks 4 hours 11 min ago view
  • Didn't Jake cost them the game with a pitch to Frazier?

    The E-Man 4 hours 25 min ago view
  • Missed the play w/Bryant. What happened?

    The E-Man 4 hours 26 min ago view
  • Not a good decision by Bryant in the 9th. That may have cost them the game.

    billybucks 4 hours 30 min ago view
  • Can we un-do the Montgomery deal? Please?

    billybucks 4 hours 31 min ago view

    crunch 4 hours 33 min ago view
  • Who is this Arrieta guy? Can I get the old one back please?

    The E-Man 5 hours 42 min ago view
  • Well, this is, once again, the whole season for the Sox.

    billybucks 5 hours 46 min ago view
  • ...and the Bryant RBI jinx continues in the 3rd....crap.

    billybucks 7 hours 18 min ago view
  • bryant's in the dugout filling a police report BECAUSE HE JUST GOT ROBBED.

    f'n cabrerra...

    crunch 7 hours 56 min ago view
  • chapman showing up and available tomorrow night.

    i'm sure he'll be a bit hit. hope he doesn't choke. dude has a rifle for an arm. he'll add a bit of punch to the bullpen.

    crunch 7 hours 57 min ago view
  • the 'crosstown classic' sure has lost it's magic with interleague. the excitement level is barely noticable...maybe it's a bit more hype in the city, itself.

    crunch 8 hours 1 min ago view