Cubs vs. Day:
Juan Pierre: 2-10, 200/200/200, 1 K,
Since I'm enjoying another day of 70 degree sunny weather, I don't know how bad it's raining in Chicago but the game is currently being delayed. I assume they'd play two tomorrow if they can't get the game in as I believe this is the Nationals only trip to Chicago this year.
It's amazing how one start can skew a pitcher's numbers so early in the season. I put up a preview for Marshall's last game versus the Giants in which he was resoundingly beaten before most fans could get in their seats to enjoy their Gilroy Garlic Fries. His numbers went from "ace in waiting" to "still a rookie". We'll see which Marshall we get tonight (or tomorrow).
And just when you think Dusty has trouble filling out a lineup card, Frank Robinson (or one of his assistants as he's not at the game suffering from severe back spasms) has decided to put Soriano as his leadoff hitter. Tough to imagine why these guys are doing even worse than us.
If we get it in, go Cubs! Tomorrow is the return of Kid K.
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Let’s start with the strikeouts. Baez has fanned 43 times in his first 99 plate appearances, a 43.4 percent clip. No other player with as many PAs in 2014 has topped 40 percent (although, as most Cubs fans could tell you, Mike Olt has come close). According to data from Baseball Prospectus, if Baez strikes out in his next trip to the plate, he’ll set a record for the most K’s in the first 100 plate appearances of a nonpitcher’s career since at least 1960.
Yes, it is and in the long run will prove beneficial for both owner and city. But they came into a situation with an old neglected stadium that can not be modernized without approval from the state, city and neighbors even though owner is using their money. Tell me where else outside North Korea and Cuba does that situation exist.
The farm system was in shambles, minimal scout system, and bloated underachieving major league team. But yeah they should have signed Prince Fielder and this would have been all better.
Former Cubs Player Development Director Oneri Fleita used to yell at Cubs minor leaguers from the Tower at Fitch Park (with a few choice "f-bombs" thrown in), but I don't recall ever hearing a scout yell at a player from the stands. In fact, scouts are usually exceptionally quiet and unassuming.
Perhaps the cross-checker enjoyed a libation or three prior to the game.
i have little to no issue with what theo/jed have done, but as far as the "fans, wait until we build our core" thing goes (and the 3 years of tanking to do it) that's done as far as i can tell. they got what they've asked the fans to wait for.
beyond that...and what got me interested in this part of the thread...i don't wanna hear about how they're scraping together pennies in the budget from season to season. this is a top large-market team with billionaire owners.
A scout goes out to find prospects and then reports back to the Scouting Director on which prospects show enough ability for another set of eyes. The cross-checker is that second set of eyes. He gives another perspective, a second reference, to the Scouting Director. A cross-checker is a step-up from a scout.
Wasn't Alcantara about Jimenez's age when he signed? I don't remember that signing but his age and time spent in the minors suggest he was about that age, maybe a year older. I suspect a 17 year old won't be fast tracked. Gleyber Torres sounds like he's a bit more advanced at about the same age, but I doubt he'll be challenging for Addison Russell's position at short for the Cubs next year. Boy, this is fun!
One thing I'll give Crunch on the Ricketts front is that had they not taken a fast food franchise approach to running the team, they probably would have avoided Tarpgate. The cutting of the hours of the grounds crew to avoid Obamacare is a pretty ghastly way to run a business. I'm not a big fan of the Ricketts. I'm a pretty good fan of Theo - but I'm not convinced that Theo is still not facing considerable financial constraints. This is a very heavily leveraged team thanks to the way the finances were structured in the Zell deal.