Archive - Sep 6, 2006

The Silver Lining

I never really thought we'd catch the Pirates or the Royals for worst record in the league, but honestly a top pick in the first three slots of the draft is usually a good thing especially since the Cubs don't seem to shy away from giving out bonus money. This isn't a team that's so young that any type of moral victory such as fifth over sixth place would mean anything, so might as well go for the high draft pick. The Royals are playing well so they're definitely catchable for the overall worst record.

Time to Revisit the College of Coaches

According to Bruce Miles in the Daily Herald, the Pirates "commandeered" Wrigley Field for some extra batting & fielding practice prior to last night's game. So Bucs manager Jim Tracy apparently had a novel idea: How about some extra practice during the season? And Paul Sullivan in the Chicago Tribune reports that Cubs #1 prospect Felix Pie is upset that he didn't get a September recall, and that he is being sent to Fitch Park in Mesa to work one-on-one with hitting instructor Von Joshua and base-running instructor Bob Dernier instead of getting a chance to strut his stuff at Wrigley Field in September.

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  • I'm with you, Rob. You pretty much summed up how I feel about it.

    JoePepitone 2 hours 5 min ago view
  • Been quite the roller-coaster the past two days -- both games, plus the Chapman kerfuffel. How about a couple of nice, comfortable wins before facing Sale? Cubs should definitely wear throwbacks for that game.

    billybucks 3 hours 1 min ago view
  • The Cubs are stronger defensively than most of the teams they play. In order to capitalize on that, they have to a) put the ball in play and b) run the bases aggressively.

    That said, Cabrera has a strong, accurate arm, as witnessed by his 97 outfield assists over 12 seasons--mostly left field but also a lot of center. Bryant is rarely thrown out, but I guess you have to know who's throwing the ball.

    VirginiaPhil 3 hours 54 min ago view
  • 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 13 hours 3 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 13 hours 18 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 13 hours 33 min ago view
  • Must be a Cub thing - our lefties can;t get lefties out.

    billybucks 13 hours 33 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 13 hours 34 min ago view
  • Didn't Jake cost them the game with a pitch to Frazier?

    The E-Man 13 hours 47 min ago view
  • Missed the play w/Bryant. What happened?

    The E-Man 13 hours 48 min ago view
  • Not a good decision by Bryant in the 9th. That may have cost them the game.

    billybucks 13 hours 52 min ago view
  • Can we un-do the Montgomery deal? Please?

    billybucks 13 hours 53 min ago view
  • THAT WAS TURRIBLE.

    crunch 13 hours 56 min ago view
  • Who is this Arrieta guy? Can I get the old one back please?

    The E-Man 15 hours 5 min ago view
  • Well, this is, once again, the whole season for the Sox.

    billybucks 15 hours 9 min ago view
  • ...and the Bryant RBI jinx continues in the 3rd....crap.

    billybucks 16 hours 41 min ago view