Archive - 2008

November 29th

Everthing Arizona Phil writes in the comment section is worthy of a Best of TCR article. But this Best of TCR writeup is to show that I can find a post when news is particularly thin (beyond those gimme's from our TCR guru in the desert). Thanksgiving weekend is usually a desert of baseball news unto itself. Thus to brighten our tumbleweed desolate weekend, my long time friend, The E-Man steps up with a summary of Bruce Levine's ESPN AM-1000 saturday morning "Talking Baseball" weekly radio show. Enjoy (except for the part where he says that my season tickets will be more expensive). Take it away E-Man:

Just heard Hendry on WMVP this AM with Bruce Levine.

Jimbo came on the show...

- no slam dunk with Marmol as closer. He is not "set to close", but it is Lou's decision. They (Marmol/Gregg) may share duties. One may close more in the beginning of the year than the other.

November 28th

MLB clubs have until Monday (December 1st) to decide whether to offer salary arbitration to their Type "A" and Type"B" free-agents. 

November 26th

In a special, Thanksgiving edition of his Stat of the Week, John Dewan chronicles the Cubs' aversion to taking walks from 2003 through '07.

Here is how the Cubs hitters ranked among NL clubs in BB:

2003 14th of 16 teams
2004 14th of 16 teams
2005 16th of 16 teams
2006 16th of 16 teams
2007 15th of 16 teams

Last year  was a different story.

I read the Sun-Times writeup on an interview with Lou Piniella in yesterday's paper and thought it was worthy of TCR discussion.

''The two things that I take from the postseason are that I didn't get a chance to pitch [Ted] Lilly, and he was such an integral part of us getting there.."

Here's my translation of Lou's comment #1:

1) The Ted Lilly Fan Club Super Computer predicted this.

2) Lou prefers Jason Marquis to Jake Peavy or Rich Harden because the latter two makes it tougher to pitch Ted Lilly in the playoffs.

3) You should have seen Z's reaction when (Lou) told him Dempster was pitching game one and Ted Lilly was pitching game two vs LA.

 

And Lou's comment #2: "And, two, we've just got to figure out a way to score more runs in the postseason."

...then Lou says: Raul Ibanez is the type of professional hitter "that we are alluding to".

Translation:

1) I'm batting Raul 4th.

2) Defense? We don't need no stinkin' defense.

3) Is there a Raul Ibanez Fan Club Computer I can check with?

November 25th

Back in April, I put up some polls for our readers to rank the position players and number one pitchers in the division. I originally intended to get them up before the season started so any hot starts wouldn't influence the results. I failed miserably at that and the poll results showed that (Derrek Lee second?). Nonetheless, let's revisit the fun.

November 22nd

Kansas City is focused on Sean Marshall and Mike Fontenot in talks with the Cubs about Mark Teahen. …

That is according to a Phil Rogers article.

That's great, I'm focused on solving world peace after I cure cancer, which will all happen after I retire at age 35 because the charming widow across the street is really the heir to the Buffett family fortune and appreciates when I roll her garbage can up her driveway on Tuesdays.

Let's just say I don't see either one happening.

November 21st

November 19th

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  • Exactly. why skip a step on the development process? It wasn't like Patterson destroyed AA and AAA.

    eh...hindsight and all I suppose...but I know there were those that questioned his readiness to leave AAA so quickly.

    13 min 53 sec ago
    Dusty Baylor
  • Patterson doesn't have Daytona on his resume, either. It's tough down there in the FSL--ask Almora and Schwarber. Trying to read Hendry's mind, here's what I get: Patterson is heading to the majors anyway, so why make him slow down at speed bumps?

    Well, maybe Schwarber stopped scuffling last night, we'll see, but that was the point of sending him to Daytona when he was barely out of Indiana U. Hoyer on Baez earlier this year:

    He's in a big slump. He'll have to figure his way out of it. He'll be stronger for having gone through this.

    1 hour 15 min ago
    VirginiaPhil
  • Yeah....after his 5- start debacle in 2011, and perusing his minor league stats, he should STFU, and stay in the bullpen. 2008, in 25 starts between Daytona and Tennessee, 6-10 with a 5.44 ERA...WHIP of 1.453 10.4 hits/9...6.1 K/9... Yeah no....

    3 hours 20 min ago
    Dusty Baylor
  • I missed this a couple of days ago: James Russell wants to start and has lobbied for it?

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/28927...

    3 hours 35 min ago
    WISCGRAD
  • It was just one game, but I saw Baez in Round Rock vs Iowa and he looked outstanding at second base.

    3 hours 50 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • And yet Olt, with that power, got platooned. Still, I'm glad he's in Iowa and working on hitting without homers.

    3 hours 53 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • You've always had your eye on that guy. Captain Happy isn't gonna like those walks. Love him or hate him, Captain Happy has pretty much a zero tolerance policy towards wildness in his relievers.

    3 hours 55 min ago
    Old and Blue
  • The only thing comparable I can think of off the top of my head would be Barry Zito's last two years. Over 2012 and 2013 he had a 4.82 ERA and 1.52 WHIP, and his WAR was 0.2 and -2.6 those years. But even there, 2012 was a moderate success with a 15-8 record and that positive WAR. According to Baseball Reference Jackson was -1.2 last year and is already at -1.3 this year. But then again according to FanGraphs, Jackson was valued at 2.0 last year and 0.7 this year, and there are plenty of pitchers behind him.

    4 hours 11 min ago
    WISCGRAD
  • Shark's line from last night:

    6.2 IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2 BB, 7 K. No decision. A's were losing 4-1 (to Scott Feldman) but scored 6 runs in the 9th for a 7-4 win.

    5 hours 17 min ago
    Cubster
  • per Tribune:

    5 hours 22 min ago
    Cubster
  • John Baker with the WIN.

    Better not impact their draft slot next year.

    9 hours 36 min ago
    QuietMan
  • Cubs 2013 7th round draft pick RHRP Scott Frazier made his first game appearance in over five weeks tonight for the AZL Cubs at Riverview Park, and it was not good:

    0.1 IP, 0 H, 5 R (1 ER), 5 BB, 1 K, 32 pitches (10 strikes)

    Frazier walked the first three men he faced on 13 pitches (the one strike among the 13 was a foul pop up behind home plate that was dropped by catcher Alberto Mineo for an E-2, which is why four of the five runs were unearned).   

    10 hours 6 min ago
    Arizona Phil
  • speaking of suck...with tonight's 0-4 sureouts just got his 300ab on the season and he's an 0-2 away from having a sub-.200 average on the season (to compliment his 16 walks).

    12 hours 17 min ago
    crunch
  • Coming into tonight's game, in his 1.5 years as a Cub, EJax had an ERA of 5.29 and a WHIP of 1.50.
    Tonight, he was given the ball for his 53rd start in a Cub uniform.
    What other pitcher, on what other team, would be allowed to start 53 games with such a godawful performance? It is beyond comprehension.
    If he is in the rotation next year, we need to seriously start a campaign to boycott his starts.

    12 hours 26 min ago
    billybucks
  • that's the * on his career in a nutshell.

    aside from the control lapses (of which there are many) he's an awesome pitcher...his control will make/break him. he's not very hittable, gets some silly swings/misses, and he keeps the ball in the park.

    12 hours 27 min ago
    crunch
  • Yikes -- Rosscup comes into the 9th with Iowa up 1-0, then walks 4 guys to give up the lead. Not good.

    12 hours 34 min ago
    billybucks
 

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