The Cardinals are using my last Cub brain cell as a punching bag.

It's just that time of year, I guess.
When I'm forced to watch guys in red hats run around on a baseball diamond laughing and hugging each other.
Celebrating another victory.
I'm tired of looking at their organization and thinking man, those guys sure know how to run things.
But... helpless, you know?
At least for now.
Or another year.
Or so.
Whatever man.
I don't know aobut you but I'm all about the Oakland Athletics now and hoping Billy Beane can get that ring.

Go A's!

And Bears.

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I hope you saw my post of a couple days ago regarding these same red scourge baseball players.

Nicely done, and a very sad, last cell at that.

Yep. Part of the inspiration. That and last night. And then the Blackhawks... what a nightmare.

So what, exactly, is in a Cub brain cell?

Not really sure, I only know there won't be any Old Style in there next year.

Don't be too shocked if the Bears lose, CBlue. It isn't going to take much longer for teams to figure out that all they have to do to beat them is protect the ball. Well, N.O. figured it last week. The Giants may tonight. Teams are moving the ball up and down the field pretty easily so far.

Please let me be wrong. It does help to see Jeffery emerge as a playmaker. If Martellus Bennet (sp?) could get healthy and Marshall is on all cylinders, and they Faulk Forte and Cutler doesn't have a turnoverpalooza, they could keep up. Damn, that's a lot of IFs.

As we discussed and agreed - without a pass rush, we need to temper our overall enthusiasm (unless they outscore their opponents with defenses similar to theirs).

It would be nice for Shame on you Shane to make one tackle - other than piling on a pile after a runner is down already.

To date, this draft pick is equaling Angelo's 1st round turds.

Yeah, but Long has been so magnificent it sort of makes up for it, and Jeffry from last year's draft has been nice and still has lots of upside. I assume you're referring to Shea Mcwhatever, which really was a head scratcher at the time, and yup, he's done nothing.

Basically, last night sort of proved us right - NYG couldn't protect the ball, and they lost. Moved the ball up and down at will, like everyone else is doing. I wasn't able to watch every down last night and couldn't really watch closely but I DVRed and will watch tonight, but I'm assuming Peppers is still not looking great. I really hope he's just hurt a bit and not just feeling the effects of age. They miss Melton, too, dammit. I am not as high on Melton as some are, but he's still a force in there and they haven't plugged the hole.

Yes - Shea Mc Whatever. He finally got his 1st or 2nd tackle this year - in 6 games.

So - I suppose that trading the Boise Flash is too late this year. Maybe they can put something together during the bye. To get deep into the post-season, they are really doing to need a DT. I hope Peppers has something going on that we don't know about.

But I fear it is your latter concern - he too old/worn now. He does get held on every play, but don't most of them?

Yeah, he gets held but he's always been held and worked through it. Now they've lost Williams, a not dominant linebacker but still yet another starter on defense going down. Bostic is going to have to prove his draftworthiness very quickly. No matter, though, Green Bay is going to score on every drive in the next game.

Almora in lineup batting leadoff and playing RF for tonight's AZL game vs Salt River Rafters. No Soler or Bryant.

http://mlb.mlb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2013_1...

Almora went 2-5 including a 3 rbi riple

Solar Sox top 9th:
Matt Skole walks.
Max Muncy singles on a soft line drive to center fielder James Ramsey. Matt Skole to 2nd.
David Freitas singles on a line drive to center fielder James Ramsey. Matt Skole to 3rd. Max Muncy to 2nd.
Albert Almora triples (1) on a line drive to center fielder James Ramsey. Matt Skole scores. Max Muncy scores. David Freitas scores.

chuckle...

They are a church casserole made out of cream of mushroom soup and Minute Rice.

THAT was funny. And somehow good natured ...

I guess with the departure of Jay Mariotti someone had to take over as crown prince of douchebag sports writers...Rick Reilly wants that crown.

http://thebiglead.com/2013/10/10/will-rick-reilly-be-fired-by-espn-for-m...

pretty much feels like must-win games for the Bears the next 2 weeks with the rest of the schedule

Giants, @ Redskins then bye week

then

@ Packers, vs. Lions, vs. Ravens, @ Rams, @ Vikings, vs. Cowboys, @ Browns, @ Eagles, vs. Packers

hopefully go 5-4 in that stretch and 10-6 on the season.

mark derosa's been doing a bit of work on he MLB Network the past few days...very well.

he's really fluid, fast, speaks well, etc...he's cut out for doing mic work.

Can he manage?

http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/writer/jon-heyman/24063392/after-interviewi...

Hinch, Acta, Rick Renteria and maybe Dave Martinez seem to be on the short list for the Cubs.

GOD DAMN Does This Bears D-Line SUCK ASS!!!!

"Cover 2" is WITHOUT COVERAGE WHEN ITS MINUS A FUCKING PASS RUSH!!

"FOX Sports reports that the Mariners recently contacted Lou Pinella regarding their managerial opening, but the 70-year-old told them he wasn't interested."

he's doing it wrong...first you take the job, then you decide you're not interested part of the way through it. lou's losing his edge.

Lou's mom said no.

LAD (216m) vs STL (116m)

BOS (159m) vs DET (149m)

dat loot...

CHC 104m, btw...of which 10m-ish was shed via trade. glad/amazed they shifted s.harriston...and "giving" away dejesus saved a little loot + 1.5m owed on a buyout next year.

"J.C. Boscan has elected free agency."

catcher need gets a little greater...though nothing of value was lost.

Informal fan poll:

1. Which prospect in the Cubs system are you most excited about?

2. From most exciting prospect to least exciting, rank Almora, Baez, Bryant, and Soler.

1. Bryant. Almora is close, but Bryant's skill set is pretty unique, and he sure feels like an MLB regular in his absolute floor. I know he hasn't done it in the upper levels yet, but the progression just since June has been amazing.

2. Bryant, Almora, Baez, Soler

Baez, Bryant, Almora, and Soler.

1. Baez is the obvious choice. Bat speed, position scarcity, and track record in the minors. That said, Bryant is pretty exciting, and I like the idea of what Soler brings to the table.
2. Baez, Bryant, Soler, Almora. I'm probably low on Almora, and things might be different if I watched him play. Right now I see an extremely aggressive hitter who lives on contact and doesn't bring elite speed or power with him. That would make him a young Reed Johnson or something along those lines. Of course, I'm probably wrong--all the scouts and bloggers seem to love him.

1- bryant

2- bryant, baez, almora, soler...though i believe there's a bit of a drop between bryant and baez. i view bryant as a potential all-star...a strong one. baez has exciting power, but i'm not sold on his D or his avg/ob% outlook. i like almora and think he'll march through the system, but once he lands in the bigs i don't see him as a very exciting player even though he'll probably be a solid and consistent contributor. i don't know what to think of soler at this point, though i do believe he could be a more important contributor than almora if he keeps his pace and his power improves.

btw...i think when lists come out this year baez will rank above bryant...both for the fact he's doing it at AA along with the fact he's showing power at SS.

i just don't know if baez will be able to stick at SS...too early to tell, but he took a step backwards this past season.

i think bryant will be knocking on the door of taking over 3rd for the big club in 2015...and i liken him to e.longoria...which may be a bit generous, but i don't believe it to be too far off.

Carlos Marmol added to the Dodger NLCS roster.

Ex-Cub factor comes into play
St.L: Zero ex-cubs
LA: 2 (if you count Nolasco as an ex-cub)

Cardinals playing it smart. Yeech.

Sorry if this is old news:

"The Chicago Cubs re-signed outfielder Ryan Sweeney to a two-year, $3.5 million contract, according to a source familiar with the deal."

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/203...

It's a bit old, but we all love hearing about these creative moves more than once.

so they didn't sign Meat Lasagne?

he's the key to the yanks 7th inning relief corps...no way the yanks would let meaty walk.

"Kyle McClellan has elected free agency."

...countdown til he's a cub begins.../rumor /speculation

either the crowd mics are turned down or this is one hell of a mostly-quiet STL crowd tonight.

R/L matchups are neat and all...but using n.punto as your PH choice with men on 1st/2nd and 2 outs is kinda...wut.

besides, s.van slyke hits righties and lefties rather equally, if not spectacularly...and is at least capable of a scoring a man from 2nd.

hell, why wasn't punto used as a pinch runner on 3rd after m.ellis tripled with 1 out?

meh...

...and STL wins it in the 13th...

I'd say Beltran earned his paycheck: drove in all 3 St. Louis runs and threw out a baserunning at home in extra innings.

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  • Sure, no marks and some inconsistencies in the witness's statements. But firing your gun into garage wall immediately after an argument and punching out your car window is still threatening and out of control behavior. There was certainly enough for MLB to think it warranted a 30-game suspension.

    Charlie 1 hour 4 min ago view
  • I'd prefer they be flexible with the closing situation depending on matchups. You're not really adding a lefty reliever if you use him strictly as a closer.

    Charlie 1 hour 5 min ago view
  • Stockpiling young talent isn't only for trading for someone like Chapman though. Even with an elite closer winning the World Series is basically a crap shoot so the key is to get to the playoffs as much as possible and not just mortgage everything on one year. Once you get there an elite bullpen certainly helps but the playoffs can be won by one hitter or starting pitcher getting hot (Murphy, Molina, Baumgardner) and a closer might not be able to stop that.

    johann 1 hour 29 min ago view
  • I'm also not crazy about press convictions. As the police report noted, there were no marks on the lady in question. There's a TMZ link (of course) to her police pictures, as well.

    I think the only way this trade goes real bad is if Cubbery intervenes and Chapman is suddenly bad for some reason.

    Old and Blue 1 hour 32 min ago view
  • I am right there with you closing in on 60.

    I don't care that much about "mortgaging" one player who is not only blocked by two guys, but is not ready to hit the majors for at least a couple years.

    There is no reason why this team, this year, can't have a real shot at something NONE of us have experienced.

    Further, I don't feel that even if they fall short that they have ruined their farm system.

    I have made my opinion clear here, with others, Warren was shit on the Cubs save one spot start.

    The E-Man 3 hours 2 min ago view
  • Trading for Warren, Warren sucking, getting Warren back for Chapman plus 3 prospects, sounds like Revenge of The Yankees on the former Boston executive. Old rivalries never die.

    I pray to the heavens above Chapman doesn't suck for some reason, or he'll be booed out of town faster than a Todd Hundley revival meeting.

    Old and Blue 3 hours 10 min ago view
  • I'm kind of nostalgic for the Schwarber-for-Miller rumors.

    Brick 3 hours 21 min ago view
  • This offseason, after some ridiculous playoff run and Chapman saving every game from here until the end of the postseason striking out 27/9innings, I welcome anyone to quote this thread and call me a dummy: I hate this trade, and my hate is 2 parts Chapman makes this team less likeable and 1 part that's a ridiculous overpay for 30 regular season innings and, at tops, 10 postseason innings. Already hoping they don't extend him.

    Charlie 3 hours 23 min ago view
  • btw...Thanks AZ Phil. I'm really enjoying your take on this trade.

    Cubster 3 hours 45 min ago view
  • I'm a bit disappointed on the Warren experience. Essentially they gave Castro away for crickets (OK, well they signed Zobrist with the Castro salary dump). Otherwise one might look at it as Chapman for Castro and our #1 minors prospect (Torres) + McKinney/Crawford. Seems pricey for a 2 month rental. We will see if this price tag is that steep in a relative way based on the remaining deadline deals for relievers.

    Cubster 3 hours 46 min ago view
  • Yep. One of the great things about this team (in addition to being really good at baseball) was the "likable" factor. Feels a bit different now. Who knows...maybe Chapman will be the king of the dance parties.

    billybucks 3 hours 55 min ago view
  • Here are some possible corresponding minor league moves we might see in the aftermath  of the Chapman trade: 

    SOUTH BEND to MYRTLE BEACH: OF Donnie Dewees and INF Bryant Flete  

    EUGENE to SOUTH BEND: OF Robert Garcia and INF Vimael Machin 

    There is really no reason to replace Billy McKinney at Tennessee because both Chris Coghlan and Jorge Soler are doing their rehab at Tennessee.  

    And there are plenty of pitchers at Iowa. No need to replace Warren at AAA. .  

    Arizona Phil 4 hours 15 min ago view
  • I am 70 years old. The Cubs last played in the World Series in 1945. I was born in 1946. I hate to lose a prospect like Torres, but when the opportunity is there to get that World Series ring, you go for it. This was the idea in stock piling all this young talent. I would like to see Reddick added now and the Cubbies should be done.

    Hagsag 4 hours 45 min ago view
  • I would expect Richard to accept an optional assignment because based on how he's played this season, there is a decent chance that he won't find work elsewhere. Rather stay and potentially get a ring. Same goes for Coghlan since he's struggled mightily this year.

    Edwards should not go down. He's pitched very well and Maddon is very impressed with him. I would expect Grimm to go down for Cahill so he can get back on track (he's pitched better in July, but he's not getting enough appearances).

    chitownmvp01 4 hours 49 min ago view
  • chitownmvp01: Indeed Clayton Richard would seem to be odd man out once Chapman reports, but Richard might accept a minor league assignment if he is promised a return to Chicago on 9/1 when MLB Active List rosters expand (Richard has minor league ioptions left).

    Arizona Phil 4 hours 52 min ago view
  • The only player in the deal that would cause me a second thought is Gleyber Torres.

    McKinney and Crawford are decent prospects but both are redundant/replaceable in the system and Warren was really only a middle-reliever or #6 starter, so to me it's really just Torres for Chapman.

    Arizona Phil 5 hours 12 min ago view