TCR Friday Notes

- Everyone's favorite topic...lineups!!!

On days when switch hitter Aaron Miles plays second base and Kosuke Fukudome plays center field, Piniella said he likes this lineup: Soriano, Miles, Lee, Bradley, Ramirez, Fukudome, Geovany Soto and Ryan Theriot. That's a right-switch-right-switch-right-left-right-right alignment.

Armchair managers commence bitching! Between rumors of 400 AB's and now batting second,  Aaron Miles has all the makings of being the new ¡Neifi! It's like no one in the Cubs organization has noticed that his likely unrepeatable .343 BABIP last season accounted for nearly all of his .753 OPS "success".

- Alex Eisenberg runs one of my favorite prospect sites -  Baseball Intellect. He clearly didn't get the memo about Prospect List-mania 2009 coming out this week or he would have gotten to his top top Cubs prospects by now . Alex does do a great job of mixing minor league statistical analysis with good old-fashioned scouting, plus the frame-by-frame animations are fantastic. Check out how Jay Jackson's arm slot makes it tough to pick up his slider versus his fastball.

 

 

- An old Marquette classmate of mine has some ideas about the lot adjacent to Wrigley. Beats the Mrs. Field's Cookies and Victoria's Secret that will probably go into the mall they're going to end up building.

- Looks like some of the readers are starting up a keeper fantasy league and I think they could use a few more warm bodies.

- Kerry 20K Parachat Viewing Party this Sunday at 9PM CST. You can view it on  DVD, Itunes or at MLB.com.

 

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If Kosuke rights himself, my dream lineup is

Fuku
Lee
Soriano
Bradley
Ramirez
Soto
Fontenot
Theriot

I accept that Alf=leadoff though so given that, I'd like

Soriano
Fontenot
Ramirez
Bradley
Lee
Soto
Fuku
Theriot

I think Lou will do this
Soriano
Fontenot
Lee
Bradley
Ramirez
Soto
Fuku
Theriot

Correct.

I accept that Alf will be leadoff so my lineup looks like this:

Alf
Emanuel Lewis (he's scrappy)
Wesley from Mr. Belvedere (also scrappy)
Tina Yothers (she's really bulked up)
Kim Fields (with Yothers, one of the most powerful 4-5s in baseball history)
Richard "Boner" Stabone (decent bat but dumb as a shovel)
Rerun (plus: arm as catcher and dancing skills. minus: speed on basepath)
Todd bridges (attitude problems: think Darryl Strawberry meets Milton Bradley)

Incorrect

I refuse to accept your comment unless you propose an alternative.

Replace Emmanuel Lewis with Gary Coleman. Improve team chemistry with Todd Bridges.

Todd Bridges is our RF. Gary Coleman is too Dusty-era.

Are you kidding? Coleman is emotional person-with-the-doesn't-grow-up-disease equivalent of Milton Bradley. He's got the fiery temperament that Lou likes. Didn't he choke one of his fans? Or just punch?

Bridges is Darryl Strawberry.

If everybody that I've invited as of 8:44 am EST signs up, we'll have 11, which means we need either 1 or 3 more.

"Milton's Prozac" haha... good name whoever that is.

Glad we are done with this...

"Orioles outfielder Felix Pie was a no-show at the team's first full workout Thursday because he's having visa issues in the Dominican Republic."

As long as the Cubs have players from the DR, or any other country...this could happen.

Unless, of course, that's a shot at Pie..

Who doesn't like Pie?

Pie for breakfast?

Of course it was a shot at Pie. He has reported to Spring Training from the DR how many years now? He knows the visa process is sometimes complicated, get it taken care of early.

I've flown from Chicago to NY many times. Usually its a snap because I time the traffic, etc...airport delays...all that.

Last time, i almost missed my flight because an accident on 90.

God I'm stupid...I should have known...after all..I've made that trip so many times.

Please google the expression "shit happens"

Did you forget to pack? Did you drive to the wrong airport because you forgot to print directions? Did you show up on the wrong day? Did you plan a trip to New York but then get to the airport and realize you forgot to buy a plane ticket?

I think you need to google the expression yourself.

If there was a fire in the US Embassy in Santo Domingo that destroyed the paperwork that needed to be filed, or something was lost in the mail, then I apologize, you are right, shit happens. But by far the most likely scenario is that Pie put this shit off until a week ago when he knows the process takes a while, and that he hasn't complied with all of the necessary requirements, see: http://santodomingo.usembassy.gov/atc-080324.html

Also are you Pie's dad or something? Relax man. I was only making a point that it always seemed like there was some drama with Pie and I am glad that it's now the Orioles' problem. That's all.

Whatever....lol...

Or perhaps he had taken care of it...thought everything was correct, and it turns out something is different this year..lol...he is 23 yeah?

I hope Pie goes out and hits .280/.350/.440,...and just sticks it up the Cubs ass for the next 10 seasons

If we're calling 280/350/440 sticking it in somebody's ass, then Todd Walker was one badass motherfucker.

When Todd Walker starts playing gold glove defense and is a threat to steal 20+ bases a year, let me know.

You let me know before you decide to randomly add parameters to the discussion at your own leisure.

Also, it was, you know, a joke. Heaven forbid I try to get one of those by you.

Not adding parameters at all... it is assumed that Pie will play great defense and steal some bases, right?

So if he hits the numbers mentioned, combined with great defense and plus base running, that will be pretty damn good.

I don't think Wes was focused as much on equating Pie to Todd Walker as he was pointing out, in a humorous fashion, the hyperbole in calling that line "sticking it up the Cubs asses".

I think sticking it up the Cubs asses would have to involve turning in a great OBP, slugging, or stealing a bunch of bases.

But I for one would definitely regret the Pie trade if he manages that .350 OBP and a .400+ slugging percentage. I'd be furious over the trade if he managed a .500-ish slugging percentage and a .370+ OBP, though. Hence the difference between sticking it up the Cubs asses and not doing so.

Felix Pie won't be half the player Todd Walker was.

He better try and be as good as Oddibe McDowell or Corey Patterson first.

Considering that the Cubs gave their "#1 prospect" 260 at bats over 2 seasons to prove himself, and that they are perenially looking for a CF, and are trotting out Reed Johnson, who I like, but is not a long term answere in CF..along with Kosuke Fukudome, and I believe that is Japanese for Might Have been Great in Japan..

Then yes, that would be sticking it up the Cubs asses...

As awesome as it would be to have Soto and Theriot batting 7-8, I think it's a big waste of Soto's run producing abilities to bat Fukudome in front of him. If he hits anywhere near what he did the last half of the season, Soto is going to have to work super hard to drive anybody in.

And I like the theory of limiting consecutive right handers in the order. I just hope it doesn't get to the poitn where we are playing an unproductive order simply to force managers to go to the pen more often late in the game.

Sori
Fonte/Miles
Lee
Bradley
Ramirez
Soto
Fuku/Johnson
Theriot

is what I would prefer. Theriot fits well in the 8 spot I think because of the high OBP. Assuming our pitchers can execute their bunts, it provides a lot of oppurtunity to roll to the top with a runner in scoring position.

I like your lineup.

IMO... With Theriot's amazing ability to dump base hits in front of the right fielder, or shoot them between the first & second baseman, I always thought he'd be perfect as a #2 hitter. I imagine a patient leadoff hitter who gets on first base often and is moved over to third by Theriot.

Of course, we have Soriano leading off... *sigh*

While I understand mixing up the lefties and righties, any of you that objects to this configuration should check out Theriot's lefty-righty splits. He's good against both, he's patient and consistent.

And fwiw, this would be my lineup:

Soriano *sigh*
Theriot
Ramirez
Bradley
Lee
Fuku/Johnson
Soto
Fonte/Miles

I know batting Lee 5th would probably be wildly unpopular, but the thing is we're still all pretending like '05 Derrek Lee is Derrek Lee every year... and that is not the case. He's a real good hitter, don't get me wrong, but '05 was a career year and I'm willing to admit that now.

The notion of hitting Lee 5th is certainly not unpopular with me. I have been squawking about the need to move his DP-hitting ass out of the 3-slot for almost a year now. I do think, though, that you have Soto too far down in the lineup. He should be 6th, with the Fuku/Johnson platoon 7th...

But then you stack lefties.

If Fukudome hits like he did in the second half of 2008, he's not going to be in the lineup, so your point is moot. If he gets himself straightened out, he's probably the best OBP guy on the team.

I love line-ups where your 4th best hitter bats 7th.

Freaking Aaron Miles.

I submitted a request to Muskat's "Inbox" last week asking her to please stop indicating that Miles might get more playing time than Fontenot, because it was causing me mental distress.

She has not responded. =(

lol...

I'm still in denial about Miles and Bako.

I'm fine with Miles as a utility player, but not with the prospect of him getting 400 ABs. It also upsets me that if Fontenot, Theriot, or Aramis goes down with a serious injury, we don't have anyone to step in front of Miles and take the starting job for a while. Miles is definitely an off the bench guy, not an in the starting lineup guy.

Bako on the other hand, I just don't understand. Poor Koyie.

i would like

soriano
fontenot/miles
ramirez
bradley
lee
fuku/johnson
soto
theriot

with a right handed pitcher this would give you a
right-left-right-left-right-left-right-right

Soriano
Lee
Bradley
Ramirez
Soto
Fukudome
Theriot
Miles/Font

DING DING DING DING !!!!!!!!!! WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!!!!!

Agreed. That excites me mostly in a non-sexual way. There is a small amount of excitement in a sexual way, but it's nearly negligible, so I think we'll just forget that it exists.

Does anyone know how to bring up multiple waiting room windows on IE?

I know there is a trick, but I can't remember it.

Copy and paste this into multiple new tabs/windows:

http://frontline.purchasenow2.tickets.com/buy/MLBE...

Lisa: The odds of winning the lotto are 10 million to 1.
Homer: Correction - 10 million to 50!

Or in my case, 10 million to 8.

Thanks 433.

Ok..If I'm managing:

Fontenot
Lee
Ramirez
Bradley
Soriano
Soto
Fukudome
Theriot

or
Theriot
Lee
Bradley
Ramirez
Soriano
Soto
Fontenot
Johnson

I do not bat Soriano leadoff..period.

meh!

If any of these three (Soriano, Bradley, Ramirez) wind up on the DL we are looking at de ja vu: The 2006 Cubs. Now THERE was a nicely balanced LRLRLR team.

How'd that work out for us?*

* Even though our third baseman drove in 119 runs, hit 38 HRs and posted a .913 OPS and we had a whole crew of scrappy L-R balanced guys at second and short and our starting catcher batted .307 .885 with 16 HR, our CF racked up 204 hits, our left fielder put up an .809 OPS and our right fielder hit 27 HRs with an OPS of .833, the 2006 Cubs managed to rank 28th out of 30 MLB teams in runs scored.

I'm gonna have to disagree. It would take injuries to some primary position players, probably one or two of the three you noted, as well as a series of injuries to starting pitchers. I think that Harden, and one or two of Big Z, Lilly, and Dempster would have to be serious hurt. For example, let's take Soriano, Harden and Dempster out of the picture for the whole season. You'd still be able to do this:

SS Theriot
2B Fontenot
1B Lee
RF Bradley
3B Ramirez
LF Hoffpauir
C Soto
CF Fukudome/Johnson

with a rotation of

Zambrano
Lilly
Heilman
Marshall
Samardzija

And a slightly weakened bullpen, possibly with guys like Ascanio and Hart stepping into the spots vacated by Heilman and possibly Samardzija.

That's not a 90 win team, but it could contend with the NL Central, depending on how guys like Samardzija and Heilman perform. More question marks, sure. Complete loss of the season? Not necessarily.

I think injuries Aramis, Soto, and Zambrano would be the toughest to withstand--they might necessitate trades for full-time players.

A couple things I don't agree with. 2006 was a perfect injury storm. How many pitchers went down? Other than Maddux for half a season, the tea
had a bunch of rag arms and rooks. This was also the last year of mc fail and Hendry had a team with Nomar, Neifi, Holly, Walker, ben grieve, enrique Wilson, Cedeno, yadda yadda. And Dusty. Hendry admitedly fucked up, but mc fail put the engine in the car. Iirc, the Cards won the WS after losing a pitcher to a heart attack and Jeff Fucking Weaver. Plus La Russa and Pujols. I would not expect Hendry to get caught with his pants down like 2006 again, Navie.

got all my tickets by 10:30am - sweet.
Cubs my budget to you was cut 60% this year because of your october.

My lineup would be

Theriot
Lee
Bradley
ARam
Soto
Sori
Fukudome
Font/Miles

I believe that Sori shouldn't bat leadoff, and Lee has to move up to two. If Fuk can prove that he's gotten it together this could change a bit, but Sori and Lee have to move in the order.

40th anniversary edition:

Kessinger
Beckert
Williams
Santo
Banks
Hundley
Hickman
Young
Jenkins

Power hitting 1B and future H-O-F but DP threat bats 5th.

My lineup would be:

Rickey Henderson
Adam Dunn
Larry Parish
Bob Hamelin
Ernie Riles
Jody Reed
Jody Davis
Shawon Dunston

The rewards, like the positions, are obvious.

Really? Lee batting 2nd? Really?

Yeah, that'll happen.

Bleh... first year I haven't bought tix on ticket day. For one thing it really pisses me off how it takes hours to get in and by the time I do, the good games are gone. Yet, if I wanted, I could pay double (sometimes more) at premium tickets.com and go to any game I want. It's absurd. I'll watch the Cubs at Cincy or maybe I'll make the trip to Detroit in June. The city is shit, but Comerica is a real nice ball park.

*annoyed*

Ryno, I as well am making 09 the first year in a long time that I'm not buying tickets. I'll see the team in Milwaukee, and a couple of the guys for the ASG, but that's it. Prices are far too high...and then there is the whole waiting room crap.

*For anyone who is a tech guru, couldn't cubs.com have a multitude of waiting rooms for each game to better streamline the process? Doesn't make much sense in waiting for a late April game behind 20,000 people that want Cubs/Sox tickets.

My beef with the system is doesnt really let you shop for games as I dont want a seat in the upper deck or bleachers (I can get a better view on my HDTV than w/ those seats). I got in at about 10:30 and saw their was tickets for the Sox game avalable in the Outfield box seats. After putting in my ticket request I get there is only 1 ticket in row avalible, so I try to go back to another game and it wont let me. 3.5 hours and 2 other waiting room windows opened half-way throught the wait and I still have not gotten back in. You think they would give you the option of putting in a preferred game or section once you get out of the waiting room then picking games at random and then get kicked out if you cant get the seats you want.

Before this thread dies and we all move completely on to AZ Phil's coverage of live BP (thank God for some sort of baseball), I'd just like to say something as a matter of ritual.

These lineups stink.

thanks a ton for mentioning my idea Rob!!

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