Marshall is the Man; Koskie Victimized by TCR Curse

Paul Sullivan reports in the Tribune that Sean Marshall has been officially anointed the Cubs' 5th starter.

Says Manager Lou:

"Marshall is going to be the fifth starter, and [Aaron] Heilman is going to pitch in that seventh-eighth inning role."

Less positive news on Corey Koskie, subject of our earlier post. Koskie came out of today's win over the Mariners in the third inning.

"I think when he dove for [a grounder] it caused him some problems,"
Piniella said. "He mentioned he wasn't feeling well, so we just took
him out."

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Cubnut, I expect you to personally be sending Koskie a check while he's unable to get a contract. Jackass...

Already sent. I couldn't be more ashamed of myself.

Can you do a story about Miles?

solid...

Screw that, what about Joey Gathright?

he's gonna miss time when he finally decides to get his root canal.

piece on Koyie Hill by Muskat. The decision to keep Bako (or not) is coming soon, possibly tomorrow as AZ Phil has previously said March 20th was the date where Bako will cost the team $$ if he's not released.

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=2...

(no mention that KHill adds 5 mph to each pitcher's fastball)

in case anyone wants to see a closeup's on Koyie's gnarly hand...

here's a picture:

http://www.realclearsports.com/blog/95871.jpg

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this was from 2/24 by AZ Phil:

It also appears that Paul Bako and Koyie Hill will be engaged in a fight to the death for the back-up catcher gig. Or at least there should be a spirited competition for the job, until the Cubs are faced with Bako's contract becoming guaranteed if he doesn't get released (probably around March 20th). Both Bako and Hill are in good physical shape, and either of the two could win the job.

http://thecubreporter.com/2009/02/24/cubs-head-north

Gordon Edes on K.Hill...adding to the love-fest...both good articles, imo.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=AoOmI6teU5BH...

Not a good article for those of us with a weak stomach for gross stuff.

Only a couple weeks until Cubs baseball...and before then we get a teaser with the Cubs playing the Yanks pre-season at the new Yankee Stadium.

I am so f'n ready.

Since TCR apparently has "curse power" now, could we curse our division rivals?

Scott Eyre is broke.

Yeah, and I think Chad might be gay...

Anyone else notice that Fukudome didn't even play last night for Japan? His OBP is still great - .435 - but that's due to 6 walks, he's only had 4 singles in 17 at-bats so far.

A .435 OBP in the 2009 WBC is nothing great.

http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/stats/index.js...

Thanks for the link to the stats page, where do you think I found the .435?

Most of those guys on the list don't have shit for ABs. On Japan, Iwamura at .444 is the only one on the team with more at-bats and a higher OBP. Only Dunn has a higher OBP on team USA. For the most part, the only guys ahead of Fukudome with a comparable number of at-bats are guys like Delgado, Pudge, Beltran, Dunn, etc. So he is still doing very well OBP-wise, but my main point was that despite that he hasn't hit worth shit and it appears he as benched.

possibly benched due to a left-handed starter for korea?

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  • trevor clifton (high-A) could be interesting in a couple seasons...could even become a high/middle rotation guy. he's got a lot of pluses in his pitching except control.

    eric leal's (high-A) progression through the minors should be worth watching even if only projects to be an mid/end-rotation starter.

    we also gotta keep a long-distance eye on guys like jose paulino (ss-A) and preston morrison (A).

    crunch 2 hours 7 min ago view
  • As Johnny Bach used to say when it was time for the MJ Bulls to crank up the defensive pressure: "Release the Dobermans!", and Jordan, Pippen, Rodman and Harper would just suffocate the other team.

    I'd love to add Carl Jr. to that group - he's got the stuff.

    billybucks 2 hours 27 min ago view
  • Historically, the Moneyball guys have been great at identifying productive hitters. Not so much with pitchers.

    billybucks 2 hours 28 min ago view
  • Wow - Pierce Johnson with an ERA of 8.01 in 42IP!

    What a stud prospect! Must be pitching with a pierced johnson.

    Looks like Ryan Williams is the only legit prospect there. That is sad...

    The E-Man 2 hours 30 min ago view
  • Well it would seem that's all they need now. "Stropy" can have his moments, but he's been more consistent post-asg.

    The E-Man 2 hours 39 min ago view
  • Take THAT, Cardinals -- you beat Fernandez, we beat Sale.

    I really like Lackey as a 6-inning pitcher.

    billybucks 3 hours 6 min ago view
  • Three amigos? Because the Dominican, the Venezuelan, and the Cuban?

    Maybe the three-headed dragon?

    John Beasley 3 hours 22 min ago view
  • Who says Contreras can't frame? Stone cold robbery of Eaton with that called third strike for the first out in the eighth

    Eric S 3 hours 53 min ago view
  • Three amigos time?

    7-8-9th

    jacos 4 hours 8 min ago view
  • he should hit more of those. that would be an ideal outcome. /moneyballs

    crunch 8 hours 24 min ago view
  • Russell with 19 RBI in July so far. Grand Slams help.

    billybucks 9 hours 5 min ago view
  • ...and Familia with back-to-back blown saves. Blows a one-run lead vs. Rockies today, gets his 2nd consecutive loss.

    I am OK with the Mets missing the playoffs and suffering crushing losses at home --- just want them to beat St. Louis.

    He played with fire twice agains the Cubs -- unfortunately, the Cubs couldn't stop swinging.

    billybucks 9 hours 9 min ago view
  • How about Kyle Farnsworth? I know he was consistently upper 90s.

    videographer 11 hours 4 min ago view
  • If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic

    jacos 12 hours 52 min ago view
  • I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.

    Charlie 13 hours 26 min ago view
  • I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.

    Charlie 13 hours 40 min ago view