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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  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 4 hours 27 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 5 hours 10 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 5 hours 20 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 5 hours 27 min ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 5 hours 30 min ago view
  • new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 5 hours 42 min ago view
  • Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.

    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 5 hours 47 min ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 6 hours 3 min ago view
  • I'm liking this rookie Nathan.

    CTSteve 6 hours 4 min ago view
  • Richard DFA'd. Meh...

    The E-Man 8 hours 55 min ago view
  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 11 hours 27 min ago view
  • The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.

    chitownmvp01 12 hours 31 sec ago view
  • If the ball didn't deflect off the pitcher's mound, the game wouldn't have ended. Montgomery did miss his location though, but if that same contact was made and went in any of direction, good chance of ground out if it doesn't get through.

    If it was 1 night later, Chapman would be out there and we probably would be going to extras.

    Also, If KB wasn't robbed of a HR, perhaps we would have won. We will never know. Nice play by Melky though.

    chitownmvp01 12 hours 2 min ago view
  • The comparison isn't Chapman replacing Rondon. It's Chapman replacing Richard (hopefully) in the pen. Chapman's better.

    billybucks 13 hours 59 min ago view
  • I'm with you, Rob. You pretty much summed up how I feel about it.

    JoePepitone 16 hours 18 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 17 hours 14 min ago view