Crazy Like [a] Fox

The Iowa Cubs will play their 2009 home opener tonight after completing a 5-3 road trip with an 8-7 win yesterday in Albuquerque.

Early on the story is the booming bat of Jake Fox, who's filling the shoes of Micah Hoffpauir and then some. So far he's hitting a robust .516 with a video game OPS of 1.676. Extrapolations of Fox's torrid start over a season's course, always fun in April, lead to some numbers of federally stimulating proportions. Were he to maintain his soul-sold-to-the-devil paces and NOT be recalled, Fox would rack up, for instance, 70 homers, 280 R'sBI and, gulp, 595 total bases.

I can't wait to get to the ballpark tonight and see how his road show plays in Des Moines.

Jake isn't the only Fox off to a fast start. Chad has racked up four straight scoreless outings out of the bullpen and recorded a save in yesterday's win.

Jose Ascanio is transitioning nicely from relief work to the rotation with two scoreless starts, each lasting four innings, as he stretches out to higher pitch counts. Ascanio has issued just one walk against eight strikeouts.

Jeff Samardzija had a lackluster two-inning stint out of the pen in the season opener but followed that with four shutout frames in his first start of the year later on the trip. He'll start again over the weekend and I plan to be there for a good look. He says he's throwing three sorts of fastballs now, along with his slider and a changeup that's the big work in progress. Samardzija reports throwing it several times in his last outing for strikes and says it's coming along. He threw 62 pitches last time out and will be rationed to about 75 on Saturday night en route to a routine workload in excess of 100.

Mitch Atkins has struggled in his two starts thus far, allowing 15 hits and 14 runs in just nine innings.

At the plate, CF Sam Fuld has played the best supporting role behind leading man Fox out of the leadoff spot.

April 17th sounds just about right for a midwest opening night and, sure enough, it looks like the I-Cubs have caught a break from the weatherman for a change. Afternoon highs in the low 70's are expected to give way to a comfortable evening. Unlike Ascanio and Samardzija, I think I have a good shot at going the distance my first time out...MW



Shh, don't you know you can't write anything positive about Samninja. Rob will ban you.

Thanks for the I-Cubs recap. Always nice to hear about the baby Cubs.

Sam Zell admitting regret over buying the Tribune. I don't have a link, I heard it on my Maddow podcast. Amusing.

Thanks, Iowa Phil...
It is truly great to have someone else who is able to chime in from another of the minor League sites periodically. Especially early in the season, when we are all going through withdrawal of AZ Phil's daily updates from Mesa.
Mike, I know you don't post often, but I love to see your posts.
Thanks again!

The ump is saying that he was bumped by boardgame yesterday...

Well, that will be at least 3 games, most likely 5. So in 9 games he will have been hurt and suspended. That's a good start..:) version with a clip...

that ump is an idiot...

Terrible, terrible, god-awful call. If I were the ump, I wouldn't want to call any additional attention to that call by accusing Bradley of making physical contact. If I were MLB, I'd be tracking that ump to see how he calls a strike zone to make sure it wasn't just a fluke bad call. I don't mean that it was necessarily something personal against Bradley (though I guess that's possible), but more likely that the ump just fucked up and might fuck up again, perhaps repeatedly.

It was clearly a ball (inside), but not as bad as some of you are making it. Some of you are making it like it bounced in front of the plate and the ump rung him up. Also, I didn't see any Cubs fans cheering Bradley in the background of that clip. I did see a few Cardinal fans clapping and waving goodbye to him.

Dude, the bases were loaded and it was a full count in a tie game. The ump's job is to get balls and strikes right. Not supposed to be outraged about that? Can't even voice a complaint? Oh okay.

See ya, I'm going outside now to pick some daisies and maybe catch a butterfly.

Where did I say you can't voice a complaint? Just like you are overreacting here I think you are overreacting on the pitch. It was clearly a ball (inside), but the reaction you and others are making, would make me think the ball bounced or was behind Bradley. I do believe the ump made a ball call. If I was watching the game live I am sure I would have been pissed and yelled some not so nice things at the TV.

Gameday shows the sixth pitch was a strike. It was a curveball that passed through the strike zone.

The bad call was the third pitch which looks like it clipped the upper inside corner for a strike but was called a ball.

As for Bradley bumping the ump, although the highlight doesn't show much of anything, it sure looks like he did make contact in the Cardinals broadcast of the game (and the crew says just that at the time). The relevant part of Bradley's at bat occurs between 1:57 and 1:59 of the game.

In conclusion, he was out. He was wrong. He's still the same bonehead he was before he found a team to commit to a multi-year mistake with him.

Gameday shows the sixth pitch was a strike. It was a curveball that passed through the strike zone.

So because Gameday says it was a strike, it was the right call? And actually ... it looks to me like Gameday shows pitch #6 to be just off of the plate.

Gameday is information you clearly didn't consider when you made the emotional assertion that only one pitch was a strike. And it is the MLB record of the game.

Did you watch all the available video of Bradley's at bat? I did.

The last three pitches were strikes. And Bradley bumped the ump. Those are the facts.

Deal with it.

Gameday is information you clearly didn't consider when you made the emotional assertion that only one pitch was a strike. And it is the MLB record of the game.

I know exactly what it is, and I, unlike you, don't think that Gameday is perfect.

Deal with it.

I am dealing with it, but that doesn't mean I can't bitch about it. If you never bitched about anything, you wouldn't have any comments on this blog.

Gameday says "Called strike" but the ball is outside of the box. It also amusingly thinks the first strike was above the knees and well in the strike zone.

The MLB pitch fx data, like some of the secondary video shots, K-learly shows three pitches were strikes and one upside and in just missed.

Day2Day Bradley struck out...

I know it's beyond the ability for some to deal with but see for yourself...

At any rate, what a great comeback win today! If Cubs win 6 out of ten all year they make the playoffs.

"I know it's beyond the ability for some to deal with but see for yourself.."

since i lack tact and others seem to have it...

nav...sometimes you are such a worthless piece of shit and other times you're just plain old ignorant.

At any rate, what a great...wait a minute...let me just say again you can be a real piece of shit sometimes...comeback win today!

So MLB is saying the ump is right and clearly that is significant to you.

Okay. Good for you. If you were here I'd pat you on the head.

i just blame my lack of ability to deal with mind was BLOWN, yo.

Did we really walk on the moon? Or was the whole thing staged in the AZ desert?

Again, MANNY...LOL

I was there - if their wasn't security, it coulda been like an Italian soccer match and fans running after the Ump.

It wasn't "just that pitch" it was the entire sequence of pitches - and the pitcher getting the calls most of the game, while equal locations for Cubs pitchers were not. DLEE stated that "the pitcher wasn't throwing strikes" either and was given the benefit of the doubt more than he should as well.

A sport or game just should not be decided by incompetence on behalf of an umpire whose judgement is severely flawed. Period.

To be honest, I don't think Bradley handled it that awfully. He was pissed he got (clearly) screwed over in a key situation, and was thrown out about 2 seconds into the argument. He had to have put together an impressive string of profanities to get thrown out that quickly. But then he just walks away. Putting myself in the position, I get fucked over like that and then thrown out immediately, I'm going to stick around and get my money's worth. But fuck that ump, bring on the electric strike zone.

He had to have put together an impressive string of profanities to get thrown out that quickly.

Not really... a hitter is not allowed to argue balls and strikes. Period.

In theory, he just had to say, "bull shit call" and he could have/may have gotten thrown out on that alone.

Yeah, I know the rules, but you see players bitch about calls all the time. Espeically when it's a called 3rd strike to end an inning, you constantly see the broadcasting crew doing their inning summary while the batter is still standing there arguing.

"To be honest, I don't think Bradley handled it that awfully. "

I agree. It almost looks as if he show restraint. Watching the clip you can almost see the realizing moment in his head that "hey, maybe i should just turn around". Sure he got pissed and chirped at a shitty call. Sure he got a little confrontation, but at least he didn't start shoving and exited quickly and quietly after the ejection.

Looks like the bump happens when he throws his 'you're outta hear' finger up in the air. That's more the umpire's fault that Bradley's unless you want to say that Bradley should have maintained a 24 inch distance in anticipation of the ump swinging around to do his hit-the-showers thing.

I don't see anything wrong with the call. Its on the corner of the plate above his knees. Its his reaction thinking he has a Barry Bonds strikezone that gets him tossed.

I don't see a bump, and if there was one, ohh come on now blue. I hate Bradley with the passsion of a thousand burning suns but geeez.

However, when you have the reputation of Bradley the Umps are going to be on a hair trigger to toss your ass at the drop of a dime.

BTW his leg looked fantastic arguing the call.

you looked at that clip and determined the ball crossed the plate at the corner above his knees?

Granted this isn't a highly scientific technology, but if you copy that picture into something like MS Paint and draw a line perpendicular to the ground from the far right edge of that baseball you can clearly see it's a few inches inside. Not only that, but it looks like it hasn't even reached the plate yet (based on how high it still is) and it still has some movement left on it.

How anyone can argue that ball was a strike is beyond me. Smells like trolls.

I think the ball was inside by a couple inches, but it was clearly above the knees. The only thing that kept that pitch from being a strike was being slightly inside.

Molina really has to reach for the ball, too. That usually affects the ball/strike call too. If the pitcher is really hitting the mitt, he's gonna get more strike calls. Molina sets up slightly outside for that pitch, then has to reach at least a foot inside to catch it. Pretty odd call. Since I was at work, and have no idea if that pitch was consistently being called a strike throughout the day (I get the feeling it wasn't), I can't say a whole lot else...

Its also not where the ball ends up in the glove to determine a strike.

Just went back and tried doing it frame by frame and got a nice view of where the ball is breaking and about to hit the glove. Its just a tad outside, and i can't believe i am going to say this, but like Manny said.

Its a bordeline call, its not a horrible call, its not even in the top 100,000 of bad umpire calls. People strikeout in baseball everyday on pitches like that, 99.99999% of them don't go ape shit like Bradley did.

Bradley went ape shit? Really?

It was a bad call. Just like the first called strike of the at-bat was a bad call. He saw 6 pitches in that at-bat, only one of them a strike, he didn't swing that bat, and somehow he struck out. I would have been pissed too. Hell... I WAS pissed.

Of course, I am not sure how you, MikeC, have any credibility on the matter, considering you have been bitching and moaning about Bradley since he was signed, and are now taking every opportunity you can to bash the guy.

Out 4-8 weeks. We have one, too. Ours isn't hurt. Granted, he is in A ball, but we could swap Chris Carpenters...

Haha. I want all information reported in this fashion from now on. Just don't give the answer to the riddle at the end. That would be fun.

Its not a bad call no matter how many times you scream it otherwise. Zambrano and Harden have gotten away with way worse pitches than that being called a strike and did opposing teams players go ape shit? No they didn't.

Derrek Lee this season i remember in one AB kept getting a low strike called on him. Did he freak out? No he didn't.

People strikeout in baseball, and Milton Bradley doesn't have the right to go all berserk, considering his reputation for going berserk, because he punched out. Shit happens, deal with, and he has never learned to deal with it.

I don't want him suspended, I don't think he should be either. The only thing i am curious about is when he is going to pull out the race card to explain his actions.

I have not seen the whole at bat.

Did Bradley make any reactions, slight as they maybe, for the previous called strikes? Like they were balls?

Its not a bad call no matter how many times you scream it otherwise.

Huh? You yourself said that it was inside. If it was inside, it was a bad call.

A called strike is really either a good call or a bad call. A thrown strike, that is called a ball, is a bad call. A thrown ball, that is called a strike, is a bad call. It doesn't really matter if it is one inch outside or 10 inches outside.

The only thing i am curious about is when he is going to pull out the race card to explain his actions.

So he is not allowed to play the race card, but you are?

Was Lee called out with the bases loaded?

Bradley went all berserk? Really? Were you watching the same game?
No helmet thrown, no bat thrown....argument was very short indeed.

See, "Barry Bonds" umpiring is just sick. NObody deserves a rules change because of their reputation. Though it was subtle, the plate ump did appear to be sucking up to Wainwright and/or TLR. Both Derrek and Aramis had a couple of stares in disbelief at crucial points in the game. The ump crew must have had a good laugh in the locker room after the game, and now insult to injury by sending video to MLB. I know it's early, but Lou needs to get involved here and let them know they can't change the rules for certain individuals who are "bigger" than this one game. In high school basketball, that official would be banned from future games for this by the coach. It shows the strength of the umpires union and it sucks that even one game should go down because an official wants to show up a player or team. Yeah, we don't know what MIGHT have happened because it all washes out over time, but playing games within the games is not what fans pay for, and fans DO pay the umps' salary too. "Playing under protest" has become a farce since umpires have so much control - they even control their own training schools. That being said, Since the injury to Soto, Marshall's game looked like he and the Puerto Rican were feeling each other out like they were in ST. Ban the WBC!

Yeah, well, Bud Selig is still trying to find "anabolic" in the dictionary. What a waste. I think it's time to bring Questec back and start evaluating umps. F*** the union.

WTF? How the hell is it the union's fault that the ump made a bad call?

There you go again, misinterpreting a fairly simple statement. It's not the union's fault that he made a bad call. It's the union's fault that they try to block legitimate attempts to improve the quality of the calls through tools like Questec, consequences for repeated poor calls or making things personal, fighting tooth and nail against instant replay, etc.

Hey.... did you hear that Scott Eyre is broke too?

Why must everyone be an asshole when someone posts something that has been posted in some comment on some thread two weeks ago?

I apologize for not reading and taking notes on EVERY comment on every post. If this were on the front page and I posed the link anyhow, I get it. But Jesus Christ people, get a fucking life.

Did anyone call you a name? Say anything nasty? NO. You did. Why don't you learn to take a joke, or get off this site.

There's just no need to be an ass about a reposted link. Like i said, not everyone reads every comment thread. Obviously. If i had seen it prior to this, I wouldn't have posted it. But by slamming anyone (and it is a general issue that's happened to multiple people) who says something that was mentioned once a few days ago on a different thread in the middle of the mindless "racist or not racist" debate, you're only limiting the community of those who comment, and thus limiting the overall enjoyment of the site.

It's not a joke, it's annoying and condescending, if you've read the article/heard it before, good for you. Just go to the next comment since you check everyone.

It's not a joke, it's annoying and condescending, if you've read the article/heard it before, good for you.

Actually... that is what you don't get. It IS a joke. It has been a long-running joke on TCR. And I would guess that it will continue to be a long-running joke on TCR. And most definitely is not meant to be condescending.

Relax a bit...

It's a weak joke that is both annoying and condescending. It's like the retards at my old company who would reply to all messages that said 'don't reply to all'.

What I can't figure out is if I am allowed to click that link or if I have to go trolling back through the previous posts to find the original one.

It's a weak joke that is both annoying and condescending.

Hehe... The Real Neal is telling others that they are annoying and condescending. Classic.

Hehe, hippy lowitzki being an asshole to multiple people on one thread and complaining about people being assholes. Typically juvenile and hypocritical. How much of my money do you want this paycheck, Mr. Mindful?

Wow... the irony.

At least you make me laugh...

Stop stalking him.


Okay, but once again, there is no reason to get this defensive or personal. Since the overall purpose of this blog is to waste time talking about the Cubs, you'll have to excuse people if they take time to waste time talking about the Cubs. If that means simply pointing out that we've already heard the news, in an inside joke kind of way, then what is the big deal? It's not like anyone here knows you, and is personally attacking you. We're all on a blog, where almost noone here knows anyone else. Why should it bother you in any way that someone points out that they already know what you're posting?

"If that means simply pointing out that we've already heard the news, in an inside joke kind of way, then what is the big deal?"

Because clearly not everyone has heard the news and I'm willing to bet there will be people who it is the first they've seen the link to the story.

Not everyone reads every comment. Especially when links are dropped in the middle of debates about silly things (not complaining about the debates, but some people skip all that madness if they don't care about whatever is being discussed), things get overlooked.

"Why should it bother you in any way that someone points out that they already know what you're posting?"

Because that in itself it a jackass move! "Oh yeah I already knew that". Especially since it's actually EASIER to just skip the comment and read the next one then take the time to be a wisenheimer.

Also I would like the award now for being the first person to use wisenheimer on TCR.

Dude, Scott Eyre musta said "wisenheimer" at least 344 times on this site.

... and nonetheless I have taken all this time to blog back and forth with you... You are simply not paying enough attention to the overall point of this blog... Just lighten up a little. You'll be fine.

Another inside joke for this board might be, "C'mon now, don't go all CPH2133 on me."

(Nothing personal CPH, just a little well-deserved teasing.)

See what you did, CPH2133??? Now you've got people taking jabs at you, followed by disclaimers in parentheses. People are giving in to the terror. No good will come of this...

I'm pro-parenthesis disclaimers. I'm just trying to hold the man down and his freedom of speech all I can.

It's annoying is all. I know it's a joke but a person wouldn't be posting something they clearly thought everyone knew. To me it comes off as smug and arrogant. To each his own I guess

Oh my... someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

Lou reported replied... "No way, I got this thing and it's ******* golden. I'm not just going to move him down the order for ******* nothign."

Yeah, Dave, why do you have to be so mean? What a brutally offensive post.

Should have heard him yesterday, he called us all racists.

And *high five* on the "I'm with Moran" idea. I lol'ed.

Should have heard him yesterday, he called us all racists.

That is bullshit, and you know it.

Look who can't take a joke now. I was j/k, bro fella.

Look who can't take a joke now.

Fair enough... but you were serious yesterday when you said something similar...

Yeah, I was pretty worked up over it yesterday, but this douche of an ump is my new object of scourge.

And I guess the whole racism argument is a product of my own naiveté. It's hard for me to understand that real racism is going on. And I would expect downtown Chicago to be a bit more progressive on these issues than my home in NE Indiana. I guess not. Go figure.

Anyone seen or heard one for today?

Why must we always fight? Can't we love? You guys give me broners, let's be civil.

You are such a Mennonite.

Ha. True dat. It just upsets me more and more that we treat people civilly when we're face to face, but the anonymity of internet seems to give us license for name calling and excessive vitriol. I have opinions, but I'm willing to accept and disagree with contrary views. Even dumb ones:)

Ps. Everyone should read "Engaging the Powers" by Walter Wink.
PPs. You know who's not broke? Jason Schmidt.

Ps. Everyone should read "Engaging the Powers" by Walter Wink.

I'll second that recommendation.

Yeah, there's some mass Cub PMS going on, myself included.

Same lineup as yesterday, with Z pitching, of course...

We all need to get back to our "Breauxmance". Not sure if I spelled that right.


For some odd reason i didn't watch the rest of the 47 second video on

Comcast slowed it down real good. At the absolute worst its maybe an inch outside. And then they got a sweet side view and the ball is clearly above the knees.

We got the benefit of slowing it down and in real time the umpire can't do that it. I see absolutely nothing wrong with the call, it was close, damn close, too damn close.

But the way people are reacting to it is like the umpire committed some kind of crime and is beheading babies in the basement or something.

Manny being Manny. Navigator being Navigator. What else is new?

Hopefully the Cubs can introduce this rook to the major league in splendid fashion.


Uh,so yeah,go I-Cubs!

Thank you for the I-Cubs report and keep them coming.

Too bad the Cubs have no place for either Hoff or Fox, who would be a good bargain option at DH or 1B as a platoon (lots of power if not necessarily OBP).

How does Nate Spears look at SS?

By the power of Grayskull. I...Hoff...the Power! I am Heeeeeee-maaaaaaan!

Note: He-Man was created by Mark Texeira. Coincidence? Yes.

Can we all agree that 2 years from now, Geovany Soto should not only be banned from participating in the WBC, but he probably shouldn't even watch it on TV or follow the results online?

This funk he's in is really starting to suck.

After the disaster the WBC was this year, I will be shocked if any good players play in it in 2 years. Hears hoping they don't even have it.

I was thinking the same thing. It is unacceptable to fail at your day job because of your hobby.

Yes, Adam Dunn, Carolos Delgado and Fukudome are clearly struggling because of the WBC. What did Soto play, 3 games?

Well... the fact that Soto only played 3 games may be part of the problem.

I don't think we will, but I really hope it doesn't come back to haunt us that we only put up 2 in that 1st inning. It had a 6-7 run inning written all over it.

OK, back to the I-Cubs......

I think it's obvious that Jake Fox is a major league hitter. He must have REALLY sucked at Catcher to get moved, because if he was just a below-average catcher, he would be in the majors by now.

Is he THAT bad in the field?

He's Jason Dubois without the golden glove.

The way balls just bounce off of it, I wouldn't be surprised if Dubois's glove actually were made of gold.

Or Chris Duncan's, that mongoloid turd.

Anyone else feel like maybe Walters just walked Z to get to Fonz??

Ugly ABs from Soriano so far...

If Zombie's an 'ace' I'm an astronaut...

Yeah, he's getting shelled by a pretty light-hitting lineup

You mean... that "light-hitting lineup" that is leading the NL in runs, ave, obp, and slug?

Not quite sure how that is "light-hitting."

Yep, that's the one.

Z is good, but he's no PJ Walters.

I only started posting here in the start of the offseason...but this blog must be a truly ugly place during a big losing streak.

I'm not so sure about that. Things are particularly volatile lately for some reason. Maybe it's because some guys named PJ Walters, Brian Barden, and Ryan Ludwick look like effing all stars.

You don't know volatile until Corey Patterson is hacking away at leadoff and Kevin Tappani is the teams ace...

TLR just switched three players positions on the field, and brought in another from the bench to take a new one... I don't think I've ever seen that before...

The Cubs should try that "home run" thing that the Cardinals use.

I think Soraino listened to you. I am sure Gregg will be up, this is his gib chance to keep the closer role.

Go Cubs!!1

I will send the Cubs a bill for my consulting services.

Wow. Fonzie. Wow.

This season series may be the death of me. These two games have been heart stopping.

Anyone else think Aram should be batting third for the remainder of the season?

Nope. I think it works how it is.

BTW... who knew that DLee had more RBI than ARAm going into today's game?

IMO Aram will be better suited at 3 hole. He needs more at bats.

I would have to agree that it makes sense to swap Aram and Lee, but as rehashed just a couple of days ago, it's not going to make a big difference over the course of a season, maybe 5 runs, assuming both guys perform to expectations.

What about if we swap aram with lee, then bradley with lee, then soto with lee, then fontenot with lee?

that would net us exactly 3.17 additional runs over the course of the season, assuming of course that Theriot bats 8th in 112 games and 2nd in 44.

I'm spectacle of your numbers, but I'll take them.

You know there's a couple of decent lineup calculator web sites and I was going to give the link to you, but... I can't find them. Maybe someone with more favorite prescience than me can post it.

I don't actually doubt you, I just wanted to use spectacle in place of skeptical for the saké of ironing.

Well so much for Gregg being the closer...

Good start by Marmol BB to the first guy ahead of Puljos.

wouldn't read that much into it...

marmol was up and warm before the 1 out HR and outs 2+3 clicked pretty fast...

Let the closer debate begin...rather let it continue.

Alls well that ends well.

Zambrano with another loss of composure. Once he slammed that glove down I knew bad things were going to happen.

BUT the team fought back and won the game. Let's split the next 2 and I'll be happy enough, the Cards are a damn hot hitting team right now, but it won't last all year.

Whipped cream on shit, that one.

I love Fukudome. I'm glad he's hitting. Some of you owe him an apology.

I'm glad he's hitting too obviously, but then again I want to see him do it over the full season. Then I will gladly apologize.

I'm mostly kidding. It's early, but I'm really glad he's do well...might still turn out to be the hitting equivalent of Jason Marquis.

Well clearly he's not going to hit at this level the entire season, but, ... as I've said for over a year now, even when he was not hitting, he'll be fine.

"Well clearly he's not going to hit at this level the entire season, but, ... as I've said for over a year now, even when he was not hitting, he'll be fine."

Based on one year in the MLB you're already assuming he's a fast starter and will bog down the rest of the season? Jeez, you cubs fans are negative (i'm one of those, but not today, not this early)

I think Fuku can perform like this over a full season (well, maybe not at THIS high a level) but the cubs fantastic scouts think he can be a full time MLB hitter and I wouldn't be surprised by 25/90/.290

He's a professional hitter. Only Ichiro come to league year one (from Japan) and did something big. But as you said Ryno, even if he doenst, the cubs will be okay. Anything extra is more icing on the cake.

Damn, you didn't have to go all CPH2133 on him.

"Damn, you didn't have to go all CPH2133 on him."

It's got a nice ring to it, I'd think about patenting that before it starts showing up on Jay Leno

It's too long, in my opinion. "CP'd him" would do, but that's just me.

"It's too long, in my opinion. "CP'd him" would do, but that's just me."

But we wouldn't want anything to think it was a reference to Corey. CP'd could be for when people realize the young, toolsy, can't miss prospect can't actually hit. Then they can say "God, the GM really CP'd the team there"

I second both of you. I'm not into the Mr. April concept, at all, but when I saw him in Spring Training up close he looked very different than he did 2nd half last year. He wasn't screwing himself into the ground trying to pull low outside off speed stuff -- not that he saw a lot I suppose. And, since everyone is so feisty I do realize Spring Training will not ever be mistaken for October, just saying. I'm wondering -- I've never thought about this. Do pitchers get their nastier off speed stuff under control a bit later? Is that going to be a factor? Or is that a non factor? I'm old. And I've never thought about this.

It's funny that you mention the offspeed stuff, because according to some people his problem is that he can't hit a 'mlb quality' fastball.

I was all for sending him to the minors to start the season, so I'll be the first to admit, I am wiping the egg off my face.

will ludwick please go back to sucking. someone in STL sold their soul, I swear.

That win was gratifying and I couldn't even watch or listen to the game.

I watched Gamecast from work and got REALLY pissed off at Z without even watching the real game. Every time I looked some ass from St. Louis was getting a homer. I love Z, and, so, I love getting pissed at him. He deserves it. He deserves it when we're happy, and deserves it when we're mad because he wears US on his sleeve. So, even "watching" the game on gamecast was fun. I can't wait to watch the archive on MLB tv.

Wouldn't it be cool if Soriano had like a career year dudes?

awesome game thread boys.

well done

It was just 'ok' until Crunch put the cherry on top.

I went to see how Pie was doing (not starting tonight) and it looks like the Orioles have a fancy new defensive alignment featuring 3 CF's and no firstbasemen.

Adam Jones hitting .405 (after his hit today)...I'm starting to doubt whether that Bedard trade was a good idea.

Bedard is doing okay too in Seattle though. But Jones appears to be the real deal CF in the MLB for 10+ years to come, so who knows

Huh. I haven't seen his numbers this year...damn Seattle is playing well. Still, he's been pretty much a bust so far. Not exactly a fan favorite here in Seattle. 2 starts? Probably due for a dl stint.

He's a left handed Rich Harden.

Exactly. Consider the frustration when thinking of what was given up for Harden and what they gave up for Bedard. Granted, Jones wasn't hitting when he was traded, but it'd sure be nice to run him out there instead of Endy Chavez. Ok, Endy is hitting over .400 right now, but still. I don't know what I'm talking about or why. I'm just bored.

Back to the original title....

Jake Fox just hit a 2-run homer; 2 for 3 tonight so far, now batting .529, with a 1.716 OPS.

He had a great spring too. The man can hit. Too bad he can't field. I suppose a trade to the AL is in order?

Wow thats some kind of start. I wonder what kind of records there are for the first 10 or 20 games of the season in organized baseball history? I'm sure its probably someone in one of the old Denver teams or Colorado Springs teams.

If Hoff or Lee goes down with an injury, knock on wood, I imagine Fox comes up, outside of that I doubt we see him this year.

I am wondering if Hoffpauir continues to out-hit Lee will lou make Lee Bradley's injured day caddy?

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  • Hate to give the Mets credit, but they did everything right tonight in what had to be a very tough game for them to play. As Hollandsworth said on the Cubs post-game -- if you watched the game, you saw Mets players consoling Marlins players who were in tears during the game. Between that and the way Molina handled the Ross farewell -- maybe the Mets and Cardinal players aren't pure evil. Just the fans.

    billybucks 4 hours 10 min ago view
  • New York Mets @Mets
    Dee Gordon lead-off home run. #AintEvenMad #BiggerThanBaseball 1-0 Miami.
    7:25 PM - 26 Sep 2016

    crunch 4 hours 47 min ago view
  • Amazing effort by Gordon -- truly remarkable.

    billybucks 5 hours 9 min ago view
  • Cubs get 100, KB gets 100, Hendricks gets below 2.00, Cards get absolutely destroyed by the Reds -- all good, other than some Rondon concern. Hopefully, he can get a few outings in this week and find his groove. Also, I guess Soler is still struggling with his right side. Hmmmm. Too bad Joe didn't let Addy bat with the bases loaded in the 7th -- great RBI opportunity.

    I assume all the relievers are on a set schedule this week, but it seems strange Chapman pitched back-to-back.

    billybucks 5 hours 11 min ago view
  • Barry Rozner article interviewing Greg Maddux (with comments on Kyle Hendricks).

    "I like watching him pitch," Maddux said of Hendricks. "I like guys that rely on movement and location. I can relate to him. That's what I had to do. "I'd rather watch him pitch than some lefty throwing 95 mph."

    Cubster 5 hours 32 min ago view
  • cubs win #100. neat.

    crunch 5 hours 40 min ago view
  • Chapman in to stop the bleeding.

    Brick 5 hours 48 min ago view
  • they're falling apart late in WAS...damn.

    crunch 6 hours 19 min ago view
  • Wilson Ramos may be hurt badly. Carried off the field. Looks like the knee.

    John Beasley 6 hours 21 min ago view
  • Hendricks 6 shutout innings, ends night with an ERA of 1.99

    Cubster 6 hours 32 min ago view
  • in case it hasn't been mentioned yet, Twins are hiring Indians 32-year old Derick Falvey from the Cleveland Native Americans organization.

    Suppose McLeod could still be asked by another organization but likely staying put.

    Rob G. 7 hours 30 min ago view
  • Well put, both your remark, and Crunch's.

    Transmission 7 hours 31 min ago view
  • I saw the Gordon HR. It was like a funeral where the mourners were made to play baseball. So sad...

    CTSteve 7 hours 35 min ago view
  • i wanted to watch more of it, but it started to feel like i was going beyond witnessing a human experience that isn't often seen into an uncomfortable voyeurism. these guys are in pain.

    crunch 7 hours 54 min ago view
  • wow I am glad I missed the start of the MIA game.  I would have been sobbing.

    Transmission 8 hours 4 min ago view
  • Baez!!

    Brick 8 hours 8 min ago view